It’s been a busy weekend down here for me… so I’ve only got a little time on a Sunday night to do a little round up of what’s been going on in the world of Arsnal.
So, let’s kick it off and it seems like there is quite a bit of interest in our young defender Philippe Senderos with both Aston Villa and Sunderland interested in the Swiss international player. And I think it makes sense for clubs such as the two aforementioned club to sign a player like Senderos – he is a very good player and sometimes players like Senderos – which we’ve seen in Upson – can’t sometimes handlet he pressure of a big club as their every move is in the spotlight. Senderos is a player that seems to make one mistake a game and it always seems to be punished. At £7m, it would be a good move for both Arsenal and the buying club.
In this day and age, where big money is being thrown around so lightly, we’ve recently got wind of quite a few coming in for Robin Van Persie – all before he signed his contract – from the likes of Chelsea, Man City, Juventus and Inter Milan – believed to be around £30m upwards – and Arsene and Arsenal had turned down all of the offers. If we were really a selling club, we may have looked to cash in, but with our sustainable business model, keeping our players is paramount and adding a player if possible is Arsene’s progative. But, it really does look like we’re going into the season very much equipped with a squad to win a trophy. Albeit, a defensive midfielder could be useful.
RVP said he would only sign if he thought the club was going in the right direction and he believes his questions have been answered…
“I made a list. I wrote on one side what I had. And I wrote down what was lacking. At Arsenal, Arsene Wenger values my contribution to the team, my fellow players show the same appreciation and everyone who works in the club is wonderful and so warm to me. Apart from all that I have a great connection with the supporters. I find it fascinating how they show their love for me as a player. My heart says that I cannot play in the shirt of another club for the next four years. Money has never been an issue in my career. When I signed my first contract at Arsenal, I was not on big money at all. Now the club have shown their appreciation. But it is not the money-side why I signed a new deal. All I want to feel is a bit of respect and a good relationship with everyone at the club. And that’s what I have here.”
Interesting stuff and based on this, I really believe that RVP feels there is a squad capable of winning trophies and of course, that instills faith and hope into the forthcoming season.
And finally, David Bentley has been attacked in a restaurant – supposed by an Arsenal fan. He was apparently having dinner when he was punched in the face… his agent saying
“David is pretty shaken. He was in the restaurant with his best friend and their respective partners. A guy walked over and started talking gibberish to him, then he just took a swing and punched him. David’s fiancée, who is seven months pregnant, had just been to the loo and saw the whole thing. Obviously, she was very upset about it.
I don’t condone violence in any way, but the former Arsenal player has domme everything possible to mate himself a hate figure amongst Arsenal fans.