It’s been around about a month since the season ended, and in all honesty, I have to admit it’s flown past. Since the end of the season, a lot has happened in the footballing world with the crazy transfers that we’ve already seen. Back home, of course, things have been quite stable – and we’ve strengthened in the department that we definitely need to do something with.
Arsene did say at the end of the season that we wouldn’t buy any attacking players “if nobody left” and based on reports from Wolfsburg and Bordeaux we have enquired for the strikers, Dzeko and Camakh respectively – of course, that raises the question why? And it’s becoming serious now – either we are selling Adebayor or Van Persie is off – the latter may happen if Arsene cannot get the striker to sign a new contract.
My gut feeling is that Adebayor will leave if any of the strikers do – simply based on the interview with the BBC in which the striker said that he can’t see how he will ever win over the fans. Subsequent to that, the player’s agent said that there were no offers to discuss, but if a big club did come in, he would speak to Arsene – a clear signal that his agent believes his future may lie elsewhere. In the Sun today – not that I should believe anything that the tabloids write, you’ll find a story regarding Ade and the link to Chelsea – apparently Ancelotti has been thwarted in his bids to sign Kaka, Pato, Dzeko and Tevez and is now focusing on getting Adebayor to the club – maybe this is just paper speculation based on the fact the Ancelotti has talked highly of Adebayor in the past.
More recently, AC Milan club owner, Silvio Berlusconi has revealed Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor could be signing for AC Milan… talking about possible transfer targets he said:
“There is a good chance we will get Adebayor.”
It’s a very brief statement, but it shows that there is interest – and of course, we know it’s two ways.
Back to the tabloids and this is what they had to say today:
“CHELSEA are poised to launch a £25million bid for Arsenal hitman Emmanuel Adebayor. The Blues, who failed to land the Togo striker last year, have been frustrated in their hunt for major names this summer. Brazilian star Kaka snubbed the Londoners in favour of Real Madrid – and Valencia hitman David Villa seems certain to do the same. That has left new Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti still looking for a world-class target man, with Adebayor, 25, suddenly at the top of the Italian’s shopping list. The ex-AC Milan manager almost took the Emirates star to the San Siro last year.
News coming out from the rumour mill is that it’s a two horse race between the London and Milan clubs and our interest in other strikers all but confirms that there is something happening in that department.
One player who will greatly feature for us next season is of course Theo Walcott and he’s shown for the main and England U21 teams that he is getting better – and of course that he has pace to burn. I’ve been pleased with his performance last season and without him, we did lack some pace going forward last season – the thought of having the four players, Arshavin, Nasri, Walcott and the forgotten man Rosicky on the wings next season is mouth watering. But Theo – who will eventually be a striker – has more to learn and the summer games will do him good for next season and of course for England in next year’s World Cup – something that the young striker (who is still only 20) has talked about:
“It’s just good to be involved in the tournament and it’ll be a great experience for me, with the World Cup hopefully to come. I missed it a couple of years ago, so it’s nice to be involved this time and I think we have the potential to win it. It’d be great to bring a trophy back to England.”
And if the player continues in the same vein as he has been playing through next season, both Arsenal and England will benefit.
Finally, Eboue has dismissed a link with PSG saying he wants to stay at Arsenal, but again talking about his lack of first team football. Of course, there will be speculation, but if we can keep hold of him, then he will add to the squad depth – something that we need going into a tough season.
Okay, that’s it for now, have a great Sunday… til later…