I hope you've all had a great 2008 and especially a great New Years Eve yesterday. If you're like me you're probably nursing the biggest hangover of 2009 already. But if you're Arsene, you're hangover can be cured with a nurofen, a glass of water and maybe 2 or 3 players.
So, the biggest question on everyone's lips is - who's in and who's out...
Well, we've let a few players go out on loan, notably Jay Simpson will gain premiership experience with West Brom, whilst young Gavin Hoyte has gone out on loan to Watford. Barazite, meanwhile, has extended his loan with Derby.
The really really important question is who the hell is coming in. We've been linked again with Shay Given, but Joe Kinnear has come out yesterday and said he's not going anywhere.
“He won’t be leaving – he has no interest in that whatsoever. He loves the football club – he’s part of the city and that suits us because he’s a world-class goalkeeper. Shay’s performance against Liverpool was brilliant and that got picked up on. But ask the Geordie fans and I think they already knew how good he is. They know their football, so to be one of their favourites says it all about how good he is. He’s the best goalkeeper in the Premier League by a mile.”
So it looks like Shay Given won’t be joining us. It’s hard to think he would be in the first place considering Almunia is currently our captain! A player who won’t be leaving is young Niklas Bendtner… and this is what he had to say…
“I don’t think about all the rumours because I am an Arsenal player and really love it here. I hope that I can say stay here for a long time because to me Arsenal are the dream club.”
Although there have been a few rumours that Birmingham are looking to sign Bendtner on a permanent deal for £7 million. We’ll see, but somehow, I really doubt AW will sell him. He seems to love the guy.
In other transfer news, Arteta is the main player who’s been linked with us this past week and I totally agree with JAT with his summation of the player. I don’t think we should worry about what happens when other players come back. It’s obviously better to have a lot of good players, than a lot of bad players and some mediocre ones and one or two exceptional ones.
We’ve also been linked with Alonso and Barry once again, but with their current clubs doing so well, it will be virtually impossible to see them leaving.
So, over to you… who do you think we need? But in reality who do you think we’ll get?]]>