Hello Gooners. This will be another post with all the usual stuff. A bit of a van Persie rant, Barca again trying to woo one of our players, and some rumors which look weeks away from materializing like the ones regarding Chamakh, Squillaci et al.
Like everyone in the Arsenal scheme of things, I am getting few up with the van Persie saga. Manchester City look they have pulled out of it, leaving Mancini fuming at the board, while Juventus’ coach Antonio Conte has been banned for 10 months after his involvement in a match-fixing scandal. Does that rule out both the clubs from the say? I am not too sure. Manchester United on the other hand, have started following Barcelona’s methods, by using Wayne Rooney as bait to help lure van Persie to Old Trafford.
Alex Ferguson has himself now gone public about his interest on the player twice already this summer, and we all know how rarely that actually happens. I am not going to delve much further into this, because I had sincerely hoped we would have a settled squad a week before the season started, which is clearly not happening. There is quite a lot of rant on the internet, and you should read these pieces from Goonerholic and Gooner Daily, if you too want to get a piece of the action, but do not have a blog to express it.
The Alex Song rumors too are catching up now. It has become the media’s favorite hobby these days, to probably force out players from Arsenal, by ridiculously interviewing other players into praising them. Gerard Pique, Andres Iniesta have already involved themselves in such skulduggery, however, our ex-captain Cesc Fabregas was cutely intelligent enough to squirm out of a cornered situation by not revealing anything out of his affection for Arsenal.
Some Spanish dailies are suggesting that Arsenal have demanded a flat £20 million for the player, or will be asked to FUCK OFF. It will be again down to Arsene Wenger of course. Will he be willing to take a huge risk by selling Song off, whilst our purported offers for M’Vila and Sahin have clearly fallen off the table or hanging in the balance. This will leave us with the trio of Diaby, Coquelin and Frimpong to ply their trade in defensive midfield. Diaby is too injury prone to be trusted over the course of a season, while the other two are still too young to be blooded.
Alex Song has really developed into a fine player, like many other under the careful tutelage of Arsene Wenger. I still vividly remember the day we signed him. I was like who is the 17 year old kid again. He was loaned to Charlton soon. But, over the last two seasons, Song has demonstrated his talent at the very highest level. His creativity is of the very highest order, a la Paul Scholes. Some of his cross field passes, have been of the highest order, so is his ability to seek out runs. He does tend to shun his defensive duties, like the nightmarish game against Norwich, but he still has enough time to improve in that aspect. The player himself seems content, but would he, like many others in the past, move on just for the sake of earning a few more quid. We will have to just wait and watch.
There’s nothing much in terms of transfer news. Olympiakos want to self-destruct by signing Sebastien Squillaci. Just sell him off please, he would be better off. We would be better off. He has clearly not enjoyed his time here. Also, there are rumors that Park Chu-Young has been asked to find a club for himself or find himself rotting in the reserves. To be honest, I really think he hasn’t been given enough game time. A few minutes here and there against Manchester United and AC Milan, plus a couple of runabouts in the Carling Cup are hardly the measure the ability of the South Korean captain.
Looks like Arsene Wenger doesn’t believe that he would fit into the system, or Chu-Young hasn’t displayed the same ability on the training ground, to force a way into the team, that too with van Persie firing on all cylinders. He scored yesterday for his country against Japan, to win bronze in the Olympics.
There’s nothing much happening. Oh, Liverpool did beat that Belarussian club 4-0 on aggregate, and Tony Hibbert scored his first goal, which was unofficial, in over 300 games for Everton. A moment to savour, surely.
Our pre-season ends tomorrow with the friendly against Cologne. There will also be the small matter of Russian oil against Arab oil, I mean Chelsea vs Manchester City in the Community Shield.
Have a good weekend.
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