Well, first of all, you may have noticed that I can no longer post as Tom, so I came up with this very witty moniker, but I can assure you that it is actually me (which may or may not be a good thing).
Secondly, due to a communications/brain fault on my part, and a memory like a sieve, I’m afraid I completely forgot that I had to write today’s blog, despite it SAYING ON YESTERDAY’S PAGE THAT I HAD TO WRITE IT. So sorry about that.
Plus I’m monumentally hungover, so, well, you know what it’s like. *boilk* Ssssh. Stop shouting.
So, anyhoo. As Blogger mentioned yesterday, today I shall be updating you on who we haven’t signed, who we aren’t close to signing, and who else has left and whether the lights are still on. Well, I think I’ll leave the list of people we haven’t signed because that list is quite large.
I’m afraid the second list (who we’re close to signing) is pretty short too. In that it’s none. As far as I know, the lights are still on, and no one else has left, unless they snuck out as Gunnersauras (please, Eboue, find that a funny idea).
My take on the whole transfer saga is that we will get someone, probably on the last day. We all know Arsene, like the rest of us, believes transfer fees are absurd, wages are absurd, and that the club must live within its budget. I don’t speak on behalf of the manager, obviously, and I expect as an economist, he would probably say that supply and demand dictates that transfer fees and wages are what they are because they are. And while both fees and wages are absurd relatively speaking, it’s hard to argue with that.
Anyway, I think even Arsene, wearing one of those little sleep masks you get on a long flight, in a dark room, on another continent, with earplugs in, could see that we desperately need at least one central midfielder. I think what’s happening – and I have no basis for saying so other than pure speculation – is that we have made enquiries for one or two players, maybe more, but that to drive down their transfer fee, we’re waiting until the last minute to make an offer.
What? It’s something to cling to!
Take the reported interest in Gareth Barry, for example. If Liverpool were quoted £18m, baulked (rightly, in my opinion), and we offered £15-16m on the last day, Villa would be much more inclined to sell. All just my opinion, of course. Alonso too. I’d be absolutely delighted if we signed Alonso. I know some Arsenal fans are less than impressed with that idea, but I think he’d fit well, and frankly, to have him and Cesc in there, for Arsenal and for Spain – that could help us keeping Cesc for a long time, something I think every Arsenal fan wants.
Of course, this waiting until the last minute works both ways – you might have to pay over the odds, or not get anyone at all. Which doesn’t bear thinking about.
Anyway, enough of that. I prefer to think that we’ll get someone.
Arsene hints at late transfers. Alonso – please. Apparently the boss has also been sticking up for Adebayor. I don’t know if these are repeats of comments he’s already made, or new ones, but like everyone else, I’m pretty disgusted with Adebayor’s behaviour over the summer. I don’t think we should be booing him, but then I don’t think kissing the badge was entirely tasteful either.
On to today’s game against the Barcodes. Apparently Gallas and Fabregas will stay in the team having recovered from knocks midweek, but Fishface is still out injured (unless that bloke wins the Champions’ League for us, against Man Utd, with a 35 yard screamer, I’m always going to hate him – sorry). Samir Nasri has got over a virus so he’ll stay in the team, along with Theo (who I thought did absolutely brilliantly the other night; he looked composed, his pace is frightening, and most of all, I think he’s growing up, knocking defenders off the ball).
The Barcodes, on the other hand, are without Martins, Duff, and that Fat Australian Cunt. They do have Michael Owen though, the wee fuckbag, so whoever we play alongside Gallas at the back will need to put in a few ligament tearing tackles on him. God I hate him.
So that’s your lot. Apologies again for the late blog. Maybe you see you tomorrow if Blogger’s move hasn’t finished.
Come on you reeeeeeeds!