If all goes well this morning, although there is a large chance it won’t due to Spanish inefficiency and beaurocracy, this is going to be the last ever Arseblog from Barcelona.
I’m swapping the rain, cold and damp of this dark, dingy place for the sunshine, warm weathered, cafÃ© society of Dublin! Hurrah. I am going to miss this town though and I won’t be here to gloat when we knock their football out of the Champions League this season. Revenge will be sweet.
Onto football and Ashley Cole played for the reserves last night as they beat Charlton reserves 4-0 with 2 goals each for Adebayor and Aliadiere. Curious that Cole played though. If a deal was imminent there’s no way he’d have been risked so it looks to me like he’s staying. Further thoughts on that if and when it happens.
The Mirror links us with 17 year old Southampton full back Gareth Bale saying we’ll pay Â£4m for him and then loan him back to Southampton for the year. That would be just typical. We spend money on a player for next year.
The Sun, just days after linking us with a Â£16m move for Javier Maschero, suggest we’re going to make a Â£17m move for Carlos Tevez and go so far as to say the plan is to announce him as an Arsenal player before the Brazil v Argentina game at The Grove on Saturday. I really can’t see why we’d spend that much money on another forward when it’s our midfield that needs bolstering. Certainly if you asked me to choose between the two Argentinians I’d take Mascherano every single time.
I did what I had to do and nothing more. I spoke to Wenger at the start but I have spoken to him since.
JosÃ© Antonio Reyes quoted in today’s Marca where he also talks about how he would be very happy to sign for AtlÃ©tico but says no deal has been done yet. Dear me.
And that’s it. I can’t find anything else to tell you so I’ll be off. Fingers crossed tomorrow’s Arseblog comes to you from Dublin.