Per-fect Harmony As German Rumours Abound
There seems to be a close link developing between Arsenal and the Bundesliga. No sooner has a transfer window come into view, than the Goetze rumour mill is joined with Hummels and Reus. Tomas Rosicky is wanted by Wolfsburg – better than being wanted by Interpol I suppose – whilst Lukasz Podolski to Arsenal gathered pace with his assertion that playing for another German club is not on his agenda, so abroad it is. Some reports suggest that if he played for his current employers, they might be enjoying a better season.
Per Mertesacker cemented those links and has asked for time to settle,
If you have no pre-season with the team then that makes it more difficult. People think it’s easy to connect with your club, your team-mates, but it takes time. It’s getting better and better and hopefully I can keep improving now. Let me play a season and you can get [the full picture] of my personality and my ability as a footballer
It is incredible that an experienced international is reduced to almost begging for time to be assessed. Before he was signed, the received wisdom was the he had the turning circle of a Routemaster with the pace of a half-drunk tortoise. That was the wisdom we received from the ego’s who told us that they watched every match he played in.
Of course, the truth did not fit with their version of events at Arsenal. And bore no resemblance to any truth about the player. It seems barely believable that those views were given any credence but that was then, this is now.
And now, Mertesacker has become an integral part of the defence. Organisationally, his confidence grew with the return of Thomas Vermaelen and the continued improvement of Laurent Koscielny as a player. That he can form a solid partnership with either depending on the team selection, and so seamlessly, underlines his abilities. We should not need to wait for a season to know that he has been a good signing for the club.
But such is the instant nature of today’s world, condemnatory words are readily found.
Theo Walcott spoke about the new players, seeking to put the negatives to bed and summing up the situation succinctly,
Our new players needed time to gel, time to settle. They had to get used to the way the club is run. It was always going to take time. We had injuries as well. Things were not going our way, but the way we’ve played in the last few weeks, it’s nice to see us move up the table.
A trailblazer of the Anglo-German path and now sadly not playing for a club any more is Alex Hleb, who has been unceremoniously dumped by Wolfsburg which perhaps might not be the best selling point for the club. In defence of Felix Magath, the Wolfsburg coach is merely displaying the same kind of ruthlessness Arsène articulated recently.
Back to Hleb, if anyone personifies how leaving Arsenal can all go wrong, it is the Belorussian. Barcelona hasn’t worked out and despite loans with Stuttgart and Birmingham before the current one, where he will spend the final year of his contract is anyone’s guess. All of this as a result of an illicit ice-cream.
Despite assurances from the well-connected Mirrorman, Robin van Persie has not spoken to Arsenal about his contract according to Peter Whimsy. But the driving force behind Arsenal’s resurgence this season said, “I think Robin wants to stay, he seems very happy“. Well that’s just fine and dandy then.
One or two things ahead of Sunday. Despite spending heavily for several years, City have still maintained their record of not progressing beyond the first round of the Champions League or its predecessor. Yes, that is a tad gloating but nowhere near as knowing that Manchester City are the only English team to be crowned Champions (1936-37) and relegated the following season (1937-38). Were that to be a price of them winning the title this season, I think that I might well be happy to let them have their silverware…