Sunday Transfer Gossip & What Will Next Season’s Media Be For Arsenal
I hate the internet. Or actually TalkTalk but there you go…a briefer post than normal as I’ve no idea when the internet connection is going to drop again.
As the squad heads off to Asia for their tour, there will be an unrelenting pursuit of Cesc Fábregas will step into overdrive. With nobody to divert attention, hints at how the next fortnight will be have been dropped this morning. Pep Guardiola is apparently heaping pressure on Sandro Rosell to make the deal happen. That’s before you even read the Spanish press.
The composition of the squad has opened several possibilities about those uncharitably christened ‘dead wood’. The omissions of Manuel Almunia and Nicklas Bendtner are reportedly in talks with prospective new employers. Arsène will apparently be shedding more light on both of their futures next week. Unless deals are complete, it will be non-commital comments, I should think.
Almunia’s exit has not come quickly enough for some, his arrival too soon. It has given the stories of rumoured interest in Craig Gordon some substance, Lukasz Fabianski’s continued injury problems even more so. The two give Vito Manonne the chance to usurp the Pole as Number Two behind Szczesny although once the older of the Poles is fit, it will be interesting to see who is deemed first choice. I am not certain that Szczesny is considered so.
This morning has seen a plethora of stories about Stewart Downing being lined up as a replacement for Samir Nasri. Everyone seems to think the Frenchman is off, nobody really believes that Downing is a good enough replacement. Mind you everyone thinks that Gervinho’s paperwork is holding up the deal except for The Sunday Times which stresses that it is wages. Arsenal’s parsimony does allow so many different angles to be taken. If Downing isn’t arriving, Hugo Rodallega has no qualms about continually linking himself with a move. Has he not heard of Gervinho?
If Arsène wants to know what sort of media season he is going to have, this morning’s tabloids are a good indicator. He is the quarry, they are the hunters. Coming soon, a plethora of stories about how short his odds for being sacked have become; the first time in his tenure at Arsenal in which dismissal at the end of the season is a real possibility.
Leading the way is Paul Smith in this morning’s Sunday Mirror, using Ivan Gazidis’ apparent lack of wholehearted support for the manager as his cue. It is not a theory that will be given any comment by the Arsenal board; they simply cannot. To dismiss it out of hand is a vote of confidence…
Meanwhile, Duncan Castles of The Sunday Times believes that Samir Nasri is being sold to Manchester City for £22m under the nose of Arsène, “underlining the manager’s reduced power at Arsenal since Stan Kroenke’s takeover“. No evidence of either of these two propositions is produced. Smith relies on out of context quotes from Gazidis whilst Castles offers nothing but inneundo.
There is a darker element to this. Wenger and Arsenal have reduced his media availability, choosing instead to use the in-house internet TV channel for interviews. Complaints surface regularly about how the good old days of Arsène being at their beck and call have long since vanished.
It is their own fault, the intrusion into his private life probably did not do them any favours in that respect. Nor have the continually negative stories. Designed specifically to sell advertising hits, they reflect the views of Arsenal supporters. Except that for a few flakes, I have not seen anyone demand Wenger’s head nor offer any support to their view that Wenger should be replaced.
Whether KSE agree with that remains to be seen. ’til Tomorrow.
Posted on July 10, 2011, in Arsenal, Football, Premier League, Premiership, Soccer, Transfer Gossip and tagged Arsenal, Football, Premier League, Soccer, Transfer Gossip. Bookmark the permalink. 205 Comments.