Sunday update; Diarra – Gilberto – King Thierry

It is a quiet one out there on the news front. I don’t feel any real need to go into the Nasri and Hleb stories as these have been milked dry over the past week. Nasri’s signing is expected at any moment, and as for Hleb, we will have to wait and see who is going to come in with an offer. I suppose we should be glad that we will be getting a transfer fee for Hleb, who was originally rumoured to be invoking the ‘Webster’ clause which would mean we would get no transfer fee altogether, with Hleb simply buying out the remainder of his contract.

Elsewhere Lassana Diarra has hit back at Le Boss’ claims that he ‘panicked’ in moving to Pompey back in January saying "Portsmouth winning the FA Cup has more than justified my decision to make the move from Arsenal back in January." Keep telling yourself that Lassana.

I think that Wenger is right in criticising his decision to leave so soon after joining. Had he had a little more patience, he would actually have had a substantial role to play for the club. When Flamini was injured in the Quarter Finals of the Champions League there can be no doubt that Diarra will have clocked many minutes on the pitch in his resulting absence. This was also at a time when we were still title contenders.  And next season he quite possibly will have been first in line as the Flamster’s replacement.

So, despite winning an FA Cup winners medal Lassana, it is a dead cert that you won’t be playing champions league football next season in addition to playing for a team mounting a serious title challenge. But I hope you enjoy playing against the Flamster in the UEFA Cup, as well as being involved in the wonderful tussle that is the chase for 5th spot!

Gilberto has called for Arsene to bring in a few signings this summer. I think we can all expect this now, with the boss having already said he will be recruiting two or three top class players. It seems as though the frustration of waiting to see who will be coming extends to the players too! Gilberto also hinted that he will probably honour the final year of his contract next season. I for one would be pleased to retain his services for one more year as his experience will surely help the younger lads progress.

Finally, the Sunday Mirror has a hilarious story about Thierry Henry being talked out of an imminent move to Manchester United. The source of the story was unnamed and you do have to laugh sometimes at the utter crap that the papers come up with during the summer months. Anyone who saw his interview on Football Focus a few weeks ago will know that there is only one English team he will ever play for and you’d have to think he will most probably stay at Barca with Eto’o and Ronnie seemingly on their way out.

For all of those who have emailed me saying you are missing Dev and want him back, don’t worry he should be posting again tomorrow. Enjoy your bank holiday weekend!]]>