Keown Defends Resolutely & Transfer Gossip
On a day when Arsenal found themselves to be the seventh best supported team in Europe (insert your own bitching comment here) in terms of attendances, the darling of Arsène Wenger’s critics came out in support of the Arsenal manager.
Martin Keown is ‘very confident in‘ Wenger. A frequent criticism heard from those who know better, is that the manager has forgotten how to win. Keown gave it short shrift,
It is almost disrespectful to say that
Omitting the word ‘almost‘ would have been more accurate. Wenger suffers abuse – all managers do – from those who purport to support the club. Defending him against abuse is nothing to do with supporting the manager more than the club, simply respecting him as a person. It is a key reason the criticism of Wenger is often ignored; if you cannot put your point without abuse, you have no point.
Arsene was the guy who embraced us. He would understand the value of having that combative type of player in the team. Arsenal have gone away from being physical but the game has become more technical. Maybe they have tried to copy Barcelona but trying to emulate them is very difficult.
The key point is that the game is more technical, an attribute Wenger constantly seeks in new signings. At the higher levels, this is correct but when taking on the likes of Stoke, Bolton and their ilk, a meld between the technical and basic instincts of the game needs to take place.
Arsenal have shown in the past seasons that they are capable of these, winning at these venues. Last season’s defeats had more to do with the mental failings than anything else, losses coming as the team disintegrated.
To Keown there is one key element of the Arsenal team, Cesc. The former defender pointed out,
If Fabregas stays it might be more of the same in terms of the system. If he goes, it would inject a lot of money into the club and you would then see a lot of activity
It is commonsense that this would happen. Selling Fábregas is an outcome that must be planned for with replacements already identified. When he is out of the side, the system should be adapted in any case. There is no ready-made replacement for him in the squad, Nasri and Wilshere who might play that role have different attributes to their captain.
The Catalan media report that €30m will be the bid from Barcelona which is about €30m short of the amount Arsenal reportedly told Real Madrid this week. The price of £54m in used £10 notes and handed over at the waste ground by The Thames Barrier. Bagman Gonazalo Higuain may yet stay as part of the deal but no-one has decided on that.
Arsène has already identified another forward to sign. Peter Odimwingie is apparently available for £4m should Florentino Perez’s sofa not have that many tenners stuffed down it. Gervinho is still talking to himself about where he wants to play next season
Finally, just when you thought that Fifa were the utter shambles in international football, the Cameroon FA has decided to prove themselves top dogs. In the same week that they seemed genuinely surprised Alex Song was not faking an injury, the midfielder was axed from their squad by a Parliamentary Decree. Quite how you drop an injured player is not entirely clear but I am sure that it made the Sports Minister feel very big and important.
Posted on June 3, 2011, in Arsenal, Football, Premier League, Premiership, Soccer, Transfer Gossip and tagged Arsenal, Football, Premier League, Soccer, Transfer Gossip. Bookmark the permalink. 256 Comments.