Will These Transfer Tales Have A Happy Ending Or Remain Grimm?
A week of pointless international friendlies gets under way with a significant proportion of the first team squad flung to all corners of the globe, representing their nations in some cases before they have completed their pre-season fitness training. Injuries will be Arsene’s greatest concern, waiting until Saturday to see if Vela or Fabregas is ready to warm the bench at Anfield next weekend.
Arsene’s interview with Amy Lawrence at the weekend has given the headline writers at The Daily Heil wet dreams, able to create the ‘nightmare scenario‘. Apparently there will be a mass implosion as the guts are ripped out of Arsenal when Wenger leaves next summer, quickly followed by Cesc Fabregas who will have no more loyalty to the club. I have to say that their departures are not my nightmare scenarios.
Whilst Wenger has many attributes, finding the Elixir of Enternal Youth is not one of them so there is an inevitability about him leaving his role, be it next summer or in five years time. My nightmare scenario comes from his replacement, that the board take leave of their senses and appoint someone like Allardyce, or worse still, Redknapp. Jamie, that is, with Peter Whimsey telling us that his insightful comments on Sky and in the Daily Heil, make him the perfect judge of which players are great for the club.
This talk has distracted them from their real purpose in pre-season: transfer speculation. They missed one this morning with Phillip Deggen joining Stuttgart on loan, the way is clear for Arsenal to sign long-term target Serdar Tasci. C’mon Arsene, get moving, no reason for not signing him now! That said it is of little surprise that no-one has gone through with this one yet, MirrorFootball throwing everyone into action over Shay Given, a Championship Manager rumour revisited this summer on more than one occasion.
That Manchester City has shown no indication of wanting to loan or sell either player out – the talk of Hart has been fuelled by the player, his agent and the media; likewise Given – is neither here nor there. The media want speculation, the media gets it. Or creates it. The truth be damned in all of this. It fits nicely with the theory that Arsenal needs a new goalkeeper, ground covered and retrodden so often that it resembles the bald patch in your garden where football has been played too often.
Arsenal does not help quell the speculation about anything at times. This weekend saw comments from Bacary Sagna which hinted at the imminent arrival of Emir Spahic. Quickly shuffled into the archive sections, it was another cock-up on the official website following the risible Transfer Linked pages, the infrequency with which they are updated show that the majority of the staff think it is a half-arsed idea as well. A shame that it did not fall into the Can’t Be Arsed category. Having been previously verbose about moving to Arsenal, the Bosnian has gone rather quiet on the matter, as if someone has said he might queer the pitch by talking publicly regarding any potential move. Either that or he has realised that he was the victim of an elaborate hoax.
Anyway, that’s it for today. ’til Tomorrow.
Posted on August 9, 2010, in Arsenal, Football, Premier League, Premiership, Soccer, Transfer Gossip and tagged Arsenal, Football, Premier League, Soccer, Transfer Rumours. Bookmark the permalink. 241 Comments.