Such a lack of stories, and such a requirement for creative writing.
So, there’s more Henry rubbish, more Wenger rubbish (somehow the papers think that when he says he’ll honour his contract, that’s a story), and now some takeover rumours.
Now, I have no doubt that there is substance in the story that Arsenal are a takeover target. As a club, we are the only one in the top four that hasn’t recently been bought by multi-millionaires (or more), and with the infrastructure in place from the new ground, the platform is there to milk some money. Because make no mistake about it, these people just want a nice profit. You don’t become an international businessman being charitable, as a general rule.
But I can’t see someone like Al Hashimi coming in. As we’ve already seen, Liverpool were the DIC’s first choice, so they’re not tied to Arsenal. They’re not even tied to sport, based upon their history, which is one thing even Kroenke has on them. Moves are inevitable, but this one screams straws, and lots of clutching.
Elsewhere, David Bentley’s reminding us of his character, as he pulls out of a major tournamentand an opportunity to showcase himself on the international stage, because the poor boy’s tired. Aaah. Plenty of other equally tired players are going, and given that Blackburn aren’t in Europe, he’ll have plenty of rest next season, sitting at home watching his former teammates travel round the Champions League. It looks like he thinks he should be on a higher plane than the Under 21s. To all those who thought we shouldn’t have ditched Bentley, remember the kind of guy he is.
Congratulations to Kolo Toure, who came third in the official Player of the Season stakes, leaving Gilberto and Cesc to fight it out for first place.
And finally, good luck to Aliadiere, who has finally moved on to Middlesborough. I’m not sure what the fee is, but I’d guess at around two million, with some more achievement related stuff. Although he couldn’t cut it at Arsenal, a mid-table team could do a lot worse than have a fit Jeremie up front.