I’ll start by saying I’m feeling a lot better about things today after my hard drive crash yesterday – and with that change in attitude has come a change in the quality of Arsenal news.
According to reports from SkySports and The Guardian, Arsenal have received a £20 million offer from Manchester City for Emmanuel Adebayor. Apparently the Manchester club want to add to the recent signing of Carlos Tevez and are prepared to pay almost all of the £25 million that Arsenal have stated they require for Adebayor’s buyout clause to be activated.
It’s absolutely massive news and when all things are considered I think it would be the right decision by the club to let Adebayor, a man who has previously openly stated his desire to leave Arsenal, go. He hardly set the world alight last season and as much as I like him as a player when he’s in the mood, £20 million is big fee for a player who seemingly doesn’t want to play for us anymore. As such, I’m fully expecting Arsene Wenger and Arsenal to accept the fee and sell Togolese striker.
It goes without saying that the money would be a big boost our ability to bring in more quality in the areas that need reinforcement (*cough* central midfield *cough*) as well as allowing Wenger to sign a replacement for Adebayor in the form of Bordeaux’s Marouane Chamakh and push the likes of Nicklas Bendtner and Eduardo up the pecking order.
When it boils down to it the only negative I can see from the transfer is that it sees Adebayor go to a rival Premier League rather than Spain or Italy, but at the end of the day I’d much rather it be City than Chelsea. It’s deniable with the signings they’ve made that City won’t make some sort of push for the top four this season but a club like Arsenal who will always aim for the league title, it’s more intelligent to sell Adebayor to a would-be challenger than an established threat.
I’ll be sad to see Adebayor go, I must admit, but if it is to City and for a fee as high as £20 million then I think it will be a good decision for the club. And at the end of the day, the club is what really matters.
Moving on to the other big news of the day and Robin van Persie has been revealed as Arsenal’s Player of the Season for 2008/09. In truth it was hardly a surprise, particularly after he was voted the Arsenal FC Blog Player of the Season a couple of months ago, but it’s good to see van Persie recognised for his excellent contribution. The Dutchman has some nice things to say about it all on the official website.
And that is that in a very exciting day. Enjoy yourselves.
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