Wednesday, 14 July 2010

The Arsenal Paper Round: Wednesday July 14, 2010

The whole Cesc Fabregas in a Barcelona shirt story rumbles on today.

Last night Cesc's dad Francesc spoke on Spanish radio about the incident, saying what all right thinking Arsenal fan already knew, that he did not intend to offend our club.
Fábregas senior told COM Radio:
"It was a day of celebration and anything goes. If anyone misinterprets it, they have to see that it was part of a celebration.

"Cesc has it very clear what Arsenal has been and is for him. He is super grateful to them and it has never crossed his mind to do something wrong towards them.

"Cesc said what he wanted to do [sign for Barça] the day after the end of the league so that Arsenal had time to react.

"It would have been nasty to say it today, when they are almost on the verge of starting the pre-season. But he always did so thinking about Arsenal. It remains to be seen how everything turns out."

Now there is no indication one way or another that Arsenal are ready to come to the table, but you would have to assume that nothing since the release of their strongly worded statement has changed.

I would imagine our resolve has been strengthened with all the shenanigans that have gone on over the last two months.

An interesting read is the Digger column in The Guardian, well worth a read.

Yet another Barcelona player has stepped up their very public tapping up of Cesc. This time Andres Iniesta.

It really is getting ridiculous that each member of the Barcelona squad day after day is coming out in the media and publicly talking about a player who has a five year contract with another club moving to play with them.

Why should it be that Arsenal have to make an official complaint to UEFA before anything happens?

Shouldn't it be the case that UEFA are more proactive and take action against clubs like Barcelona and Real Madrid who use the media to do their transfer business.

"Everybody has come out and spoken of the desire we have for him to be with us next season.

"We'd be delighted. Not just because he is a team-mate and a friend, but because it would be great for the club."

Iniesta does realise that Fabregas is a football player. A rather good one, in my opinion, who could quite easily - if he did go to Barcelona - speed up his Spanish team mates retirement by taking his place at both club and international level? 

Oh, he does. Excellent. Just wanted to clear that one up.

Cesc is going off on holiday and won't return to pre-season training until August 2, after the Emirates Cup, which neither he or Robin Van Persie will be involved in.

All the other players who featured in the World Cup will be back at London Colney on Monday, just in time to head to Austria for our pre-season training camp.

Today will be the first day Arsene Wenger will be back at Arsenal since the end of his TV commitments at the World Cup. So you've got to hope a few new faces might be coming through the doors at Highbury House.

One of those signings could be Joe Cole, who according to the Daily Star returns from his holiday this week and wants to have his future decided.

Another could be Mark Schwarzer, who according to The Sun could join, if we match Fulham's £4m asking price.

While the Daily Star say Panathinaikos are still interested in William Gallas but will move for West Ham central defender Manuel Da Costa if they can't get the Frenchman.

And that's it. If there is anything going on throughout the day, you'll find me on Twitter talking about it.

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