Actual news, as opposed to all the speculation of the last month, we finally sign a player. The confirmation of the six month loan deal for
Kim Kallstrom took us all by surprise but that surely is, and always has been, the Wenger way.
Other transfer news; Frimpong’s sojourn at Arsenal is over, he’s been sold to Barnsley for an undisclosed fee, he immediately took to twitter to complain “how am I going to pull girls now?” Well as we say in Norfolk “hold yew hard bor, there’s some gret old mawthers up North, yew jus might find it’s yew agetin pulled”.
Hard on the underwhelming news of the signing of Kim Kallstrom, comes the report that our newest recruit injured his back in his first training session and will be out for weeks rather than days. Fanbloodytastic!!! Is there any point in keeping him? Should the loan be cancelled? Answers on a postcard please.
Kallstrom latest; According to the Sun on Sunday Arsenal are trying to cancel the loan arrangement and return our deadline day signing to Spartak Moscow.
Van Persie to rejoin The Gunners in the summer? That’s a move that could be on the cards as the little Dutch Boy is unhappy that Old Rednose and coach Muelensteen have left and his missus doesn’t like living in Cheshire. All together now! Aaaah bless! Would you want him back? Would the fans?
Arsene revealed the truth behind the Kallstrom deal, the player was injured before joining Arsenal, not as the Red Tops would have it in his first training session, the extent of the injury was not determined until 5pm on deadline day after two scans revealed a “micro fracture” in his back. The prognosis is he will be out for between four and six weeks, during this time his wages will be paid by Spartak Moscow and no loan fee has been paid. According to Wenger it was too late to find an alternative, so It was a case of this deal or no deal.
Tony Pulis talking after the game…. “We seemed pretty comfortable and we had a great chance ourselves and that would have changed the game”. Not sure I like Mr. Pulis’s idea of comfort, more like a bed of nails I would have thought.
Mikel Arteta got a kick during the game and will be receiving treatment, hopefully he’ll be fit to play the Bin-Dippers.
According to one London paper Jack Wilshere will be fit to start against the Bin-Dippers on Saturday in the Premiership game at Anfield, while Arteta and the Ox are expected to have fully recovered from “knocks” received during the Palace game. Vermaelen may make it onto the bench.
According to another London paper, with the Russian transfer window still open, Zenit St Petersburg are preparing to offer Arsenal as much as £18 million for Thomas Vermaelen, the player has previously said he may be interested in a transfer if it guaranteed him first team action and boosted his chances of playing for Belgium in the World Cup Finals. I’d hate to see this fine player leave the club, especially has it would be impossible to sign a replacement this season.
Another piece in the same paper suggests that our new kit supplier Puma are willing to help fund the purchase of Mario Balotelli, at the end of the season. He is sponsored by Puma and they would like to unite two of their biggest brands. Balotelli is on fire at the moment, scoring 25 goals in 38 matches for AC Milan and is rated to be worth £40 million but Puma could pay as much as £15 million of that to secure the player’s signature for Arsenal. If I was presenting one of my pub quizes at the moment, I would ask “is that true or false?”. I’ll leave that answer to all you AAers.
It seems The Gunners are unpopular again! Ticket allocations are the latest bone of contention. Arsenal have reduced the allocation to Liverpool, for the FA Cup tie, from the “recommended” 15% of the total (9.050) to 5,186, the same as given to Spurs for the earlier round, Coventry got 8,686. Arsenal say the decision was made on the advice of their Safety Advisory Group “due to fears over safety issues from supporters standing in the upper tiers of the stadium”. The group consist of representatives from the club, Metropolitan Police, local authority and transport. Liverpool supporter organisation Spirit of Shankly are also upset about the kick-off being switched to 4pm Sunday. Apparently this will prevent many fans from attending as they will be otherwise engaged at Sunday School.
Sagna contract talks back on. It is believed an extension is on offer but not an increase in the £70,000 per week wages. But he may get a pay rise in order to ward off interest from Manchester City. A club that is fast becoming a pre-retirement home for elderly Arsenal Players.
Schalke’s chairman Clemens Tonnies has said that Arsenal may have to wait years before signing Julian Draxler. ‘It would do Draxler good to spend another year or two with us,’ said Tonnies at the SpoBiS conference. ‘But we know we’re not going to be able to keep a super-talented player like Julian at Schalke forever.
Metropolitan Police have issued photographs of three Spurs fans wanted in connection with the hurling of missiles at Theo Walcott, para-medics, ambulance men and stewards as the injured player was being stretchered off during the recent Cup Tie.
I couldn’t find any actual “news”, so I’ve gone with a bit of speculation…Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa, 25, Manchester City forward Edin Dzeko, 27, and Bayern Munich’s Mario Mandzukic, 27, are three players very much on Arsene’s radar and one or more is the target for the summer signing season. Oh! And add to the list Porto Striker Jackson Martinez, 39 goals in 47 matcheshe grew up in Mexico and supported guess who? Yep! Arsenal and would “love” to join The Gunners in the summer.
Swansea city are looking for a new manager and one stand out name on the short list is someone who would be less a coach and more a messiah, Dennis Bergkamp. Now I wouldn’t be averse to Dennis taking the job, getting a couple of years managerial experience in the Premiership, before taking over at Arsenal when Le Boss finally retires.
Now I’m in no way criticising Tomas Rosicky or our medical staff but our Mozart was out of action for a while with a broken nose, contrast that to Jonny May who suffered a broken nose playing on the wing for England in the Six Nations match against France last Saturday. He resumed full contact training on Tuesday and is expected to start in the match against Scotland on Saturday, he will not be wearing a protective mask. Are rugby players harder than footballers? Are footballers hard enough?
And Finally; Stan Kroenke is reportedly set to use his ownership of Arsenal to create a new American sister team – called the LA Gunners. The plans are in their infancy, but reports suggest that the new team would be modelled on Arsenal.
That’s it for another week