Little known fact, my dog actually looks like Falkor and who knows, maybe she’s a luck dragon? As far as I can tell Pepper is just a poop dragon.
As you can tell, there is literally nothing going on as far as Arsenal are concerned which probably just means that the club are working furiously behind the scenes to get the squad settled. At least, that’s what I’m hoping. A sort of “quiet before the storm” situation.
Arsenal have three major player situations to sort out and the longer they drag on (get it?) the more neverending the story seems to get. Rumors from this weekend had Juventus stumping up £20m to Arsenal for the out of favor striker and sweetening the pot by offering the player £190k/week net (after tax). And then news broke today that Juventus manager Antonio Conte has plead guilty to knowledge of match fixing and accepted a Euro 200,000 fine and a three month ban from management. Remember, folks, corruption is like cockroaches: if you see one there are hundreds more behind the walls fucking and laying eggs all over the house. So, if van Persie goes to Juventus now with the team shorn of their manager for the first three months of the season and the stink of corruption hanging about, it certainly cannot be because he wants to win a trophy. There will be £190,000 other reasons, every week, for him to make that move.
For Arsenal, Juventus is the only club that doesn’t start with the letters MANCHESTER who have put in a bid for vain Persie and this corruption case could cause a problem with the player’s transfer. The bottom line is that as much as we fans would rather the club not sell him to either Manchester team, Robin still has a say in this matter and pointing to the turmoil there could refuse Juventus leaving Arsenal with little choice but to either refuse his transfer or sell to Manchester.
Meanwhile, no one is talking about Theo Walcott which probably makes him feel bad. Here’s a player who is a highly marketable England international with a squeaky clean record and a pretty-boy face and he’s not getting any press over the fact that he’s in the last year of his contract. I know that Theo is a bit of a divisive figure among Arsenal supporters because he never really grew the way that we had all hoped. He never developed more than flashes of that killer finish we saw when he first came to Arsenal and consistency is the key difference between a great player and a good player. He’s also dependent on others to create his shot, moreso than a lot of other players, and is consequently frustrating in the Arsenal offensive scheme. Still, I could see him looking brilliant in a team that likes to play football the English way: long balls over the top. Aston Villa, for example.
It’s not like I hate Theo, but to be honest, I just have no idea what he’s worth. What’s a player worth who will sell shirts off the field, and who will both frustrate and delight in equal measure on the field? I think I’ll just leave this up to the club. I will speculate that the lack of speculation on the player’s future might make him consider taking whatever Arsenal have to offer.
And then there’s Cazorla. Some reports have Cazorla in London for a physical with Arsenal RIGHT NOW. Oh, no wait. He’s due to fly in. Next week. Really, there’s nothing to report here. The neverending Cazorla transfer story drags on for another day.