Abou Diaby today admitted that he’s no Patrick Vieira but thinks of himself more of an “Alex Song” type. Or at least he thinks of himself as an “Alex Song’s shoes” type saying that he would be happy to step into the Cameroonian’s boots when he leaves for the ACN in January.
I’m ready for it if they ask me to do it, I have done it before. It’s good for me to be more aggressive and concentrate on the defensive side. I haven’t heard anything about it yet though. As I say, I’m happy to play anywhere.
It took Alex Song an entire season of struggle to become the player he is today and at the moment Song is easily Arsenal’s most consistent player, while Diaby is in the top 5 for least consistent performer. So, it would be an impressive transformation for Diaby if he were able to fill in for Song for a month or so. Hell, it would be like a new signing.
Manchester City Watch
Lots of news about City today following the Roberto Mancini unveiling yesterday. It turns out that he had been basically signed for some time (according to some reports even before the Arsenal Carling Cup match) and that this is causing some consternation among a dressing room in which there are already reports of fighting. Kolo Toure’s agents have been reportedly shopping the 28 year old former Arsenal player around to several Spanish clubs and now The World’s Least Reliable News Source is claiming Craig Bellamy and Shay Given have issued a “quit threat” over the sacking of Mark Hughes and what they saw as subsequent lies by CEO Garry Cook.
Arsenal supporters are not interested in Bellamy (except he could be Cesc’s caddy) or Toure, but their ears have been pricked by the idea that Shay Given might be available.
Stan Kroenke is reportedly 17 (seventeen!) shares away from having to make an offer for Arsenal and that has Usmanov’s panties in a bunch.
A couple of things I’ve gleaned from all the reporting around this story:
- Kroenke would have to offer at the highest price per share over the last year (£10,500 each!)
- Other shareholders don’t have to sell
- If one of the two owners makes an offer which fails (doesn’t reach 50%) then the whole price per share thing falls apart
- If nothing happens over the next year and no stocks exchange hands then the price per share goes down.
- Which would leave one of the two potential owners losing a lot of money.
It’s looking a bit like a game of brinkmanship here and it looks like Kroenke is in the driver’s seat. If any of my readers knows more about corporate rules in England, please post in the comments.
There’s another story about Kroenke supposedly pushing Wenger to consider a USA tour next pre-season. Yes please, more money for Arsene Wenger to NOT spend on transfers! No but seriously, this has both positive and negative aspects and I’ll be the first to admit that at least for partly selfish reasons I love the idea of seeing Arsenal in Seattle.
More Money For Arsene To Save
According to one source, Arsenal have seen the lucrative deals handed out to Man U and Liverpoor and are in deep negotiations with shirt sponsors Fly Emirates. Some reports have Arsenal trying to line-up a new sponsor and saying that we will buy Emirates out of their current contract and other reports have us trying to squeeze blood out of the Emirates turnip.
Either way, Arsenal are looking for more money, which for reporters around the globe, means ARSENAL TRANSFER SPECULATION! Do people not know that Arsenal have like £200m sitting around and that the only thing stopping Arsenal from buying £100m in new players is that Arsene Wenger doesn’t want to? I mean Wenger made £40m in transfers last year and bought just one guy in return. It’s not like we don’t have money and everyone knows that, right?
Of course they don’t! So clearly a new shirt deal means that Wenger will now go out and buy Given, Messi, Ronaldo, Huntelaar, Ballotelli, that 16 year old “New Drogba” kid, Chamakh, and… Yaya Toure.