A quick glance through the headlines shows the usual suspects and culprits as summer targets. Apparently Barcelona are going through one of their phases of wanting the entire Arsenal squad to join, Fàbregas it seems will be joined by Clichy and van Persie at the Camp Nou this summer.
Perhaps it is going to come true. For some years it has seemed that the Catalans have wanted the cream of the Arsenal crop and may be they have taken the hint and will make a bid this Summer for the whole of club. The purchaser of Lady Nina Bracewell-Smith’s shareholding is unknown and speculation is that it is an Eastern European could be no more than a smokescreen. Such is Laporta’s desire to have Fàbregas in a Barcelona shirt, the back door route seems the most likely to bring success.
Many claim that Arsène is not matching the ambitions of the supporters. Brede Hangeland is a player who seemingly falls into that camp, claiming that Fulham’s appearance in the Europa League Final justifies his decision to remain at Craven Cottage rather than move to The Emirates. Not a convincing argument to put forward, especially with no guarantee of a medal being won. At the moment, their chances of winning the competition are no better than Arsenal’s chances of winning the title five weeks ago.
Not that I begrudge Fulham their moment in the sun. They have put in some tremendous performances along the way and nobody will be able to claim that they do not deserve to be in the final. Roy Hodgson ought to be Manager of the Year – I thought he deserved it last season as well – but no doubt Ferguson or Ancelotti will be the winner, especially if Chelsea do the double, a thought almost as nauseating as Manchester United becoming the first team to win four titles in a row.
Despite this denial, Hangeland is still one of the centre backs whom I hope Arsène has on his shopping list. Meltzelder was another but he has agreed to move to Schalke this summer. No matter, Wenger has already identified his targets but as I mentioned yesterday, I still cannot see more than two new players joining this summer, with others being replacements for those who depart.
Meanwhile, Andrey Arshavin has apparently told Daily Star journalists that he can improve. Nobody would deny that but to a certain extent he is a victim of raised expectations, largely as a result of that night at Anfield. His season has been impacted by injuries not just to himself but to others also. It still seems ludicrous to think of him as a lone striker against neanderthal defenders but needs must when injuries strike.
Eduardo meanwhile seems eager to finish the season on a high with the past few years being ones to forget. He suffered as many Arsenal players seem to with new, niggling injuries once he had recovered from the major injury. Next season is crucial for him. He is one of the best finishers in the Premier League but needs to play to prove that. If he is not then serious consideration needs to be given as to whether or not he would be better served by a loan spell although the caveat of being able to recall him should exist. Unless we have special circumstances in the Premier League eyes…
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Posted on May 2, 2010, in Arsenal, Football, Premier League, Premiership, Soccer, Transfer Gossip and tagged Arsenal, Football, Premier League, Soccer, Transfer Gossip. Bookmark the permalink. 157 Comments.