So things are kicking up a gear, I went into a lull of sadness, thinking maybe, just maybe, things weren’t going to plan as always. However, I’ve been given renewed hope… and not just because I love the new kit, and no club would put crap players in a shirt that nice? Would they?
Arsenal threw on an event yesterday for fans, bloggers and press for the release. They mentioned and audacious stunt, which with hindsight and foresight was a bad idea… had marketing and PR known there were no new players. It takes months to plan these things, so I feel for them… and the stick they’ve taken online. They’re at the mercy of something they can’t control.
Launch wise, it was nice to see us go big. We had the British core showing off the fancy hooped socks and retro look yellow shirt. The club arranged for fans and bloggers to talk to players and staff after. A damn modern approach to a launch if ever there was one. Amplify the new kit through the people who have the highest propensity to 1) buy it 2) influence those who might 3) make some friends along the way.
They also decked out the side of the ground with the players in the new shirt… and managed to get Arsenal trending in the UK.
Geoff on the new shirt:
I went to The Gilbert Scott restaurant in St. Pancras Station, what a wonderful building, I chose that so to be close to the launch of our new away kit. Which Pedro went to.
I am amazed as it was supposed to be an exclusive and I’m sure I had seen pictures of it before, but Arsenal say it was exclusive so I must be wrong.
I love the socks though and it now goes straight in at number one in my favourite away kits since the lightening bolts of the Bergkamp days. I love it!
So a big well done to Arsenal for doing something right for once, now onto the EPL trophy!
I believe that Wenger knows now he has to start delivering, he isn’t that dim that he can keep building teams that don’t compete and I genuinely think he is keeping us waiting to surprise us, he likes the grand entrance and this season I think he’ll deliver.
And that my friends is all down to beer, that’s all it takes to get back the belief and at least now I have something to blame if it doesn’t happen.
Also seeing the new kit is like an omen, I can see us winning the league in that.
Onto transfers. There are fires behind the smoke. Arsenal are working away on deals at the moment. As has been widely reported, Madrid are playing hardball on Higuain, namely because they don’t have a replacement lined up. The price has climbed, Arsenal won’t match it. Madrid were never going to give up their best striker easily. Too much money… too little Arsenal kindness. We’re still working on him though…
The real news, to which I’ll eat humble pie over, is that Arsenal have their sights track onto Suarez. The papers are onto something and it’s not PR nonsense. Suarez wants to make the move to Arsenal and as his history indicates, is not scared to push hard to get it. The opening bid has been put at £30m. I’d be surprised if he went for less than £38m… but jeez, we sold the best young creative midfielder in the world for £30m.
Suarez hasn’t been shy about the interest and is genuinely keen on making a move down to the capital.
“It is good to know that I am still valued by teams like Arsenal,”
“Friends call me up to ask if I am moving to Chelsea, to which I laugh. The important thing in the market, whatever else has happened, is that teams continue to value me for what I have done as a player on the pitch.
His interest flies in the face of his ‘I want to go to Spain to escape the nasty media’ stance. But then again, his agent, Pere Guardiola (brother of Pep) will know the deal with Spanish economy and the potential ramifications for foreign stars. Tax rises, savings theft… you know, standard EU practice. The stability and potential of Arsenal must look quite appealing. Champions League football will once again be key to this move… so to all the naysayers who hoped we’d drop out of the elite last summer, I hope you realise the whole reason we’re moving for top players is our league status.
If a player genuinely wants to leave a club, you’re powerless to keep them… unless you want to make an expensive statement. My scouse pals reckon there is some sort of agreement where Suarez can speak to clubs for £40m. I’d say they’d take less in this market, especially as they don’t have Champions League football. Trouble is we’re up against a club that valued Andy Carroll at £35m and managed to sell Torres for £50m.
That said, times are changing… if Rooney is worth £25m, Higuain £22m, Cesc £30m, Thiago £18m, Cazorla £12m and countless other top quality players moving for smaller fees… why not Suarez for £30-35m?
The worry for Arsenal fans is this… there’s no pressure on Arsenal to make the purchase early, he has a 6 game ban. This could easily roll on until deadline day and we could suffer a… ‘Oh, we’ll get him next year’ type scenario.
He’d be an incredible signing if he did happen. He’s a better player than Rooney and Higuain with a longer shelf life. Imagine the goals he’d get being serviced by decent players?
Anyway, that’s all I’ve got… Things are moving behind the scenes, the clubs number one priority is a striker. Then it’s a midfielder. Then it’ll be bolt on squad players. Also, I’ve also been told that Sanogo is a really good guy, very passionate a out the game and the scouts really believe he’ll make a mark… not going to say anything else really, are they?
So to everyone asking do I still believe in this summer? Absolutely. Why is it different? Intent. When have we EVER had a plan b.
Sell Cesc… sign Cazorla two seasons later…
Sell Paddy… Sign Baptista two seasons later…
Lose Flamini, Gilberto, Diarra… sign no one
Have a keeping issue… Lose out on Schwarzer… sign no one
This summer we’ve missed out on players and moved onto the next player. Hig deal stalls, let’s look at Suarez… we’ll make a statement, I just don’t know when it’ll be. But the club will do something, they have to if we’re to compete.