First Signing Of Summer, Transfer Madness & Gossip
Arsenal’s first signing of the summer transfer window was one that had been known about for some time. Carl Jenkinson joined the club from Charlton with pleasantries exchanged between his former and new employers. And it has been used as an indication of Arsenal’s lack of ambition under Wenger, despite the player being signed as cover at full back.
The transfer window is a time for lunacy. This summer is no exception despite forthcoming stringent financial regulations and challenging economic decisions. Yesterday saw two reported fees of astonishing levels, Arsenal prepared to meet one of them. Despite this, the meltdown of some Arsenal supporters continued unabated.
Get. A. Grip.
We are just into the second week of June and whilst time passes quickly, we are not at the end of the transfer window. Wenger finds himself damned if he does try to spend the money, damned if he does not, damned even more when it is on a centre back who has played less than a full season of Premier League matches.
I fall into the latter category. Not the damning point but I just don’t see Jones as the right player for Arsenal now. The defence does not require a youthful injection, there are enough players learning or finessing their trade as it is. An experienced organiser and leadership figure is a short-term requirement.
And the fee, the fee, the fee. £16m. When considered with Jordan Henderson’s reported fee of £20m and football is insane. For £36m, you get two players with a combined total of 1 senior cap for England, 17 caps at U21/U20/U19, 105 EPL appearances, 4 FAC, 9 CC and none in Europe. Total: 136 appearances. That works out at £147k per appearance. Before wages. It is nonsensical.
Even allowing for the premium which must be paid for English players, the fees do not make sense. Dalglish has money to spend, new owners willing to invest heavily but the well from he draws his transfer funds is finite. Since taking managerial reins, he has spent over £80m on three players alone. How many more can he buy?
The pressure is on him to deliver silverware for that kind of investment. Whilst the need for Liverpool to invest heavily is undeniable, their squad will still be threadbare in-depth which suggests that the money spent is not necessarily being used wisely.
Equally, United are investing heavily in a player who will presumably be sitting on the bench for the next couple of seasons? Unless Ferguson believes that Jones will replace Ferdinand or Vidic. Yes, he will allow rotation but with Chris Smalling at the club already, it seems as if the spending spree is happening now before Uefa’s regulations prevent it altogether in United’s case.
Even if Jones is used in midfield, you cannot disguise the fact that it is an awful lot of money for an inexperienced player. Indicative that United have problems make the homegrown squad quota perhaps?
It cuts Arsenal’s options by one. The Mirror believe Arsène has been talking with Chris Samba (£12m) and Gary Cahill (£15m). Of the two, I would relucantly take the latter although if he is to buy a central defender with Premier League experience, Jagielka is still my favourite.
That said, Arsenal are willing to spend €17m on a forward who has a scoring record of 1 goal every 4 games although in Gervinho’s time at Lille, his record has improved to a goal every other game. The suspicion is that more than half the fee is going to be used to resolve the issue of the widest centre parting in football.
The quotes must be treated suspiciously for they were not in the third person. I had cued up a joke about how RvP would need the first half of the season off to recuperate from the shock of not being injured. Then this happened and somehow tempting fate did not seem so funny after all. With Kieran Gibbs injured, I’m going to lay off of international football.
Elsewhere, Arsenal reportedly tried to sign Brad Freidel which may be true but is a good way of putting doubt into Szczesny’s mind. But he is impervious to doubt, laughs in the face of ridicule and swats away the insults of the media.
Oh, and Sport in Spain today runs with a huge front cover on Cesc. So confident are they that they have yet to put the story online, so truthful is it that none of the other media has run with it.
Posted on June 9, 2011, in Arsenal, Football, Premier League, Premiership, Soccer, Transfer Gossip and tagged Arsenal, Football, Premier League, Soccer, Transfer Gossip. Bookmark the permalink. 410 Comments.