Sunday, 10 October 2010

Concern over Chamakh - International watch - Chairman on Liverpool - Keeper's Galore

Morning Gooners.

International football is a ball ache. And trying to find out if Arsenal's african contingent were involved in any of their countries matches is even harder. You would think in this day and age of the interweb it would be easy. Alas it is not.
However I've tried my best to discover who did what for whom and here is a quick and not so detailed round up:
  • Samir Nasri (74) and Gael Clichy (90) played for France in their 2-0 victory over Romania. Bacary Sagna and Abou Diaby didn't make the squad.
  • Marouane Chamakh was in action for Morocco against Tanzania in the African Cup of Nations qualifying rounds. The striker set up the goal in his counry's 1-0 victory. As Goonerholic points out, he was substituted before the end with a suspected head injury.  No further news on that this morning.
  • Emmanuel Eboue's Ivory Coast team beat Burundi 1-0. No news on whether our utility player was included.
Off the pitch, the chairman has been speaking to the Sunday Mirror about how he believes Arsenal could never go the same way as Liverpool.

He speaks glowingly about how Liverpool were run in previous years before the club was sold to the Americans. And then turns his attention to Arsenal and the way we are run.

He said:
“We don’t have an owner who has saddled the club with £250 million worth of debt. 
“The way Arsenal is run at the moment, what has happened at Liverpool could not possibly happen here. 
"We are aware of who our shareholders are and we have a view on their suitability. And the majority of shareholders feel the same way as the board.”
Now, I've learnt you can never say never in football. Money is the one factor which does the talking. But I can say that Arsenal's current model is very successful. We have four major shareholders and that seems to have a good stable influence on the club, despite two of them not having seats on the board.

And at the moment no one has the money to make a major investment into our football club which would allow one of our major shareholders to become a sole owner of the club.

So the status quo is where we are left and I personally believe that's not a bad thing.

A few transfer rumours doing the rounds.

The News of the World link Aston Villa keeper Brad Friedel to Fulham. And that move would spark a merry-go-round involving Mark Schwarzer moving to north London.

They also link us with Liverpool's Pepe Reina and Schalke star Manuel Neuer.

The newspaper tells you exactly what I blogged nearly two weeks ago about the German number one.

The Sunday Mirror join in the act linking us with Neuer. However their main rumour is that we're thinking about bidding £5million for Stoke’s Asmir Begovic.

This is way to much speculation for my liking. As the transfer window is close we're best of not thinking about who we might sign in January.

And who's to say Almunia and Fabianski might not prove the majority of us wrong and have a stormer for three months? Wishful thinking I know.

Not much else going on so I'll leave it there.

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