If you’re have a poke around the internet looking for Arsenal news, then you’ll have come across the alleged confirmation of the Giroud deal that’s flying around as I type. Most of the big tabloids and outlets have it; we’ve agreed terms and it’s a done deal. Montpellier have accepted the fee – £12m – and Olivier has agreed personal terms.
Sounds like it’s all been concluded, doesn’t it? Well, the one website I would like to see the news on has nothing of it. If he isn’t being unvelied on the club’s official site, then it’s not complete yet. Granted, it does appear to be very close to being done, and I’ll be delighted if he does join Podolski at the club. But it should be said that he has signed nothing yet, and until he does so he isn’t an Arsenal player.
As you might imagine, Arsenal signing two left-footed strikers has sent the media into a Robin van Persie meltdown. Speculation rumbles on, and there’s many a dubious publication saying Arsenal will gladly accept a bid for him in the region of £30m – not a bad price for a 28-year-old with 12 months left on his contract, but a decision I’d want us to make on footballing terms, not business.
As I’ve said before, and will probably say again; I’m tired of the whole rotten saga now. It’s very encouraging to see the club going after their targets with plenty of time for new season preparations. However, I still see no reason that Robin’s future couldn’t have been sorted weeks ago. He’s had a fairly wretched Euro 2012, and perhaps he might be all the more aware of how much he benefits from the set-up at Arsenal. I hope to see some sort of resolution in the next week. It has to be done quickly and without any of the waiting and hoping we’ve endured in recent years. If he want’s to stay; brilliant. If he doesn’t; sell him and replace him as best we can.
In other news, Bendtner – the fucking prat that he is – has been hit with a whopping £100k fine and a one match ban for flashing his sponsored pants during the game against Portugal. A lot of people have a soft spot for Nicklas. I do not. He’s a decent enough striker, but he’s also a colossal idiot and with an ego that would shame anyone’s. He isn’t worth the wages we pay him, or the constant stupidity that surrounds him. We’ll be well shot of him.
The fixtures for next season are out, and Arsenal have a tricky start. We begin with a home game against Sunderland, but can look forward to trips to Liverpool, Chelsea, Man City and Stoke within the first 10 games. We play Spurs at home in November, and travel to their dungeon of a stadium in March.
That’s all for today folks. Drop me a few of your opinions in the comments; will Robin stay? Is Giroud an excellent signing? Is Bendtner a twat? I look forward to hearing from you.