Apologies for the lateness. I had originally planned today’s entry to be a new Goonersphere Podcast, but those pesky gremlins inherent to the programming of the matrix (…) have conspired to ruin our audio. All things going well, that’s a troublesome moment that will be rectified tomorrow.
So, instead, I figured it would be best to have a brief look at some news. Since the beginning of the year my intent has been to ensure at least 1 post a day and that’s a record I intend on keeping intact.
Bacary Sagna’s contract still dominates a lot of discussions I come across. Is he worth a the reported figure of £100k-per-week plus £6m for signing on? That’s very, very debatable. His attributes and performance on the field aren’t the matter in question, wether we should offer such a bumper contract to a player in his 30s is, and that’s something not usally within Arsenal policy – hence the delay obtaining his signature, or so I would assume anyway… There could be any number of reasons.
At this stage, I would not begrudge Bac a new deal, and a bumper pay-rsie because of his performances and loyalty to the Club. However, there probably does need to be a point of negotiating between what he wants and the £60k-per-week contract over 2 years Arsenal have offered. It does appear both parties are going to have one final shot at finding a middle ground. Red London suggests that figure will be £85k-per week and they have that information from a ‘senior employee’ at the Club. I’ll leave you to judge the mendacity of that.
Elsewhere, Mathieu Flamini has been having a few words about Mesut Ozil and his impact on and current absence from the team. The Flame said:
“He is one of my closest team-mates.
He has outstanding quality and has brought so much to the club on the pitch and off the pitch. In the dressing room, he is a very important player. Every time on the pitch he gives so much.
“I’m very proud of him, very happy to have him in our team.
“He’s a player of great quality. We will miss him a lot over the coming weeks but I think the manager will find a way to replace him, even if it won’t be easy as he’s such a talented player.”
All very lovely and heart-warming, wouldn’t you agree? That’s the kind of note I shall end things on today, folks. I’ll politely point you towards the comments where you can answer this question:
Do you think Bacary Sagna is worth the alleged raise in salary he’s asked for?
Let me know a few of your thoughts. Tomorrow, as will everyone, I’ll be writing a few memories of Arsene’s 999 games in charge of Arsenal in light of his 1000th at Chelsea on Saturday. Until that time, and as always; thanks for reading, you beautiful bastards.