Mata no go|More Players to Leave|Cescgate drags on.
The new signings us fans expected have not been forthcoming, but the decision to rid the club of players deemed surplus to requirements seems to be building momentum.
Asides the usual suspects, Almunia, Bendtner, Denilson and more recently, Eboue, quite a number of the youth players have been linked to moves away from the club; the latest being the pair of Jay Emmanuel Thomas and Henri Lansbury.
It’s quite a surprise that these two players are about to be shown the exit, considering what the fans expected of them.
JET is undoubtedly talented, had an amazing scoring record in the reserves, and made his League debut at Stamford Bridge of all places. We all thought he would be a regular feature in the team from then, but it seems for all his talent, his work rate is highly disappointing. That being the case, I can understand why he’s being sold.
Henri Lansbury however is one name which leaves me gutted. Granted he may not have the skill of Jack Wilshere, but his determination cannot be disputed. He obviously cares about the club. In the games I have seen him play, he plays with his heart whilst being efficient albeit not extraordinary at his work.
He was sent on loan to Norwich and he excelled, he did very well at the U-21 WC too. I was expecting him to get a run in the Carling Cup this season and maybe a few substitute appearances in the EPL. This guy has the making of a new Ray Parlour and I’ll be sad to see him go.
Muamba, Thomas, Randall, Seb Larsson all left without fulfilling their potentials at the club. Yet our Brazilian “winner” Denilson was getting adequate playing time, even when it was obvious he was not good enough.
Is it because he was bought rather than groomed; and why keep so many youth players when we know they won’t make it? I know people who even think selling unpredictable Bendtner and keeping highly predictable Chamakh is bad business. Well that’s a discussion for another day.
One player who does not seem to be leaving us anytime soon is Cesc Fabregas. And while he may still leave this summer, Barcelona officials have been quoted as saying they have until 31st August to sign him.
This makes absolute mockery of the July 31st deadline we supposedly gave them. Where do I see this going? Cesc signs for Barca on 30th or 31st, and we do not replace him because we did not have enough time to do so. I hope to God I’m wrong!
I heard Nasri will sign a 4-year extension to his contract in a few days. Good news if true but it’s difficult what to believe these days. One thing is for sure, if he won’t sign an extension, sell him off. He is relatively easier to replace than a more talented Cesc who has given us 8 years of committed service.
President of Valencia CF, club of Arsenal target Juan Mata has quashed reports that their star man is leaving the club. Manuel Llorente has dismissed claims that the club may be forced into selling their star player and claims money won’t change their stance. Said he:
“The decision is clear, and money will not change our position…Valencia will not sell to any club that wants to buy Mata”
I think he’s just bluffing and wants to force clubs to bid higher. Make no mistake about it, he’s a very good player, and will improve any team he plays in. The problem is whether our dear Arsenal will be willing to bid high enough to get him.
Let’s not worry about that, a defender is at the top of our priorities now. We may not even need Mata if our captain changes his mind and gives the English game another shot. A man can dream, can’t he?
The Emirates Cup upon us already and it’s just a few days before we get to see the boys play at The Grove.
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