There’s been something of an oddity in the past couple of days. Not only do I have some cast iron, proven fact to report, yesterday and today have been glorious, sun-drenched days that beg for outdoor frolicking. Ordinarily, I’m an early bird when it comes to posts. Today, I’ve been basking outside. Apologies for the delay, but hey; better late than never, right?
In Arsenal news, the main item of interest, and concern, is the further setback to Jack Wilshere’s recovery. He’ll be out for a further 2-3 months having had surgery in Sweden. The official stance from the club is Jack had a ‘minor procedure’, and is expected to join up with his teammates in July. However, news filtering around the various outlets and papers would have you believe August/September is more likely. Whilst I can’t tell you for certain, given the frequently delayed return oof Jack to training, I’d imagine they’ll not be taking any chances with his recovery and it could be a while before he’s involved again.
One thing of absolute certainty is that Eden Hazard is a bit of a whore. I say ‘bit’, what I mean is he’s an astronomically large slut, and he’ll gladly bend over for whoever throws the biggest wad of cash at him. After their ‘glorious’ park-the-bus victory in the Champions League, Chelsea are now favourites to land the little shit, and pay him a whopping £250k per week. Wow.
The other big name in the French league, and the one I want at Arsenal, Yann M’Vila, has all of a sudden gone quiet. He said he’d let the press know his future plans once the season in France was over, and he is yet to make any such announcement. He could be biding his time, going over various offers, which worries me. If he goes to the Euros and performs, he’ll become hot property, and Arsenal will struggle to compete if the really big hitters get involved. Sign him up now, please Arsene. He’s just what we need.
In other transfer news, the price for Kagawa is set at £16.5m (20m Euros), and with a year left on his contract that’s not altogether unreasonable. It’s not particularly reasonable, either, but you can hardly blame the selling club for wanting to get the best deal they can for a prize asset. One bit of speculation that’s sure to make the doom merchants groan from their murky dungeons is the news of Arsenal chasing another youngster. Birmingham’s Foday Nabay – a name I already like – has been dubbed “the next Yaya Toure” by a few people, but he is only 13. One for the distant future, then. Personally, I’d sooner see us work on the present.
Lastly, June will spell the end of Manuel Almunia’s carer at Arsenal. He’ll be remembered more for his baffled and frightened expressions, and his maddening bursts from the penalty area than he will be anything special. But he wasn’t all bad. There was that one display against Barcelona that was quite brilliant. So for that moment, and some nuggets of hilarity; thanks, Manuel! Good luck wherever you may go.
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