As usual, there is no concrete transfer news to write about.
The Daily Mirror suggest that Ivan Gazidis was doing all he can last night to thrash out a deal for German wonderkid Julian Draxler. Schalke want £60 million for the £19 year old. We are willing to go to £40m.
£40 million is an awful lot of money for a youngster, £60 million is simply ridiculous.
The same paper believes we have been offered Kaka by Real Madrid – the 31 year old is desperate to get regular playing time but I’m sure he’d have to think about dropping his wage demands if he wants that playing time to be with us.
The Daily Mail report that we are in talks to sign Salomon Kalou from Lille. Now this one had better be garbage be no way should we be entertaining the ex Chelsea player. A move like this smacks of desperation.
Despite there only being three days left of the summer transfer window, Arsene Wenger is adamant about two things.
1) He won’t panic buy.
2) He’s very confident that by 11pm on Monday, he will have made a few signings.
Phew, that’s a relief isn’t it but before anyone gets too excited, this is the same man who has said many times before that he would sign players but all too often we ended up with no-one.
I really hope it doesn’t come down to the final hour again on Monday as no matter what he says, those signings, if they are not recognised quality players will again seen to be nothing other than a panic purchase. Just like Kalou would be.
As said, Arsene Wenger is very very confident that he will make several signings before the window closes, when asked if he is still in the hunt to sign players, he said:
Yes, (When?) I don’t know. I am confident. We will not panic buy, that is for sure. It’s not my strength to panic.
You need good players in every position, and especially you need an attitude and way to play the game. The players here know the way we want to play and that is important.
If we can add players who can integrate with that style of play we will do it. We work very hard on that, if we cannot we will not do anything stupid just for the sake of saying that we have done something.
We do what makes sense or not, that is simple.
Sorry Arsene, what makes sense is having the new signings in before the season starts. Getting them in early to train and get used to the coaching methods and their new team-mates. We may not have lost to Villa had that been the case.
We would certainly be a lot stronger going into the first NLD of this season had that happened.
If it goes wrong tomorrow, you reap what you sow Arsene Wenger, you reap what you sow!
Have a good day all, I’m out for most of it….