Jack Wants Loyalty But Will They Listen, Can The Squad Learn & More
Arsenal settled into the routine of their tour, training in front of 30,000 ahead of the first match at lunchtime against a Malaysian XI. With the players free to talk to the media, the initial interviews have found them free with their words. Following Robin van Persie’s observations yesterday, Jack Wilshere has given his opinion on the current speculation surrounding the squad,
If you are loyal, it means you are a real man. We have loyalty at Arsenal and players have shown that in the past. Cesc showed that last year and hopefully a few more players will show it this year. We have a good team and we need to keep our big players if we want to win things. Robin (van Persie) has said he would be devastated if we lose Cesc. It’s the same for me
Depending on whom or what you believe, that outcome is or is not going to happen. The latest speculation surrounding the captain is that Arsenal will accept a £35m bid, have accepted €40m or will take €45m. According to The Independent, Cesc is ‘determined to ignore Wenger‘ which seems a bit harsh. You would have thought that Fábregas’ wages would allow him to send Arsène to somewhere better than Coventry. Although that might make the board think twice about Samir Nasri.
It is a sign of Wilshere‘s elevated status in the squad that he feels confident enough to speak about the situation publicly; he would not have done so last season. Whatever is going on behind the scenes needs to be resolved by Arsenal once and for all before the start of the season. Inform Fábregas and his ‘advisors’ that there is a deadline for Barcelona to come to the table with an acceptable bid; let the player put the pressure on them. Once it is passed, do not even speak with Rosell and his cronies. Sorry if that ruins your dinner plans for this year, Ivan.
For Nasri, the ground for argument has shifted. Whilst you do not want to lose your best players, selling the Frenchman now makes more sense financially. Arsenal’s transfer budget does not come as a result of the owner’s largesse, the price of self-sustainability. Whilst Uefa may hold this model as the ideal, it is hard when the club is the only one playing by the rules.
Arsenal as a club, the manager, the AST, fans, everyone may decide that the Manchester City deal with Etihad is against the FFP, demand Uefa investigate. Such action is naive as lawyers will have been involved and scrupulously read the regulations to ensure compliance. As I pointed out on Saturday, it is not difficult for them to prove adherence to FFP, even using back of the fag packet calculations. You wonder if part of Arsenal objections to this is the knowledge of how bad it makes The Emirates deal look.
Wilshere went on,
It would mean everything to win a trophy this season. Last season we just missed out. That last minute against Birmingham ruined everything in a way.
In a ‘collapsing into nothingness’-debacle kind of way, Jack?
We are always there or thereabouts at the end of the season. But we need to stay strong and maybe make a few more signings and we will be alright. We have been saying in the last few seasons that we need a bit more toughness but the boss knows what he is doing. Hopefully he will bring what we need in and we will win something at the end of the season.
Hope is the right word. The tail end of the season has left a bitter taste in many mouths and raised genuine doubts about the mental strength of this squad. Whilst not inconceivable that the squad can learn from those games and the negative impact, the evidence suggests otherwise as the disappointments from 2006-07 onwards have not spurred them to achievement.
A different input is required, to freshen thoughts on the pitch. I believe it is not something that can happen with one voice, there must be influence across all areas of the game. One of those new voices has long been believed to be Gary Cahill but Chelsea are rumoured to be interested in an English centre back. The paucity of players from these shores who can fill that position is highlighted by these rumours. No doubt this will be used a stick to beat the manager with if he signs at Stamford Bridge despite no evidence of an Arsenal bid.
Posted on July 13, 2011, in Arsenal, Football, Premier League, Premiership, Soccer, Transfer Gossip and tagged Arsenal, Football, Premier League, Soccer, Transfer Gossip. Bookmark the permalink. 612 Comments.