Denilson’s Off, Arshavin’s Staying And Who Knows Where Cesc Is Going?
No Darius this morning, so it’s down to me. And where else to begin? Denilson Neves Pereira. Much mooted in his departure, oft-wanted by many, to leave. Their wish has come true.
The midfielder is quoted in this morning’s Sun as saying that he is frustrated because the team has not won anything, this is what he wants and the transfer request has gone in now because he did not want to cause disruption.
It is a strange little selection of quotes, almost disjointed and smelling of several interviews intertwined to make one. The sentiments of not winning, for example, do not make sense since eight months ago, Arsenal were still in with a chance of winning four trophies.
No coincidence that about eight months ago, he was subjected to a barrage of abuse on Twitter. No mention of it forming part of his decision, which is to his credit.
The desire to leave though is unsurprising. I cannot see him forming a regular part of the midfield at Arsenal unless there is a change of formation and / or vacancies arise. His form when in the team this season, was not consistent enough.
He offered a succinct and more coherent analysis of Arsenal’s season, pinpointing the Carling Cup as the point at which the season collapsed, tellingly suggesting that the staff were as badly impacted as the players. The summary though is that he is not saying anything different to any of us.
Indeed, the thoughts tie in largely with those published in L’Equipe, from Jacques Crevoisier who was formerly involved as psychologist at Arsenal, most famously offering the opinion that Bendtner was the most self-confident individual he had met.
The criticism has already started though and is unsurprising given that it is Denilson were are talking about. He has for the last couple of seasons divided the support. You wonder who is next, the “boo-boys” always need someone to hate, to justify their existence. My money is on Squillaci, Song, Clichy and Arshavin in that order.
Elsewhere, Arsène is ready to be baffled by Stuart Pearce omitting Andy Carroll from the Under 21s this whilst calling up Jack Wilshere. The potential for a season of knack has been well covered and to be honest, any manager whose first teamsheet contained eleven outfield players and no goalkeeper until his wife pointed out the error, should not even be in the job. Let alone one at international level.
With Wenger confident that Arshavin is staying, attention is bound to turn to Cesc. Hot on the heels of Manchester City’s manager declaring that he would love to have the Arsenal captain at Eastlands, AC Milan piped in with their intention to do likewise. Well, take him to Milan that is, albeit the Manchester of Italy.
Lurking in the background are Barcelona who have apparently advised Arsenal that it is their intention to wait until June 1st before deciding whether or not to offer a derisory sum for Fàbregas, a precursor to a summer of stories about how poverty stricken the Catalans are before spending over £100m on players again.
Arsène is not going to let Cesc go easily though, his stall already set out,
What guarantees you that if you go somewhere else you will win trophies?
At Barcelona, there is a fair chance since only two teams realistically challenge for the title each season and recent years have seen that diminish to one. So probably best not to go down that route, Professeur.
OK, what about a tug of the heartstrings then?
The biggest pride for a captain is to be committed to his club and deliver trophies with his team. A player who changes his club every time he is frustrated or when he doesn’t win a trophy, goes nowhere.
I believe the quality of sports life is to be committed to your club and not just to move out when it does not go as well as you expected.
That might work. My own view is that much will depend on the transfer activity this summer. I do not expect Wenger to break the bank with big names, simply quality players. Perhaps the captain expects the same.
Decisive action early in the window would send a signal of intent. But if Cesc wants to go, let him. Ensure the fee is suitably inflated, take the money and invest it wisely in other players. Better that happen now, early, than in August.
With this one, it might be a long hot summer.
Posted on May 20, 2011, in Arsenal, Football, Premier League, Premiership, Soccer, Transfer Gossip and tagged Arsenal, Football, Premier League, Soccer, Transfer Gossip. Bookmark the permalink. 369 Comments.