Writing something when there is actually nothing to write about, is an unique talent, and I have in abundance of that very talent. Of course, repeating the same words, like say ‘talent’ is another talent which a talented person like me possesses in abundance. Abundance? Aagh!!
To sum it up there is very little to talk about. The Robin van Persie situation is really starting to get on my nerves. I don’t know why the club on insist on keeping a player who clearly wants away. Doesn’t make any sense to me. Supposedly, bids from Manchester United have been rejected. And, Arsene Wenger has insisted he wants to keep van Persie for the coming season.
It has been two weeks since van Persie announced his decision, and Ivan Gazidis, should of course be back in North London by now, if the update is anything to go by. I hope that this matter is resolved quickly enough though. Dragging it on till the very last moment would be detrimental to all parties. There have been talks among the Arsenal blogging community that the Dutchman should be left to rot in the reserves for the remainder of his contract. But, c’mon that would be just childish. And, it ain’t a viable solution either.
If Arsene believes that he can bring out the very best of Robin for another year, whilst allowing Podolski and Giroud adjust into the club, then so be it. Though, it shouldn’t be at the cost of the squad’s best interests. A rotten mango in a bunch can cause more rotten mangoes, there is no two ways about it.
Should the club decide that they would sell him on, I really wouldn’t care much if he moves to either of the Manchester clubs of Juventus or even Rochdale for that matter. His decision has already lost him a lot of credibility and respect from the Arsenal supporters, though I would be lying if I said watching him play alongside Rooney or Aguero didn’t hurt. Then again, it should matter little to us. We are Arsenal, we were way way bigger than him before, and will remain so after.
Leaving Robin out of the squad was one of the clearest indications that the club is looking to attract potentially good bids. The German duo of Mertesacker and Podolski and the French duo of Koscielny and Giroud, plus Andrei Arshavin too have been left in North London to train with the reserves, in order to gain match fitness. But, I am pretty sure, it is because they will be going to Nigeria for a promotional event rather than fitness issues. C’mon they are professional footballers. A couple of runs around the training ground, and a couple of hours in the gym, they are back fit again. They are supposed to look after their bodies, after all.
This could also be a good sign, that Robin’s situation can be sorted out as early as possible. The tour will also provide the club with some time to listen to offers elsewhere, as well as Robin, to explore his own options.
I think we should leave that issue there, cos’ more discussion isn’t actually going to alter the course of due events. Staying with strikers, reports have come in that SC Caen have rejected a bid for 17 year old striker M’Baye Niang. Supposedly, even Manchester City seem interested, and it will be intriguing to watch whether the player is turned on by the millions on offer, or a real chance of football development. Either ways, the emergence of Benik Afobe means we do have some additional young options.
Moving on, the Spanish press have reported that Arsenal have tabled a bid for Santi Cazorla, the Malaga midfielder, who is valued at £15.2 million. I am not sure about the authenticity of this news, but if it were true, I would be delighted. I remember watching a lot of him at Villarreal, who remain my favorite Spanish club, because of their sudden rise to prominence, with minimal funds, which unfortunately saw them getting relegated last year. He is very well capable of playing as an attacking midfielder, as well as an impact winger, and such versatility will be of utmost importance to us, considering that Arsene Wenger recently revealed that Jack Wilshere and Tomas Rosicky face more time on the sidelines.
Cazorla, like most Spanish players of his generation, is a diminutive little creative midfielder, with great vision, and with all talk of how we have failed to replace Fabgregas, Cazorla would be perfect for us right now. Though I suppose there will be many factors which are involved in this. Malaga are funded now by petrocash, and there will be the issue of coming to an agreement regarding players wages. Plus there is also the complicated issue of Malaga not paying Villarreal the full payment of the transfer fee.
In other news, Zenit St. Petersburg have confirmed through manager Luciano Spalletti that they are interested in securing the services of the Russian captain back. Again, like Wenger said, players coming in will be interdependant on players moving out. With the spate of injuries in midfield, will it be right to ship out Arshavin, who I think can really flourish in the central attacking midfield role. I am still not sure about that. We will just have to wait and watch.
Marrouane Chamakh too has been linked with a move to Rubin Kazan in the Russian League. Supposedly, they feel he will be a focal point in their attack. Yeah, OK. Take him if you want. Would be nice if we could get some decent money in return for him. Then again, it depends on who we sign before the season starts. I think starting the season with two new unproven strikers in the Premier League could be disastrous. Not that Chamakh is a proven striker or something. But, he can be option on the bench. Ah, what the heck! Sell him off!
Niklas Bendtner, surprisngly has been linked with a move to AC Milan. Surprising, because a club the size of AC Milan trying to sign a player who scored 8 goals for Sunderland last season is surprising. But, with all the money problems they are having, they have had to ship out many of their players or let them on free. The likes of Nesta, Gattuso, Seedorf, van Bommel, Inzaghi and Zambrotta have all been released, while Ibrahimovic and Silva of course been lured to the riches of Paris. I think Bendtner would do good for them. He is a reasonable striker who thinks he is the best in the world.
Another Asian forward of ours, Ryo Miyaichi is being tracked by Ajax and some time under Dennis Bergkamp would be fruitful for the obviously ‘talent’ed forward. Though I feel a move to Swansea or Norwich would be better. They play some decent football, and he needs more time at the Premier League level.
It does leave us visible short of options up front. There have been rumors about Fernando Llorente from Athletic Bilbao. While I think he is a really good striker, I feel a cash plus Edin Dzeko deal wouldn’t do us much harm. Dzeko has proven he is a Premier League quality striker, but for the competition at Eastlands, he would have played a much more substantial role last season. Plus, he scored a four at White Hart Lane. Not too shoddy, eh?
Meanwhile, the squad has touched down in Asia, where they received a rapturous welcome. Goes to show how much we love Arsenal here. I really hope they come to India and explore the potential in the country. There are fan clubs dotted all over the country, with thousands of dedicated fans, who sit up late to watch the games.
It is expected that Thomas Vermaelen will be given the arm band, and I feel he won’t want a move to Barcelona or Manchester City next season. I mean, that’s what I hope for. Seeing another captain, and an inspirational vocal one at that looking to move on would be hurtful again.
Some good news, then that Laurent Koscielny is close to signing a new deal. I really think we can all associate to the Frenchman. He has had a hard time in France, rising through the ranks, and today he is one of the league’s best defenders. He is another one of those, who I think will stay loyal to us. Time to sort out the deals for Walcott and Song as well.
Meanwhile, Wojciech Szczesny has told that Steve Bould has already started to make an impact on the defence. And how we needed that. Whether it being Vermaelen being held using a lace, or Santos’ forward runs being inhibited using magnetic fields, Mertesacker being injected with turbo boosters in his legs or Djourou, well being taught the art of defending, we all hope we will get to see a much stronger defence next season. There’s no chance of winning the title, conceding the kind of goals or the number of goals we conceded last season.
That’s it for today I suppose. Have a good week, or rather a dreadful one if are closely monitoring the RVP situation.
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