Rix and Brady = Gibbs and Wilshere??

April 30, 2010


A couple of days ago Arsene Wenger had this to say on afc.com

“I have definite transfer targets and I have been talking to people but I will not tell you to who,”  he told the Arsenal Matchday Programme.

The Frenchman then revealed there was a desire to bring in players ahead the summer tournament. He went on: “I believe the earlier you settle your team the better it is and the less anxiety you have.”

Wenger added that he would not sign a player on their strength of their performance in South Africa “unless there is an exception there that nobody knew before. Also post-World Cup the prices are always artificial.

“Overall I feel it is very dangerous to buy on the strength of the tournament because sometimes there are players who are fresh and have not played the whole season. Everyone can have three weeks of glory as a football player. Ten years is a bit different.”

Being realistic, of course Arsene isn’t going to tell the world who he ‘is talking’ to, I wouldn’t either, no shrewd business person would.

If you read NewsNow and believed every story about who is top on list of transfers for our club, we would have to sell most of the team to make way those players we are meant to be buying… Mme, would that be such a bad thing, ok I am joking!!

Here’s a list of some of those we have been linked to:-

Jack Rodwell

Philippe Mexes

Sebastien Frey (after going on a diet)

David Villa



Lassana Diarra

Phil Jones

Steven N’Zonzi

Felipe Melo

Stephen Ireland

Hugo Lloris

Arda Turan

Nevan Subotic

There are more, and the transfer window hasn’t even opened yet. I think Subotic is the only real possibility from that list, I’m assuming the Chamakh deal is all but sorted out.

As Wenger said, he wants a player who can play to best for ten years, not just three weeks! Blimey, shock horror, who was the last player he kept for ten years?

Yesterday, our boss then added this, and it’s from afc.com – He said, 

“Certainly, we will announce one player before the World Cup. After that we will see.”

I think that player will be Chamakh.

Later on the website he added this,

What is for sure if Gallas doesn’t extend his contract we have to go out and strengthen this position,” “For the rest we will see.

“There is a cut off point for Gallas. It doesn’t depend only on me. Gallas can come and say ‘Boss we will stop the talks because I signed somewhere and that’s it’.

“I could set a deadline for us and that will certainly be before the end of May because we then have to look for someone else. We have more talks planned.

The World Cup kicks off on the 11th June 2010 – so I now expect us to see Chamakh, Torres, Villa and Subotic all signed up by then and paraded  in their new red and white Arsenal Shirts – then Arshavin might shut up, he will have great players around him, sadly though he’ll be watching from the bench as he won’t get in the side – careful what you wish for Mr Arshavin – its seems you have now peed off your boss and we all know what happens when you do that!

Being serious we should see one if not two new players signed by the time the little tournament gets going and reading between the lines maybe another one later on. I honestly think Gallas will go as will Silvestre but as long as Wenger keeps his promise and strengthens the defence, I’m not bothered about either of them leaving, just a shame we won’t get any money for them!

Kenny Sansom made reference to Kieran Gibbs yesterday, he said he is like Graham Rix, in footballing terms I mean, not someone who ends up in prison for being naughty!! Sansom thinks that Gibbs should be played as a winger.

Rix was a good player for us,originally from Doncaster, Yorkshire, he joined Arsenal as an apprentice in 1974 and turned professional the year after. His first game was against Leicester City on 2 April 1977, and made his mark by scoring the opening goal. He instantly became a regular on the left-wing, replacing George Armstrong – he and Liam Brady formed a very impressive attacking midfield pairing.

Possibly his worst game for us was against Valencia, the game finished 0-0 and Rix missed his penalty, we lost!!

But during a week when we have talked about the kind of player we need, Rix is another – we have the next Brady in Wilshere, all we need now is the perfect out-and-out winger to form the same kind of impressive attacking midfield – could that be Gibbs, or maybe even Traore….

It sure as heck is not Diaby!!

He says he believes in youth, as I’ve said before, start playing the ones who are good enough and stop playing those who clearly are not…

Finally, if you didn’t support the mighty Arsenal, would you rather be a Liverpool fan or a Fulham fan this morning. I know my answer and I’m still smiling after last nights results.

Have a good day all, not long until kick off 🙂