It’s been a little more than a week since my last post. You have to excuse me. We are already in the post season. There’s no Arsenal games to piqued the interest or the blogger in me. Yet, with the amount of news that has been going about, one would think that we are still the middle of the season. Then again, most of the news are about transfer, who we are going to sign and who we are going to let go. Then, there’s the reflection of the season.
A big hole is being burnt in the Arsenal coffers as it was reported that we recouped £56.2 million in the 2010/11 season. Let’s not be ridiculous and think that, that would be the amount of our transfer budget. The magnificent Swiss Ramble puts it all into perspective and details analysis of Arsenal’s finances here. That would put our potential transfer up to the figure of £45 million. Aaron Ramsey is of the opinion that we may well use a big chunk of that money. If you believe Nicklas Bendtner’s father, the sale of his son to another club would bring us up to the £57 million mark. While the senior Bendtner looks at the immediate, the junior Bendtner has already identified his retirement home.
Another possible rise of the budget would be down to the use of a pen on Samir Nasri’s behalf. The mercurial Frenchman is holding out for a big pay rise to match that of club’s top earner, Cesc Fabregas. Nasri is in the final year of his contract and it would be foolish not to settle this issue between now and August. We all remember how Matthieu Flamini left us with nothing more than a wave of goodbye, we don’t need a repeat of that piece of bad business. Either both parties come to an agreement or we would have to sell Nasri before next season starts. No other possibilities there. The only other thing to rule out here is Nasri wearing a devil’s shirt in the near future.
While the situation for the aforementioned 2 players are still in murky waters, the light is very much clearer with regards to Denilson. At the best of times, Denilson is not very subtle. The declaration there is obvious to anyone. He is disillusioned with his position in the squad and wants out. Including my own, there won’t be many tears shed from the Gooner camp. It is really the sign of the lack of ambition when a player who has played the least amount of games in his last 3 seasons for Arsenal would claim that it was his best.
There’s a story today which states that Blackburn are willing to listen to offers of around the £15 million mark for Phil Jones. According to the story, that is more to prevent Arsenal from nicking club captain Christopher Samba away. It looks like our ploy has been successful. To draw out Blackburn so that we can secure our real target. No disrespect to Samba, but he is hardly our quality. I don’t get the clamour to sign him when we have been slating him every time we play Blackburn.
The ins and outs are not only focussed on the playing staff. There’s been a lot of talk previously about a new No. 2 for Arsene Wenger but that idea has since been shelved with the agreement from Pat Rice to carry on for another year. Now, there’s talk of former players coming in as coaches. Among those is current FA Cup winner, Patrick Vieira. I don’t know what the former Arsenal captain’s plan for the future are. Will he continue to play or will he look for a behind the scene role is still left to debate.
I find myself hard to object to this move should it happen. Vieira’s experience and understanding of the club make the appointment very easy to understand. It is not as if he has long retired and do not know what is required of the players in current times. He will be a respected figure on the training ground and the dressing room. An altogether move which makes sense.
That’s all for today folks. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday.
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