I can’t say I saw it coming but that’s one probable Arsenal transfer target down the gurgler. Xabi Alonso remains a possibility after Cesc Fabregas’ recent endorsement but aside from that there’s no-one really earmarked and it means the manager will have to pull something of a rabbit out of the hat. Gokhan Inler maybe?
Not that it really matters to Arsenal but my opinion is that it’s something of an odd move for Barry. For some reason I saw him as something of a respectable character but a huge pay increase seems to have been the deciding factor. He joins a team that is far from the finished article despite their kazillions of pounds and I don’t think one season of spending is going to get them into the Champions League. Wouldn’t it be funny if Aston Villa made it in next season and City didn’t? Of course it would.
Barry’s transfer is the first big one to go down in what is likely to be an interesting transfer window. Thankfully the journalists seem to have taken a bit of a break and I’ve yet to see any of the usual “Random Guy to Arsenal” stories pop up. Oh wait, here we go.
Anyway, the main point of this post was to publish the results of the Arsenal FC Blog 2008/09 Survey. Some people were unable to listen to the final Arsenal FC Weekly podcast of the season and requested for the results to be put on the blog, so here they are (just click the link below):
I’d encourage you to have your say on the survey by leaving a comment, and if you happened to miss the Arsenal FC Weekly podcast then you can listen to that here. It’s pretty long at 42 minutes but I guarantee it’ll make you think, make you laugh, probably make you dislike me a little bit, but whatever. I can take it.
Anyway that’s it for today. I’ll be back tomorrow for my second-last post before I go on break and I’ll be looking at some of the players I think we should be looking at signing over the summer. Cheerio.
Have your say on Gareth Barry or the Arsenal Survey by leaving a comment.