A slightly busier Thursday…

And just when things are getting so quiet that you start to wonder if it's summer... bang, smack, wallop, about a million four news stories hit the airwaves all at once.

In the comments on yesterday’s blog, the general consensus is that Arsene isn’t really going head over heals in the transfer market. I agree with what’s been said, and think that we are trying to buy Arshavin, but at a budget. And if we do succeed, it will be the only transfer of this window and if we don’t, then there will be a high probability that we going into the run in with what we’ve got.

If there was going to be any significant movement for new players, it should have happened by now – heck, it should have been arranged before the transfer window opened. The whole Arshavin thing stinks of no real intent on our side and potentially nothing wrong with Zenit doing what they should do and get the price they want for the player. Yes, they are doing it in a slightly public way – but when Hleb wanted to go last year – if Barcelona offered £6m, we’d have said no until they reached our asking price.

Arsene talked about this today:

“I am very hopeful. Days? Yes, because the transfer window will close and we have already crossed halfway. It will be days. But, if it doesn’t happen then it doesn’t happen.  We want to continue to improve and focus on what we can improve here with the players we have.”

The interesting line in all of this is that “if it doesn’t happen then it doesn’t happen”. Is that a statement to Zenit and other teams to stop playing too many games or is that the real feeling. I can’t believe you that one minute you “need” someone but if it doesn’t happen, the next best solution is to have no-one. Surely, the next best thing is to have a back up?

One player who would supplement the squad quite nicely, especially if we don’t sign Arshavin is of course, Eduardo, whose return is imminent. He’ll most probably be back in the squad for the Cardiff game, potentially taking some part in the match a few days before against Stoke in the reserves (Wednesday, January 21 at 19:00).

Eduardo’s return to action in the last reserve game gave a glimmer of the ability we can expect to return. The Crozilian has been speaking about his return and had some interesting things to say.

“Every professional footballer knows how the media works so I’m not worried about what they might say. If you score a goal you’re on top, if you don’t you’re at the bottom. Even the very best strikers in the world might score two goals in a game and then not score for another three or four games, and that’s how it works.  But my only concerns are my fitness and how I’m going to help Arsenal. And if I happen to score a goal, it will be just as it always was.”

His comments are focused at the media attention and expectations of scoring goals. But Eduardo, I’ll tell you something – you’ve shown all fans what you are capable of last season. We’ll be patient and we hope you rekindle the form that you bowed out on.

Finally, I’d like to talk about Carlos Vela. This guys is golden and I honestly think he could be one of the gems of our season. The fans know it too – there is a general level of excitement when he comes on.

VP spared a few minutes to talk about the explosive Mexican:

“He brings pace, good technique and courage. I think [against Bolton] and in the last couple of weeks, he has been doing really well. In training, he is doing the good stuff. He creates space for us because when he is on the ball, he can pass it short, in behind the strikers. So it’s all good stuff from him now.”

Spot on RVP!

We know from the earlier parts of the Carling Cup that, boy, can that boy score, and he has electric pace, good vision and much more in his locker. Arsene has started playing him on the left wing and I’d have him in the team any day of the week.

Okay, there will be a Hull preview tomorrow.

Til then.]]>

  • Gooner Get Ya

    < ![CDATA[Arsene is "hopeful" on Arshavin and "if it doesn't happen, it doesn't happen"...that doesn't sound very promising.

    on a plus side he did say that Eduardo will be back in two to week weeks. woo hoo]]>

  • gunner32

    Here we are again. The club are trying their usual trick of stalling until the last few days of the window in the hope that the other club will drop their price. They tried this in the summer and got nowhere but seem to think that this won’t happen again. In a couple of days, they will try the old: ‘We’re after so and so” trick to try to bluff Zenit but if they won’t budge and we have no money, I can see us missing out yet again. No surprises there then, I can hear us all say.

  • Fabrez

    < ![CDATA[I've listened to the way Arsene spoke in that press conference. Judging what he said & did over the summer, he's convinced me 90% that if he doesn't get Mr. Arshavin, he aint getting anyone else...seriously... (He mite just try 2 panic buy Bullard on the last weekend or sumtin weird like that). And once we continue to improve & get clean sheets...also with Song coming back, we can forget a DM...bcuz that's when he'll use 1 of his favourite lines..."I believe this squad has the quality"...does a month go by when he doesn't say that?? Well that's the vibe i got off of him anyway. But what can i say...i've blindly got faith in the man...so c'mon AW...make sumtin happen plz!
    Oh yeah...Eduardo in 2-3 weeks is gr8 news...granted i hoped it would be sooner...next back is Theo!]]>

  • Fabrez

    < ![CDATA[And i'm glad Eduardo isn't putting pressure on himself...how much pressure he puts on himself will determine how he settles back in...and by the looks of it, he isn't too worried about goals bcuz they will come with his hardwork anyway...even tho it may not come instantly. I'll never forget being in the pub...after that draw with Birmingham in which Eduardo broke his leg...and this Man U supporter comin up 2 me and saying "Eduardo show us your leg!" I was MMMMMMMMMAD! But i'd be delighted for Eduardo to show that guy his leg when he scores at Old Trafford later this season. :D

    As for Vela, he has been looking in tip top shape...he just needs to settle in...and get into the 1st team. He cud probably do something similar to Theo last season. Eventually they'll b our 2 up front players in the future! Imagine that pace and class from both of them up front...definitely exciting times ahead!!]]>

  • Debs

    < ![CDATA[Funny enough Fabrez, that's exactly how I felt after watching the press conference- it sort of as if his getting Arshavin, or trying to get Arshavin, is really to please the fans and all, but as far as he's concerned, he's well content with focusing on 'developing the squad' we have at the moment. But it's also true what he said though- getting back the injured four- Walcott, Eduardo, Rosicky and Fabregas would be like having new signings- but what he always conveniently forgets is the fact that another batch of four players could get injured again, and we're back to where we were at the beginning!
    Another thing that worried me was that when he was talking about the injured guys, he was like they're creative and attack-minded players, and it would be great to have them back and all, but like we've all been going on about, we need a DEFENSIVE midfielder- he seems to have forgotten that, seeing as he was the one who said the other day that a DM was a priority!
    But well, it's Wenger, but I do hope he's got something up his sleeves, and well, like Fabrez, I've got that same blind faith in him! Very frustrating though lol]]>

  • Debs

    < ![CDATA[And yeah, I do see Vela doing what Walcott was doing last season- being a super-sub! lol. I think Vela waiting on the fringes is more likely to push Walcott into the first team, cos I think Wenger's got the same development plans for both of them, but obviously Walcott being a yr ahead of Vela (in terms of having been on the fringes of the first team last season, Vela being new, although I just noticed that Walcott's just 15 days older than Vela!) - it's be interesting to compare their development, although Walcott's been hampered a bit now by his shoulder injury. But I'll be keeping my eyes on both of them- those two together, as strikers in the future (future! that sounds so like a long time away! lol)- I think it could be magic!
    Who needs any new signings, eh? (well except a DM :D )]]>

  • Fabrez

    Yeah…that DM position i’m worried about…like most Arsenal fans are I guess… And those 2 are rather close in age…didn’t know that…thx 4 the info! I remember last season Theo said they were good m8s. And the “future” does sound quite the distance but hey…we gotta b positive! Hope we can bury Hull on Saturday! It’s not gonna easy tho…

  • Debs

    lol! It’s funny how Wenger said revenge’s not what they’re after on saturday against Hull- I’m not sure the players would agree! Well, I hope they DON’T agree! lol

  • Fabrez

    Yeah…i think at the back of AW’s mind, it’s about revenge…even if it’s a little bit…and it’s revenge for the players for sure! They hurt our pride when we lost! But u r right…it is funny bcuz i think AW just said it’s not about revenge so that the boys can focus without the media pressure…thus keeping it a low profile game. And i’m guessing he doesn’t want Hull to have extra reason to want to beat us cuz in that case they will surely try harder. Cud u imagine AW saying it’s about revenge then we lost? The newspapers would kill us!!

  • Debs

    True Fabrez! It’ll be made into a much bigger game than it really is!And it’d not be funny if we then lost or even drew! Lol

  • zaheer

    < ![CDATA[zomg we better win against hull.. last game was absolutely terrible!

    I think AW's dismissive attitude towards signings is actually good. If he showed desperation to sign a player, that players price tag would sky rocket. By having a dismissive attitude (e.g. Arshavin/ Nasri transfers) the 'selling' club will try harder to reach an agreement and therefore sell at a decent price.. Its an intelligent bargaining tool really]]>

  • Fabrez

    Good point…he may well be doing that actually. The guy is shrewd in the football business so he’ll kno how he must react. If we end up getting him, I think it would be for £13m… (such petty money compared to £107m for Kaka huh? lol) Any1 else up to have a guess of how high they think AW will go?

  • Debs

    the highest Wenger would go is the lowest he could possibly go! lol. He’d want to not go higher than 13m, but seeing as Nasri cost I think 15.8m, Wenger might not go higher than 16m, or at the worst, 17m. But I guess it’ll depend on whether Wenger thinks Arshavin is a better player than Nasri or not, I dunno but I think 17m at the absolute max!

  • Fabrez

    I thought Nasri was £12m? Well according to Dev’s stats he is anyway lol But u cud b rite about £17m…we will see…or they mite just meet half way at £15 but i don’t think AW is willing to go even that high!

  • Debs

    < ![CDATA[lol! I did a quick google search then and it said 15.8m. Just checked wiki and it says £12.7 million! lol. Dev's probably right- he should know! lol.
    But you get my reasoning though- he'd probably want to spend around the amount he spent on Nasri- nothing that exceeds the amount by a great margin. So I guess it'll depend on exactly how much Nasri cost! lol
    If Nasri cost 12m, Wenger's definitely not gonna spend 17m on any one, not even Arshavin he thinks is 'special talent'.
    So I agree with you, 15m will be pushing it...
    I guess we'll tell how badly Wenger wants him by how far he goes! lol]]>

  • devday

    < ![CDATA[Nasri's actual downpayment is believed to be in the region of £11.8m - of which is split over three years with over 50% being paid up front.

    The rumours circulating a figure of £15.8m is also true but based on appearances and related to the number of games Nasri plays for us within his first three years, international cups and European and Domestic honours.

    The deal was structured similarly to that of Jose Reyes, believed to be in the region of £17m, but when we sold him we had paid in the region of £11m.]]>

  • RF

    < ![CDATA[I think he will be in if Wenger spends even £14m to £15m.
    It would be interesting to see how far Wenger goes for it.]]>

  • Debs

    thanks for the info Dev!

  • Gooner Get Ya

    < ![CDATA[I think the move is 50/50 at the minute after the comments made by Wenger...i think both clubs are sticking to their guns...either a club will crumble or nothing will happen as they are both not willing to haggle.

    Fresh news on both Talksport and BBC is that we are lining up a swap deal Upson - Bendtner...does anyone know any more on this or is it just paper talk?]]>

  • Debs

    No idea, gooner get ya. Probably just paper talk. But it sounds like a sensible deal though, seeing as they may lose Bellamy, and we could do with a central defender, seeing as Silvestre is dodgy (sorry!), but yeah, that’s an interesting one…

  • zohaib

    < ![CDATA[“I don't think it is worth to talk about [Arshavin] at the moment because we are nowhere near signing him,” said the manager. "But he is one of the players we consider. He is not the only one we are on.

    "Yes,” he replied when asked if he was still hopeful over the transfer. “But at the moment it is not an absolute worry because we have so many players who will come back soon. We focus on them.

    “Also speaking about a player like Arshavin - he cannot play in the Champions League. If he comes here now he will have 15-16 games and it will take five, six, seven maybe 10 games to adapt. You don't know."

    That was Wenger speaking to Arsenal TV Online.]]>

  • zohaib

    < ![CDATA[Seems like Arshavin's not coming after all. It could be that Wenger's trying to bargain.

    I want to know what he said on Bullard and Hangeland. They haven't released the quotes yet.

    Anyone have ATVO so we can find out what else he said ?]]>

  • Debs

    He simply said ‘no’, that he’s not interested in them.

  • zohaib

    Where’s the ‘deflated’ smiley. Or the ‘kinda-gutted’ smiley ….

  • Debs

    Lol Zohaib. Will this do? :)

  • zohaib

    < ![CDATA[I duno. I want to try this first :(
    or this :'(]]>

  • Debs

    I think the smileys work differently here : (

  • devday

    LOL!