Today’s news is as brief and uninspiring as you might imagine with the focus mainly on England’s warm-up games. I’ve always struggled when it comes to supporting my national team. Where some purchase banners and decorate their cars enthusiastically with ‘C’mon England!’ flags and stickers, I find myself ambivalent toward the whole thing. Club football is where my passion lies. International football is an annoying distraction, and one from which Arsenal players invariably come back injured. I’ll be watching the Euros for the football, but the result won’t concern me one little bit. In fact, I usually find these tournaments to be hyped-up, and fucking tedious. And then there’s ITV’s coverage…
As you’d expect, the main Arsenal news regards transfers. Ajax’s Jan Vertonghen has spoken about his potential destination, and I’m sure he’ll alienate a few Gooners with his words. Stupidly, in my opinion, he prefers Spurs:
I’ve said repeatedly that Tottenham are my first choice, but the talks haven’t progressed,”
“They have shown me around, I have met all their key people and their chairman came to meet me on Monday.
“But Arsenal want me too. They remain a possibility if my Spurs move falls through, as Ajax are asking ‚?¨15m for me. That is a lot of money for someone with just a year left on his contract.
“I’m sure Spurs won’t be able to pay that much after they missed out on the Champions League.
“Ajax want to get as much as they can for me, while Spurs want to pay as little as possible.
I’m not sure, as an Arsenal fan, I’d want him at the club now. Yes, he’s allegedly a very good defender, and we could use one of those, but any player that’s openly stated his preference to be Tottenham is probably an idiot. The only thing I can conceive Spurs can offer him that we can’t is first-team football – that, and a loathsome, tax-evading, twitching manager. Other than that, and even without club bias, Arsenal are a more appealing option in every respect.
The one I really want, Yann M’Vila, is to speak to the press today at some point regarding his future. Doubtless to say, he will probably be vague, and they’ll be no information at all to give. I truly hope the rumours of the deal being done are true, as I fear for Arsenal’s ability to compete with the big guns should he perform well with France at the Euros. Patrick Vieira has spoken to him about Man City – the fucking judas – and Real Madrid where sniffing around a while ago. If we are to get him, we need to act now. Make a good offer to Rennes, and the player, quickly. If they stall or flounder, withdraw it and move on. We cannot afford to be waiting on decisions from players any more.
Lastly, Salomon Kalou is to leave Chelsea, and Arsenal is his supposed destination. I quite like him as a player, and he’s better than what we have on the bench at the present. For a squad player, he isn’t a bad shout. Some out there wildly disagree, and see him as a ‘Chelsea reject’, but not me. He’s not the answer to any of our problems, but he would offer us better depth than either Chamakh or Park do.
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