Snow Joke As Youngsters Go It A-loan
Refereeing decisions stopped Arsenal going resuming their place at the top of the Premier League yesterday. Not that many are complaining as the weather was the cause. The official site was a tad slow to report the postponement but came up with comedy genius, interviewing referee Lee Mason about the reasons why the game could not go ahead. The accompanying photo of the official said it all, thoroughly p*ssed off at having to give an interview in a blizzard to explain the astonishingly obvious.
It meant that Arsenal’s decision to sign Ryo Miyachi gained more prominence than it would normally have got. As did a failed bid to sign Ricardo Carvalho from Chelsea when the Portuguese defender left Stamford Bridge in the summer. It was not a good day for the transfer newshounds with stories emmanating from somewhere that Steve McLaren had two games to save his job in the Bundesliga, effectively scotching the rumoured forthcoming bid for Denilson this January. No doubt Ivan Gazidis shed a tear or two as the £11m failed to come through Customs at Heathrow successfully. A parting shot of “Don’t worry, Ivan, I’ll be back” from the suitcase of used €5 was of little comfort.
Talking of Customs, the UK Border Agency has denied Arsenal’s appeal against the decision to refuse Wellington a Work Permit. Despite being regarded as an exceptional talent by the club, the chinless wonders did not agree. The youngster will now be booted to Spain to gain the requisite experience, following a path well-trodden by Carlos Vela amongst others.
One transfer which seems destined to happen is that of Harvard Nordtveit to Borussia Monchengladbach in the next few weeks. According to Young Guns, contract talks with Arsenal have reached an impasse and the youngster prefers the thought of playing Second Bundesliga football rather than waiting for his chance at Carling Cup action.
If the move goes ahead, it highlights the downside to the loan system. Nordtveit has gained eighteen months experience in various first teams and has no doubt enjoyed that aspect of his development. Seemingly, it put him no closer to winning a first team spot at Arsenal and he must have looked at the senior players, determining that he was unlikely to usurp them in the near future. You cannot blame the young player in those circumstances.
For all the benefits gained by Arsenal in farming younger players out, this is a danger. The decision to move on in this instance is out of Arsenal’s control. With his contract expiring this summer and the indication that he will not sign a new deal, the club has to accept an offer that is of greater value than the likely fee to be set for ‘Training Costs’.
As the club becomes more proficient at producing its own players through the Academy, this scenario is going to happen more often. No doubt some will blame his departure on his nationality, claiming that English players are more loyal because of some hackneyed belief that birthright binds them to Arsenal. It is, of course, rubbish. English players are as likely to leave as foreign. The key to any situation is the length of time passed on a contract and the career options for the player.
Perhaps Arsene has intimated to the player that others such as Bartley or Miquel were considered better longer term prospects. Given that the Norwegian had played in pre-season games for the first team, it seems more likely that frustration combined with a taste of first team action elsewhere is the prime motivator.
Posted on December 19, 2010, in Arsenal, Football, Premier League, Premiership, Soccer, Transfer Gossip and tagged Arsenal, Football, Premier League, Soccer, Transfer Rumours. Bookmark the permalink. 43 Comments.