Lewandowski came out in the press to insist he hadn’t illegally signed a pre-contract with Bayern Munich.
He also said nothing had been agreed, which, I have on good authority from Raphael Honigstein is probably, is probably a bit of a lie. Whilst he hasn’t put pen to paper, he’s certainly agreed in principle that there’s only one club for him. I was told this is why Arsenal and every other major club gave up the chase in the summer. And look, you might not have believed me when I told you at the time, but looking back, it was clear we would have paid for him if he’d shown an interest.
The latest quotes attributed to him stink of…
‘Hey, we said £150k a week, but I’m one of the best strikers in the world, so how about you give me a little taste of £250k a week?’
He’s the missing link in the Bayern team. Once they snap him up, they’ll have the most outrageously talented squad on the the planet. Which is a shame. Still, it means they’ll at least stop buying everyone going for a little bit.
Which means Arsenal and all the other cash rich clubs on the planet have a free run at Draxler, Gundogan, Bender and Reus. You see, there are always talented players to buy and when you’re part of the monied elite, you have the right to purchase them.
… and hey, we need a damn striker. Arsenal fans are pretty short sighted. I’m sorry, but plenty are. If Le Grove had stated we needed to buy Ozil at the start of the summer, which amongst the 400 suggestions, we probably did, there would have been a large percentage of fans saying, ‘but hey, won’t that kill Zelalem’…
Now, I’m the first to admit that I’d have preferred a Suarez this summer, but I was perfectly elated at signing the best number 10 despite not really have the need for him. Why? Because you always have a need for the best players. Like Brian Clough once said to a player, ‘If I find a player who is better than you and I don’t move for him, I’m doing the club a disservice.’
Damn straight Brian, damn straight…
Which is why, when we’re linked to Benzema, I shouldn’t be reading…
‘Yeah, but do we need him? Giroud is doing ok’
I’m sorry, but this is not a sporting statement. Giroud is doing ok. He’s scored some goals. But firstly, if Giroud picks up an injury, the only alternative is Nik Bendtner. Secondly, I think it’s fair to say, that despite Giroud doing a sterling job at the moment, he’s still a grade B striker. Not to say he can’t make the jump, but those be facts. And thirdly, competition is good for everyone.
Snapping up a striker who has won things at both of his previous clubs is a good thing. If news that he’ll cost £20m is true, it’s even more of a priority. He’s consistently banged in 20+ goals a season. For the past two seasons he’s managed 20 assists. Those are world class numbers. He’s having an average start to the season, but that’s because the club don’t believe in him (Hello Ozil) and the fans are booing him. He’d be a superb signing. He has great control, he’s fast and he’s 25 years old. He’s a different striker to Giroud, which is what we need. Hopefully Wenger is still interested in him and hopefully he’ll be available in January.
On the outbound front, Thomas Vermaelen has loosely hinted, that in world cup year, if he’s not playing by January, he’ll be doing one. Fair shout. If you’re in your prime and you’re not playing, you should find a club where you can play.
‘People ask me if I panic because I’m not playing a lot but I’m not.
‘I have spoken to the manager but it will remain private between us. Things can happen in a split second and change my situation. That can happen tomorrow or next weekend.
‘In that case, we will speak differently in January. I have to be ready for that.’
… but this is Arsenal Thomas, we’ll have a massive injury pile up in no time and I’m sure, from there, you’ll gain about 30 appearances.
England take on the Polish at Wembley this evening. So I thought, hey, what do Polish people do in their spare time? I found out, and I love it.