Haha…haha…haha!!!! It’s not as if there is a chance in hell that Wenger would sign you, Roman Pavlyuchenko. Finally the rumour has been shushed away by Wenger.
This was just rumour all along. Probably by Pavlyuncheko’s agent or a over enthusiastic football agent who feed the news to the media who are always more than accommodating to such stories. The Russian did had a wonderful Euro 2008 but has looked out of depth in the Premier League thus far. In comparison, Bendtner’s potential probably made this a very easy decision for Wenger to consider.
Speaking of little Nicky, he will only be available after the new year which is a big blow to the ambitions of the club. I’d hope to see him return for the Anfield clash but it seems his groin injury will not heal sufficiently in time for that. With RVP out, Bendtner remains the only plausible center forward with a good physique to boot. Although, with the World Cup looming, it will be best not to rush his comeback as anymore further setback might see him contract the Rosicky/Diaby illness of being perpetually injured.
On the other end of the scale, the one on the comeback trail would be Abou Diaby. Now, it is hardly suprising to know that your reaction to that piece of news is not a positive one but let’s be honest, without him, Arsenal have suffered quite a bit. His absence has coincided with 2 consecutive Premier League defeats and it is not hard to see why that happened.
While many will lament his lackadaisical attitude on the pitch but in truth we’ve missed his physical presence. Maybe with him in the side, the goal we conceded at the Stadium of Light could’ve been prevented. Although I would rather not make that suggestion as we know the ball is round and predictions goes out the window as soon as the kickoff whistle is blown.
There’s a big wind blowing from Sol Campbell’s camp which states his interest in helping to ease Alex Ferguson’s defensive woes. After walking out on his contract at Notts County, Campbell have been without a club and in view of the crisis at Man United, seemed to have garnered his interest. Ever since the nightmare match against West Ham at Highbury, Campbell’s actions and choices have been rather bizzare. Instead of moving abroad after also ending his contract with Arsenal, he chose to take a step down and join Portsmouth. Then after Pompey, inexplicably he joined the Notts County project which was a few divisions lower than the Premier League.
After all that trouble and media frenzy, he quit after just completing one game for the lower tier club. Don’t get me wrong, Campbell was a great purchase and scoop of Arsene Wenger but at this stage of his career, he lacks the pace to keep up with the current game. And there might just be something else that is wrong in the vicinity of his head.
More on tomorrow’s blog. Till then have a good start to the weekend.