There is scant news doing the rounds today. Probably the most notable of which are the conflicting reports regarding Joe Cole. John Cross says that Joe Cole is a no-go for Arsenal, but then on his own newspaper’s website there is also a story now saying that we have sealed the deal and that he will sign for us after the World Cup finishes. The same story also appears in the Daily
Shite Mail. To be honest, I’m not sure what to believe anymore and I think that it is best to just forget about this story until after the World cup finishes. I have a feeling that he will stay in London, though.
The News of the World is reporting that Celtic, West Ham and Newcastle are rivaling us for the signature of Big Sol. To be honest, it will all come down to how much ambition and fight he has left in him. If he wants a well paid and easy end to his career, he will go to Celtic. If he wants to make money but win nothing, he will join West Ham or Newcastle. If he wants to make good money AND still have a chance of winning some silverware before his career ends, he will sign with us. Okay, he might get some silverware at Celtic, but it isn’t a great achievement to win something ina country here there are basically just two teams and the other of those teams is in financial meltdown. Sol, time for you to pay us back for rescuing your career.
There are a lot of big name players getting injured ahead of the World Cup and, amazingly, none of them play for Arsenal. I’m betting that our players will wait until the latter stages of the tournament to get injured, that way impacting on our pre-season. International games rarely work out well for Arsenal, so time to cross all appendages folks and pray for an injury-free tournament for Arsenal. I had a chuckle at the way the News of the World is trying to make a story out of the fact that the Platinum Stars, who play England tomorrow, are going to take their friendly seriously.
The News of the World is busy today and they are still running with the story of Schwarzer to Arsenal. However, I really can’t see Wenger forking out the reported £3m for a 37yr old, especially as he just has one year remaining on his contract at Fulham. Compare that with the fact that we allegedly missed out on Drogba when he was a teenager because his club were asking too much for him. They asked for a massive £100,000, but Wenger thought that that was too much. So, I really can’t see him throwing away £3m on someone that has absolutely no re-sale value.
That’s about all there is doing the rounds so far. I’m writing this at pre-5am UK time, so who knows what other stories will develop or break later on, but I’d be guessing that it will remain a slow news day.
Enjoy the remainder of your weekend.