So Ljungberg left with some sour comments aimed at the club, keeping up the fashionable “I hate Arsenal” being spouted by a host of ex-players and departures. He’s been unveiled as West Ham’s Numero Seven, incidently – I always said over the years he was the poor man’s Beckham, though that was more down to the Calvin Klein rubbish.
News of the day is awarded to the Senderos-to-Juve rumour that’s popped up again. Juventus are seeking to replace Man City’s purchase of Chiellini, who (get this) signed for £6.75million. If Chiellini *snigger* is worth that, Senderos is worth £10million, easily. Not quite what Juve are offering, though. I would be very disappointed to see him leave – a young defender who has staggering potential, apart from what the doom-mongers have to say, and showed this immensely in 04/05, 05/06 (Champions League, much?), and had second-season syndrome a season late in 06/07. So we’re dropping him? I’d very much be surprised to see him go, though it’s worrying that I can’t find him in the pre-season training photos anywhere. Mark Randall does look like the token Francis Jeffers-lookalike every team must have, though.
Wenger has given an excellent interview in light of Ljungberg’s departure, the most telling quotes for me is this: “It’s unbelievable how much money has been spent. There’s a lot of money out there and I’m just looking to develop the players we have here…..Whenever I look at a potential new player, the question I always ask myself is: ‘Is he good enough to win the League?’ If he isn’t, I don’t buy him.”
Well said, Arsene. And he’s exactly right. I just hope there’s a galactic-championship-winger in the pipeline somewhere. Again – the figure spent is completely irrelevant, and the money spent by Man Utd, Liverpool, and even Chelsea on Malouda has enormous potential to be quite embarrassing in the medium term. Of course, not buying the right players for us has exactly the same potential.
An interesting revelation into the patchiness of Myles Palmer’s memory: My question is…’what kick in the face?’. Le Sigh.
In other news, Gouffran is staying with Caen (quote end quote), Nordtveit is quite the fashionista, van Persie is targeting the Emirates Cup as A Sort of Homecoming (to quote U2), Traore is relishing the clash with PSG himself, and Kolo is the party boy we all knew him to be.
And it’s Salzburg later today. 2-0 in the first match, 3-0 in the second, …anyone up for 4-0? A few more ‘mass substitutions’ expected in this one. It really depends on how the first half goes, one would think. So long as everyone’s getting fit and and not getting injured, unlike those little ‘rivals’ down in Durban. Oh well.
Stay well, my fine Gooner chums. And that pesky Liverpoodle I love so much.