It’s Friday afternoon and I’ve just finished work. “Why aren’t you out drinking and celebrating then, Spanish?”, you ask. “I will be shortly,” I respond, struggling to contain a sly grin, “but first I have to post on the blog.”
And that’s why I’m here right now. To do what I do every day; bring you, my faithful reader, the latest Arsenal news and my somewhat reliable opinion on it. Thankfully, today has been quite interesting. So with no further ado, I’ll stop this nonsense and get cracking on what you really came here to read about.
In yesterday’s post I reported some comments from Bacary Sagna on the superfluous nature of contracts in modern-day football. Refreshingly, Sagna was direct and honest and right on the money. Since then, further comments have been publicised from the Frenchman about the current situation at Arsenal, targeting the potential exits of Emmanuel Adebayor and Alex Hleb in particular:
“The uncertainty around Alex Hleb and Emmanuel Adebayor’s futures is all part of football. It is a shame, but I am not too worried. Samir Nasri is due to join us soon, and there are also a lot of young players knocking on the door – it could be a good opportunity to give them their chance. If Emmanuel was to go, it would be a big loss, even though we are not yet at that stage.”
These are remarkably interesting comments from Sagna for a number of reasons. Firstly, it is the first 100% confirmation of the completion of Samir Nasri’s signing. Secondly, it shows a sizeable descrepancy between the chances of Hleb and Adebayor going. Indeed, the absence of a ‘we are not yet at that stage’ comment about Hleb’s potential exit says to me that the Belorussian’s transfer is a virtual done-deal. Finally, it indicates the value that Sagna places on keeping Adebayor.
I’ve said it before, but Sagna thoughts on Adebayor echo mine exactly. Regardless of the fact that Arsenal may get upwards of £30million for the sale of the Togolese striker, it would be a massive loss if he did exit the club.
The reason is very simple in mind; he has very few peers in the current game. Indeed, although Adebayor has a frustrating habit of wasting chances in front of goal there are very few strikers going around who causes defences as much trouble as Adebayor does both on the ground and perhaps more importantly, in the air.
I can tell you now that this is the reason why AC Milan and Barcelona want him so badly. Carlo Ancelotti and Pep Guardiola are not stupid men – they realise that Adebayor’s sheer athleticism and endeavour is enough to compensate for his sometimes clumsy nature. He has the ability to stretch and work opponents into the ground which allows other attacking players to exploit extra space and time allowed on the ball that he creates.
In a previous post I wrote of my disdain for the comments that Adebayor made about wanting to leave solely for monetary reasons. Since then, while remaining firm with regards to those sentiments, I’ve been something of a yo-yo. One day I’ve wanted him to stay because of the value he brings to the team, the next I’ve want him to leave because of his poor attitude.
The truth is that I do want Adebayor to stay, simply for the reason that if he does it will improve Arsenal’s chances of picking up silverware next season. Regardless of his attitude or his money-grubbing nature, if Adebayor lines up against West Bromwich Albion on the first Saturday of the Premiership season, Arsenal will be a better team for it.
And that’s all I will say on the matter.
In the only other news for today the agent of Andrei Arshavin has claimed that an unnamed English club has had a £19million bid for the player rejected by Zenit St Petersburg.
If it’s the truth then I’m intrigued to know which club has made the bid. I can’t see why Manchester United would want him given the depth in their squad, we already know Chelsea certainly don’t and I can’t see Wenger forking out that amount of money for a 27-year-old. All signs point to Liverpool, methinks, but will they up their bid? We’ll have to wait and see.
I might take this opportunity to ask you what you think about the Adebayor situation, purely because I personally want to know. Do you want him at the club or are you fed up with his attitude? Leave a comment and let me and the rest of the readers know.
Should be a fun one.
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