The football world has gone mad. Well, madder than usual, anyway.
Today it was confirmed that Manchester City have tabled a £91 million offer for Kaka from AC Milan. It demands some attention if only because it shows that even in this difficult period of economic stability, anything is possible in the world of football.
Now we knew Manchester City have bucket-loads of cash and want to make and “statement” signing but I really don’t think this sort of thing is good for football. Not being an expert on economy I can’t really back up that statement apart from saying that it just gives me a yucky feeling in my stomach.
It also shows that if Manchester City want our main transfer target – Andrei Arshavin – they will probably get him. If it’s purely a matter of finances than we just can’t compete.
Thankfully it doesn’t seem that way with the player himself essentially admitting that he wants to play for us. But even so, I can’t help to think of the stealing of Robinho from Chelsea and am starting to wonder whether City might do the same to us over Arshavin. Only time will tell of course, but the Kaka bid is a stark reminder of the power that Manchester City now possess in the transfer market.
Anyway, onto something more Arsenal-y things now and I have for you a rant from Nicklas Bendtner’s father, Bendtner Senior aka Thomas Bendtner. You might have caught a story over the weekend about the Danish striker giving away out starting lineup to his good mate Fabrice Muamba at Bolton. However, Bendtner’s father responded to the claims about his son with the following comments:
“I can’t even comment upon this. It is completely brain dead. No footballer could in his wildest imagination do something like this. This is the English in a nutshell. This is the way they are, and something we have to react to with laughter.”
I think, as Bendtner Snr suggests, that it is a pretty good example of the ridiculous nature of the English media. They’ll grab anything, absolutely anything to sell a paper and I don’t think there is any reason to believe that Bendtner did say anything to Muamba. I just don’t think he’s that stupid and I think the response from is father is a relatively fair one.
Going forward, maybe Wenger should ask Bendtner to tell someone on the other team a fake team line-up to trick the opposing manager into changing his team. Just an idea, but something that someone like Sam Allardyce might fall for.
Anyway, that’s all on a rather zany day. Hopefully there will be some team news in the build-up to weekend game against Hull tomorrow.
PS. Stay tuned for any Arshavin news because there has been whispers that he MIGHT sign for us today.
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