I’ll get straight into it today with the announcement that another new Arsenal kit has been released for the 09/10 season. Following on from the usual red shirt and the dark blue away shirt comes a the new white third kit. And as you can see by our angry mate Eduardo over there on the left, I don’t like it one bit.
It’s essentially the same design as the new dark blue shirt (which I happen to like) but unlike the blue shirt, the combination of collar and pinstripes doesn’t work anywhere near as well. It looks too much like a baseball shirt in opinion and when you combine that with the fact that we’ll be wearing dark blue shorts ala Spurs, it’s a little too much to take.
You can see more pictures of the new Arsenal kit here.
Melo to stay in Florence
Moving on to football matters and there is some important news to break regarding Felipe Melo. Indeed, the Brazilian has signed an extension to his current deal with Fiorentina which virtually ensures that we won’t be signing him this summer.
I have to say it’s a bit of a blow. I know there were many people looking forward to the prospect of us bringing in Melo – myself included – and Gilberto’s recent comments suggested that Arsenal were interested. However, with this contract extension in place it’s certainly not going to happen and the search for another defensive midfielder will go on.
There is, of course, the very real possibility that we may not bring in a defensive midfielder at all before next season. Indeed, whispers around the Arsenal blogosphere suggest it will be another centre-back and not a central midfielder who will be signing next (could the interest in Serdar Tasci be genuine?).
Currently we have Alex Song and Denilson on our books who can play the defensive role in midfield but I feel we’re one body short. Whether the manager still wants to play Abou Diaby in there (unlikely) or perhaps even shuffle Samir Nasri into the position, I still feel we need another strong player who enjoys the physical side of the game to help out the group. Song made great progress next season and Denilson remains a decent prospect and I think both would benefit from sharing the defensive midfield responsibilites with another player.
As always, we’ll have to see how things go.
It seems that Amaury Bischoff is on his way out of the club. Apparently the Portuguese man has been released by Arsenal and with Paris Saint Germain interested in his services I’d assume that’s where he’ll end up.
Meanwhile, Arsenal have signed four young players to professional contracts. Those players are Luke Ayling, Craig Eastmond, Cedric Evina and James Shea. Congratulations lads and good luck.
More guest post details
I just want to finish off today by saying a very sincere thank-you to everybody who read and commented on John’s article in yesterday’s first ever guest post. It’s clear from the 75+ comments made that you guys really enjoyed hearing from a fresh voice and I think it’s a great sign of things to come with regards to Guest Post Tuesdays.
I’ve had quite a few questions over the past day from readers who want to know such things as (1) how I am going to select articles, (2) how long the articles should be and (3) what they should be about. Basically, my answers to those questions are as follows:
- Guest posters will be selected based on how interesting their idea is and how quickly they get it in. Essentially it’s first in best dressed. I’ll inform people of whether they have been selected to write for Guest Post Tuesday by the Thursday before it goes live on the blog. That will give ample time for people to put together what they need to write and time for me to edit it.
- Generally articles should be around 500-600 words. Anything longer can be a bit tedious – unless it’s very well written, as John’s was yesterday – and it’s generally better to be concise and stick to the point. You’re also likely to get a better response from readers as a result.
- Articles can be about anything related to Arsenal that is topical. They can be funny, serious, insightful, analytical – whatever you want. If you’re worried about your writing ability, please don’t, because I’m happy to edit and it shouldn’t be a barrier in preventing you from saying what you feel.
I mentioned yesterday to email ideas to guestposts[at]arsenalfcblog[dot]com (remove ‘at’ and ‘dot’ and add the appropriate punctuation) but the truth is the most effective way to get in contact with me is via Twitter or Facebook. That way we’re able to keep in touch and even have a bit of a discussion about what you might want to write.
Anyway, that’s it for today. Have yourselves a lovely Wednesday.
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