Afternoon folks. Should be ‘morning’, but I’ve been busy today…
There quite a few bits of delicious information floating around today. Lazio’s Brazilian starlet, Hernanes, a player often linked with Arsenal, has had his agent speaking out about his future. He’s got a contract until 2015, his family are settled in Rome, and there’s no reason for him to leave. Pity, as he does represent the type of attack-minded, full-of-guile, midiflder I think we’ve lacked on occasion.
One player eager to secure a move is Anderlecht’s Argentine ace, Lucas Biglia. He had this to say when quizzed about his departure by pesky journalists:
“About Arsenal, I can tell you the same as before. Only Arsenal and Real Madrid have contacted us and now we are waiting.
“I have a contract with Anderlecht until 2015 but the club know what I want. My intention is to leave.
“We have negotiated my buy-out clause and, if a club comes and pays the clause, Anderlecht will allow me to leave.
Interesting. With the deal for M’Vila frustratingly yes-no, yes-no, there might just be a surprise looming. I’ve got limited knowledge of Biglia as a player, so whether he’d be a good option or not is something I wouldn’t care to comment on. I still think M’Vila is far the more likely, but there’s never any harm is keeping your options open.
That’s all wildly speculative. What’s cast in iron is the departure of Arsenal stalwart, and Arsene’s No2, Pat Rice. He’ll be taking a richly deserved retirement, and his position will be filled by another defensive great, Steve Bould. Personally, I think it’s a superb appointment. Bould commands respect from the players with his service to Arsenal, and has already proven himself a more than capable coach in other areas of the club. Pat Rice will be missed after years of commitment and service, but I think we’ve acted smartly in filling the vacancy he’ll leave. Like all of you, I wish Pat all the best for the future, and thank him for the enormous good work he’s done over the years.
Elsewhere, The BFG has done some bigging-up of his compatriot, Lukas Podolski:
“Lukas is very confident. When he feels he has to be there for the team and when we needed a goal he was always there.
“He was always one of the best players on the pitch and nothing could take him down. He is so confident and that is what I like. He is a fantastic striker.
“Everywhere he has played he has scored a lot of goals.
I’m really starting to look forward to him contributing to the team next season. He’s at the right age – 27 – and he has bags of experience. I can see him being a success at Arsenal if he can hit the ground running.