When I first heard that Sol was heading back to Arsenal, my first reaction was a shrug of the shoulders and rotate both hands from palms down to palms up at the same time. Really it’s like signing a new tea lady he won’t get many games anyway.
Morally this isn’t the best move.. A fair number of people were against Flamini coming back. when Jonjon did a post a week or so ago, but at least Flamini honours his contracts. First of all Sol did to the Spuds exactly what Mathieu did to us, which is funny when the boot is on the other foot of course.
He had a year left on his contract when he left us to move “abroad” to Portsmouth, he owes us for that, a retrospective buy out clause perhaps.
Then he sets himself up for a lovely little retirement package at Notts County, not just for a while but they were prepared to pay him top dollar wages until he reaches 40 years old, not happy there he walks out after one game.
I think this is out of order really and sums up what is wrong with football, players have too much power. If Notts County sacked him and said sorry Sol no wages until the time the contract was to run there would be all hell to pay.
But then I watched him on SSN playing for the reserves on Tuesday night and I tell you what, I saw what Arsene saw in training Sol has still got it, I’m sure of it: diving headers, intercepting play, he looks twice the player that Silvestre has for us, okay some might say he is twice the size of Tweety, he has put a bit of timber on.. also it wasn’t that long ago he did a job for England when there was a centre half shortage.
Sol does have a bit of pedigree with us as well, play him against the Spuds, that should help the atmosphere and if the spud fans abuse him they could get docked points, just enough to keep them out of the top 4 😉
So I am coming around to the idea a bit now. I also thought in the summer Patrick would have been a good signing. It was funny the other day when big Tone said he had spoke to Paddy and he was going to jack it in or play in the States, then he got an offer from Citeh.. That reminded me of the Only Fools and Horses sketch when Boycie was going to scrap a lime green Cappri Ghia and Del phoned up with a couple of hundred quid in his pocket. “I have just the car for you Del Boy”..
To back up the signing of a 35 year old, Sky also listed Henrik Larrson he was the same age when he joined Manure and only a year younger when he took us apart in the Champions League final. Other notable oldies were Laurent Blanc and Vialli so perhaps Arsene does know!
The clown on Talk Sport in the morning suggested we lacked ambition and what would Djourou think.. Not ever researching the fact that Johan will be out for most of the season and it is out of respect to him that Arsene hasn’t signed a centre half in his prime and a more mature player won’t send him further down the pecking order..
Speaking of madness, what about this for a signing.. I am cringing as I write..
Take Berbatov off of Man U.. gulp.. I think he would be the ideal player to head our front 3.. He is lazy but he can finish in the air and on the ground and his link play is a teeny bit like the great DB10’s (of course not as good), he could come cheap as Fergie has dropped him a few times and their financial situation means they are a selling club now..
I’ll get my coat..