Good morning people, there are some pretty desperate stories online this morning. You can really tell the sites trying to cash in on the summer web click frenzy. Which makes it hard to dig out genuine stories…
Tony Adams was miffed that he was overlooked for the chairman role at the club.
‘Look, I would make the tea for Arsenal Football Club, but I thought I ticked all the right boxes for the board. I don’t need the money, I would put the good of the club first in every case and I could mediate well within the club.’
‘I read an interview with Peter saying they wanted younger blood on the board but it was not easy finding people willing to take on second jobs who were not money-orientated. I thought I ticked boxes, so I wrote to Peter and said ‘I’ve got a statue outside and I know a bit about the club’s principles and values’.
‘I didn’t hear anything back, which was unusual for Peter, but I know he has been ill. But if they just wanted a figurehead, they should have gone for me.’
Now, I love Tony Adams, but I’m not sure I’d have him down as Chairman material. He might have a degree in sport science, but having listened to him on numerous occasion, I’m not sure that really counts for much. He thinks Keswick is unimaginative and I agree… doesn’t mean he was the right choice.
Loved the man as a player, but being the voice of the club? Going on some of the strange interviews we’ve heard over the years, I don’t think it’d be long before we started to have Peter Hill-wood facepalm moments. He’s not savvy enough and I think 46 is a touch on the young side for a job like Chairman.
The Higuain story seems to be coming to a close. Most publishing houses seem to be reporting on a done deal. If it didn’t happen now, I’d be quite surprised. At £22m, I think we’re getting a bargain. 106 goals in 186 games is pretty good going. He should slot into our side with ease. Wenger still kept it French as well… the Argentine boasting dual nationality though he doesn’t speak the language.
The Daily Mail are still running with the Rooney story… they seem to think Arsenal want him as well as Higuain. Wenger sees Rooney as an attacking midfielder apparently, so he could work him in with a striker who can score freely. Interesting idea. Rooney is a very creative player and he certainly helped get the best out of Ronaldo back in the day. I’m just struggling to believe Wenger spanking out £350k a week in wages across 2 players… this is a time when I’d be happy to be very wrong.
Final Story of the day has us chasing down Greek defender Kyriakos Papadopoulos. The Schalke centre back is 21 years old and has attracted admiring glances from Madrid and Chelsea. I don’t know much about him, but one thing is for sure, Arsenal are looking for a new centre back. Ashley Williams is still a top target and there are reports he’s going to push for a move as he’s nearly 29. I’d welcome any quality addition. If Vermaelen really is on his way out, the thought of Miquel being our third choice is a bit scary. Still not sure why people moan about spending £10m on a third choice centre back… Rio cost £30m ten years ago. It’s really not a huge sum especially when you consider our susceptibility to long term injuries.
That’s pretty much all there is today. Have a good one, catch you in the comments.