Morning Gooners! Who caught the Brazil game last night? Super exciting stuff. Brazil, in the main battered us, but, as we know, goals win you games, not close efforts. Chamberlain came on in the second half to shake things up, he snapped at a lose ball on the edge of the area and buried it past Cesar. Later on, Wayne Rooney took the ball on a solo run and smashed home from 25 yards.
So a draw in Brazil… even if it was a slightly average side it was still enjoyable. Lots of Arsenal fans hailing the arrival of Chambo. Look, I’m happy for him, but lets not pretend that goal was representative of his game so far. He’s not a starter for Arsenal at the moment and he won’t be for a while. I think the club are still struggling to work out where he plays best and I think he’s still finding his feet. He’s only 19 years old, he has power and skill… and he’s certainly more natural on the ball than Theo was at that age… I just think he needs time… and he certainly doesn’t need to be hailed as the second coming of Thierry after a single goal.
Wayne Rooney was interesting. He showed his talent with a very tasty goal, he linked up well with Theo and the Ox and Wenger set tongues wagging when he said this…
“Do I find Rooney interesting? Who wouldn’t be interested in him, nobody would turn him down.”
So as I’ve been saying for a few weeks… the interest in Wayne is real, the question is on the table… and the club have been having the internal debate. People ask why he’d want Arsenal… well, he’s not the main man at United. He’s sat in the shadow of Ronaldo… now he’s in the shadow of Robin… I think at 27 he’d like to be the star attraction. Arsene might be able to make that happen.
There’s still so much that needs to happen to pull that move off… so don’t get too excited!
Wenger has more too say… he also dropped this comment about Cesc.
“Cesc is a passionate guy and what’s hurting him deeply is not playing every game, that’s what he misses”
So there we are… conversations have happened. Cesc knows we want him, the question is… Does he want us? Will he give up his Barca dream? Do Barca still want him or would cash be better? They have Alcantara who is younger… plus a load of alternative creative geniuses.
The Jovetic bore fest rumbles on… Fiorentina want €30m for him. No surprisingly, Juve don’t want to pay it… no one else is in for him. So cue loads of boring public rambling… they’ll agree a deal in the end and I suspect he’ll be staying in Italy… never to escape its clutches again. Amazing how few players from Italy end up coming over from the Premiership. Once you go over there, it’s rare you make it out.
Aaron Ramsey has been talking to the Kenyan press about Wanyama of Celtic.
‘I have watched him play for Celtic, I watched him score against Barcelona and I think he is a great player. Whether he will join us is for other people to decide.’
It’s always amusing when you hear players talk about their vision of the squad. For some reason, you imagine they don’t have a clue what the team needs depth wise. Aaron is just like a fan… he probably reads the news feeds, tunes into the blogs and casts his eye over the s*it fest that is Twitter. I’ve watched Wanyama a few times, he’s a very powerful player, he’s good on the ball and he has a nice range of passing… I’m just not sure how he’d adapt to our league… or whether he’d have the discipline. He reminded me a little of Alex Song in that way.
Two strikers hanging out in Spain at the moment have both indicated their time maybe up and that a new challenge is on the cards…
Higauin is the first name on the list…
“I am leaving Real Madrid, the decision has been made, I feel the time is right and I want a change of scenery.
“I want to go where I can prove myself really. I have several offers. I hope that Madrid do the best for me and for themselves.”
The interesting part is that there are several offers. I’ve not heard any rumblings about his name, but I don’t have a constant tap on the club. He’s an interesting striker and he’s certainly very gifted. He’s also only 25 years old, so he’d represent great value. So who knows… could be a good move.
Another player possibly on the move who has been on our radar before is David Villa. He’s said he has many things to consider this summer… probably a Brazilian superstar and a lack of first team opportunities.
“We will have to analyse many things during the summer, but as of right now I’m not thinking of anything else other than playing football for Spain.”
Too old for me… but a nice stop gap if we can get him on the cheap.
Right, that’s me done for the morning… have a great Monday!