Not too much real news around this morning, so it’s the gossip page on here today.
Little bit of good news which broke yesterday to shock us all and that of course was Santi Cazorla officially becoming an Arsenal player.
What a fantastic addition he is to this current squad.
He is right with his comments too, he is at the perfect age to make a move, certainly the perfect age to join us and thanks to Sir Bobby and Cesc Fabregas for reassuring him that Arsenal Football Club really is a good place to be.
There’s not really a lot more to be said about him is there, we have done the ‘what can we expect from him’, just glad it is finally done and dusted and Arsene Wenger can move onto the next signing fast.
Sunday can’t come quick enough for me, what a treat we have in-store, Podolski, Giroud and Cazorla should all make their first appearance in the red and white of Arsenal.
Here they all are in Germany and just what is going though the mind of our young Pole??
You can see it can’t you, everyone else in the squad is taking the steps but no, our young keeper looks as if he wants to do what we all did years ago and take the slide down the handrail. What a kid he is at heart eh, but bearing in mind his freak wrist breaking injury, maybe he should be a tad more careful. Those rails can be slippery…
This name popped up yesterday – Francisco Javier “Javi” García Fernández, born 8 February 1987 in Mula, Murcia in Spain.
Apparently Murcia is a lovely place to have a holiday home if you can afford it.
I digress, Garcia is another one of those central defensive midfielders who can if needed, play at centre back and according to Arsenal blog caughtoffside, we are readying a bid for the big guy.
Whether there is any substance to this piece of news or not I don’t know but another link to a player from another Spanish club may just suggest it has a bit of truth to it….
Or then again, it could all be just another M’Vila/Capoue smokescreen….
Another linked to us this morning in a ‘Daily Mail Exclusive’ is Korean and Celtic midfielder Ki Sung-Yeung. Apparently we were impressed by him whilst allegedly scouting Victor Wanyama and that interest had ‘hotted up’ after watching his performances during the Olympic Games. Ki is described as playing in a similar style to Steven Gerrard which can’t be a bad thing, love or hate the Liverpool man, take the naughty side to his game away and he’s a top class player.
The Ajax’s Gregory van der Wiel stories rumble on but two new name pop up in Marseille’s Nicolas N’Koulou and Senegal’s Cheikhou Kouyate.
Nicolas N’Koulou is another defender but he only signed for Marseille last summer so I can’t see there being much truth in this story.
Kouyate is a central defender who can also play defensive midfielder. He’s 22 years old and had a really good season for Anderlecht, well according the experts.
All of these rumours are of course sports journalists own ideas, some though may just have been fed a snippet from some they know within the club, who knows but the interesting bit about all of them in my own view is all are defensive players, either in midfield or at the back which has to be good news.
All linked are Internationals too and despite them being in their early twenties, they have experience. Marseille, Anderlecht, Celtic, Ajax are all big clubs within their own league.
Come on Arsene, enough flair players now, let’s get the defensive side to our game finally sorted out, then we will really be showing a bit of intent as we head towards our new campaign…
What a good one it could be too….
That’s it for another day……