Ahoy-hoy… what a way to open a post eh? Worst thing about it is I had to google its spelling. Graham Alexander Bell had it down as his favourite salutation. You know who else picks the phone up like that… Gervinho. I’ve heard him do it on numerous occasions It’s an ironic hat tip to historical inventiveness…
Talking of Gervinho, the multi-talented wing wizard of the Ivory coast has come out and stated he’d quite like to stay forever.
READ: No one else in Europe will pay me these massive fresh up wages
It’s nice to read how many players we’re really not fussed about are committed to the cause. Podolski, Gervinho and Vermalen all want to stay and fight for their places. That’s good news in a way if that’s genuniely the case. All three of them don’t strike me as players who wouldn’t want to play. They’re not ‘get fat and earn’ merchants… JD, I’m looking at you. So you never know, they might all find some form next year… then push for a move to Madrid when there’s some demand.
On the keeping front Cesar is whipping up a storm of speculation around his future. He’s been linked with Arsenal all summer. I have no steer on the club and their keeping targets but I did hear a brief snippet about the keepers attitude at QPR that I’ve totally forgotten. It wasn’t good… and gossip spreads fast in the game, so I do have my reservations about bringing anyone in from the QPR circus.
Still, if we landed him on a free, he’d represent a slightly risky bargain. On his game, he really is a force to be reckoned with. An amazing shot stopper with plenty of top level experience. My only concern is that he’s dipped in and out of form all year. I know he’s played for a shocking side that don’t put any effort in… but as I’ve said before, I’d prefer to be buying form. With him, I think we’d be buying a past reputation. One that didn’t get made in the Premier League.
The Cesc stories grew some legs and racked up pace after my piece yesterday morning. One of the more reliable people on Twitter set tongues wagging over his move. Great news, I’ve been saying for a few weeks that the story is a live one. It mainly depends on Cesc and Arsene. Can he sell the Spaniard a project second time around? Or does he need to see what we’re doing before he moves? Every Gooner I’ve spoken to about the move is absolutely buzzing at the thought… it really would set our summer up. The squad would still need work, but imagine the message it would send to the rest of Europe?
It would be mega.
Le Champ of the year was simple…
- Cazorla 75%
- Theo 15%
- Arteta 10%
The Spaniard clearly a fan favourite and he’s been recognised for being a hero in one of the most drab years I’ve ever had the pleasure of!
He didn’t cost a lot, but it’s not surprising that as our most expensive signing of last summer, he was one of our most effective. Spending cash money isn’t always the solution, but more often than not… it totally is. Investing in a squad should go beyond wages. Hopefully this summer it will do.
Interesting to read Suarez has bid farewell to Liverpool. Will they be able to hold him to his contract? Highly unlikley. Could you imagine how much of pain in the backside he could be? I mean literally… he’d be like a wild animal at training biting holes in walls, chewing on players boots. I think Liverpool would be better selling him and investing the cash in their squad. The only player left to ship on now will be Gareth Bale. It’ll be interesting to see what his advisors tell him, I heard he shares the same people as Cashers… I’d imagine they communicate in ‘What could you get for £180k a week’ infographics. For me, I’d advise him to take the offer at Spurs and go next year. Cement yourself as a consistent Premier League star at a club that’s built a team around you. Thierry Henry left Arsenal and found himself put out on the wing despite being a deadly striker… would you rather be a star… or a cog? He’s a good player… but he’s not a Madrid star for me.
Fail with Spurs for top four next year… then move on.
Rumours coming out of France have linked us strongly with Grenier. In fact, we now have quotes from the man himself.
“I have more or less made a decision about which club I want to join,”
“I have made the choice for sporting reasons above all. Arsenal? It could well be them.”
Well, as long as he isn’t the only creative outlet for us this year. If he can play outwide, he’ll be able to compete with Gervinho… We’ve gone for the cheap option there, but we’re building a squad. He has quite a languid style about his play, his control is good, his coordination looks impressive… and he’s not afraid to shoot. Trouble is, Ligue One is such a poor standard outside the top clubs, it’s difficult to know what you’re letting yourself in for.
Have blinding day of beer filled fun…