Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Jens for 2 more years, Ashley/Jose, and Graham Poll on Saturday.

Jens has announced that he'll be hanging up his hallowed gloves in two years time. Sad news, and raises the question, will he be with us for both of those years? Given Arsene's reluctance to shop around for top-level goalkeepers, I wouldn't be surprised if he tried to hold on to Jens until the last possible moment. I hope he does stay with us for two years, but only if he's shows he can still cut it this year - which i fully expect him to do. He's also been saying how Chel£ea aren't a big club, and how we have unfinished business in Europe. Ah Jens, what shall we do when you're gone...

Regarding both the Ashley and Jose sagas, they both seem to be continuing with almost ruthless interminability. It now appears that Chel£ea aren't going to stump up the necessary cash to prise Ash from us. In a way, I'd quite like it if he stayed, if only that it showed that we refuse to be bullied. £20m+ is a huge amount of money, but perhaps by showing Chelsea that they can't have their own way - well at least not for another two years - we may have earned something more. Or something like that. Either way, if not injured, I don't see why Ash shouldn't play for us on Saturday. A good performance could push his valuation up.

Jose is now saying how his 'dream' is on the verge of realisation. Pass me the sick bucket. He could at least show some class. I tried to maintain my scepticism in all of this, and give him the benefit of the doubt, but it does now fully appear that he's been engineering, and wanting, this move for quite a while. If he goes and no one comes in, despair. Despair.

Some news has appeared on incoming targets. Illiasu's name continues to be bandied about, with several clubs apparently willing to pick him up if we don't. I still think this is a deal that could happen. We've also been linked with Owen Hargreaves again - yes please [I know this is a volte-face] - although only in the most tenuous manner. A Nigerian forward from Lyn Oslo - nicknamed Edu apparently - is being watched by us, according to yesterday's Times, although I hadn't heard of him. Yaya Toure has joined Monaco.

Finally, we've been given the delightful task of welcoming Mr. Graham Poll back to the Premiership on Saturday. If anyone has a job-lot of yellow cards, let me know. I've been thinking that it might be a tougher game than I thought on saturday, with villa, if only psychologically, a club undergoing a real renaissance at the moment. Nice to see no-one has accused them of 'not being an English club' even though they've just sold themselves to an American. hmm.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

why can't we just sit down with Ash and sort it out , who cares about the book, don't sell him at all , why should we , he's the best left back in the world and I don't believe his relationship with Wenger has changed much

Anonymous said...

Sell him, what has he ever done for our club?

East at the Grove said...

How do you know the club haven't tried to sit him down and reason with the little shit?? How do you think it has gone this far?

"Hello boss, I want to go to the filthy Chavs for more money"

"No probs Ash, we'll flog you on the cheap and everyones a winner"

gazzap said...

look £17m is good money. wait a year and it'll be £5m and the following year £0m. and then he would go to chavski anyway. whats the point in throwing away £17m for that little sh*t? we have cover at left back like no other position...Clichy, Flamini, Traore, Garry, Illiasu (hopefully), even senderos can play there.

gazzap said...

forgot Hoyte there.

Anonymous said...

Sell the Greedy two-faced git. We have Gael Clichy and Flamini who want to play for the shirt. Cole was dreadful in the Champions League Final, but no one seems to have noticed!I cant wait for him to visit us in a Chelshite shirt, & thats if his legs havent broken under the weight of the cash he is carrying.

ad said...

wev got the best young team in the world. van persie and fabregas came bck from the world cup with greatly enhanced CVs.This arsenal team has started gelling and what they could be like in a season is scary.We are the team that chelsea are scared of and wev only got the NO1 player in the EPL as our captain!!!!!

Deise Gooner said...

Id like to hear a statement from the club regarding Cole and Reyes. Its all been tabloid speculation and no actual facts. The clearest indication came from Henrys interview last week and that was still all ifs and buts. The sooner the actual footie starts and the transfer window closes the better. That way we can get down to business and drop all this silly season madness. We have an exciting team and a hard season ahead. I for one feel the lads have it in them to really push Chelski and have a good cup run in both CL and FA cup. Whether Reyes and Cole are there to help out i dont much care anymore. If they stay they had better play their hearts out and if they go i look forward to seeing who steps up and shines in their places.