News coming out of Zenit is that the Arshavin deal is close - you would expect Arsene to only talk about something like that if it was actually close (or a smoke screen) - but this is what the Zenit coach said yesterday:
“Negotiations with Arsenal continue and the chances are very high that Arshavin will soon play in the English Premier League.”
It’s the clearest statement that has come out – and such a statement genuinely makes me think that there really is something here. We could really get the player in the next 10 days. For those of you who didn’t get a chance to view the video of Arshavin, take a look at this.
I’m sure we’ll hear more on that transfer very soon. Next season may see the real squad emerge – a squad consisting of the return of players like Rosicky, Eduardo, Walcott, Cesc and of course the aforementioned Russian. Former captain William Gallas has also expressed his desire to remain at Arsenal until the end of his contract when he’ll be 33. The Frenchman said:
“I am concentrating on my future, finishing my contract with Arsenal and seeing where I’ll go in two years.”
Joining him in defence may be a player called Mate Toth – a Hungarian defender, aged 18, apparently tracked by Juventus, Real Madrid and Sp*rs. He’s a player with huge potential and highly rated.
Not that I’m a “next season” man or anything – the squad is starting to take some shape – the fringe players have had more than their fair share of playing time recently and they’re getting better because of it. When we do have the likes of Rosicky back and in form, it will genuinely be like signing a new player – yes I know I sound like Arsene!
Arshavin’s proposed transfer was understood to be in replacement of Rosicky, but news coming out at the moment is that the Czech international could be back and back in our squad in time for next season:
“Everyone surely knows that I am not in my ideal state of mind, the one I used to be in when was in Arsenal’s starting line-up two or three times a week. Now I am playing a different game. I have been working hard every single day and want to be back soon. I need to be patient.
“I have to respect Arsenal management’s decision not to comment on my state of health, as it’s their choice and they have been doing their maximum to have me back in action. I am not the first or the last football player who has been sidelined for a year. I am looking forward to when I will be able to say to the fans ‘I am fit and going to play at the weekend’. I believe it will not be a long wait.”
That’s great news from Rosicky. He is a very talented player indeed.
Okay, that’ll do for the moment.
Fingers crossed we sign a few today…]]>