According to Gary Lewin, Eduardo will be back at some point during pre-season training although not at the beginning unlike Tomas Rosicky who it seems has made good progress since his recent surgery. Lewin received praise for his services from Pat Rice.
Alexander Hleb, poor lamb, is upset with all of the speculation surrounding his future. It is hard to have any sympathy with the Byelorussian as he has singularly failed to quash any of the gossip surrounding the furtive glances he has been receiving from Spain and Italy. In fact, it is his own fault for not keeping the comments of his multitude of agents under control. Credibility is given to those utternances by the player when he said,
I just want to have some peace and sit down with my closest friend Niki Spilevski to consider my future
Spilevski was the first you will recall to tell the world that the player would be leaving. If he has not already sat down with Hleb to discuss this matter, you wonder what planet the player is living on. It seems though that Barcelona have made an £8m bid for Hleb. I read that and thought there has to be a ’1′ missing from it but no, £8m it is. Hopefully, Arsene knows the Catalan phrase which tells them to go forth and multiply.
Hleb is not the only one upset at the moment. Adriano Galliani is miffed that Arsenal have not responded to his overtures towards Emmanuel Adebayor. A letter was apparently sent and
We wrote to Arsenal to ask about Emmanuel Adebayor, but we didn’t get a reply
The reason for that is no doubt Arsene’s absence through being at Euro 2008 otherwise I am sure he would not have been so rude as to ignore you. After all, Milan have a reputation for conducting transfer business correctly and would have asked Arsenal’s permission to talk to the player, before proposing any deal to his representatives unlike Real Madrid. FIFA meanwhile made a mockery of their own rules by letting it be known that United’s protest over Madrid’s behaviour is likely to fall on deaf ears; little wonder Arsene does not bother to follow through with the oft-quoted threat to report teams for their antics. UEFA meanwhile proved that they do not care for anything other than money by requesting that the EU agree to their proposal that football be excluded from the list of events which must be shown on free-to-air TV. It would mean that the Champions League and European Championships are most likely to be shown on pay TV.
Aaron Ramsey has spoken about his decision to join Arsenal,
In the end I had to make the decision I felt was right for my future
It seems likely his path will follow that of Theo Walcott, being an impact and Carling Cup player with the odd start thrown in for good measure. His signing is a testament to the fact that Arsene is not shy of taking youngsters from these isles despite media perceptions otherwise. At £5m, the fee is unusually realistic with clubs often paying over-the-odds for British players. He is still not English though so given Dave Richards, the Premier League chairman’s recent comments, it will be a stick with which Wenger is beaten once more.
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