It’s days like yesterday that prove a Bloggers lot is not always an entirely happy one. Purely from a selfish point of view, I hasten to add. You spend hours thinking about a post, how you can defend the Manager’s policy of not rushing into the transfer market because every Tom, Dick and Harry demands it. Unconvincingly, you sort of come up with something. And what happens? Said Manager buys someone. A bolt from the blue. Well, thanks a bleedin’ lot Arsene, not even the courtesy of a mail or phone call to apologise. No, straight off to Wimbledon for some more R&R for him.
Anyway, the panic stricken are appeased. In Eduardo da Silva, Arsene has purchased a forward, someone who it seems is a genuine ‘goalscorer’. I am loathe to use the words ‘fox in the box‘ because I do not want to stigmatise the lad and he seems to have more about his game than that if the reports about him are true. It is a good time for him to be signed with the pre-season just starting so he has a little time to settle into the Club before the ‘action’ begins. I just hope that the weight of expectation being put on him does not turn into a millstone; that people give him a chance to settle and do not start getting on his back in the way that they did in Adebayor’s first half a season. Remember, Wenger is on record as saying that it takes six months for a new player to settle in this country so he will not be unduly concerned in that time.
In many respects, da Silva is a typical Wenger signing; known but not feted. He has a decent scoring record in his career thus far at Club and International level. I cannot say that much about him having been on holiday last year when he played at The Emirates and youTube is notoriously unreliable, showing the good but mysteriously missing out the bad. I would like to say though that scoring against Arsenal and England was a good sign but the reality is that neither of those tasks was overly arduous last season. For those who want to know more and have the linguistic skills to do so, you can pop over to the Dinamo Zagreb website (thanks Mario).
The bookies have already added him to their list at 20/1 to be top scorer in the Premiership next season, about halfway down the list of ‘top’ Club forwards but for a forward in his first season in a new country that seems a reasonable option. RvP is deemed to be Arsenal’s best hope in that respect at a healthy 11/1. His arrival has not persuaded the bookies to change their odds on us winning the Premiership, 12/1 still seems to be an ‘average’ sort of bet.
One thing though; he needs a new nickname. For those of us that have young children, Dudu is perhaps a reminder that we would rather not have every weekend…
It turned out to be a ‘good news’ day for the doom-mongers. Cesc‘s Agent will hopefully have eased their tortured minds by talking to the BBC yesterday, trying to quash the persistent rumours of an impending transfer to Madrid or Barcelona,
These stories are normal but there is absolutely no truth in them whatsoever
Will that stop the rumours? No. But equally, it gives them no basis in any sort of truth if his Mr 20% is to be believed. Even so, for once they are the right words at an opportune moment, to boost the collective morale on a day of transfer activity, recognising Cesc’s elevation in the pecking order of important players (if he can get any higher, that is),
Thierry was a very important player for them and it is normal that now he is no longer there everyone thinks it is very bad news for the club. But Arsenal are going to buy a lot of good players and they are going to be a major team both in the Premier League and Champions League. Without Thierry, Cesc is one of the best players at Arsenal and this is fine for him, he is happy with the responsibility
So I trust those of you who ‘believed’ he was off are resting easier now.
It was not a good day to be an ‘ex’ or ‘soon to be ex’ Arsenal player. Atletico de Madrid seem to be closing the door on Jose Antonio Reyes slightly by it seems progressing a long way down the road of signing Luis Garcia from Liverpool. Perhaps that is why Arsene has yet to rush out and buy a player to fill the wide left berth, that Reyes may yet return. I doubt he is holding his breath though. Sylvain Wiltord had his upturned collar felt yesterday for apparently failing to turn up in court for a hearing over a speeding offence. Had the Gendarmes been wearing a Manchester United shirt, I would have put money on him sprinting away from them but no they seem to have been wearing their usual uniforms for they caught up with him. Wiltord is one of the names mentioned in a ludicrous piece in The Times that tries to rain on your parade, claiming he was amongst Arsene’s clangers in the transfer market. No comparison with Mourinho or Ferguson in it and any piece that omits Igor Stepanovs just cannot be taken seriously.