Oh Dear Cologne And Sunday Transfer Round-Up
Gervinho broke his Arsenal duck, scoring twice in the opening quarter of the friendly in Cologne. Both were poacher’s goals and well-taken at that. He proved to be Arsenal class by injuring himself in the process of scoring his second and will no doubt be out for three or four weeks once the medical staff get their hands on him.
Post match, his manager was full of praise,
He has shown his qualities. He has quick movement behind [the defence], the timing of his movement is great and he is easy to find. We have seen what he can bring to the team and he contributes to the high pace we have in the team.
Whilst it is not unexpected that a new player will try to impress, Gervinho looked at home with the movement and positional play. It is an altogether different matter in the Premier League and judgement will be deferred but as starts go, the half an hour we got yesterday was promising
It was another useful workout, defensively the team needs improvement as Wenger acknowledged but it is not just the back four. The midfield is compensating for Cesc’s absence by pushing forward and the much-desired defensive midfielder is noticeably absent. It is not that a new signing is required, simply that they recognise that the trio joining the attack at the same time exposes the back four.
However, Carl Jenkinson gets an honourable mention for his own goal, the execution of which was the footballing equivalent of Fawlty Towers, English comedy genius. That is not the reason for his inclusion, it is simply that he took it to so emphatically to heart. We have all seen players not care in friendlies but rarely one who shows such anguish. If he has that attitude now, a bright career surely awaits.
Arsène has long championed the use of Austrian and German training camps. It is hard to see why he is so much of an advocate given that one member generally ends up with a season-wrecking injury. This time, Conor Henderson has twisted his knee and according to the manager, the inital prognosis was not good.
Onto the Sunday round-up. George Graham made his observations about the coming season but before you jump down his throat, ignore the headlines and the aptly-name Harry Pratt, the former manager is very positive about the club’s recent history. With time to rectify the apparent gap in signings, his predictions of a top six finish and dropping into the same bracket as Everton or Villa, seem premature.
One of his former charges, Tony Adams, gave another interesting interview about his time in Eastern Europe before talking about the influence Danny Fiszman had on the club. This is often denigrated as those who want David Dein to return to Arsenal talk up his powers over Arsène. Adams credits the late Fiszman with investing to enable Arsenal to start paying the wages that took the club to the next level.
Elsewhere, Emmanuel Eboue is off to Galatasaray. The Turkish side are constantly linked with someone from Arsenal, Diaby and Song are two who immediately spring to mind as was Sol Campbell before he let it be known that his idea of living abroad was crossing The Solent on a daily basis.
Arsenal are going to prove Graham wrong and outbid Chelsea for Romala Lukaku before selling Cesc to Barcelona for £40m or £35m plus Thiago Alcantara, who wore Cesc’s Number 4 shirt in the friendly against Hadjuk yesterday. According to reports, a crack negotiating team is on its way to Stamford Bridge to sell Romeu which with Krkic’s sale to Roma means that there are £45m sitting twiddling their thumbs in Barcelona’s transfer pot. That money will really be working hard as it leaves the UK almost upon arrival for the highly favourable replacements in the form of Juan Mata and Santi Cazorla.
That takes care of the existing transfer pot so how will Arsenal fund signing Phil Jagielka? Well, for a start, we’ll offload Maruoane Chamakh to PSG, a club whose recent investment means they are linked with more players than Galatasaray and Manchester City. Add to that the loan fee for Kyle Bartley and there’s the money side sorted. That also stops Bartley becoming frustrated at the lack of first team opportunities. Nicely worked there.
Posted on July 24, 2011, in Arsenal, Football, Premier League, Premiership, Soccer, Transfer Gossip and tagged Arsenal, Football, Premier League, Soccer, Transfer Gossip. Bookmark the permalink. 204 Comments.