Sagna Says & The Media Jump With Other Stuff
The AST Q&A continues to provide the basis for headlines, The Mirror claiming that “£30m will be spent to stop a fans backlash“. Given that £30m was going to be spent before that event and not to stop a backlash but to improve the squad, it beggars belief. Actually it does not because The Mirror has set its agenda clearly and unequivocally,
Few, yet, are willing to demand a change of manager and those brave souls who raised the “In Arsene we rust” banner in the middle of the end of season slump that broke so many Gooner hearts were swiftly shouted down.
Brave? Martin Lipton needs to look at the dictionary definition of brave and decide whether or not it was an appropriate word to use. There was nothing brave about raising a banner, its quite a safe thing to do. Let the people who raised it phone Ivan and Arsène, book an appointment and explain clearly and logically why Wenger should be relieved of his duties. They might find it hard to get a quick meeting though, what with the transfer activity and giving Samir Nasri a dressing down.
Still, we know which side of the fence Lipton and his employers have placed themselves. If John Cross thought Wenger’s relations with the press were deteriorating, the likelihood is that The Mirror‘s are going to be worse than anyone else.
Bacary Sagna has apparently given a radio interview. I say apparently because there is so much cynicism about media coverage these days, that it would be no surprise to find out that a technician had been sitting in a dingy cellar splicing together passages from every interview Sagna had ever given. If you hear the coughing and spluttering caused by a lack of sunlight and Gauloises, you will know that is not such a far-fetched intervention as it first appears to be.
As to what he actually said, well, what you believe depends on the source that you use. For example, The Sun screams, “Cesc Must Quit For Barcelona” which is rather different from his belief that this summer sees his teammate more likely to leave than before. It’s Sagna’s personal belief not a club edict.
Sagna’s words were seized upon gleefully by The Spanish Media – bar El Mundo Deportivo, who were quite possibly too shocked at finding someone connected to Arsenal agreeing with their aim of bringing Cesc home and were unable to report it thus far. Indiscretion by Sagna perhaps but it does not alter the fact that Barcelona are struggling to afford him. It is a situation which may change if other targets end up in Manchester.
Sagna observed – unconvincingly – that Gervinho seemed a half-decent player. Given Arsenal are talking to him and apparently hope to complete this move shortly, the defender’s words were inspirational,
I’ve heard about him. He’s a gifted player. This season, he was a key player for Lille, and really help his team to be champion. He’s got a wonderfull technique on a football field, and I’m sure he would be welcome.
Discussions with Lille over the fee have not yet started which might prove as much of a stumbling block as getting all three persons of the player into the same room at the same time.
As news of this has leaked, you question the logic behind Arsenal remaining silent. Unless other interested parties put the calls of his Mr20% through to voicemail or emails into the Spam bin, everyone who needs to know about the proposed transfer, knows. Shocker. With only us kept in the dark.
A brief statement confirming planned talks allows Arsenal to set the media agenda rather than the other way round. And it would be more useful than this. If lessons of previous summers are not learned off the pitch…
Elsewhere The Guardian speculates that Alisher Usmanov might yet get to see Arsenal’s books. The small matter of getting more than 30% of the shareholdings is all that stops this happening. Whether this would then trigger the shortest, most hostile takeover bid in the history remains to be seen. “Hello, Stan The Man speaking“, “This is Jabba, sell me your shares!”,”Let me think about it…No“, “Oh…”.
Posted on June 15, 2011, in Arsenal, Football, Premier League, Premiership, Soccer, Transfer Gossip and tagged Arsenal, Football, Premier League, Soccer, Transfer Gossip. Bookmark the permalink. 299 Comments.