Green Backed Dollars, You’re Joe-King & Win A New Home Shirt
Good Buy 1?
Transfer talk sparks this morning with West Ham effectively putting Robert Green up for sale. It gives he and Joe Cole something to talk about whilst they are away although David Sullivan proved that his footballing knowledge can be written on the back of a postage stamp and still leave enough room for the War and Peace to be written next to it by suggesting that Real Madrid might come calling to the East End. Does the name Iker Casillas mean anything, David?
Joe Cole meanwhile has been told that he can leave Chelsea, the Champions have decided that his wage demands are too much to bear considering Uefa’s new financial strictures preclude offering either he or Michael Ballack the contracts of which they desired. You can watch the scramble unfold as England head towards their inevitable Quarter Final exit…
Not such a good deal is the one being offered by the Spanish media on behalf of Barcelona. Apparently Cesc is worth €10m more than Yaya Toure, a move encouraged by the player’s Mr20% and the Spanish media. It all seems rather incredible and the suspicion is that the Mr20% is becoming increasingly desperate to pay for his children’s school fees next year by getting his Yaya’s out of Barcelona. But a few weeks ago, he said it would never be to Arsenal. A few days ago, he had a deal all lined up to be signed after the World Cup with an unnamed English club.
And now, he wants his client to come to The Emirates, forgetting conveniently that a few years ago, Arsene turned down the opportunity to sign the player and has done so consistently ever since. That is not to say it won’t happen, merely that it would be a more surprising signing than either Green or Cole.
Talking of Cesc, which I was vaguely doing, it would be remiss of me not to congratulate him on winning his 50th cap for his country and scoring to top the evening off. If he is distracted by the off-the-field shenanigans, he has done a good job of hiding it.
…Philippe Senderos, you live up to your nickname, Senderoff. And frankly, I don’t blame you. I thank you for your service to Arsenal Football Club and wish you all the best. Genuinely, I hope that your confidence is recovered and that you live up to your potential, the promise that was shown in the run to the 2006 Champions League Final.
To see a player lose their belief is a terrible thing, especially in one at the start of their career. To recover from that and to prosper in the future, that is a signal of character and intelligence. The latter we know you have, now prove to everyone you have the former. His effort could not be faulted, even if the application was found wanting at times, and that is much appreciated.
Senderos is not the only centre back who is departing although there is no guarantee that Sol Campbell and / or William Gallas will join him in the crush at the exit door. Gallas is apparently on his way to Panathinaikos although no-one knows for sure as he is not talking to the press. The presumption is that it is because of the snub over the World Cup captaincy of France which may well be the case, although I suspect that he has taken one look at the media coverage of the Cesc to Barcelona and thought, ‘Sod that for a game of soldiers, I’m keeping my head down‘.
You can read many things into one sentence. Well, not into that one but when Sol Campbell said he was waiting to see if Neil Lennon got the Celtic job, it was a fairly big hint that he fancied a couple of seasons in Glasgow. He may well get his wish as the former Northern Ireland international is to be appointed as The Bhoys new manager today. Perhaps either Gallas or Campbell could shove Silvestre into their suitcase, just to be sure he leaves…
Good Buy 3?
What now for Silent Stan. He is currently proposing to invest $750m into the St Louis Rams, buying the NFL club outright which, given the sums involve, suggest that the reported commitment to plurality of ownership of Arsenal has not diminished. With one substantial investment this summer, the debt involved in buying Arsenal as well would make several Chancellors of EU countries blanche.
Alisher Usmanov is buying up loose shares, edging closer to Kroenke’s holding which gives rise to two options. Firstly, is he seeking to buy the club outright or secondly, he is seeking to ensure that he and the American own substantially more than 50% of Arsenal between them – which they already did – to stop any potential buyer of NBS’ shares from believing that Kroenke is the main player in the shareholders. Given she is struggling to find a buyer, the latter ‘ploy’ has a protectionist aura which is more comforting to supporters than any potential takeover by the Uzbek. Or Kroenke for that matter.
Win A New Home Shirt
Arsenal Football Club has kindly donated a new home shirt (to be released on July 29th) to the winner of this question:
Which Arsenal managers have played in World Cup Finals?
Send your entries, along with your name and address, here with ‘New Home Shirt’ in the subject line, to have a chance of winning. Closing date is midnight, Sunday 20th June 2010.
Good Luck to all who enter.
Posted on June 9, 2010, in Arsenal, Football, Premier League, Premiership, Soccer, Transfer Gossip and tagged Arsenal, Football, Premier League, Soccer, Transfer Rumours. Bookmark the permalink. 175 Comments.