Transfer Round-Up, Ramsey On The Future With Euro2012 Injury News
At this time of year – the lull between season end and competition commencement – that the media thrive on transfer gossip; who’s going where, when and for how much. That last question would be irrelevant had Sir Henry Norris managed to persuade the Football League that his idea were based on sound footing. No ‘Undisclosed Fee’ against the logs and records. But he did not and the game has imploded financially as a result. Or certainly transfer fees are a big factor.
It would not have changed the hullabaloo surrounding Robin van Persie’s future though. Whilst he was off galavanting through the Bulgarian defence to score in The Netherlands 1 – 2 defeat, the rumour mill was turning full circle but making no attempt to sort the wheat from the chaff. Arsenal it seems are resigned to the fact that the cheque book will have to be dusted off to convince the Dutchman that they will be able to challenge for the trophy. Suspicions remain that Arsène‘s supreme confidence that his captain will stay is based on something altogether more sinister with Paul McKenna caught sloping out the back window of the manager’s Totteridge home following the recent talks with van Persie over his future. Those suspicions were not put to rest with the Dutchman’s Foghorn Leghorn impressions every time he gets into a lift.
Having heard Bacary Sagna talk of van Persie’s future, Aaron Ramsey how the younger players perceive his importance to the team. Speaking ahead of Wales match against Mexico in New York, the midfielder was effusive in his praise of van Persie‘s individual achievements last season and in no way sought to underplay his contribution to the team. More telling was the Welsh captain’s assessment of his own season,
It’s been my first full season. I thought I started well and then had some ups and downs towards the end. Overall, I am happy with the way things have gone. From where I was with the injury that I had I think I’ve done pretty well. It was a long season and it was something my body has not been used to. It was quite obvious that I would get tired towards the end. To ask me to play to a high standard week in, week out in the Premier League when you think of the pace that goes with it, was very physically demanding.
People do forget how long I was out of the game and what happened.
No Aaron, I don’t think people do forget; in some cases, it is easier to ignore that because it suits their agendas. He is not daft and has picked up on the vibe surrounding his inclusion in the team. Criticism of him at times was harsh, Alex Song’s forays into the opposition half quite often left Ramsey exposed as the sole defensive midfielder. That was particularly apparent against Norwich where it quite often seemed that Ramsey was Canute-like in holding back the tide of Canary yellow shirts after sloppy loss of possession further up the pitch. The impact of his injury should not be underplayed; even now it will still be in the back of his mind as he goes into challenges. Too often, such psychological damage is ignored.
The speed of Ramsey’s rise has been overshadowed by The Shawcross Intervention. He has managed about two seasons worth of games in his career so far and that should not be forgotten; he is a young man learning his trade. Expectations though are unfeasibly high and my own view is that he was a convenient scapegoat for some to choose as injuries took their toll across the midfield. Still, he will have Stephen N’Zonzi for company next season. Yeah, I laughed as well, especially when West Ham are the only other serious competition for his signature. I suppose the benefit will be that the shirt printing team in the club shop will make inroads into the stock of ‘z’s’ which have been piling up in recent years.
Elsewhere Manuel Almunia may have cleared out his locker too soon with injury once more wrecking an Arsenal player’s summer, this time Lukasz Fabianski will not be able to use Euro2012 as a shop window as shoulder-aargh has forced his withdrawal from the Polish squad. Szczesny will have to stop taunting Spurs for five minutes and concentrate on his game instead. Tomas Rosicky meanwhile believes he is not going to be injured for long.
That’s it for this morning’s round-up. ’til Tomorrow.