The first day of no football since the start of the Euro 2008 has left the journalists with little substance to write about today. But write about things they must continue to do if they are to earn their keep and – surprise, surprise – they’ve chosen to rely on their old friend transfer speculation.
First up is of course the news that Samri Nasri admitted that he would be joining Arsenal on his personal website before subsequently removing the statements from the site. Understandably, the retraction has left a lot of constrasting stories floating the web today as well as the following word’s from Nasri’s agent Jean-Pierre Bernes:
“Nothing has been finalised. It is premature to announce this. Discussions are continuing between the two clubs and the player.”
My take on things would be that Nasri has verbally agreed (or something similar) to join Arsenal and his representatives were eager to announce this on his website as soon as possible. However, I would suggest that the Frenchman is yet to formally sign and taking that into account both Arsenal and Marseille would not be ready to announce the deal just yet.
Remember that it’s just my take on how things have panned out. It could be right or it could be wrong. What is pretty clear to me is that if the player is confident enough to announce that he has joined Arsenal on his own website then supporters can be confident that this is just what he will do, even if it has not officially happened yet. Technical, I know, but also quite positive news I feel.
Other transfer speculation comes in the form of – somewhat coincidentally – that man I spoke about yesterday, Valencia’s Spanish midfielder David Silva as well as Bayern Munich’s German striker Lukasz Podolski. They are very tentative links at this stage but I must admit I would be happy if either player joined Arsenal before next season.
Just staying on the topic of David Silva for a moment and I have to say I was quite surprised to hear opinions divided about him as a player in yesterday’s comments. All I can suggest is that those who weren’t rating him were only going on the performance against Italy as opposed to those he has put in over the course of the rest of tournament as well as for Valencia in the last two seasons. Believe me, he is quality, and if the manager does look to bring him to the club then I feel he will do particularly well as a rotation partner for Tomas Rosicky.
Some news which is not speculation but absolute cold, hard fact is the official announcement of the Arsenal squad numbers for next season. The big change see Manuel Almunia literally promoted to #1 after his moral promotion last season. New squad members Carlos Vela and Aaron Ramsey have been given #12 and #16 respectively while #8 and #14 remain vacant. Will we see Nasri snatch up that #8 shirt before the start of the season? I think so. The full list of numbers can be viewed here.
That’s about it for today. Just a reminder before I go that if you are a member of Pikum! and a regular reader of this blog that you are eligible for £5 worth of free credit to play with. You could do worse than to throw that free credit onto the pot I’ve set up on the right-hand sidebar of the blog for the two Euro 2008 semi-finals coming up on Wednesday and Thursday night.
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Cheers. Enjoy the mayhem.
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