Arsenal In Low Bid Transfer Shocker & More Gossip
Whilst Arsène no doubt feels some benefits accrue from buying late in the transfer window, for example capitalising on a selling clubs desire to cash in, there are numerous unpleasant side-effects, not least of which is media questioning and misinformation. It hit the extremes of that yesterday with the misreported amounts being angrily retweeted, withdrawn and chastised from Bolton, Wenger having to call out Bolton’s Chairman, barely disguising his contempt. Not the sort of exchanges that members of Arsenal’s negotiating team will have wanted.
Wenger did admit that he was still in the market, having a look around the produce, aware of the shortcomings in his squad,
I will try to strengthen the squad in depth because at the moment we are a bit short number-wise but if we get two or three players in we have the quality to challenge. I am anxious yes because I want to do it and I try everything to do it.
Before adding a warning that brings a chill wind to the arena,
But I am confident as well because we have some good young players who can make a big step very quickly. There is a chance [we could make no signings] because again we are dependent on the desire of the people who have the players to sell the players.
It seems unlikely that no-one will join. Bolton were more upset at Arsenal’s incorrectly reported valuation of Gary Cahill than they would have been were this just a rumour. In speaking out, Phil Gartside warned Notlobians that their prize asset may well be on the move. In incorrectly reporting the fee, the media served to reinforce a million prejudices against Arsène. But they bought him some time, knowing that he is at least trying.
Everton want a similar amount for Phil Jagielka and not much less for Mikel Arteta. Given we could buy the club from Bill Kenwright for about £20m, that may be the more attractive option. Elsewhere, Arsenal are still interested in Yann M’vila, £22m is believed to be enough to entice Rennes and have been linked with P’tang Yang Kipperbang from Caen. He would be a Blockbuster signing.
Looking ahead to Sunday, Arsène has few problems picking his squad for tomorrow, essentially every fit and unsuspended member of the first team squad will travel. Having failed to sign anyone in time to enhance his choices, the squad is what it is. Paul Merson has written Arsenal off which I always find re-assuring, even before Arsène’s press conference.
Injury news got better with Laurent Koscielny returning to partner Thomas Vermaelen (if he’s fit) with Johan Djourou presumably moving to be the defensive anchor in midfield. Tomas Rosicky is also fine and dandy. Arsène said he had enough bodies for midfield. He recently watched ‘300’ and worked out that the Spartan tactic of building a barrier with dead bodies could be adapted for the football pitch. Let’s hope the victims were all home-grown otherwise the squad list might become a tad cramped.
The Champions League draw has not been unkind to Arsenal; the away trips are a summer holiday flight as opposed to the journeys which could have been demanded by St Petersburg, Donetsk and to a lesser extent, Istanbul. As it is, nobody is suggesting that the matches in Dortmund and Marseilles will easy. Hopefully the trip to Greece will be rendered irrelevant by a storming set of preceding performances.
It is the only away fixture preceded by a domestic away game whilst September’s trip to Dortmund is the only one of the three followed by an away game, and even then there are three clear days between the two. We may have complained in the past about fixtures but they have been reasonably kind this season.
Manchester City and Chelsea provided unintentional humour in the hoopla surrounding the draw. Villas-Boas observed that Chelsea had “always been in the Champions League”, an Orwellian re-writing of the competition’s history which now began in 2005. Anyone who considers the Champions League roots to be in the Champions Cup, first played in 1955, will receive a visit from the Thought Police.
Meanwhile Brian Marwood bemoaned the “irony” of the top two seeds in City’s group – Bayern Munich and Villarreal – having to qualify to reach this stage. It’s not irony, Brian; it’s called being employed by a club with no European pedigree. Actually I could have left the word ‘European’ out of that phrase entirely. As if to emphasise to Marwood what the word ‘irony’ really means, there was no hint of it when Michel Platini spoke yesterday that the duties of the Presidents of Fifa and Uefa included ensuring the integrity of the game. No, really, he did say that. More frighteningly, he actually seems to believe it.
Finally, Sir Alex Ferguson has ended his squabble with dear old Auntie. I wonder if it has crossed execs minds at the Corporation to dub Sir Alex’s voice in the way they were ordered to for Sinn Fein in the 1980s. Surely the choice is between Leslie Phillips and Terry-Thomas in that instance. Failing that, we could just all sign this petition. No doubt his feud will be replaced by one at Manchester City, Brian Marwood pouting over being called ‘administration officer’…
Posted on August 27, 2011, in Arsenal, Champions League, Football, Premier League, Soccer, Transfer Gossip and tagged Arsenal, Champions League, Football, Premier League, Soccer, Transfer Gossip. Bookmark the permalink. 231 Comments.