It’s Sunday so I’m not quite sure why I’m surprised there’s very little of note going on around Arsenal. We learn many things, of course, even when it is quiet. For example, Napoli have their own radio station, called “Radio KissKiss”.
To be fair, it’s probably a lot trendier in Italian than it is in English because let’s be honest, it’s a fairly duff name otherwise. Nonetheless, it’s being suggested that this is their official mouthpiece (boom, tsh!) and as such pronouncements which come from it are given a great deal of prominence.
Well, a lot more than they should to be honest. An announcer and I did have the name on the tip of my tongue – I’ll be here all week – but I forget who said, believed that Juve were interested in Gonzalo Higuain but Napoli won’t sell to them.
So far so nothing I couldn’t have made up myself. Marks for originiality though go to the reason why Arsenal haven’t signed the Argentine striker:
“the Gunners, who have put on the plate 50 million Euros plus the card of French striker Olivier Giroud, are looking to make some cash with sales in order to increase the economic part of ‘offering.’”
So, if I’ve understood this correctly, we’re offering Giroud and £40m+£1 but need to sell players to make it economically viable.
This – Arsenal – is a club which didn’t sign any outfield players last summer, one so far, and has shorn its playing staff by three. With the small matter of £200m+ in the bank.
And we need to sell before we buy. Self-sustainable economics aren’t all they are cracked up to be really, are they?
I’m genuinely intrigued about Radio KissKiss. A quick look at their website this morning and there’s a picture of the Hoff in all his glory but not a great deal of football on the front. Which makes the claims of authenticity about the story dubious to say the least.
By now you’re wondering why I’ve looked so deeply into these claims. Aside from the obvious “Woah” factor of signing Higuain, there’s the prospect of some of the club’s cash being used other than to line KSE’s pockets.
But it’s the radio station’s name which has done it for me. It’s better than ‘Radio MwahMwah’ I guess but to be honest there are hundreds of better names to go for. The picture of the dj responsible for their English output makes me wonder if it isn’t in fact, Napoli hospital radio, broadening its transmissions. In a macabre twist, the guy reminded me of Piers Morgan, which is about the level of this story.
I am vaguely impressed though, that I’ve got to around 400+ words on it this morning when frankly we all know it’s a load of old bilhooks.
Still MwahMwah are happy; they’ve got publicity which is all that counts.
Elsewhere, Laurent Koscielny is apparently stalling on a new contract with his, what to me at least, seem very reasonable in today’s football, £90k per week demands. Obviously, it’s an obscene amount of money to earn in a single week but by comparison, it’s not huge nor outrageous.
Bayern Munich are hovering. I wonder what their radio station would be called? Radio Leiderhosen? Probably something efficient like Radio Bayern but they could go tabloid with the programming: ‘Bayern Babes on Football’ and such like.
Arsenal, of course, would have a radio station but it wouldn’t say anything or play any music because we don’t officially comment on anything.
Ah, enough. There’s nothing much going on and the sun’s shining.