Not Joining Arsenal Today, Might Be Tomorrow And Win A Home Shirt
A bumper bundle of transfer gossip this morning with no mention of Him. Well, other than that mention, of course.
Joan Laporta said yesterday:
We certainly have made an inquiry for him and they are not prepared to sell him, so we have gone away.
Except you’re talking to the press about it, aren’t you Joan? So you haven’t gone away. Pardon? That wasn’t Laporta? It is was Whimsey. Are you sure? I mean, come on, it’s the sort of thing that Laporta would say without the tiresome preamble about DNA or buying him for 50p or whatever.
I do apologise, sources have been checked, triple checked and randomly verfied by Simon Cowell and those words were uttered by Peter Whimsey about Mark Schwarzer, presumably PHW wanted to include him in the Senderos deal to Fulham…
Having been widely touted in the media, the news is hardly surprising but it suggests a few things. Firstly, there is a paucity of goalkeeping talent who would be available within Arsene’s budget, fees quite possibly being an issue as most of the ones quoted for Akinfeev and his ilk are north of £20m, a sum that could blow most of his funding out of the window.
Secondly, there is a genuine paucity of goalkeeping talent and lastly, Wenger has not lost faith in Fabianksi, Mannone or Szczesny coming good in a couple of seasons time, ready to step into the first team as custodian having developed away from the public eye. That is not too improbable a dream. The two Poles have represented their country and whilst that is no guarantee of quality – look at some of people capped by England over the years – to have done so at a young age is an indication of potential.
Fabianski though is in danger of becoming the goalkeeping Senderos, bags of potential but flawed mentally through errors committed in the first team. I think a season or two will see him lose the harsh tag of ‘Flapianski‘ but longer term, his younger compatriot appears to be the better bet. That is a big ‘if‘ as many players have seemed to be excellent in the early part of their careers but not developed for technical or egotistical reasons. The latter does not appear to be a problem but the former relies as much on confidence as ability.
Also not joining Arsenal despite the intense media speculation, is Joe Cole, of whom Whimsey said:
I had a long conversation with (chief executive) Ivan Gazidis, who had been with Arsene (Wenger) and his name never came up at all.
Well, that’s hardly surprising when the conversation was about Arsene’s new company car, is it? Still, it seems that Arsenal are as good as their word, never talking about the transfer speculation filling the gap between the end of the season and the World Cup. Both Schwarzer and Cole have been hit by the curse of Transfer Linked, a risible section of the official website that I am now wondering if its purpose is to kill the hopes of signing individuals rather than a general overview of the media or a cheap way to get hits.
Elsewhere that curse appears to have hit the chap from Lorient, yeah he’s in there too whilst current Papa Diakhate is in danger of becoming the new Yaya Toure such is the frequency of his name being mentioned in connection with a move to Arsenal. A new one this morning was Blackburn’s Phil Jones. All of which presumes William Gallas is leaving or that Sol Campbell feels John Lennon’s one year contract at Celtic is worth taking a punt on. Gallas – or World Cup Willie– has not formally rejected Arsenal’s offer but has apparently booted Panathinaikos into touch, preferring to wait and see if Serie A holds any temptation for him. Speculation is rife that Juve and Roma are sniffing around, proof perhaps that the Frenchman is not pasta his best.
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 the World Cup Finals?
Send your entries, along with your name and address, here or to aclfcomps[AT]btinternet[DOT]com, changing the bits in square brackets, 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 10, 2010, in Arsenal, Football, Premier League, Premiership, Soccer, Transfer Gossip, World Cup 2010 and tagged Arsenal, Football, Premier League, Soccer, Transfer Rumours, World Cup 2010. Bookmark the permalink. 116 Comments.