Another day passes another press conference unveiling 17 new players goes a miss.
The guy on the bus smells like a sports stadium urinal. How you get yourself into that sort of state at 0730 is beyond me.
Lots of idle chit chat occurring this morning. It feels like things are moving, but this could just be agents panicking their players don’t have homes.
I’m moving, it’s too much when you can taste the air.
So on the rumour mill is Stephen Lichsteiner of Juve. He’s a versatile full back from Switzerland. He’s 29 years old and he’s played 80 odd games for a double league winning Italian side. Fans of his team are furious at the prospect of him going because he’s so integral to their side. He plays like a machine apparently… and the fee mooted is £12m. I’d be surprised to see it happen… and the story did emanate from The Express who offer almost nothing in the way of football news or editorial.
The other right back story comes from Spain, we’ve been linked with a Nik B swap deal… for a player called Jesus. Imagine… swapping a God for a Jesus. Has someone made that quip already? To be honest, I don’t mind what we swap in, let’s just get Nik out the door, he’s stinking out the club Squillaci style at the moment…
Steven Gerrard reckons Suarez could leave Liverpool but not for another English club. We’ll see Steven, we’ll see. Gary Neville claimed he’d been training badly. Which is what I said would happen. Liverpool have reneged on their part of the deal to let him go… he’s obviously going to sulk. Football is a game of 100%. Suarez is a man of 150%. He’s the guy who according to Carragher would train with the reserves if the team were given a day off. The fact he’s not giving his all poses a massive issue for Rodgers.
The kids will see his bad behaviour and it’ll unsettle the squad. Europe can’t afford him. Liverpool can’t afford to be a striker down all season. They also can’t afford to have £20m wiped off his value over a year. Not to mention the on cost of his sulking ultimately being another season away from the Champions League.
A £60m cost attached to Liverpool keeping hold of him. Hopefully there are sparks bright enough at his club to realise this.
Anyway, according to reports, our plan B options are Dzeko and Michu. Both top talents, but not quite elite. If I had a favoured player it would be Dzeko, he can do it at the highest level. I still think Rooney would guarantee us a lot of goals. His loss would reflect badly on Moyes, so I’m not sure that’s happening regardless. Which is another pointless shame. Keeping a sulker on your bench at £1m a month really is ridiculous…
What I am finding interesting this window is the clear tension between Ivan and Arsene.
Ivan has come out and told the world and his dog that we’re spending big this summer. He’d obviously spoken to the manager about this happening. That, or he totally lied to everyone when he said the manager was on board with spending cash, which I still refuse to believe.
… and we’ve spent no money. My thoughts are that a lot of this has come from Wenger. He’s not stupid, he’ll know why Ivan pushed the ‘we’re rich’ line… to put pressure on him. So it seems like in return for that, Arsene hasn’t played ball. Hence the lack of movement and the reactionary purchasing decisions (attempted purchase decisions). I mean, we only seem to be chasing players who have been made available, rather than pursuing players than we’ve tracked for months.
It’s like Ivan and Arsene are having some sort of power struggle… the only loser? The fans, as always. If the summer ends in a mess like it normally does, you’d have to think one of the two will have to move on. We’ve either got a CEO who can’t control a manager, or a manager who doesn’t justify his £7.5m pay packet because he can’t plan or attract players anymore.
I know who I’d move on…
Anyway, how about this for a great story to kick you on for your day… Cardiff City have spent £30m so far this window. I’ve a pal who is close with the new owner, apparently it’s total carnage, in a hilarious way. I’d dig you out some stories, but I’ll save them for the pub this year.
I couldn’t leave you on that fact, I’m not totally heartless. Check out this story on the worst photo shoot of all time. It’s quite incredible. It literally made everything in my miserable little Arsenal life 100% better.
Also, I thought this was hilarious.