Well hello summer! Good morning and welcome to the Tuesday post. Loads of stuff going on today… including me exploding a box of pasta in my gym bag. Did I just squeeze in an accident that highlighted my healthy lifestyle?
I think I did…
First up on the ‘heeeeelllll yeaaaaahhhhhh!’ list is the fantastic news that Denilson is on his way out of the club after we came to a deal with him on his last year. No idea what that looked like, but I’d imagine a 6 month lump of cash… and a bosman. A good deal for him. Let’s hope we can pull a similar trick with the rest of the dross. I’d be going to Chamakh, JD and Fabianski with that deal as well…
People shedding tears online of Denilson like he was a good servant. He was lazy, he was arrogant behind the scenes and he sat on a fat deal rather than fight for first team football at a new club. I’ve no time for him. Good riddance. If a big club has to come out and say ‘you’re too rich for us’ and you’re crap… there’s a real issue if you don’t go. It means you don’t love the game. Which when you’re loaded already is shameful.
On the Cesc front, he’s had quotes attributed to him from one of the 72 Barcelona publications in circulation stating his happiness. Now, this either means he’s happy, or the quotes are made up. Whatever the quotes, Wenger has been talking to him and the interest from Arsenal has been firm. As I’ve said all along, the ball is in his court… if he wants to stay, that’s down to him. It’s also down to us to go out and find someone else. I’m not talking a punt from Lyon… I’m talking Hamsik or a creator of equal stature. To be honest, I can’t help but think Cesc was an opportunistic dream move over a standout requirement.
A position we do desperately require surgery is up top. I had a text from someone close to the transfer action that stated we weren’t close to Rooney or Cesc because there’s a lot of ‘posturing’ going on. As there weren’t any new Wenger quotes today, the Daily Mail has made up interest in Michu. Apparently we’re sniffing around for £18m. Now, he banged in 22 goals this season. He scored a similar amount the year before in La Liga. He’s a talent. He’s more of a risk than Rooney in terms of return… but he’d be a safer investment if we wanted to save money to invest elsewhere in the squad.
Not quite marquee… but a star performer this year none the less.
I also missed the Benteke story the other day. Mainly because it felt like The Express had looked online, seen which fanbase wanted Benteke the most… then linked the two for a mega display media pay day.
I’ve been doing a bit of work with some football blogs, you’d be staggered just how much busier and Arsenal blog like this is compared to a Chelsea equivalent. Chelsea might have the money, but they don’t have a digital fanbase in our league. Or a normal one for that matter. That’s why Talksport are always on the wind up against Arsenal fans… we’re the most likely to pick up the phone. And we’re an easy target.
Talking of targets, Wenger added Gareth Bale to his all time ‘sh*t, we just missed out on him’ eleven. Gareth Bale was an option we passed on because we had Clichy and Cole. Can’t argue with that logic. It’s not like he was a hit for Spurs straight away… in fact… Ferguson told Harry he should sell him. I don’ t think there were many takers. He was moved up to the left wing… then the rest is history.
The Sun has Koscielny linked with a move to Bayern Munich. Their centre back Bastuber is injured and looking at a long time out… Guardiola likes Laurent, so there’s an interest. I have no doubt that this story really doesn’t have legs. Bayern can’t bully us on finance… they can on prestige at the moment. I’m pretty confident we won’t be letting him go… I’m also fairly confident he won’t be pushing for a move.
Right, I have a meeting in 8 minutes, so I’ll catch up with you a bit later.