having taken myself a pleasant little break – I say “pleasant” in the loosest sense of the word – it’s time to get down to the business of blogging on a daily basis. The only trouble with such a noble pursuit at this time of year is the paucity of Arsenal news.
You’ll have taken note of the title of this post by now. Misleading, isn’t it? Well, that’s what the summer has in store for us; interminable speculative stories floating around cyberspace hoping to hook in those thirsty for a bit of a tonic. Without the thrill of competitive football to debate, there is little to sink my teeth into other than gossip, so why not perpetuate that which I regularly lament. Hypocritical swine, aren’t I…
One thing that has caused me to sit back and ponder recently is the amount of so-called “deadwood” that will be returning to our fair shores – allegedly – over the summer. The likes of Bendtner and Denilson are often mocked and dismissed, but still remain players contracted to Arsenal; once promising youngsters now a burden on an already bloated wage bill.
The pondering I mention pertains to what we actually should do with our rouge element – for want of a better description. Should second chances be offered? Nope. As far as I’m concerned we should do everything within our power to move those players along. Doing so, however, may not be as simple as it sounds. Players like our Danish friend earn ridiculous wages, and don’t seem too willingly to take the kind of pay cut that would enable the teams that could/would offer them regular playing time to secure their services. So we end up jetting them around the globe on loan only for them to trudge back despondently once that period is over – Bendtner, quite hilariously, was the only Juventus player to not sell a single replica shirt last season.
As it seems we are destined to pay the remainder of the contracts, it makes sense to me to pay them off and free up some space for personnel who might add some value to our book. Granted, that may not be financially prudent given we could get some sort of fee if the universe aligned in such a way our luck bordered on the miraculous, but sometimes in business it’s best practice to cut your losses and move on. Some things just don’t work out the way you would have liked, and I’m a bit tired of Nicklas and his never-ending selection of absurd clothing.
I can envisage this being the summer Arsene cleans house. Chamakh looks destined to move on, as does Andrey Arshavin. I imagine we will probably see Sagna return to his homeland as well. Change certainly appears on the horizon. With many hoping this will be the summer our manger finally splashes the cash and drops a huge marker of intent, it’s good to remember that that process will begin with space being cleared for shiny new players.
As I’ve stated before; I have this peculiar feeling that this summer may be the one we’ve all been yearning for for the past few years – the one in which our wildest fantasies come to fruition. Okay – that’s a bit of a stretch, but you catch my drift.
We appear to have already signed up the very promising Yaya Sanogo from Auxerre. Who knows who might be next. Neymar? What? He’s going where?
Well, there are plenty of chances for our hopes to be raised.
That’s all for today, folks. The handy comments below await your thoughts and views – and probably abuse for the title. I look forward to reading through a few. and if you’re going to insult me, leave my mother out of it….
As always; thanks for reading, you beautiful bastards.