Friday, September 01, 2006

A triumphant end to the Transfer Window.

On somedays there is so little news that our media-hungry society is forced to create headlines to keep everyone sated. On other days there is so much news that, even if you wanted to, you would probably not be able to report everything that happened. Today is one of the latter. Indeed, if it were not for the plethora of stories and important events surrounding our club today, I would be very much still in bed nursing my hangover. I have no shoes on, but I do have them available, so I seem to have the upper hand on Arseblogger.

I stumbled in in the early hours of yesterday morning but was unable to remember how to use my computer, and sky sports seem to be intent on only discussing the cricket. But all has, albeit somewhat painfully, become clear.

Firstly, the big news. The departure of a true Arsenal legend. Pascal Cygan has joined Villareal for £2m. How our negotiators managed to keep a straight face as they concluded this deal is beyond me. I'd like to wish Pascal all the best. I think it'd be fair to say that he never really cut it in the premiership, despite the lying Opta statistics, but he almost always tried his best and that's all you can ask. Sail safe big man. You won't be forgotten.

The deal which kept most of London up all night was also concluded at 11.59 and 59 seconds. Cashley is joining the vapid, financially corrupting ranks of the King's road, while Willy Gallas has left Mourinho & Co., probably flicking him two fingers as he left. Bonjour et bienvenue Willy. A great signing, although I am slightly annoyed by only getting £5m on top of Ash. Still, we have shown Chelsea that we're no pushovers and that we got something from them they didn't want to give us.

The deal concludes one of the most sordid affairs in modern football. I wasn't one of those chanting abuse at Ash at the Villa game, but he has done himself no favours in this business. He may wake up in ten years and realise that, even if he does have medals from Chelsea, that sometimes morality and respect are more important than success and money. I don't actually believe that everyone has a price, but Ash seems to show that a lot do. Getting Gallas is a great boon for us, increasing the experience of our defence. It also leaves Chelsea with only 3 recognised centre-halves. Things could get interesting. I think they should have picked up a makeshift back-up for Wayne Bridge and kept Gallas, so I'm willing to ignore all the lazy journalism that will contend that they've done better out of this deal than us.

'The beast' is our other major signing of the day, albeit only on loan. Little Jose has fled back to Spain, no doubt in terror at the forthcoming English winter. I think he actually did well for us in the time he was here. In some ways he was a victim of his success - even though he actually did ok, he showed glimpses of a truly prodigious talent that he was never consistently able to maintain. All the best Jose, but you need to grow up a little and start being a man. As for Julio - harrah I say. He had a very poor season at Real last year, but this was largely due to Real playing him on the left wing as far as I can remember. A big, bruising midfielder and a goalscorer all in one. Just the player we needed? Do we have any wingers left?

It's unclear whether Ito has joined - please post if you know - while a Brazillian startlet named Denilson has joined. He could be promising? Qui sait.

The West Ham deals are even murkier than on first glance. They have 'bought' the players but not really as they probably haven't paid anything for them, with MSI then recouping their massive future fees. It's all very unseemly and I thought a club like West Ham would know better. Spuds have bought the massively overrated Chimbonda for about twice his worth, even if picking up Malbranque for only £2m is a good little move.

So,in my view, we've massively strengthened on the last day of the window. Baptista + Gallas are better for the squad than Jose and Ash. Cygan is no longer an option, and a few promising youngsters on top. And Rosicky, lest we forget. If nothin else we've got rid of players with a hugely negative connotations, and brought in some fresh blood which should invigorate everyone.

Lastly, I'd like to echo Vital Arsenal by wishing Sir Bobby Robson a speedy recovery. A real legend, and a completely genuine guy who embodies almost everything I love about football. If it wasn't for him and the England 1990 team I may never have started watching football, so thanks Bobby.

til later. Onwards and upwards!

13 comments:

jobby said...

Good blog today, agree with everything, seemingly we are getting 12m with Cashley, its only 5m up front which really sweetens the deal.

spike said...

A little melodramatic regarding Cashley, aren't we? I doubt he will have any such thoughts about "morality and respect" in 10 years, as he probably takes all of this stuff far less seriously than you do.

perrygrovesworld said...

don't forget Fran Merida in from Barça he is a bit special! go check youtube if you don't believe me..

gazzap said...

what happens when corruption takes hold of the premiership (if it hasn't already) and wenger gets p*ssed off like he did when he was with Monaco? he will leave. what will happen to all these players like Merida etc that are here because of wenger? thats too depressing a thought for such a joyous day no?

Goonerboy said...

Man, I just read Myles final comment on ANR and that is the main thing that's scaring me at the mo.

We all have our moments of doubt, but if Arsene left, and left because he felt English football was riddled with corruption, it'd be too much to bear. We could end up like Italy and their sham league.

I think the Premier league needs to investigate the Argentinian deals before the Pl fall into disrepute. I also think that football clubs have a duty to their fans to disclose the full details of all transfer deals. After all, we, in no small part, help fund them. And clubs have to realise that football is our game - they can't let themselves be blinded by money and let oligarchs use our clubs as their toys.

Kim Stian Ervik said...

Dont forget that we got Denilson too!

Anonymous said...

Don't be too hard on Cygan. He was used to attackers who played the ball and never was able to cope with the long aimless ball chased after by physically strong but technically weak forwards. I think he'll do all right in Spain.

refu said...

At first glance 5m plus gallas seemed too little...now i hear its going to add up to 12m, great deal!!! What was achieved last season was largely without assley hole so its like we have got a new signing one of the best cb's around in his prime years. Now toure-gallas partnership will give a great base for the season ahead. Whilst reyes tried very hard and worked hard it was obvious wenger was not getting the best out of him. all in all not a bad days work if we eventually get 12m from the chelski. we are arguably stronger after all is said and done. moroniho should be mad.

East at the Grove said...

Which reputable scource told you that the fee was increasing to 12m???

The only place I have seen that figure touted was by some fella on a blog??

The Riddler said...

I don't know if anyone has noticed this but on the AFC Website it says that Baptista has joined for an undisclosed fee

refu said...

ok perhaps i am a victim of said blog....even if it is 5m then i believe its still a good deal. the fact remains that this deal will make us stronger on the field.

Little Dutch said...

Great day all round really. Reyes and Cole had our backs against the wall and Wenger turned it to his advantage. As for Ashley, I'd like to elucidate Goonerboy's sentiments with a quote from Einstein, "try not to be a man of success, but a man of virtue." P.S Goonerboy please post some pictures of Di Stewart on your next blog, I'm totally obsessed!

Anonymous said...

I would just like to say that Ashley Cole is a cock sucker and I hope his bird pisses off with a Totenham Fan