Arsene rebuffed the claims by Alexander Hleb’s agent that the player was leaving. Whilst answering the question posed, Arsene was being somewhat disingenuous by claiming that no one – agent or otherwise – had contacted him about the Byelorussian. In choosing to ignore the Article 17 aspect, the journalist missed an opportunity to push Le Boss perhaps for a more definitive answer.
Wenger subsequently argued quite logically that the wage structure does not hold him back, the inference being that he cuts his cloth accordingly. That may not satisfy those who are hell-bent on replicating their Football Manager squad at Arsenal. Arsene gave no indication about his summer targets pretty much re-affirming his stance of previous seasons,
I cannot spend my whole summer answering newspaper speculation
So speculate freely they will because Arsene answered questions about whether he would have a lot on his plate about signing players, commenting that the manager’s lot was one of always being busy.
Wenger exuded confidence in the squad though, commenting,
We will have a team competitive next year to fight for the championship
One of those players, linked with moving away Emmanuel Adebayor has issued a statement calling yesterday’s reports of him moving away unless he got a big pay rise as ‘rubbish’. The player went on,
I am very happy here…I love the club and the fans…We have had a good season but next year we want to go one better
No doubt there will be those who dismiss these words along the lines of ‘talk is cheap’ but then that suits their own opinion about the man.
Bacary Sagna is on a high, his reward for the consistent season reportedly being a new contract. He is rightly satisfied with his start although that is tinged by the absence of silverware.
We had the qualities to win silverware but we managed badly some vital moments. But we learnt so much that we will be even stronger next season. We will be even hungrier for titles
The words are slightly different but you wonder if the squad sat down and worked out a strategy for the media, so similar are their utterances. It could genuinely be that they, for the most part, believe that, particularly the younger ones but do not go mentioning that too much otherwise people might start believing there is a unified squad at the club.
Off the pitch has its own issue to be dealt with. Whilst Vic Akers role with the Football Club should not be diminished, the ladies will miss him more than the men. Causing greater concern for Arsene though will be the desire of Fabio Capello to have dedicated England men around him. That Gary Lewin combines a role for club and country ought to have meant that he could continue to do so. The Italian has other idea so not only do we have a situation where the players are desired by other clubs, now the backroom staff seem destined for the same overtures.
Reports of Edelman’s chosen successor being Karen Brady although she believes that opportunity to have fallen by the wayside. Perception is king. At the moment, it seems that Arsenal is on the verge of self-destruction. Flamini seemingly followed out of the door by Hleb on the pitch; Edelman possibly by Akers and Lewin. It needs some firm leadership in media terms to take place otherwise a cyclone of negative news swirl through town and ill-will generate off of it in certain circles.
Anyway, Number One Son has his First Holy Communion today so be nice to each other, people, and enjoy your day. No doubt that there will have been more twists and turns in the Alex Hleb saga by the time you read this so be gentle with me…