Selling Clubs, International Snubs – Club Football Is Nearly Back
We must position ourselves as a selling club. We must change our mentality
Had those words been spoken by Peter Hill-Wood, Ivan Gazidis, Arsène Wenger or any director / senior manager of Arsenal Football Club, the howls of derision would have been heard for years to come. ‘Selling club‘ is the derisory term of choice when a presumed-to-be promising youngster is sold whilst the pet hate – insert your choice of Denilson, Almunia or Diaby – remains at the club.
Yet the words came from Sandro Rosell. Barcelona need to change their mentality to see themselves as a “selling club“, an acknowledgment of the loss of promising youngsters cheaply at the same time their finances are nowhere near as strong as those of a club that big ought to be. Indeed he admitted that it would take up to four years to improve them.
With that in mind, the PR started over this summer’s coming blockbuster, Cesc 2 – The Empire Strikes Back. Barcelona won’t pay more than £35m because as he gets closer to the end of his contract, the cheaper he becomes and, they cannot afford it.
Rosell also admitted that Barcelona’s relationship with Arsenal is not good. It seems that Jon Harper Toral leaving has upset the Catalans, a realisation that ‘Mes Que Un Club‘ means little or nothing to anyone outside of the Camp Nou. Loyalty is not what it used to be, eh Sandro?
But fear not, a solution is at hand as Afellay is surplus to requirements in a timescale that makes Clive Allen eligible for a long service award and is going to be a makeweight in the Cesc deal. Except he is not because Arsène does not want that to happen. That pesky Wenger is always foiling the deal.
A million transfer dreams were relaunched this weekend as the future of the Arsenal midfield clashed in Cardiff, several previously linked players have hinted that they might be interested in a move to the Premier League.
Per Mertesacker has apparently not been enjoying himself at Werder Bremen this season so last Summer’s pledges of loyalty to his employers are seeming a tad rash whilst a hollowness emerges with his view that he might enjoy playing in the Premier League. Legendary transfer tale, Eden Hazard, may not even be leaving Ligue 1 if Lyon get their way, a mighty and tempting offer to be lobbed in the Belgian’s direction to once more foil the player’s non-transfer to Arsenal.
After yesterday, no doubt we can add Neymar to this list as well.
As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, Fabio Capello could have done Wilshere a favour by sending him home. It appears that the exit to Barcelona in the Champions League was more costly as this competition – and injury – are the only reasons for releasing players for tomorrow’s pointless friendly against Ghana.
Apparently it is going to be a cursory relief. The Italian is reportedly going to change the whole of the starting line-up which begs the question as to why he will not be releasing the whole of the squad. He could learn more about the strength in depth – or lack of it – that English football possesses by having no international experience on show.
But he didn’t so it is what it is. The growing concern is that the Football Association is now planning for a confrontation with Arsenal over the Under-21s tournament in Denmark. Pearce is going to be backed whatever he chooses, Capello has sidestepped the issue by claiming no responsibility for the junior side. Yet he should be asking what benefit does Wilshere get by playing at a lower level?
The experience of internationals? He is getting that with the senior team to the extent that he is the midfield fixture with Gerrard and Lampard fighting to get a spot alongside him. Tournament experience? He plays twice a week for his club so knows all about games coming quickly in succession. And as for it being at international level, well let’s not kid ourselves, Uefa might like to think it but the European Under-21 Championship is nowhere near as important or high profile as the senior tournaments.
Wilshere might be young and have the energy to play these fixtures but if he does, it sets Arsenal’s pre-season back. He will rejoin training a fortnight or more later than the rest of the squad. Which means he might miss the opening fixtures. Sorry but that and potential injury, outweighs any junior and insignificant international tournament.
Posted on March 28, 2011, in Arsenal, Football, Premier League, Premiership, Soccer, Transfer Gossip and tagged Arsenal, Football, Premier League, Soccer, Transfer Gossip. Bookmark the permalink. 156 Comments.