Talking about Man City, one player who we have been linked with is Stephen Ireland, who has had a blinding season, but will Man City let him go? I don't think so. Or maybe they will after signing Scotty Parker?
One play whom we will definitely not sign is Gokhan Inler of Udinese, a player we were after in Summer. Arsene spoke on the subject…
“Yes, in the summer. But not any more.”
“I would like to think longer term. If the right player comes in, even if he is not available for the Champions League, his class is more important for me. At the moment I feel that if we do add somebody, we need to add somebody who has a special class because we have good players. Take a player like (Aaron) Ramsey. They show that they grow. Of course they still show lapses, a lack of experience, but they have quality and they can grow quickly.”
How come we were interested but not anymore considering we’ve lost more players due to injury? Has Inler got bad over night or is Arsene just a little stubborn sometimes. Is Aaron Ramsey really the answer, I swear he is only 17 years old…
I’ve heard that we may not sign a defensive midfielder this January at all, but instead just one winger as cover for Rosicky and Walcott – rumours are that he will be a player on loan and actually Arshavin is one of the names mentioned today that could come in on loan for a £1m fee until the end of the season, albeit, we’d still have to pay 2/3rds of his wages (currently £90k) but may be a good deal if Arsene can do it.
There is also news of an Upson for Bendtner swap, but I suspect this is more of a fans wish / rumour than anything substantial. Would Arsene swallow his pride and bring Upson back, or would he even let his darling Bendtner leave – a player who he rates so highly (heck, he can even play on the wings!)…? I doubt it!
Jack Wilshere signs a professional contract
In other news, Jack Wilshere has signed a professional contract (yipee!) and there is a lot to come from the kid. The club said on the official web site:
“We are delighted that Jack has signed a professional contract with us. Jack is a player with great potential, with an ability to find the final ball and also score goals.
“Jack is a passionate and committed young player, he is not afraid of tackles and I am convinced he will have tremendous penetrative power in a few years.
“We have already seen Jack’s qualities in both his first team performances and in training on a regular basis, and we look forward to Jack being an important part of our first team for years to come.”
Indeed, here’s to a great career young Jack…
Okie dokie, I’m off to undercover a secret signing or something, until then…]]>