Emmanuel leaves. Shame. Hleb wants a return. I say we grant his wish to temporary replace injured Nasri.
Written by Chris on July 21, 2009 15:00
It seems the last three or four days have been quite turbulent for the Arsenal. Adebayor leaving, Tomas Rosicky back in action, more players linked with a possible move, ex-players saying they regret leaving and so on and so forth.
We also had our share of turbulence with the server going crazy but hopefully problems are over. But anyway, allow me to share my thoughts on some of the Arsenal news I’ve been reading during the past few days and as always, feel free to drop a comment.
He’s gone, smiling to the photographers with his new Manchester City jersey and saying he left Arsenal for the trophies, not the money. With the season yet to kick-off, though, he already lost a trophy, the Champions League, which City cannot of course compete in.
It’s a shame he left though. If we don’t replace him, it means Bendtner will automatically be promoted as the strong-in-the-air figure up front. If we do, we have no guarantee the new signing will settle down straight away as it may take him 3-4 months to do so. There’s always the possibility of signing nobody and to always opt for the ball-on-the-ground type of tactic, but there will be opponents where a tall, strong figure in the attack is required.
We’ll see, it will be interesting to see how this new-striker story unfolds.
It’s sad how Arsenal fans react to news sometimes. That’s what I thought when this morning as I was reading comments on what Alexander Hleb said regarding his stay at Barcelona:
I regret my move from London, but unfortunately nothing can be done about it now.
Now I don’t expect people to feel sorry for him considering the way he left, but feeling happy? Regardless from which point of view you look at Alex’s departure, the story has disappointment written all over it. The player is disappointed for sitting on the bench at Barcelona. Arsenal, the club, is disappointed because last season there was no proper replacement for the player and we, Arsenal fans, are disappointed because last season’s results were not really what we were expecting, and the midfield raised a lot and a lot of questions.
Now I understand you may go nowhere with the ifs and buts, but I’m curious to know what our season would have been if it was Hleb playing on the wing and not Diaby or any other player shifted there when clearly, that’s not his preferred position.
And then, enough of calling ex-players traitors or be upset for their departures. Many of our own players belonged to other clubs before they joined, Hleb was a Stuttgart player, remember? This is the game of football, some stay, some go, there’s way too much money involved to even dare spell the word “loyalty” when talking of the game.
Anyway, Samir is out for 2-3 months so Hleb can sign on loan until the Frenchman comes back. Not that we have no options as Carlos Vela can be promoted to regular and Tomas is back as well, but better safe than sorry.
How can I not mention his comeback? Just like Eduardo last year in the F.A. Cup, Tomas’ comeback last week was terrific news for all of us. Last season was a nightmare for poor Tomas and you could have sensed that by looking at his facial expression in the season 2008/09 photo of the squad.
But that’s history now. Just like Arshavin, Vela and Nasri, Tomas is incredibly talented and a magician with the ball in his feet so let’s just hope he can put all the injuries behind his back and provide us with an injury-free season.