Show Me The Money – Fees, Wages & The Usual…
The usual contradictory banter from this morning’s media, along with quotes out of context from their Catalan chums, faithfully regurgitated here without any question. Even if Arsenal had made any attempt at controlling the PR around the club, today is one of those days where failure was the only outcome. That they did not – repeatedly do not – is The Arsenal Way and at the moment, the air is one of ‘Have Arsenal Lost Their Way?‘ rather than ‘The Arsenal Way Is The Righteous Way‘.
Reporters and headline writers have their angles, predominantly what is going to garner more hits. The collapse at the end of last season makes it easy, negativity on the pitch equates to a venomous atmosphere off it. Despair and despondency are the order of the day, mixed with a dash of desperation. Please Arsène, sign someone to end these tales of woe.
Barcelona have rapidly replaced everyone as Arsenal’s favourite cartoon villains. Depending upon which source you believe, they have made a bid for £32m (which is really £37m), £34m, £35m or not formally bid at all, instead phoning Ivan to tell him that a bid was coming before Sandro Rosell jumps out of the executive washroom, replete with black smock and mask. So long as the bulge below the smock was a result of a suitcase carrying £50m in used fivers, Ivan need not be worried.
Drama emerged with Cesc’s quotes being parlayed around the world, portraying him as a chattel being flogged off on Cash In The Attic thanks to the questions which elicited his responses, being omitted. Who cares, we’ve been here before as Arseblogger points out this morning. At the end of the day, Arsenal do not have to sell and will not do so unless the manager believes it is in the best interests of the squad.
The same is true of Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy, albeit to a significantly lesser extent. Nasri according to laughable tweets has already signed for United. Except he has not because Sir Alex Ferguson believes he can ‘break the will of Arsène Wenger and land Samir Nasri‘. At least that is what Neil Custis and his headline writers believed as, to a crescendo of maniacal laughter, they tore the wings and legs off a fly they had christened ‘Arsène’, watching him squirm in his death throes. A shame the photo accompanying the piece is of a smug uncle at a family wedding. Drunk and incontinent he maybe but he has done all of his summer shopping already.
Arsenal, it seems, are too busy playing hard ball with the recalcitrants, prepared to tell them to ‘do one‘ over their reported wage demands. Except nobody is quite sure what their demands are although £75k per week for Clichy seems a reasonable salary in the current footballing climate whilst Samir Nasri needs more consistency to be worth £110k per week. Whatever they are, too high for Arsenal is apparently the stance being taken.
Whilst Nasri’s departure would weaken the squad, it would not be terminal as there are alternatives even before any additions. And, to put not too fine a point on it, £20m for him would not be a bad deal by any stretch of the imagination. But it would mean that Jimmy Five Bellies – or Gervinho as we may come to know him – will be feeling lonely. Nasri’s pal? I suppose they might be acquaintances but pal? That seems to be stretching it a bit.
Clichy meanwhile is a bargain for Manchester City although I somehow doubt that talks were going on through the night. Arsenal’s negotiating team were too busy talking to Bolton about Cahill and Newcastle about Jose Enrique and Joey Barton. No don’t laugh, this is football and anything can happen.
Posted on June 30, 2011, in Arsenal, Football, Premier League, Premiership, Soccer, Transfer Gossip and tagged Arsenal, Football, Premier League, Soccer, Transfer Gossip. Bookmark the permalink. 267 Comments.