When I say ‘old boy’, he’s not really that old, and no, it’s not Denilson.
It’s striker Carlos Vela, who Real Sociedad signed from us last summer after being there on loan. There is a £4 million buy-back clause in his contract and reports suggest Wenger is thinking about activating it.
No chance in my opinion! The player is happy is in Spain, his club are on the verge of securing Champions League football, and he’s playing. Why on earth would he want to move back to England and play for a manager who had little faith in him the first time round?
Sure as heck I wouldn’t!
Forget the Internationals this weekend, a more important fixture takes place on Monday evening, and that’s in the NextGen Series and if our boys can beat CSKA Moscow at the Emirates Stadium, up next will be London rivals Chelsea in the last four. What a fixture that would be….
I jest of course, how can we forget about the internationals, we have thirteen players away on duty. Wojciech Szczesny is one of them but it’s highly unlikely he will play in both. Maybe he won’t feature in either as his form has dropped, he’s been dropped and the player himself admits that the form of Artur Boruc is far superior to his right now.
Talking of our Polish keeper, he’s been quick to release an official statement through the club following his Daddy throwing his toys out of the pram. Just in case you haven’t seen it:
I would like to apologise for the comments made by my father which have been used by both Polish and English media.
I’d like to make it clear that those were the views and opinions of my father and not mine, and although I respect his views I cannot accept them as I find them disrespectful to the club I truly love.
I have been at Arsenal Football Club for seven years now and I have always shown my full respect to the Club, Arsène Wenger, all the coaching staff, my team-mates and the fans.
I’ve always felt that I received great support from the manager and the fans and I am fully focused on getting back to my best.
I am proud to be a part of Arsenal and I see my future at this great club.
I think Szczesny may just about have hung onto his Arsenal career with that statement, we all know that as soon as a player, directly or otherwise, attacks his management skills, (cough) he’s shown the door. Had our keeper left that go without commenting, I am sure that Wenger, and many fans would think that the words of Szczesny Snr were simply repeating the views of his son.
I’m not sure they weren’t anyway, it’s just Jnr expected his father to keep quiet!
But fancy suggesting Arsene Wenger is burnt out as a manager and as a person, too.
Tsk Tsk Papa Ches!!
Finally, just when we thought things could get no worse at the FA, the board has unanimously approved the nomination of Greg Dyke to succeed David Bernstein as FA chairman.
Why is that bad news?
He was a director of Manchester United in the late 1990s, that’s why….
Fergie wins again…!
That’s it for another day, thankfully, this time next week we’ll be looking forward to the Reading game and with a squad without too many injuries….