At last. Friday night. It’s been a long hard week but at least now I have a chance to preview this weekend’s game. What? Monday? That cannot be right. It has clearly confused Arsene as well who I have just watched talking about having Andre Santos ready for Tuesday, or maybe it was a coded message?
In his press conference he did that wry smiley thing when pressed on the topic of Lukas Podolski.
“I have not a lot to say about that because if we sign a player we will inform you. At the moment we have not signed anybody. There is still no agreement.”
Now I do try to steer clear of transfer tittle-tattle, particularly outside of any window, but this one does appear to have moved from the realm of speculation into almost accepted inevitability. I hope it happens although I would imagine a couple of faces at Highbury House will be upset at the leak, which appears to have come from Cologne. It would not help to speculate on why that might have happened. Let’s hope Arsene is proven correct when he hints that we may have more news in “two to three weeks”.
Of course everybody has an opinion on what the deal would mean, ranging from he has been signed to replace Robin van Persie, to he has been signed to persuade the skipper to follow suit now we have demonstrated our ambition. I believe the boss entirely on the subject.
“Our plan is to keep Robin van Persie even if we buy any player.”
That would make perfect sense. It is also quite a mouthwatering prospect. Dangerously my mind wanders, peering into the post-Euros future. An injury-free Gunners squad assembles. Jack Wilshere is back to add energy and creativity to the midfield (dare I say like a new signing). A midfield that has Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Francis Coquelin pushing the likes of Alex Song, Mikel Arteta, and Aaron Ramsey for a starting berth.
Perm any three from four up top. The skipper, Poldi, Theo Walcott, and Gervinho. That looks a little light, doesn’t it? Perhaps suggesting one priority for a further summer capture, another of Arsene’s slightly built wide men? At the back perhaps another quality defender, preferably a left-back who can play in the middle, rather than the other way round.
And there is why I try to avoid such speculation. It is meaningless, pointless.
Injury-free Euros? Full squad in August?
Dream on ‘holic.
323 Responses to “Not The Friday Night Preview”