Right, let’s get the inevitable out of the way first, as it seems to be dominating the Arsenal airwaves at the moment. The will-he-won’t-he saga of Arshavin is no closer to being resolved, with every party sticking firmly to their guns.
Arsenal are refusing to go above a figure believed to be around £12m, Zenit, not a club in financial difficulty, are holding out for far more (the reliable Gunnerblog adding that they are being exceptionally awkward and obtuse with the negotiations), while the player himself is threatening to buy out his contract towards the end of 2009 if he stays.
All in all, it has become quite a mess, and the situation has now reached an impasse. Zenit have set their demands and aren’t budging, and we feel no need to cave in given how the player’s value continues to drop the closer he gets towards the end of his contract, so the main loser is the man himself, stuck at a club he no longer wants to play for.
Although there is a lot of frustration around that we won’t buckle to Zenit’s demands, if they are unreasonable demands then we are right to. The last thing we need is a reputation as transfer mugs, especially given the current financial climate and our status as one of the poorer ‘big clubs’. Poor, of course, being a relative term.
Moving on to other things, and Rosicky has been talking about his injury this week, indicating that he might not be on the treatment table for too much longer. Of course, this is always greeted with skepticism, since every return date he’s had pencilled in has been comprehensively missed. It might be frustrating to hear players returning from injury being described as ‘new signings’, but in the Czech’s case it is true. Any games he plays for us now are a bonus – he’s been gone so long its sometimes hard to remember he is still around.
Finally, a point of football madness. We know how the Real and Barcelona presidential races are always filled with outlandish promises and lies, and today it seems former Real head honcho Florentino Perez is attempting to get his spot back. And he is still spouting garbage, this time claiming Kaka (who has just said he wants to captain Milan) and Wenger (who would never manage a club like Real) will be brought on board if he is elected.
I would despair that so many don’t see through these lies, but I guess that’s a face of life certain tabloids rely on for their sales.
In a way, I really can’t wait for this transfer window to be over.