Apologies for today’s lateness – my place is having extensive work done, and I was unable to enter the room in which my computer is situated. It’s just a room – not “chambers”, an “office” or a “study”. It’s a room at home with a iMac in it. Pretentiousness cast aside, that’s me…
Now that I’m able to access my command centre, there is quite a bit on the agenda to talk about today. As I’m sure you may have already guessed; the vast majority of what’s being so rabidly conversed are stories of the speculative nature.
When Arsenal sold Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona, a buy-back clause was part of the deal. For a fee reported to be £25m, Arsene Wenger has first refusal should our Catalonian friends wish to allow Cesc to leave.
That oh-so truthful paper The Daily Mail seems to believe we are plotting ourselves into a position to match that fee, and bring Fabregas back to his home – the one sorely lacking in DNA, mind you.
I’ve stated before that I’d welcome Cescy-pants back with open arms, an enormous hug and, perhaps, a little bit of awkward groping as the euphoria of it all gets the better of me. Some may – rightly or wrongly – consider his split from Arsenal as a touch on the acrimonious side, but I do not. He gave us 8 years of exceptional service, and his greatest moments remain untarnished in my recollection.
I do love the idea of him returning, but I am a realist; it’s no more than a pipe-dream, a fantasy constructed by journalists and romantic fans. He doesn’t want to leave Barcelona, and with Alcantara looking set to move to Bayern, they’d be utterly mad to allow another exceptional talent a move away given the respective ages of Xavi and Iniesta. You can never be 100% certain of anything in life, but I’d say it’s pretty safe to assume there will be no emotional return.
Elsewhere, the Higuain deal is flirting dangerously with drawing to a halt, and Arsenal are said to be looking at an improved bid for Luis Suarez. Depending on which outlet you read, that figure can range between £35m and £50m.
The concept of Suarez at Arsenal, frolicking about the hallowed Emirates turf in gleeful racist abandon has split our fans down the middle. Some are furious that the Club appears to even have considered bringing such an abhorrent character in. Others are putting their forgiving hats on and saying we should concern ourselves only with the footballing attributes of the player.
I’m not one to park my opinions firmly in either camp. Opinion change, situations change, and we’re all human beings; we’re all a little bit full of shit. That said, as good as he is – and he is exceptional – I think clearer heads must prevail.
Bringing in a player on such a high fee is unprecedented for Arsenal. Suarez has too much baggage, and with a 6 game domestic ban still to serve, not to mention his bitey antics when he feels it’s time to move on, the ends simply don’t justify the means.
But, hey – what do I know? I’m just an idiot in Bristol sat behind a keyboard giving you his opinion. If Arsene Wenger genuinely feels his addition would greatly benefit the club, I’d support it. I don’t think I’d be at all comfortable with the idea, but my faith in those that know considerably more than I would remain.
That’s all for today, folks. What are your views on the two stories? Do you hold hope of a Fabregas return? Does the Suarez rumour have you arguing bloody murder with fans of the same allegiance? Let me know some of your thoughts on the comments.
As always; thanks for reading, you beautiful bastards.