Gag Him, Someone, Please & Transfer Gossip
When Peter Hill-Wood speaks, you generally know that you wish he would keep quiet. This morning is no exception. With the media enjoying the discomfiture around the club, Hill-Wood will merely have exacerbated the mood of some, antagonising others. The problem Whimsy has is that his claims to be a custodian and anything linked to that are hollow. The calf was fatted ready for the sale of the club for a number of years, he was a beneficiary in that no matter how much he may try to deny or distance himself.
As Arsene said, we are looking to buy some players but we are not going to do our business in public. They are going to have to be bloody patient – as we are.
The problem is that the manager and particularly Ivan Gazidis, emphatically claimed that this would be a ‘busy’ summer. Thus far, it has been anything but that and although patience is a virtue, the season starts in twelve days. Bar one addition (Jenkinson won’t be a regular unless there is a serious injury to Bacary Sagna) and departure, the first team squad will be the same as which that collapsed last year. Talented as they are, they need strengthening.
The atmosphere is such that doing business quietly merely feeds the frenzy since there is nothing to counteract the seeping negativity. We can live in hope but for only so long. Too often this board leaves the manager out to dry, opting for the occasional pat on the back,
I am 100 per cent behind Arsene and so are the board. I think he has done fantastically well
A hollow claim having already put the transfer burden onto the manager earlier. He did get something right though,
I think [booing] is unattractive but I suppose they pay their money and are entitled to do what they want. I think it is unjustified.
A draw in pre-season is not the place nor the time. Recognising their frustrations has never been a strong point of the board at any time yet to have done so would perhaps placate some. These days, the board seems even more out of touch. Whimsy’s attempt at justifying the current run of trophyless seasons was the touch paper being lit,
Some people have gone 25 years without a trophy and it is becoming more and more difficult with all the people with unlimited pockets
I don’t need to read anything to know what reaction he will get for the ’25 years’ observation; simply because others have not won anything, does not mean Arsenal should swallow the same medicine. That said, it has ever been thus at the club, spells of success followed by lean years. The success of the 1930s followed by the fallowness of the late 50s and 60s. The double year followed by fifteen years with one FA Cup before Graham delivered and squandered the chance to build a dynasty. A truly cyclical club, if ever there was one.
Wenger has stemmed that to an extent but the gap between trophies is growing and will at the end of another trophyless season, be at the levels of the 1970s. At that point, what happens? Online there will be a crescendo demanding the manager’s head, the concern is that KSE listen and react in a kneejerk manner for the current board show little appetite for a fight.
Elsewhere, Samir Nasri is apparently the subject of a £22m take it or leave it bid from Manchester City, one that Arsenal will receive in the next couple of days. The delay seems to be that the fax containing the offer got sent by mistake to every national newspaper sports desk. It would be a good deal for Arsenal, especially as it is around the same fee being demanded by Valencia for Juan Mata although that seems to change on a daily basis. And is either too much, too little or just right.
The bank of Manchester City is proving more reliable than that of Barcelona who have a three-pronged attack on signing Cesc. The flaw in the reported game plan is that Darren Dein and Cesc are the only ones talking to the club about the move, Barcelona still looking behind the futon in Sandro Rosell’s office for any loose cents that they can use in their bid.
Nicklas Bendtner meanwhile will probably be hoping that Arsène will be concerned over Marouane Chamakh’s apparent loss of confidence and saving him from the living Hell that is Stoke City. £9m says those concerns would probably be over-ruled. And if the thought of Bendtner at Stoke brings a wry smile, Joey Barton at Arsenal brings a very nervous and thin grin. They are joking. Right….?
Posted on August 2, 2011, in Arsenal, Football, Premier League, Premiership, Soccer, Transfer Gossip and tagged Arsenal, Football, Premier League, Soccer, Transfer Gossip. Bookmark the permalink. 437 Comments.