Jack Signs, Szczesny Stalls As Contracts Talk
Contract talks dominated the Arsenal skyline yesterday, Jack Wilshere has committed himself to the club on a ‘long term’ contract according to the offical site, five years according to The Guardian. The salary is estimated by the newspaper to be £50k per week although on what that is based is unclear. It seems unlikely that any official announcement would have ventured such information, especially as the club will not even mention the length of the contract in their own media release to supporters.
It is to a certain extent understandable. Why gives any predatory instincts of reputedly bigger clubs – more than a club, more than the normal financial mes(s) – any morsel upon which to feed. Yet there is something which sits uncomfortably with the whole scenario. Whether or not The Guardian is correct in any of data that they have published is irrelevant; the numbers will now be taken to be the truth. Arsenal has, in that respect, made a rod for its own back.
The question is do we as supporters, have any right to know Jack’s or any other players for that matter, salary information? The media will tell you that it is in the public interest; some may feel that we should be told but I am unconvinced that there is any benefit in such knowledge. Surely the only key factors are that (a) the player is happy with it, (b) the club is happy with it and most importantly, (c) the club can afford it. If all of those tick the boxes, then we should be happy that the player is staying for his performances thus far indicate that the expectations of his potential are being met. The obsession with being told who earns what is a dim and murky condemnation of the society in which we live.
Other negotiations are not being so straightforward. Wojciech Szczesny has broken off talks at the moment according to the Daily Heil and will not be resuming them in the near future. It is somewhat reassuring to note that the player is not quibbling about pounds but wants to know Wenger’s intentions towards his playing time.
It’s not that I don’t want to extend the contract, I just don’t want to hold talks at this point.
I have enough money to live and I can’t complain about that, but I will only be happy if I play. Everything depends on how many games I play. I admit that I want to play at Arsenal as long as they want me.
If I can earn my place in goal I won’t even consider any other offers.
The first steps in the right direction have been taken; Szczesny is not going on loan by the looks of things with a place in the Carling Cup squad surely a given. A win in Donetsk tomorrow night would open the opportunity for him to gain some experience in the remaining two games in the group with qualification assured, top place almost a racing certainty in that instance. It is the opportunity that Wenger has not spurned in the past.
Of course, there is a wider issue. With Fabianski growing in confidence and Manuel Almunia reportedly coming back to fitness, Wenger has a choice to make: stay with the two Poles as Number One and Two or risk shaking confidence / losing a player due to lack of opportunities. It is too soon to say that Fabianski has cemented himself in the first team; I still believe that the first mistake he makes will bring about a crushing welter of criticism, sending recent good performances into oblivion and bringing about similarly destructive condemnation as was seen last season. However, there are indications that the order may be changing. How permanent that is remains to be seen.
Elsewhere, Cesc is unlikely to be risked against Shaktar which is hardly the biggest surprise in the world given his comments about hamstring tweaks at the weekend. A week’s rest might just be the best thing possible. More positively, Aaron Ramsey is expected to return to training this week and may be available in December – Wigan in the Carling Cup? – having completed a month of competition with the Reserves according to the manager. News like this is a positive and very welcome. Let’s hope that mentally he is recovered as well; the midfield will be very well-stocked for the coming campaign if the Welshman returns at full strength for the second half of the season.
Posted on November 2, 2010, in Arsenal, Football, Premier League, Premiership, Soccer, Transfer Gossip and tagged Arsenal, Football, Premier League, Soccer, Transfer Gossip. Bookmark the permalink. 175 Comments.