Old red nose said similar, but where’s Ronaldo now??

June 3, 2010

 

Barca have finally made a formal offer for our captain Cesc Fabregas and they want the deal to go through as soon as possible. Of course they do, they don’t want ‘their new player’ to play well in the world cup do they, knowing that Arsenal could then add an extra few million to his price tag. (of course I jest!)

Shock, horrow, Arsenal Football Club have finally spoken….yesterday they released this statement:

“Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas is under contract with the Club until the summer of 2015. He is a highly valued member of the team and part of our future plans.

“We have followed recent speculation linking Cesc with a move away from the Club but as there has never been any official approach for him, only two informal exchanges, in which we made it abundantly clear that we have no interest in transferring Cesc, we have refrained from publicly passing comment. However, yesterday evening we received an offer from Barcelona for Cesc and in response, we immediately and resolutely told them once again that we have no intention of selling our captain.

“To be clear, we will not make any kind of counterproposal or enter into any discussion. Barcelona have publicly stated that they will respect our position and we expect that they will keep their word.

Barca keep their word! Yeah right, like heck will they, they will make the right offer in the end and I’m sure the club will sell him! 87M Euros or around 55M Euros and Yaya Toure!!

Some think that the club statement is a bold one, one thats put Barca firmly in their place… Me, I just think back to last summer, didn’t Old Red Nose say something similar to Real Madrid but look what happened there, says it all really. The right price will get any player!! The Mancs survived and so will we!!

If Wenger/Arsenal ARE going to sell our captain, before that sale is complete, the club need to confirm the signing of his replacement. They must not and cannot afford to let Cesc go and then go on the lookout as every club will know how much Barca have paid for Fabregas and they will inflate any price for their own player.

Personally, I don’t think we have any player currently at Arsenal who would be able to fill the void left if Fabregas is sold and we don’t want to be hearing about x,y and z who Wenger tried to sign, but failed. We are two days into the window and eight days before the World Cup begins, best Wenger gets to work and fast!!

From this day, until its confirmed he is staying or going, I am not going to write another post about Cesc Fabregas, I am sick and tired of reading and writing about him, Barcelona and their players. If the club say something then that will be different, but I just want this deal to be done, let Sky Sports and all the red tops have their ten minutes of glory whilst reporting how we have lost our best player and then we can all move on!!

My last word on it is, Come on Jose, join in the fun!!

Talking of Jose, he has said that Stevie Gerrard is top of his list of targets for Real Madrid, you don’t hear about that all day and night on Sky Sports do you, no, its always about the doom and gloom at Arsenal, the Fabregas story, the Gallas injury, the Theo being left out of the World Cup squad!! They forget there were six others left out, all of whom probably thought they were on their way to South Africa!! You don’t hear anything about them, well not in the way you hear about poor old Theo!!

At least Matt Le Tissier and Tony Cascarino agree with me about Theo!! 😉

Brighter news, Joe Cole has reportedly signed a three year contract with us and Hugo Rodallega could really be on his way out of Wigan having been labelled a ‘luxury player’ by the clubs chairman…. I’ll believe both though, only when its on afc.com

That’s it for today, have a good one 🙂

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Is Wenger preparing for a raid on Bordeaux Duo??

May 15, 2010

With another season in transition out of the way, the silly season is about to begin. With Arsenal’s traditional end of season stumbling and overall lack of quality signings in recent years, we once again find ourselves being linked to every player the media decides they feel fit.

A perfect example is the fact we are being linked to every keeper the world has ever produced. Due to our Goalkeeping crisis it is only natural that names such as Buffon are thrown into the mix. Although I  would love Buffon between the  Arsenal stick’s, I find it hard to believe that we would part with the large sum of money required to capture his expert services. Sir Wenger has never spent big on a keeper so I think it’s highly unlikely he will start now. We definitely need a signing in this area though, you know the omens are bad when we are linked to keepers like Rob Green and Paul Robinson..To be honest I’d rather keep Almunia than waste pennies on either of those two..

Any I’m moving off topic a little..

One player we have been linked to and what is possibly Arsenal’s worst kept secret since Samir Nasri, is the certain arrival of Bordeaux’s Marouane Chamakh. I personally think we are lacking a lethal finisher up front, but I believe Chamakh will be a fantastic signing.

I’ve been studying him a lot recently and although his finishing needs improvement he will provide us with an extra dimension up top. His all round play is rather impressive and his link up play is top notch. He fits the Arsenal style completely and above all else, he’s free!!!

Which brings me onto my next point.. Yoann Gourcuff.. He’s another quality player and like Chamakh, he’s been pivotal in the clubs progression this year in the Champions League.. Gourcuff is a playmaker type player and from what I’ve seen, he and Chamakh have a telepathic style of playing together (a lot like what Bobby P and Thierry did). They play like they are best friends on the pitch as well as off it and it has worked well for Bordeaux.

I’m sure that there is many clubs interested in Goucuff this summer and it has been proved in recent seasons when Cesc is absent the Arsenal midfield are rather toothless and out of ideas. We could use another player for him to play with and take the reigns when he picks up an injury.

With the club now being in an apparent situation to spend a bit of money this summer, is Gourcuff on Sir Arsene’s radar?? By signing his buddy Chamakh we have certainly put ourselves in a good position and for the price of one, we could end up with two of Frances best combination players.

Is Wenger set to pounce?? I guess we’ll just have to wait and see..