Onto the transfer gossip this morning. The Sun reports that Arsene is lining up a £4m bid for Torsten Frings to replace Mathieu Flamini. Aaron Ramsey‘s decision to join Arsenal has been confirmed by Cardiff City with the Ramsey saying it was ‘gut feeling’ that made him opt for Arsenal. Reports suggest that it was the personal touch shown by Arsene – Ferguson refused to interrupt his holiday to meet the player – and being flown out to Switzerland on Danny Fiszman’s private jet that swung the deal in Arsenal’s favour.
Carlos Vela meanwhile has brought himself an extended honeymoon period at the club. Already touted as a potential Arsenal legend, he took steps in that direction with the comment about compatriot Geovanni dos Santos joining Tottenham,
He is a very good player and let’s hope he can then move on to a better team
Steve Williams is the No. 38 in the all-time Top 50 Players on the official website and he remains one of my favourite Arsenal midfielders. His first major contribution to the club was none-too-spectacular though, conceding the penalty that Keith Houchen converted at York in one of the era’s ignominious cup exits. What Arsene would give for him now in the centre.
Arsene, in between bemoaning the lack of quality, was in Innsbruck to see Cesc Fabregas score Spain’s final goal in their 4-1 win over Russia. Not as impressive as the Dutch win over Italy but certainly a warning was stamped. No doubt Wenger used his brolly to keep his coiffure dry whilst hitting any Real Madrid representatives over the head to keep them away from Cesc. The youngster also re-iterated that he would like to see David Villa at the club, a few million no doubt got added to the reported £14m fee earlier this summer following his hat-trick. Another one whom Arsene is supposed to be chasing is Artur Boruc, which the report appears to be a load of old..
William Gallas meanwhile is unhappy with the reception that he and the rest of the French team received following their drab draw with Romania. Apparently, Gallas is upset that they were jeered from the pitch without giving a second thought when they are applauded,
For me, it is incomprehensible. We are giving all we can to get a good result, we go to the middle of the pitch to applaud our supporters who were about to leave and we receive whistles. It is a shame. I am no longer used to people whistling at me, and that is the case for most of us who play abroad. It surprises me
I am not sure why Gallas does not understand these because it seems pretty obvious that when you play dire football in front of an expectant audience who have paid good money to watch a game. Still let’s hope that William’s career post-football is not treading the Boards as he will soon get used to being barracked for a poor performance.
The furore surrounding the decision to allow Ruud van Nistelrooy’s goal on Monday grew yesterday with UEFA and the PGMO defending the Swedish officials. Interpretation of the Laws surrounding offside is always subjective but reading the regulations, the decision seems rational. The Law is designed to prevent a defender walking over the goal line to create an offside scenario. That Panucci was bundled over the line by his own player and had yet to be recognised as injured by the Referee confirms the correctness of the Assistant’s decision not to flag for an infringment. If anyone wants further proof that the Swedish officials got it right, Graham ‘Three Yellows’ Poll is adamant that they were wrong. A more conclusive argument for UEFA and the officials to use could not be found.
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