There’s not a long happening except some rumours seem to be getting a little closer to the truth.
Sagna, Auxerre’s right back, appears to be moving closer to the Emirates, which is a move I still can’t understand. With Hoyte and Eboue both extending their contracts, where would he fit in? From what I’ve heard, he can play a little at left back and right midfield, but he is much more comfortable at right back. Hoyte is a much better right back than left back and I don’t know that he can play anywhere else, while Eboue can be honed as an excellent right back. I’m not a fan of the idea of him in midfield.
I’m sure there’s a plan, I just have no idea how the pieces fit.
Meanwhile, BBC London claim that Wenger will extend his contract, and the legend is Grimandi will slot into the Director of Football role. Interesting. We’ll see on that one.
Otherwise, it’s been the same old debate about which striker(s) we should sign. Newcastle are being made to look foolish over the buyout clauses in Martins’ and Owen’s contracts, at a time where Atletico are showing Liverpool the power of a high one.
Tevez ‘isn’t moving to Inter’, and Anelka ‘isn’t moving to United’. So according to various papers, we’re signing all four. Again, we’ll see.
I haven’t been writing much this week because I didn’t feel like rehashing the same speculation. Every day one of these strikers either hints that he wants to move, that he’s ‘flattered’ by Arsenal, or that someone else is now the favourite to take them. Until concrete actions come along, I think I’ll sit back and watch.
Although I will say, out of the four, my preference order would be:
Tevez, Anelka, Martins, Owen.
But also that none of the four seem like the ‘perfect solution’.
And that there’s no way in hell that Martins is still only 22.
That is all. Please, Arsene, come back from holiday so we can have some real news.