I thought I’d take a break from the normal posting time to offer you up another bit of blathering today. Out there in the wonderful world of Arsenal, little of any truth exists. But there’s more than enough speculative bits ‘n’ bobs to get your gums flapping and your fingers tapping.
Laurent Koscielny has kind of done a Xavi today. He’s been talking about Yann M’Vila, and how he’d like to see his French team-mate join up with him at the Emirates. The quotes are as follows from Laurent:
“Yann is a player with enormous quality. He is strong on the ball and has great vision. He can triumph in an important competition like the Premier League.
“Would he be good at Arsenal? Of course.
“I will try to convince him to come when we are together at the Euros,”
The last part, and the part that’s sure to get the most mentions is actually reported to have been delivered ‘jokingly’. That said, I can recall how much I detested Xavi’s behaviour when he’d constantly harp on about Fabregas. Whilst I love Laurent, and Xavi is a feculent abhorrence to both football and mankind; there has to be a bit of honesty here. I don’t think our players should be actively speaking of persuading others under contract to join Arsenal – jokingly or otherwise. Yes, Laurent’s words hardly carry the arrogance and spoilt-brat nature Xavi’s did, but the principal is the same.
In contract news, Robin has delivered one of those quotes that I always worry about; the dreaded “concentrating on my football, we’ll speak afterwards” variety. When asked about a move to Juventus by pesky reporters representing TalkShite itching for an exclusive, RvP said:
“Juventus are a great team. But I have agreed with Arsenal that I will not discuss my future,”.
“All I can say is that it is my intention to have a great Euro 2012 and win it. I also want to continue playing in the Champions League.
“I’ve never felt so strong and I just want to continue winning. At this point in time all I want to do is focus on the European Championship. There will then be time to address other matters.”
It’s all just maddening, isn’t it? All this waiting, all this procrastination, and for what? How difficult can it be to make a decision? Chances are, Robin already knows what he wants to do, and for reasons that constantly baffle me, we all have to wait. And then wait some more. Arsenal can ill-afford another fiasco this summer. Sort it out, and fast. If he wants to go, sell him and get someone else in before pre-season. I love the guy to bits, but his behaviour is beginning to grate slightly.
Another player rumoured to be stalling on a contract is Theo. In all honesty, I’m ambivalent on this one. I like Theo, he has his moments where he can be a real asset to the team. He can also be the most exasperating player in an Arsenal shirt I’ve ever seen. Ask yourself honestly: is he really worth the £100k-per-week he’s alleged to be holding out for? I’m not so sure he is. He needs to have a serious level of consistency about his play before he can demand that amount. Occasional flashes isn’t enough.
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