A quick one today, as I am too busy to even begin to bore you of the commitments I am inundated with at the moment. My last post was met with more hatemail than I’ve recieved in a while, proving that rational debate is a luxury reserved not for those baying for blood under the banner. You’ll never walk alone, and all that.
Anyways, today we have 16 hours to go until Arsenal inevitably buys someone that will baffle the 16 year olds at Le Grove et al. ‘Who will we sign, if at all?’ is the $64,000 question.
Candidates still centre around Xabi Alonso and a popular little rumour flittering around concerning Patrick Vieira, who was seen alongside Mikael Silvestre at the Emirates during the Newcastle match.
(Incidently, thoughts on Fulham and Newcastle will come around sometime this week when thesis and journalistic commitments go away. They’re nasty critters, they are…)
I am a believer in positive thinking, and I would think that, as previous precedents go, Xabi Alonso will join Arsenal. I don’t mean that as emphatically as I could, but you will find me both ecstatic and not-so-surprised if this signing is announced come midnight.
Alonso is not the player we are in desperate need of – in that he is not an all-out defensive midfielder and could possibly clash alongside Fabregas. What he does provide is competition for Cesc, which I think is essential to ensure the creative engine in Arsenal’s side remains ticking, and to give the young Catalan a deserved rest every now and then.
Also – consider Alonso and Cesc alongside each other in a 4-5-1 in Europe, with a DM inbetween. Yes, I fully realise that Alonso is cup-tied in Europe, but the fantasy is enough to drive that ‘excitement level’ adholescent Arsenal fans crave so much. It certainly would be an excellent team selection to have in the lead up to a Chelsea/Liverpool/Manchester United away day.
As for Vieira, this is a fanciful rumour at best. Stranger things have happened, but I will be coloured purple in surprise if this were ever to materialize.
As for Inler, he looks dead in the water for a deal now that he’s signed with Udinese, and the De Guzman rumours were merely The Sun digging up old quotes. Annan and the usual St Ettiene players who we are often linked with seem like nothing more than vague rumours.
Look out for 10pm GMT tonight for the odd rumour to break out. Arsenal famously have always leaked the tiniest hint of a transfer at about that time to keep the momentum on deals working through.
We need some noise. The newstickers are very quiet, at time of print…
Altogether now: “Xabi Alonso! Xabi Alonso! Xabi Alonso!”