Cheers JAT Massive thanks to JAT who has been blogging in my absence, with two excellent posts reviewing the season so far and the Everton game… Cheers Big Man! I owe you at least one bottle of Jack Daniels!
Adios to the FlamsterNo sooner did I get off the plane did I find out what we all thought was going to happen, Mr Mathieu Flamini has signed for Milan on a four year contract for £60,000 a week. We’d supposedly gone up to £50k, and some newspapers even reporting we’d gone up to £55k, but it looks like the $$$ were too alluring for the young Frenchman and despite being a boyhood Juve fan, he’s signed for their arch rivals, AC. Vice-president Adriano Galliani said after the win against Inter:
“Flamini is set to arrive tonight. He will sign a four-year deal”And that seems to be it. Arsene has been playing Denilson in recent games in the holding midfield position, but knows he’s got to dip into the transfer market to replace the Flamster.
“We have done what we had to do, it is now down to him to make a decision. At some stage you have to make a decision and if he goes we have to look at our options. “We can’t wait until July. You could lose players if they come on the market. My ideal solution is that he stays, so I am not happy if he goes – but we’ve done everything we can.”It will be interesting to see who Arsene brings in as we’ve got to progress on this season’s results and to have someone new brought into the team and integrate immediately is a big ask. A defensive midfield version of Sagna will do? Arsene?
Lehmann LeavesWell, the most obvious secret of modern football, Jens Lehmann has played his last game for the club. Arsene brought him on today for a cameo appearance (more on the game later) and that signalled his final game for the club.
“He is a super professional and super talented. In the seven years I worked with Jens I could not fault him. “He was focused every single day and worked very hard.”There have been mixed words from the big German but ultimately he was a great signing at the time, and had a good few years at the club… not sure if it was 7 Arsene, Jens seems to think it was 5!!
“The moment at the end was an amazing feeling for me – after five years and a lot of emotional moments. It was a great farewell for me and I am really grateful to the supporters and they will always stay in my heart.”Well, thanks for your years of service Jens, and good