Are Arsenal Saying Goodbye To The Golden Generation & More
Arsenal fans are mad. Stark raving bonkers. The rumour of an announcement about a rumour sends the interweb incandescent with rage. The back page of this morning’s Sun will also be a tipping point, “Chelsea £0, Man City £0, Arsenal £1m, Manchester United £55m”.
A big ‘If’, of course. de Gea and Young must join Jones in making the ‘possible signing’ become reality. If they don’t then the £55m becomes £0m. Not quite so impressive.
It is not unusual for United to complete their business early, Ferguson likes to work that way. Wenger makes signings in July if you look at the activity since transfer windows became compulsory. Recent seasons have seen new players acquired on the final minutes of the final days but generally, the manager spends ‘mid-term’.
Such habits lend themselves to unproven claims of panic buying and disorganisation over transfers. Not just at the manager but at the club as a whole.
Those timescales breed frustration, particularly this summer. The squad needs fresh faces, rivals signing first team personnel emphasises the disparity in readiness for the new campaign even though it is two months away. Having new players in place by pre-season eases their transition into the squad.
Exacerbating that frustration is talk of contracts. Samir Nasri appears no closer to a new deal but that situation may move now that France have finished their mini-tour of Eastern Europe. Gael Clichy is in the same boat and has been subject of a £5m bid from Liverpool. Hubcaps, it seems, are not the only things they like to steal on Merseyside.
Why has it taken so long to reach this point? Are the salaries being offered so poor by comparison to those paid by rivals? Or are the demands of players excessive? For first team regulars to be in this situation is infuriating.
Blame for the media hype falls squarely on the shoulders of Nasri’s Mr20% . Clichy? Well, I have no idea who his agent is but he and the player have acted ‘in the Arsenal way’ throughout. With Cesc leaving for Barcelona seeming possible and implausible at the same time, are Arsenal a club in crisis?
Actually, more of a club that has taken its’ eye off the ball. Lee Dixon believes Nasri and Fábregas leaving would be ‘disastrous‘ for Arsenal. What would he say if Clichy goes as well? Which hyperbole fits best?
It feels like time is up for the Golden Generation. In much the same way that their England counterparts crumbled, the fall is not spectacular. More a whimper than a bang. From being on the cusp of dominance, they teeter on the edge of departure.
Talk of winning trophies is empty rhetoric. A criminal waste by the players. They might believe that they should have beaten Birmingham, have finished higher than Manchester United but they did not. There was no heroic failure, no gut-busting fight to the bitter end. The season just slid away.
Fortunately, Arsène has his “finger in a few pies“. Which are real? Eden Hazard is coming more to the fore as Gervinho looks for his lost third person. Around £20m is the fee being demanded by Lille for a player continuously linked with the club. And despite Hazard throwing a strop in Belgium’s recent international. I think the burger is more likely to count against him than being upset about a substitution.
Arsenal may well have contacted his current employers but leaks to the press have Machiavellian hands behind them. Is his Mr20% related to Nasri’s? Or Cesc’s? Apparently Darren Dein has formally contacted Arsenal. It sounds like a transfer request. It looks like a transfer request. It smells like something that has been left rotting in sunshine for several weeks. Especially when the fee being demanded by Arsenal is €40m. And it is in Sport.
Elsewhere, the rats are deserting the ship faster than their ancestors left the Titanic. Nicklas Bendtner to Besiktas and an unexpected Theo Walcot to Juventus. The English media loves to classify the Turin club as ‘big’ despite no title being won since 2002-03. Yes, esteemed gentlemen of Wapping, that’s one season longer than Arsenal have had to wait.
Equally spurious stuff comes from Uzbekistan. Yeah, I wasn’t surprised to find that the President of their FA has the surname of Usmanov. But no, he’s not related to Sheriff Fatman. Or so they claim. Arsène’s bargain basement shopping is world-renowned to such an extent that he is now scouring the Eastern Republics for players, Odil Ahmedov the target this time. About as believable as Arsène spending £30m on a player.
Never let it be said that the Football Association are vindictive. Corinthian ideals are held close to their hearts. And in no way was the cancellation of a friendly in Thailand to do with a lack of support during the 2018 World Cup bid. Argentina are in the same boat, no longer welcome at Wembley for the FAs 150th Anniversary celebrations. Grondona’s demand for the Falklands and recent outburst put paid to that. He isn’t popular at The Emirates either.
For every England failure at international level, there is an Arsène Wenger behind it. It gets worse. Grondona founded Arsenal de Sarandi in 1957 as a result of his admiration for Arsenal. Yes, us, the proper ones. It is only a matter of time before this connection turns poisonous. Grondona tried to buy Cesc and his revenge was to block England’s bid. It’s only a matter of time…
Posted on June 10, 2011, in Arsenal, Football, Premier League, Premiership, Soccer, Transfer Gossip and tagged Arsenal, Football, Premier League, Soccer, Transfer Gossip. Bookmark the permalink. 351 Comments.