I’m getting so sick of Arsenal acting poverty-stricken. We wanted Mark Schwarzer last year, but refused to meet Fulham’s valuation. Instead we preferred to start the season with Manuel Almunia between the sticks.
Now it seems we haven’t learned at all from last year’s mistake, by refusing to offer the going rate for Gary Cahill of Bolton. Okay, he’ll be out of contract in a year’s time and we can get him for free then. But patience isn’t always a virtue. Not if it means another trophyless season, anyway. It would have been nice to get Cahill signed in time for the Manchester United game, but with our club a quick deal is rarely possible.
To make it worse, our boss Arsene Wenger is so smug about it. He’s more coy (okay, koi then) than a carp! And now, talking of Far Eastern fish, Le Boss is about to reel in a big South Korean to fill the vacant number 9 shirt, I hear (although I’m not sure we can believe it). Park-Chu Young is expected to join for around £10m, which is good news given that Joel Campbell has been refused a work permit. Whether Young is an adequate replacement for the outgoing Nicklas Bendtner remains to be seen. But then again, the Monaco man might be heading for Lille, which means Eden Hazard could be sold and what’s more, Hazard will be sold to us. Or so the story goes.
I’d just love us to buy someone with Premier League experience, but right now it looks as unlikely as ever and the main hopes we have to cling onto are wild transfer rumours and derisory bids for players who might actually strengthen our squad.