Hello to you all. I realise this is a very late blog for the day, but football training and some bizarre inner-city traffic means it is after 10pm in Brisbane as I write to you. And in truth, there’s very little to write about apart from a certain Russian playmaker.
The Andrei Arshavin transfer saga continues to roll – as we knew it would – with the latest quotes from the player suggesting that he is praying to God to get the move he is after. Let’s just hope he hasn’t used up his tokens on asking for things like a new Chess set or one of those fluffy Russian hats with the ear-flaps.
Officials from Zenit St Petersburg have said they are hoping to reach a ‘logical conclusion’ while Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood has said that the £12 million we have tabled is a ‘final offer’ and that ‘there are other fish in the sea’.
From our point of view as supporters it’s pretty difficult to know what exactly to believe. As I suggested yesterday it’s clear that both clubs are waiting for the other to budge in the hope of getting the best deal they can. All the while poor little Andrei sits at home, praying to God and probably crying himself to sleep. If he wasn’t worth millions of dollars I’d probably feel sorry for him.
Whatever the outcome is, we know it’s likely to be done by the 26th of January. As the Arsenal chairman suggests, there are other fish in the sea and if the Arshavin deal falls through then Arsene Wenger and Co. will need sufficient time to pursue other transfer targets, if they’re not already doing so.
There’s also the issue of the purchase of a defensive-midfielder which many supporters see as more important than an attacking player like Arshavin. If Arsenal put all their eggs in one basket for the Russian then we could well pay pay the price. Fingers crossed it all works out though, as Arshavin would be a hell of a player to add to our attack.
And that’s really all for today apart from some token comments from Emmanuel Adebayor about the need for our squad to show more self belief. I’ll speak/write to you tomorrow, hopefully a little bit earlier on than I did today. Cheers.
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