According to The Independent, Iker Casillas will be looking for a move in January if he doesn’t get more playing time in Spain:
Of course I want to stay here, winning more titles with Real Madrid.
I have been here since I was a small boy but the day will come when maybe a decision will have to be made.
I have decided I want to be part of this squad for a long time but if the situation doesn’t change in three months and you ask me the same question perhaps I will answer that I am planning to leave.”
Why the newspapers think we’d be interested in signing him I don’t know as Szczesny is in the best form of his career so far and Casillas would no doubt, be no more than a bench warmer with us. Of course a lot can happen between now and January…..
Yesterday, all the big boys were in town for the AGM, yes, even Stan Kroenke showed his face. Which side I hear some ask……
Flyers were handed out prior to events kicking off by The Black Scarf Movement and it’s clear we have a long way to go before catching up with the current European Champions both on and off the pitch.
One comparison sticks out for me which I’ll get to, eventually.
Yes of course we’d all like to see us win trophies, many of them but Arsene Wenger and his players are working on that so it’s fair to assume that will change soon. Well, I’d like to think so.
There was talk yesterday about reducing the cost of tickets for youngsters to just £10. That’s a start I suppose and Ivan Gazidis said that the club is committed to fair pricing for tickets. Just what that means or how they plan to do that is anyone’s guess but it was mentioned that there will be £2.50 off away tickets & the starting price for the Norwich game is £26. Rafters anyone?
Stan Kroenke opened the show said that he is very happy with Arsenal’s progress commercially and revenues are increasing, however nothing works unless we have success on the pitch. He couldn’t praise Arsene Wenger enough either, in fact had he not been our manager, maybe he wouldn’t have invested in Arsenal in the first place:
The reason we got interested in Arsenal [after years of approaches from other teams] was… the tradition, the image and the success of the Club and that to me has been established by none other than our manager.
In our opinion, with the values he stood for and the things that we value in sport, they were evidenced through him and through this club. So we are very pleased to be here and I couldn’t be more honoured to introduce our manager Arsène Wenger.
So, over to Arsene it went:
We meet only once a year but it’s always a pleasure. I thank Peter Hill-Wood and his forward thinking – and he appointed me!
The board always backed and supported me.
Arsene then went on to talk about some of the more difficult parts of the past year:
Last season, we had a difficult start from end of Nov to beginning of May we redressed the results.
The biggest disappointment and for the first time in 17 years was we lost in the cup competitions to lower division teams.
Yes, I/we were disappointed last season too, in so many ways and losing to Bradford and Blackburn in the domestic cups came very close to the top of my list.
More from Arsene:
Our club has a great advantage all over the world. we have tradition, for the qualities our club always tries to defend.
The Premier League is tight again this season. We need your support. We’ve had moments at the Emirates where we’ve not had that. But it’s our job to also inspire you.
We’re in October, but once we reach the end of November we will have a clearer idea and we will be happy.
At the end of May I’m confident we can have a very good meeting.
Well well, that’s a very confident manager and I hope that meeting in May means bragging about something very different than just a top four finish.
As Kroenke said, things off the pitch are clearly going great guns but now it’s time for all those promises made when we moved to The Emirates to be fulfilled. Yes we have started this season very well and to be, that’s been long overdue but let’s not lose sight of the fact it’s only October, a month in which nothing is won. Signing Mesut Ozil won’t fix fans view overnight but it’s sure done a lot to raise morale within a huge chunk of the fan base. He’s certainly raised the morale of the squad too according to the players who have nothing other than high praise for him. Flamini too, he’s made a difference to this squad.
However, that can easily be undone if the board and Arsene Wenger don’t continue to raise the bar when it comes to signing players. The cheap and cheerful, or hopeful signings have to remain a thing of the past, otherwise all will be undone again and it’s taken an awful long time for fans to get back onside.
Finally, like Bayern, wouldn’t it be fitting to see one or two of our ex-players who have served the club so well during their playing days, return and serve the club as well in the future?
I personally believe Martin Keown would be an ideal board member…..
Frank McLintock might stir them up a bit too……..
That’s your lot for today, tomorrow the boys are back….