I have to say, I’m sick of the following headline:
Arsenal close in on Nasri deal
I’ve seen it, or variations on it, about ten times now, in various papers who need to fill a few column inches. You can see the logic – we all know it’ll happen, and in the absence of any real news, this is all they can come up with.
Folks, have patience. Sometimes there just is no news.
Another story that refuses to be resolved is that of Hleb’s future. It is pretty clear that he will be leaving, and the time for him to announce his intention to invoke the Webster clause ended on Monday, so it does seem we’ll get a fee for him, probably around the 10m he cost in the first place. Good business as far as I’m concerned. Hleb himself has been trying to get people on his side recently, but his words are utterly transparent – it is all very well professing your love for a club and the manager, but if you aren’t going to say you’ll stay, then those words mean absolutely nothing.
Finally, the relentlessly idiotic Sepp Blatter is celebrating his ‘victory’ this morning, as Fifa voted to push ahead with his six-plus-five rule. The EU’s take on it is this:
“The intentions announced by FIFA to impose the so-called ‘6-plus-5 rule’, [are] directly discriminatory and therefore incompatible with the EU law”
Seriously Blatter, give up on this one.