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"It was the winter holiday and I was back in Togo having a kickabout with friends when my phone rang.One of the boys answered it and said, 'Manu, it's Arsene for you'. 'Arsene who?' I said. 'Arsene Wenger', he said. 'Get out of it', I said, and grabbed the phone off him. But then I heard the voice. 'Allo'. F*****g hell. It is Arsene Wenger!"
-Emmanuel Adebayor

1 Week Changes Nothing

Have been away for the past week, I went to Borneo. No internet. No TV. No radio. When I came back I found out how much didnt change. People still complaining about the white kit, Henry still linked to Barca. Its almost as if the world stopped for me. But some news still deserve to be talked about, so its time for news in point form!

~Lyon want £17m for Maluoda
It looks like we wont be signing Malouda. Lyon want an outrageous amount for a mediocre player in my opinion. I watched him at the world cup and was not impressed. I condemned the french left side during the world cup as I felt neither Malouda nor Abidal were good enough. The 17m could easily be used to fix both wings instead.

~2nd signing- Havard Nordveit

Remember this name, Nordveit is a highly rated 16-year-old from Scandinavia and even Man Utd were scouting the kid. The fee appears to be around £2m which is definitely not a small sum for a 16-year-old but the price of potential is rising and even clubs outside the major leagues (England, Italy, Spain and to an extent France) command large transfer fees. Anyway, not signing we were waiting for but still a signing.

~Wenger in Paris discussing Henry

The big news coming out of Frace is that Wenger is in Paris negotiating with Barca over the sale of Thierry Henry. No proof, I dont trust the french press any more than I trust the British press. If Wenger has finally decided that Henry is not worth keeping, how much is a fair fee for one of europe's top strikers? Watch this space.

~Babel possibility

Ryan Babel is a Gooner. Why is everyone going crazy? He says that he would love to play for Arsenal. The debate is if he is what we need. I dont think so but I also cannot think of another winger to solve our LM problem. Ive watched him numerous times for the Dutch national team and he doesnt seem very skillful. He has pace but he is clumsy, has a horrible first touch and his finishing is random to say the least. Of course we can say that Wenger can groom him but the players wenger has groomed have all had good goal scoring records pre-Arsenal, Babel doesnt have that. He, despite being very attacking minded, hardly gets on the score sheet for Ajax. Just my 2 cents.

Till my next post.

posted by highbury1913 @ 4:17 pm | |

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