Another day, another miniscule bit of progression in transfer sagas involving Alex Hleb and Emmanuel Adebayor. As such, I’ll keep things short today.
It seems that Hleb is on the verge of signing for Barcelona. The Belorussian is apparently on his way to Spain to complete a medical and if all goes to plan will join the Catalan club. Reports indicate that he will be sold for around about the same amount that he was purchased by Arsenal – £11.2million for those who care. When you realise that he’s only scored 10 goals in 130 games for Arsenal the club can perhaps consider themselves a little fortunate that he’s not going for less.
My opinion on Hleb is simple; for all his tricks and flicks and wonderful ball-control he remains one of the few players in the current Arsenal squad that I believe is replaceable. I’ve little doubt that Samir Nasri or whoever else Arsene Wenger has up their sleeve to slot into Hleb’s spot can do a better job than he has ever done next season.
Moving on now and the loudest man in Europe – AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani – has made further comments regarding the conditions surrounding a potential move for Adebayor. Observe:
“Let’s be clear about this: Adebayor is the alternative to Ronaldinho and vice-versa. We consider Kaka and Pato first-team players. Having two players of the calibre of Adebayor and Ronaldinho would create a lot of problems in the dressing room.”
I don’t think he really needed to make this as clear as he has. Indeed, most pigeons would be smart enough to realise that Milan aren’t going to sign both Adebayor and Ronaldinho into a side that already has Kaka and Pato and only employs a one-striker system.
It seems to me that Galliani has a taste for the camera at the moment and simply doesn’t know how to keep his mouth shut. All he’s doing is trying to unsettle the players as much as he possibly can by keeping the story in the media and it’s getting a little bit boring. Yawn, yawn, yawn. Feck off please.
An Arsenal player who rarely says much at all – perhaps because his English is a bit average – is Bacary Sagan. But even he has been at it today, bless him, making some comments about the meaning of contracts in the modern game.
“[Contracts] don’t mean anything. The proof is that most of the players leave even when they are under contract.”
Good honesty there from Sagna. I must say I always find it nice to hear someone tell it like it is and that is exactly what Sagna has done. It is a bit sad that contracts have become about as useless as a Tomas Rosicky’s hamstrings these days but I guess that’s just the way it is. Sad but true, unfortunately.
And that’s that today. Just a quick note before I go to say that I am preparing a pretty excellent redesign for the blog which will be launched this coming Monday. So, if things get a little crazy between now and then while you’re trying to view the blog, blame me. It’s all my fault.
But it will be worth it. Well worth it. You’ll see. You’ll all see.
What do you think?
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