Sheriff Fatman, Dein, Wilshere & Bendtner – Silly Season Indeed
A day of denials yesterday, from within and without. Firstly, Alisher Usmanov is in denial if he thinks he is going to be the owner of Arsenal in the near future. Sheriff Fatman would need a collective insanity to break out amongst shareholders to give him anywhere near enough shares to succeed. Talk of a blocking stake is just that, as The Guardian points out.
Could it be that his nose was put out of joint by the rise of David Dein, a man whose Machivellian machinations were sorely missed by the England 2018 bid. Dein is expected to be named as the new boss of the FA today and has been observing that the organisation needs to change; if he believes he will be able to make the necessary “adjustments” quickly, he too is in denial. However, no-one can doubt his ability to glad hand with the best of them, something English football has not been able to do in the Gnome HQs since the departure of Sir Stanley Rous.
Onto the players. The rise of Jack Wilshere continues, abated only by the crowing of Mario Balotelli over the award of some ‘Golden Youngster’ by an Italian newspaper. Reading the list of previous winners and you see just how highly rated Wilshere is in world football. Except of course by Balotelli who did not know who Jack was but knew he played for Arsenal. Fair play to the Italian who is fast becoming a legend in his own mind, a record of four yellow cards and a red in eleven appearances shows he is a player on whom money was well spent.
The gulf in ego’s was highlighted by Wilshere’s response on twitter whilst he also received encouragement from Cesc, including a biting response in contrast to the Balotelli. Still, the Italian proved himself a valuable squad member by giving Arsenal supporters a different player to chastise in the forthcoming clash at The Emirates, diverting abuse no doubt from Adebayor to himself. If, of course, Adebayor has not managed to find himself a new club by then.
Talking of which, hot on the heels of Denilson to Barcelona rumours (denied, of course) comes Nicklas Bendtner to Lazio. Apparently it’s not going to happen – if it ever was – because Arsene has told the Dane to fight for his place. Alledgedly. More likely, if any such conversation took place it probably went along the lines of “No, you’re not going. I don’t have enough forwards to spare.”
The world of Arsenal is quiet at the moment but will explode back into life in coming days as the clash with Chelsea gets closer.
Posted on December 22, 2010, in Arsenal, Football, Premier League, Premiership, Soccer, Transfer Gossip and tagged Arsenal, Football, Premier League, Soccer, Transfer Rumours. Bookmark the permalink. 135 Comments.