Transfer Talk & Pearce Directs The Muppet Show
“They ain’t human. Human being wouldn’t live the way they do. Human being couldn’t stand to be so miserable”…The Grapes of Wrath. Or in Arsenal’s case, The Gripes Of Wrath…
The final weekend of the domestic season starts, The Championship play-off final will decide who next season’s relegation fodder will be decided. That is not meant in a patronising way, simply that recent seasons have seen clubs who play football end up in trouble. And none of QPR, Norwich or Swansea / Reading can say they definitely will not end up in trouble. Best of luck to them though in their new adventures.
In the world of Arsenal, out with old, in with the old might be the order of the day. Per Mertesacker is the Commercial Departments dream signing, doubling the cost of a shirt if his surname is printed on the back. Last summer saw his name and Arsenal in quite a few stories, all which came to an abrupt end when he signed a new deal. The suspicion now is that the deal was signed just to allow his employers to extract the maximum fee this summer. Come in Mr Fàbregas, your time is up…
Others this morning are contradictory by nature. Eden Hazard is, according to the ever-reliable Daily Mirror, a prime target for Arsène. Other sources suggest that the winger is staying in France for one more season. Which gives credibility to the suggested bunfight between Arsenal and Liverpool for the vastly overrated Stewart Downing.
Playing the role of Jimmy Five Bellies in this one is Gervinho, whose departure from Lille is by no means certain and curiously worrying as a number of his sentences are in the third person, despite being about himself.
The African Cup of Nations is a fly in that ointment although many will be hoping he signs and then goes to that tournament so that they can bleat in the next transfer window about how Arsène knew the player would be missing for six weeks and he should have signed a 30 goal a season striker.
Talking of which, Falcao’s agent is on something if he thinks Arsenal are going to go anywhere near his client for €30m. And whatever it is, I want lots of it because it is going to make this summer go quickly.
Indeed, Stuart Pearce might well have ingested a similar substance for he has simply lost the plot. There can be no other explanation for his outburst, displaying all the petulance of an eleven year old who has been told they cannot have an Xbox game bought for them,
Every player at this stage of the season would be reasonably tired. Arsenal have not left him out of the side in the last six weeks, even though the stats have said he’s in the red zone.
It is a quote that ends the argument, quite simply because Pearce accepts Wenger was right. Acknowledging that every player would be reasonably tired ought to be reason for him to accept withdrawals with good grace. Too much effort that seems.
Having been a club manager – like all of his international peers – Pearce shows the inherent selfishness that will continue the club v country argument until the end of time. I could rant about who pays the wages but that would suggest that I care what Pearce thinks.
Wenger should take note of one thing though. Liverpool were remarkably quiet over Andy Carroll. Too quiet in fact, suggesting that they did their talking behind the scenes and this is why Pearce has not decried Dalglish. Either that or he is scared of the Liverpool manager. Which for someone who revelled in the nickname ‘Psycho’ is not particularly clever. Which sums Pearce up.
Posted on May 27, 2011, in Arsenal, Football, Premier League, Premiership, Soccer, Transfer Gossip and tagged Arsenal, Football, Premier League, Soccer, Transfer Gossip. Bookmark the permalink. 262 Comments.