Well, you always have to have a few good Arsenal stories up your sleeve around March time when your Mark Gonnella. They’re like the mushrooms in Super Mario, they protect the club against the turtle shells Arsene Wenger pings the clubs way with his March / Feb antics. Anyway, we released some very good news yesterday.
Per Mertesacker: The giant German has signed the last major deal of his career. I’ve no idea what it’s worth. but I’m guessing it’ll be near the £100k a week territory. He’s been an inspirational signing, one that we needed for years. He answered a major issue of ours… conceding from set pieces. It wasn’t a particularly difficult one to solve… sign someone of high quality who has height. Boom, Per, the self confessed Gooner solved that issue in his first season. He’s settled now and he’s formed part of one of the best back 4s in the league.
Tomas Rosicky: For me, he’s been a top player for us this season. He was at the tail end of the last two. He’s never really fulfilled on his promise, but he’s been a superb squad player when given the chance. He’s probably hitting his last season next year, and I’m sure he can still offer us plenty… just not three times a week. You need to keep experience around the squad as long as it’s useful. He’s useful. He drives forward, he’s technically gifted and he’s the only man I know who grows up younger.
Aaron Ramsey: He signed up to a £65k a week deal last year, which I didn’t really agree with based on performance. But then guess what? He totally proved me wrong and smashed the hell out of the tail end of last season as well as playing an integral role for the first three months of this year until Arsene drove him into a long term injury. He’s signed up to a £100k a week deal. Hard to argue that. Pay players what they’re worth, or they go.
The only other deal I’d like to be settled is the Sagna one. I’m not sure whether this is going to happen now? One paper says he’s staying, the other paper is saying he’s said goodbye to his team mates. I don’t know what to make of it… all I know is that he’s a very good player who has never had a mega pay day. If the club have waited this long to tie him down. that might have hacked him off. That’d be bad news.
The other bit of ‘news in waiting’ could be Wenger. Has he signed a deal? Are Arsenal sitting on the news? I hope not. We’ll see though. If we beat Everton in the FA Cup, they might shuffle the news out after.
In other news, Nik Bendtner is feeling sorry for himself.
“You can never say never in football but I can’t see my career finishing at Arsenal because I want to play. Every footballer wants to play and right now I am sometimes not even in the team, it’s not nice, you want to play every game and I want to be at a team where those possibilities are possible.”
“The team has been winning so it has been difficult to change the team. I think there are reasons why and why not but I would rather keep them personal.”
I get what he’s saying here. He’s been treated badly this season. He’s caused a lot of problems himself, but I really felt he had the right attitude around Christmas, it looked like all the signs were there for him to have a good second half of the season, the manager said he was part of the consideration set… then it became apparent that was a lie to avoid signing a striker.
That decision has bitten the manager on the arse. If he’d divided game time 60-40 between Bendtner and Giroud, we’d have two fresh strikers with roughly the same ability. As it happens, we’ve brutalised one who is shot to pieces and we’ve put our faith in a kid. It hasn’t worked out. There you go… it is what it is.
Nik feels he’s been portrayed poorly in the media. He’s a bit of a whipping boy. I feel for him. Everything he says is twisted because no one cares what the truth is when it comes to him. He made his bed as a kid, now he’ll always lie in it when it comes to the British media.
Some outlets are pushing the news I shared with you last week about the return of Aaron Ramsey, but the Mirror took the excitement one step further blowing people’s minds with the news that KIM KALLSTROM IS BACK TO HELP.
Incredible news. I can’t wait to see him. Could be involved for the FA Cup. According to Arsene, it takes three months for players to bed into a side, so I’m looking forward to seeing what this guy can bring in 10 games.
Right, I’m going to Zurich today… 17 days straight working. The chances are, tomorrow will be a late, short post. So enjoy this super early one today. I wrote it in a cab with WIFI. So cool.
Have a great day!