New Signings Ahead Of Far East Tour? Don’t Be Too Sure…
Technical issues over, a mildly irritating start to the day. Which means it was half as irritating as the implosion on a certain social media site over the rumoured departure of Samir Nasri to Manchester City. Abuse was levelled and madness ensued until the last bastion of truth, Sky Sports News, backed away and lowered their alert level from ‘imminent signing‘ to ‘are interest in signing‘. I’m interested in studying psychology and archeology but it doesn’t mean that it’s going to happen yet I have expressed an interest in signing up for a degree course in either subject.
Where do you begin to talk of Arsenal these days. I would suggest that Twitter but at the moment is not the best place to start. There are some genuine debates to be had there, a frank – no, not you, you’re so vain – exchange of views can be had, interesting points raised. But by the power of whatever, when it goes into meltdown, all Hell breaks loose and even the sanest can lose every sense of perspective.
The insanity is a sign of the desperation for some transfer activity, a sign that the squad is being strengthened rather than weakened through departures. Step forward Gervinho, all three of ’em. Speaking in an article published in France Football, he has confirmed his transfer to Arsenal some way ahead of everyone else, the clubs rather strangely appear to believe that agreeing a fee is a rather important step in this process.
Arsène, all the while this is imploding, took time to talk about the pre-season tour of the Far East. As much as I am sure he likes that part of the world, I am pretty sure that he is not entirely convinced of any footballing benefit. He offered a little olive branch to those desperate for some new faces,
It is an opportunity for us to develop our game, to see what shape the players are in when they come back and also to see any new players that we have. It will be important to see how well they can integrate with the team. We will take the best possible squad. We travel after the first week of training [and] everybody will be back so the whole squad will travel.
Not a ringing endorsement of the trip, you can feel the distaste at having the commercial needs of the club overrule the footballing side. Welcome to the English Premier League’s Golden Age Of Greed. Arsenal – David Dein, in particular – were prime movers in the creation of the Premier League, reaping the bitter seeds of what was sown two decades ago.
Part of the squad will be Tomas Rosicky who confirmed he is staying whilst the ever-popular Denilson is staying as well. For the moment, at least. Meanwhile AC Milan ruled themselves out of signing Cesc because, according to Adriano Galliani, “Fabregas will not join us because he will join a different club“. Which is a bit like telling someone you would not have come to their party even if they had invited you in the first place. To make himself feel better, Galliani has decided some retail therapy is in order and whilst browsing has come across a Samir Nasri manbag which has caught his eye.
Stefan Savic is feeling a bit nervous about his Manchester City dream going up in smoke so he is looking to get a job in The Smoke, Arsenal the perfect destination once Partizan have exited the Champions League qualifiers.
And please, please can we sign Joey Barton. It’s got to be better than signing John O’Shea, isn’t it? But if you look at Paul O’Hehir on the internet, he’s published next to absolutely Jack in his career. It couldn’t be a joke on the Daily Mirror‘s part, could it? What’s John Cross going to do if someone else’s pieces are more ludicrous than his…