Andre Santos and Park Chu-Young to sign as Gervinho already misses Nasri
Written by Jeff Patterson on August 30, 2011 8:00
Apologies in advance for a rather laconic article, but Sunday’s match has hit me with the emotional equivalent of a shotgun blast. Rather than subject you all to reading either my utter rage at suffering such a defeat, or the hopeless despair that this situation can be resolved anytime soon, today I am just giving you the facts.
I will try to provide a little input, and in fact, I will have some comments on one of our stories, concerning Gervinho. Anyways, as we look at the post-Trafford landscape for Arsenal today, we see a large number of stories concerning transfer activity.
First and foremost, Arsenal look set to announce the signings of Andre Santos and Park Chu-Young in the next few days. Santos is a Brazilian wing-back, and Park is a striker, two positions where Arsenal are desperate to find some depth, if not star power. These signings, to me, are good business, but Arsene should probably be focusing on some bigger fish, especially in midfield.
One big fish that is doubtful to be heading to the Emirates is Kaka, who has played down any talk of leaving Madrid. The former Ballon D’or winner has said he is happy in Madrid, and expects to have an increased role in the team this year.
Arsenal’s signing of Andre Santos will be coming on the back of Armand Traore being sold to Premier League new boys, Queens Park Rangers. After Sunday’s performance, few of us will shed a tear at seeing him leave for QPR, although with Gibbs always an injury concern, signing one leftback may still leave us short at the position if Traore leaves. And, who knows how well Andre Santos will fair in the Premier League.
I’d like to take a moment, just to say thank you once again, to all the True Gooners who made the Journey to Old Trafford on Sunday. The away support was about the only thing any of had to be proud of after that performance, but you did us proud. Taking note of a popular trend that began circulating yesterday on twitter, Arsenal Football Club announced that 3,000 away fans will have their tickets refunded. The compensation will come by way of a free ticket to another away match. Cheers all around, for the amazing fans, and for the club doing the decent and correct thing.
Lastly, Gervinho, who was suspended for the United match, but chose to watch his former club Lille take on Marseille, rather than travel to Manchester to support his new teammates, has voiced some disappointment with the club. Gervinho was particularly disappointed with Samir Nasri, who according to Gervinho, promised the Ivorian that he would stay at the club this season, only to bolt for Manchester City last week.
“I wanted to play with Samir because he is a big player. His exit has left me in pain,” said the Ivory Coast international. He promised to be there this season – and then changed his mind.
“This is a different Arsenal. A new team without Nasri and Cesc. But we need to forget that and to turn the page. Now we must think only about the future.
“I would have liked to have played with Cesc and Samir. I like to play with great players and it’s a shame. They left to join big clubs to try their luck elsewhere.
“One day I hope to have the opportunity to play with them again.”
Gervinho is clearly disappointed, and who can blame him? In some ways, Gervinho is Cesc and Nasri, version 2.0. He was undoubtedly brought in with the sales pitch of playing alongside world class talent. Unfortunately for him, the talent has all been replaced, mostly by 18-year-olds.You can’t promise a person Filet Mignon, then serve him Ground Beef, and expect him to just as happy.
To me, it’s evidence of the type of player Arsenal can now attract. I don’t think it’s much of a stretch to assume that Gervinho would not have joined this summer, had he known that Fabregas and Nasri would be leaving the club. Now Gervinho is going to be asked to, not only play a major role, but to be “THE GUY”. It’s just a poor, poor situation.
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