Two stories broke yesterday, the first we all discussed and probably will until the day OUR club announce the sale of our number 4.
We went through it all last summer during the transfer window and no doubt we will go through it all again. Unless the deal is done and he leaves as soon as the Premier League season is over, or of course, if Wenger and Arsenal come out and say that Cesc is categorically not for sale – to any club or for any price!
The second story came from Russia, well Zenit St Petersburg.
Our little Russian joined us for around £15million in January 2009 but he hasn’t really hit the heights we all thought he would. He breezed in, lifted the morale of the team, hit four fantastic goals against Liverpool and followed that by an odd goal or two here and there and plenty of assists.
This season he has struggled, big time.
Zenit are reported to be keeping an eye on what’s happing with Arshavin and they are planning on buying him back if he remains unhappy.
I think he’ll go – he is yet to sign a new contract and by the time the transfer window comes along he will be 30 years old – we all know what happens when our players reach that age don’t we. He‘ll be offered a one year contract only and no way will he accept that, would you?
Zenit’s sporting director Igor Korneev said:
Zenit’s doors are always open for Andrey, If his situation at Arsenal does not improve and he’s not comfortable in London, we can study this issue in time for next season.
So, that could be two down and despite both stories being around, OUR club is yet to make a comment on either. The Arshavin one I can understand but the Cesc one, well I am surprised they have not denied this ‘inside source’ story yet.
Watch this space with both I guess……
It’s looking more likely that Pat Rice will retire at the end of the season. Not only is his contract due for renewal but he is suffering from a persistent knee injury which is causing him problems during the day-to-day training. Pat Rice is yet to make a final decision but it seems Wenger will have to find himself a new assistant for next season, I really hope it’s Steve Bould or Martin Keown that takes over.
Bit of good news, ‘new signing’, Thomas Vermaelen is scheduled to make his return tonight for the reserves against the Mancs in their last game of the season – lets hope he finally plays, comes through unscathed and is declared fit and ready to face the older version on Sunday :)
Finally, we are trying to snatch a youngster from under the nose of Fergie. Kevin Mbabu, a 16-year-old from Servette has already spent time at United but has now been invited by Liam Brady to take part in this week’s Ferroli Cup in Italy and could feature in the first game against AC Milan.
Mbabu is a defensive midfielder who can also play centre half or right back, I’ll tell you more about him in six or seven years when he is at the right age to play for the first team.
Pity he’s not 26 years old rather than 16, what we need is ‘now’, not five or six years time and even then he’s not a certainty….
That’s it folks, have a good one….