Morning fellow Gooners…
Yesterday was a strange day in London, the riots, acts of violence, arson and general unrest continued throughout the day and evening. It’s incredible to see such an event in one of the safest cities in the world. Read more here. I just hope that no lives are taken in this and injuries are few and far between.
[Update: All football games in London called off tomorrow (Carling Cup), the England vs Holland game to be decided in the morning and discussions on whether the weekend's football should go ahead]
In footballing news, we signed the Southampton youngster, Alex Oxlade Chamberlain – a surprise signing in one way, as most people were expecting a central defender. In addition, there is a question of what type of player we need right now. Arsene has admitted that we need experienced players, players with defensive attributes and those who have played in the Premiership – Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is none of those.
Oxlade Chamberlain is a promising player – I think we all need to reserve judgement on whether he’s the right player for us at another time – we all need to see him in action. The reported fee of £12m is actually more like £7m now and the rest when we win something…
Let’s take a closer look:
He actually looks like a very good player!
Arsene was very pleased to bring him to the club and at 17 years old, if he can do what he can do in the Championship, then you really have to think what he can do when he’s a bit older!
“We are delighted that Alex has decided to join us. He is an exciting young player who will provide us with creativity and offensive quality. Alex is a versatile player who can play in a number of positions. He can play as an attacking centre midfielder, or wide left and right. Alex is a perceptive passer of the ball and has a great understanding of the game and looks to be a very good team player.”
If Arsene manages to complete the transfer of a defender and striker in the next couple of days, then maybe we’ll all be a bit happier when we kick off the season next weekend…