The big question is "Is it time to splash the cash?".
Well, let's think about this one. I've been going on about how we've progressed a lot this season and that we are much better this season. I believe Arsene has a long term project which is ultimately for cost saving purposes as well as a desire to see his training methods come to fruition. Players like Cesc Fabregas and Gael Clichy don't come around every day and it's admirable to see these players come through our academy, albeit non English.
Arsene's not scared of buying big.
“Scared of what? I would not be scared. We couldn’t afford him now so we have to forget it. But the money (we have paid out) is not comparable to what other teams have spent on players. For example with Reyes we got a big part back and for Jeffers a little part back. If we have the money, and I am convinced it is worth it, we will do it.”
Arsene, those really weren’t good examples…
There are some players leaving this summer and some players will need to be brought in.
Mathieu Flamini could be one of the guys who will most probably depart. As much as we may think he’ll stay or hope he’ll stay, the fact that he hasn’t signed his contract is the most obvious sign that one of the stars of the season will be on his way. Juventus, whom have recently contacted us to let us know they’re not interested have now expressed their interest.
“Arsenal tried to sell Flamini to Birmingham and today Wenger will be happy that he wasn’t able to do so. At the moment, we haven’t made an offer, we are thinking about that.”
Interesting change of heart from Secco and prompting more speculation. Paper talk also links the young Frenchman with Bayern…
Another player who could be out, but I doubt Arsene would sanction this is Alex Hleb. His agent has been busy, as we all know after the Milan game and his name is now being linked with a host of clubs around the continent. Hleb has been in much better form this season than last, and has caught the eye of many.
I’m not a fan of his agent, and here’s another reason why:
“I’m often approached about Hleb. have nothing to hide; Alexander is a world-class player. Real Madrid, Juventus and Barcelona are interested in him. But there are no official offers.”
Hmmm… a bit of stirring, looking for a new contract? Or is Alex seriously looking for pastures new?
Our mad German’s contract expires at the end of the season and it looks likely that he’ll be off. A good performance at United coupled with some good performances prior for club and his international appearances means that it’s unlikely that he will retire. He turned down a move to Stuttgart in January as he wanted to stay in London – West Ham?
Gilberto was our captain in the absense of Mr. Thierry Henry yesterday but has been second choice to Mathieu Flamini this season. I think it’s an unwritten agreement that he’ll be off this summer. I think Arsene knows that he is past his best and also pissed off at his treatment this year. If Flamini does go, we’ll be without our two first choice defensive midfielders… We’ve recently been linked with Clement Grenier, but can’t think that a 17-year with no experience could possible replace the experience of a World Cup winner in Gilberto.
But who will the replacements be?
Hatem Ben Arfa
Young Ben Arfa has been constantly linked with us and could be a possibility, but with Carlos Vela and Pedro Botehlo rejoining this summer, may be a long shot. Here’s more.
PSV Keeper Gomes has been linked with a move to the Emirates. He is some keeper. Big, strong, athletic. He’d cost somwhere in the region of £15 million – can you see Arsene splashing the cash on a £15m keeper – don’t think so…
Well, there’s a little insight to some of the “transfer” news today.
I don’t think we’ll really know anything until the summer, but I do expect all the above except Hleb to move on. The real question is who will come in. With Diarra at Portsmouth and Song now a defender, we don’t have any defensive midfield options… so we have no choice but to buy.
It’s going to be an interesting summer, but an even more interesting season next year… ’til tommorrow.