Before we begin, allow me to point you in the direction of a bit of guest writing I did for Le Grove. It was fun to do, and helps getting me a bit more exposure. Unabashedly, I am a publicity whore.
Right. onwards and upwards.
With the transfer window officially opening yesterday, what was previously a slow trundle of speculation is now a full-on onslaught. If you thought yourself buried in balderdash up to this point, it’s fair to say expectations are going to be surpassed.
With all the razzmatazz and hyperbole has come the proposal of our beloved team completing 2 deals by the end of the week. I wouldn’t put too much stock into that. Arsenal’s ability to quickly complete deals tends to be a point of unrest amongst a great deal of fans, even if very few actually know with any certainty what goes on behind closed doors. The media regularly enjoys linking us to players and claiming we have missed out or “dropped the ball” when those players are transferred elsewhere. There’s every chance we weren’t interested at all.
As far as I’m concerned, the sooner the deals are done the better, but I have no objection to waiting. So long as they are completed within a suitable time frame that enables them to bed into the squad, I couldn’t care less if I’ve a week or two to twiddle my thumbs in expectation. I see no point in rabidly posting bile across the internet because no signings have been made within the first day. That’s just silly. Have a cup of tea and a biscuit. Calm down. Relax.
The players it is alleged will be arriving this week are Julio Cesar and, as you’d expect at this point, Gonzalo Higuain – who I will forever refer to as ‘The Higuana’. I believe there is a great deal of truth to both stories. Will they sign on the dotted line and be unveiled this week? Unlikely, methinks.
Surprisingly, Arsenal have also made a firm offer for Lars Bender. The German midfielder is an excellent player, and one Dortmund will fight tooth and nail to ensure they keep. The initial bid of £19.75m was quickly turned down, and any other secondary offers will be rejected.
Many people with more knowledge than I seem to think this isn’t true. Whilst I have no desire to cast aspersions over those good folks, I see it as exactly the type of deal Arsenal are renowned for; sneaking up on you at the last minute when attention is focused elsewhere. I wouldn’t put it past Arsene unleashing a bolt from the blue and snapping up someone we won’t see coming. Very few of us saw Santi Cazorla’s arrival on the horizon.
If we are unclear on who’s is heading in, then we do at least have a bit of clarity regarding departures. Arshavin has returned to Russia, Djourou is off to Germany for another year on loan, Denilson has scuttled sideways back to Brazil, Squillaci has blundered into oblivion, and it would appear G.O.A.T, Nicklas Bendtner, is going to sign with Eintracht Frankfurt for a world record fee of £4m.
As much as we all like a joke at the expense of Nicklas and his incredible ego, he wasn’t all that bad. He did score a few good goals (Carling Cup against Ipswich), and there was a period when he lead the line well for us. He may not be as awesome and astonishingly gifted as he makes out, but he is far from useless. At that price, it’s not a bad bit of business and he’ll do okay in Germany if he gets a run of games.
And that about wraps it up today. Unless something earth-shattering occurs in the time between me writing this and it going to publication, I think I’ve about covered all that’s gone on. We shall have to wait and see what the week has in store for us.
The comments are below, folks. Use ’em to tell me who you realistically think we will sign first? Who would you put your money on, or do you think there will be a surprise coming that no one has predicted yet? I look forward to reading a few of your thoughts.
As always; thanks for reading, you beautiful bastards.
No sooner had I finished writing this last night, the news broke of Yaya Sanogo completing his move to Arsenal. With only small registration formalities left to conclude matters, the young Frenchman becomes our first capture of the summer. Arsenal have transferred a player on the day of the window opening. Who’d have thought it?
Arsene Wenger said:
“Sanogo is a good young signing for us. He has shown that he has potential with his recent performances for Auxerre, and also for the France U20 side.
“We are looking forward to Yaya joining us and continuing his promising development.”
It’s even on the official website. From what I’ve heard he has had a few injury troubles and comparisons with Abou Diaby in that respect have been made. Hopefully there won’t be any troubles, and we’ve secured the services of a very promising young striker.
Welcome to Arsenal, Yaya.