A Triumvirate of Uncertainty – Van Persie, Cazorla & SahinPosted: July 30, 2012
Firstly, I want to apologise for not posting more often. To be honest I have been a bit busy lately – doing favours for a friends, tending to the family etc. This summer has been hectic and as I now finally get a grip on football I realise that we have less than a month for the new season to start.
Now, off to things at Arsenal……
The Robin Van Persie saga as expected continues with reports emerging that his wage demands are apparently 195,000 pounds/week. There was also some added bull-shit about him asking the same wages as Wayne Rooney. I refrain myself when it comes to Van Persie leaving, because to me it is pretty obvious that he WILL leave Arsenal this summer. It makes sense that the club let him go, IF he does not sign a new deal. However, even if there is the slightest chance that he MAY sign before New Years, I think the club should keep him.
Wenger knows this (RVP leaving), and so does Gazidis. Reading some of his comments the other day Wenger claimed what all sane managers should claim. That he wishes his star player, Van Persie, stays and that he is the best striker in the world. He has been smart this time not to put full faith in Van Persie, hence signing 2 strikers in quick succession. Nobody wants another summer fiasco of ‘no signings’ and rush hour on deadline day – above all Wenger will know this more than anybody else.
Arsenal are also in the hunt for Santi Cazorla. Infact most newspapers claim that he is expected to put pen on paper this week. Ideally Cazorla is a winger, but he can play in the middle of the field also. The best part about Cazorla is that he can replace Walcott or atleast push Walcott down the pecking order at the Emirates. Also, since he is ambidextrous he can cover up for Gervinho or Podolski when necessary.
Another name I am excited about is Madrid’s Nuri Sahin. He is a great talent, but he needs time to show it. Real Madrid as a choice (to stay) should never be pondered upon if you’re a player who falls into Sahin’s category. Purely based on the amount of hurdles one has to cross to break into that first team. This has also been backed by Mourinho.
Speaking to Spanish based newspaper Marca saying :
“I want to have 20 players plus the goalkeepers, in order to have a competitive squad. Someone has to make way. I want to be honest, Nuri’s situation is unclear. His future is in the balance. If he can play somewhere else, it will be better for him because he didn’t get many minutes here last season. The transfer market is open until August 31st – something I don’t like – and the league starts on 18th.”
Keep your fingers crossed…its possible.