I know this is a blog for Gooners but what has taken place at Liverpool is quite strange. The club is going through a torrid time, the owners believe that the reason is the ‘average’ signings made in the summer so they have sacked Damien Comolli, the man who secured those deals.
Kenny Dalglish though is safe, yet he is the manager and he’s confirmed that he sanctioned each deal, so why would Comolli be the scapegoat?
We all believe that Mr Gazidis is a bit slow when it comes to sorting out our transfer deals, yet still there are quite a number of fans who blame our manager and believe that he should be the one ‘gone’. Not many on here I hasten to add.
Take Park out of the equation, is there one other signing that Arsene Wenger made in the summer that HASN’T made an impact on our season?
Even old boy Yossi has proven his worth and he’s loving life at his current club and wants to stay, he’s 100% committed to us, even though he says he still loves Chelsea. He can’t really say anything else can he, not until his future is sorted.
Talking of tranfers, we all just love a good bit of transfer speculation as the summer window approaches, nothing gets the blogs humming like a transfer rumour.
Always has, always will.
I recall looking through some old newspaper cuttings my Dad had saved from the 1950’s, and nothing has changed.
George Robledo, the Newcastle forward was strongly linked to a move to Highbury, around 1954 . That was a surprise to me and a rumour I’d not heard or read before.
Then there are the legion of stories of Arsenal trying to sign the likes of Stanley Matthews, Wilf Mannion, Tommy Lawton [in his prime], Danny Blanchflower, Denis Law and Cliff Jones, I’m sure most of you know them.
Transfers to Arsenal are always news, probably always have been since spin was in its infancy and being spun by the brilliant Herbert Chapman in the 1930’s.
So when we read that Montpellier have put a massive price of £50 million on the head of Olivier Giroud, their 25 year old centre-forward and the leading scorer in Ligue Un and that Arsenal are strongly linked to him. We just shrug our shoulders, look up You-Tube to see some of his goals, and have a quiet chuckle.
£50 million…..? Yeah, right!
Apparently Arsene has sent his French scout Gilles Grimandi to watch Giroud…. Really?!!!
Grimandi is currently putting together a dossier on Giroud…. That’s right ‘a Dossier’, spooky eh….?!
I wonder if Jason Bourne is checking up on him as well???
Of course nobody at Arsenal has refuted this or many of the other ‘red herring’ stories going around, It suits the club to let these rumours run because it covers up our real intentions.
No doubt Roberto Mancini read the stories and immediately sent a whole posse of scouts out to France, as soon as he heard that it was Wenger watching Giroud…
Wenger knows that the Petro-Dollar clubs follow closely who he is watching, waiting to gazzump Arsene at the last moment.
Alex Ferguson is a master at stealing away players Arsenal have been watching too with Jones, Smalling and Young being the most recent.
Mind you, Arsene does it to ‘Old Red Nose’, and stole Aaron Ramsey away from Old Toilet, when they thought he was in the bag, and didn’t the inept Savic end up at Wastelands after his trial at Arsenal…
It’s all a game but a game that Wenger has to be more imaginative at, given his financial disadvantage.
I suspect that the links to the Italian midfielder Montelivio, fall very much into the red herring category and we’ll get a hell of a lot more like them before the Summer window even opens!
All the same, there are some rumours out there that seem to carry a bit more creditability, both in terms of quality and price.
We all know them so I won’t repeat them.
I am confident that Gazidis and Wenger have got their transfer heads in gear already and early this summer we will see a additions.
Maybe prompted by criticism, maybe also prompted by Silent Stan???
Written by Allezkev