Are you one who is getting bugged with the Cazorla thingy? Are you frustrated with the lack of any changes on the Arsenal site? Do you keep banging the refresh button on your browser every 10 minutes?
Well, then you have company. This is seriously getting on my nerves now. I have been sitting here idle in front of my work PC, with a dozen sites open. BBC, Arseblog News, Arsenal.com. But, there seems to be no movement so far.
Well, all sites are saying it is going to happen sooner or later. Even I know that. But, you know you can’t heave a sigh of relief unless you actually see visuals of a short Spanish bloke, with bunny teeth looking confused at the sight of his new bright purple jersey on the official club website. Supposedly, he was absent from Malaga’s training session yesterday, under permission from the club of course, and he was snapped up at London airport. His Malaga teammate, Rondon has even wished him goodbyes. And these come from reliable sources. Well, I have no idea, who these reliable sources are, neither do you, but there you go.
The transfer fee is reported to be in the region of £12.5 million to £18 million, which will herald a complete change in transfer policy. And a shrewd transfer policy at that. Liverpool splashed £35 million on the unproductive Andy Carroll alone, while we have spent the same amount on 3 continental talents, 2 of whom are full internationals. Clearly, these are signs that the benefits are being reaped from the construction of the new stadium. It may have taken 6 years, but, hey, better late than never.
The fact that we have signed 3 attacking players, also means we will be able to soften the blow of van Persie’s imminent departure. There have been loads of pictures from training on the official site, but only one or two with the Dutchman in most of the recent galleries. Previously, say, last season, he was the more prominent of players in the photos. Not that it is anything to go by, but still. It is just like trying to stab in the dark.
There are reports that van Persie could yet consider an u-turn, and sign a new deal at the club, probably flanked by an apology, on his personal website, out of respect to ‘you’ guys of course. But, again it is just like trying to stab in the dark. Interest has died down pretty much, with most of the transfer market’s central news regarding Arsenal revolving around the signature of Santi Cazorla at the earliest.
According to reports, Juventus have still maintained an interest in signing the forward, while interest from Manchester United has all but died down. Manchester City don’t seem too keen on making an improved offer, from their existing £15 million bid which was reported. Juve are willing to offer £20 million, plus £190,000 in wages, without any taxes. The quicker this saga, the better for all of us.
The Cazorla transfer would also spark a rethink about the position of Theo Walcott at the club. Will he sign the new deal, considering Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is snapping at his heels, or will he bail out and sign for a Liverpool or Southampton, both of whom have been linked to the England winger in recent weeks. One thing’s for sure. If Walcott does stay, he will have to perform at his best, to remain in the first team. It will be interesting to watch.
Of course there is the Alex Song situation as well that has to be dealt with at the earliest. Barcelona players have already started to sing praises of our Cameroonian, Sergio Biscuits, leading the choir. It really leaves a bad taste. They have to do it all the time, don’t they. Started with Overmars, all the way upto Henry and Fabregas. I just hope we can tell them to bugger off, but it also depends on whether Alex Song wants to stay or leave.
The amount of development work Arsene Wenger has put in for Song, one would expect him to stay. But, c’mon we know this loyalty gibberish doesn’t exist anymore. Where do we stand with Fabregas, Adebayor, Nasri and van Persie. The club has t take a stance this season. Offer him a contract, and not stall over it for a year.
Meanwhile, negotiations are still on for a loan deal to sign Nuri Sahin. The complication arises when Arsenal have asked for an option to sign at the end of the loan. However, it is not yet confirmed whether Sahin or Real Madrid want that clause to be included. Sahin has stated that he wants to stay on and fight for a place, despite the fiercest of competitions and the impending transfer of Luka Modric from Sp*rs (who got fined for not attending training recently). Jose Mourinho has gone on to state that Sahin should look elsewhere, as he doesn’t fit into the ‘Special One’s’ plans.
Woah! Podolski, Giroud, Cazorla and Sahin. Footiegasmic or what. Ambition? Need any more than that, Robin?
Finally, I was watching a football show, where they were pronouncing Cazorla as Cathorla. Why not just name him that. And they just don’t pronounce it like it should. They have to exaggerratingly make sure their tongue touches the topmost point in their mouth. Crazy Spaniards!
That’s it for today!
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