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Right, onto the news.
When we bid the sum of £40m and £1 for Luis Suarez, it was under the assumption such an offer would trigger a release clause. At the time, it was understood that would oblige Liverpool to grant Suarez permission to talk to Arsenal’s representatives with a view to a move.
As it turns out, all that is in fact false.
The clause on entitles Liverpool to inform their player of the bid, and enter “good faith negotiations” regarding the future of old Choppy Face. In absolutely now way are they obliged to sell. With Suarez looking unlikely to agitate for a move, or hand in a written transfer request, the most likely avenue for Arsenal to proceed along now is to meet the £55m price tag.
This is the part that worries me. We are fast approaching the beginning of the season, and only an unfairly maligned young Frenchman has bolstered our ranks. Whilst others around appear to have had little or no trouble investing in new recruits, Arsenal’s initial promise of “spending big” now seems another mendacious promise.
Worst of all, we appear to be at a point where we sign Suarez, or nobody. I’ve gone on record many times as saying I’m not all that keen on acquiring the Uruguayan’s services. He’s undoubtedly a world class footballer, but one that comes with enough baggage to make Lindsay Lohan recoil in disgust. With all our eggs seemingly in the one basket, I’m beginning to hope we get him, purely because I see nowhere else for us to go if Liverpool continue to repel our advances.
Admittedly, there is still plenty of time for further devolpments. Others more ‘ITK’ than I suggest Arsenal’s plans will really begin to become apparent at the end of July. Well, today is the first day of August. Barring me having missed something utterly spectacular, there are no signs of any incomings, and a very strong case can be made for us needing more than just 1.
A deep-lying midfielder, a centre-back and a strong keeper to challenge Szczsney are the positions we hoped to fill. In an environment as prone to disagreement as the Arsenal fan community, that fact remains almost unanimously agreed. Arsenal, if they want to challenge, need to make solid additions. Even the senior members of the team have called for it.
Yet, our board appear to flounder, and the unrest against the support grows. I can’t disagree with any of people’s sentiment. Sometimes, the manner in which they express their thoughts is churlish and rude, but the point made remains; Why is it taking so long? Why haven’t Arsenal strengthened at the earliest opportunity?
Both perfectly reasonable questions.
Today is another day. It will pass the same way most others do, and tomorrow brings us a step closer to knowing more. As it stands, nothing is clear; nothing can be known about our future dealings. Perhaps, tomorrow will bring light, perhaps it will not. Anger, bitterness and disappointment could be replaced with happiness and expectation at a moments notice.
We wait. We wait some more. We hope for something to happen. I still have faith that it will, but it’s a faith balancing precariously on top of Doom Mountain.
That’s all for today, folks. you know the score by now; leave a comments below, start a discussion, and laugh at a certain element of Liverpool fans as they head over to rival Clubs’ blogs to spew their barely-literate drivel and remind us of how they’re the “greatest club in England”. Try to be nice to them.
As always: thanks for reading, you beautiful bastards.