First of all, I’d like to extend my appreciation to all of you who said kind things about my passable Hip-Hop lyrics from yesterday’s post. I did expect to be royally abused, but wasn’t. Thank you.
As you have probably already noticed, there isn’t much going on. Yesterday was taken up with tales of Nadal’s surprising exit from Wimbledon, and Tony Adam’s occasional bursts of clarity – our once great leader seems to think Higuain isn’t the answer to Arsenal’s woes, and that Wayne Rooney wouldn’t be a good signing because of his proclivities.
I can’t say I agree with the former – Higuain is a class act – but he certainly has a point regarding the latter. I can only imagine the damage Rooney could do to both his career and image once the elderly prostitutes of Soho start calling for him.
The main news today isn’t hopeful. Marouanne Fellaini is expecting (supposedly) a wage increase of £25k-per-week which would put his salary on parity with the Club’s biggest earner – a wage it is said Arsenal are baulking at. Featured in The Daily Mail, a paper about a reliable as my bowels after Indian food, I think it’s safe to say this is another in the long list of stories without any weight to them.
Do I believe Arsenal would haggle over price? Absolutely. Do I believe £100k-per-week is a massive stumbling point? Not at all. Were the figures quoted absurd, then yes – I can imagine there would be a problem. Fellaini currently earns £75k-per-week at Everton, and the rise he allegedly wants isn’t exactly ridiculous. If we can pay that amount to Walcott, we shouldn’t have too much trouble offering it up to others. I think Fellaini warrants it.
That’s the way the papers work, I’m afraid. If there is no news to reports, if they have exhausted every avenue or have nothing to invent, then news can be easily created casting doubt over that which they have built to seem a certainty. The same is currently going on with the Higuain transfer.
If you wish to put faith in the printed word of tabloids, you’d probably assume the Argentinian frontman is practically a done deal. Even I do myself to a certain extent. However, as someone (again, I’ve forgotten whom, so I apologise) pointed out yesterday on Twitter, Arsenal were in a very similar situation with Juan Mata. The Spaniard becoming a Gooner seemed destined to happen, but things took a turn for the worse at the last minute, and Chelsea nicked him from under our noses.
Point being – the papers will report whatever sells before anything truthful. Higuain could be close or a million miles away. We just can’t know. Juventus are still in the mix, and whilst I doubt he’d pick a league as moribund as Italy’s over the Premiership, it shouldn’t go unsaid that nothing is at all confirmed.
Until he is gleefully clutching an Arsenal shirt outside the Emirates in a picture featured on the official website, all of what I read is just speculation and fluff. There is still plenty of time for the deal to go either way, or for another party to get involved.
That’s all for today, folks. I shall point you toward the comments and ask for you thoughts on the two big deals in the pipeline. What do you think will happen? Is the likelihood of both coming to fruition something you believe, or do you possess a hint of suspicion like me? Let me know.
As always; thanks for reading, you beautiful bastards.