Barca: Skinflints Or Skint? Capello Misses The Point And More
You are reading the latest edition of Doom & Gloom Times. Thanks to John Murphy from yesterday’s comments for providing a laugh that has yet to fade…
Show me the money! Show me the money!
So where are we at with the Catalan posturing? Aaaah, yes. First of all, you have, with your constant and incessant, deflated the mood of a young man who is to represent Spain in South Africa. It isn’t Arsenal who have done this, it is you who seek to wreck your nations chances at the World Cup by distracting a player when he should be concentrating on matters between the painted lines.
You might recall Cesc Fabregas. You know the one who scored the winning penalty against Italy in the last European Championships? No? What of the penalty where he broke his leg and destroyed your two-goal lead at The Emirates? No? You know, the one who ‘did one’ when but a teenager because he knew that Arsenal would develop him in a way that you never could. Aaaah, yes, you remember. That one.
Not that the Spanish media would have you believe it was Barcelona’s fault that Cesc is downbeat. Oh, no, that’s the fault of Arsenal. That mean Mr Wenger, those horrible directors. They won’t let him leave for a rock bottom price, 25p and a bag of mouldy M&Ms. Oh no, they want those millions of Euros that you don’t have. At least that is what the leading candidate for Presidency, Sandro Rosell, told the world the other day.
His tune has changed slightly. The Pied Piper of Catalunya piped the rats onto the Highway To Hell when he noted that Barcelona – “More than a club” – were skint. He omitted to mention that it was not just financially but morally as well. Pursuing their quarry through the back pages rather than being up front. Talking of respect. Hand them a dictionary. Show them the meaning of the word. You want the truth? You can’t handle the truth! Arsenal do not want to sell.
And still you, Laporta, talk of €35m being a fair market value. This ain’t Primark. You are shopping in Harrods.
You tell us that Wenger is doing exactly what you would do; protecting his club’s interests.
Let the player know how much you love him. Let the player know how much you want him. Let him know that he is the object of your desire. Yet still criticising them for doing so, for refusing to cower before your mighty ego.
Or continue to talk down the price. A signal of your vanity-fuelled pursuit, dangling him on a lead, disrespecting him, his family and Arsenal Football Club. Let him know that he is merely an object of your ego, that you don’t care for him, simply that you don’t want anyone else to have him.
So, here’s a thought. Make Arsenal an offer they can’t refuse. Put your money where your mouth is or quite simply, do us all a favour and shut the f*ck up.
Yeah, Capello And Pearce, I’m Talking To You
So Theo Walcott was omitted from England’s World Cup squad because he is not the player he was before he was injured. No remorse for the selfish motivation that saw him play for the senior and junior international last summer and begin twelve months of injury-riven woe. Mr Capello, you are reaping the harvest of your previous efforts.
It is not all Capello’s fault; Walcott failed to produce consistently in the short time available before the World Cup was upon us. There was flashes of the ability but not frequently enough; that weight rests on Walcott’s shoulders. That it was a close run thing between inclusion and omission is suggested by the comments of Capello that Theo would be playing in the Euro 2012 qualifiers.
Here is a small suggestion for the England manager. Leave Walcott out of the squad to play Hungary in August. Let him play for his club and get form back. Let him build his confidence away from the England set-up. And then see the good that rest can do rather than flogging him to death, fit only for the glue factory through over-exertion.
And ban Stuart Pearce from ever calling him up for the junior team again.
Other Transfer Gossip
Jean-Louis Tiraud, Bordeaux’s President, is nothing if not practical. He may have been less than amused with the departure of Marouane Chamakh to Arsenal but that is not going to stop him dealing with Arsenal again, if the money is right.
Yoann Gorcuff is expected by the media to Fabregas’ replacement at The Emirates but rather than being outraged, Tiraud is putting this down purely to the media, refusing to participate in their games of speculation.
Should Arsene decide to come knocking, the price will be high, perhaps higher than he would like to pay but nonetheless talking will be done. Tiraud may have been annoyed beforehand but seems to have realised it was his own obstinacy that caused a lot of the discontent with Chamakh last summer and beyond. Arsenal were not blameless, no club ever is but water has washed under the bridge and money talks. Whether it is the right language is another matter.
A couple of requests have been sent in. Firstly, and with many apologies for my slack-jawed deliquency in posting this yesterday, Elliott Quince is running a charity art exhibition based on football stickers / cards throughout the World Cup – see his site GotGotGotNeed for details. 1 player from each of the 32 competing nations is to be featured, Robin van Persie is the Dutch player. All proceeds go to the Luton and Dunstable Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, who cared for his daughter last year.
Secondly, Dr Jamie Clelland, Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise at Staffordshire University, is carrying out an anonymous survey on fans’ views towards gay football players. The address is www.topfan.co.uk and the site is being managed by Staffordshire University.
Posted on June 5, 2010, in Arsenal, Football, Premier League, Soccer, Transfer Gossip and tagged Arsenal, Cesc Fabregas, Football, Soccer, Theo Walcott, Transfer Gossip, World Cup 2010. Bookmark the permalink. 82 Comments.