Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Ferguson's Arsenal secret | Old boy's £12m return? | Kaka rumour

Morning Gooners.

It seems the clock has gone back to 1986 today as Alex Ferguson has revealed - finally - he was offered the job as Arsenal manager prior to him taking up the role with his present employers.

I thought this was common knowledge, but it appears this is the first time he has spoken/written about it.

Think how different things might have been had Ferguson made his mind up quickly. Would he have been as successful at Arsenal as he has been at Manchester United? What a wonderful hypothetical question to think about.

Had we employed Ferguson, it might have meant Arsene Wenger would never have been written into the Arsenal history books as the club's most successful manager. And with all that the Frenchman has brought to Arsenal and English football, I'd take Wenger over Ferguson every time.

One of Ferguson's players has got involved in Jack Wilshere's call up to the England under-21 squad for this summer's european championship. Michael Owen says he hopes Stuart Pearce has got Jack's best interests at heart because he's sure the player could do with a rest.

It's obvious who he's got in mind though without naming Pearce and Wilshere and it's great to hear a fellow professional warn Wilshere of the dangers of playing too much. Arsene Wenger has stated he's not in favour of Jack playing but has no power to stop him. Perhaps hearing it from a professional such as Owen who has been there and done it might make Wilshere rethink his involvement. One can only hope.

With little coming out of the club - the players returned to training yesterday after their weekend defeat - their is a void which is filled by transfer rumours and speculation.

According to the Daily Mirror, Lassana Diarra could be on his way back to the Premier League because he's fed up with life at Real Madrid. The price quoted is £12 million, which is pretty much a bargain.

I was bemused when we let Diarra go after such a short period at the club. I would have preferred us to have loaned him out rather than sold him. It would have made more sense because we knew Mathieu Flamini had such a short period of time left on his contract and the following summer we let Gilberto leave.

Losing three midfielders of their experience cost us the following season. This term in our team there is one position which lacks competition and that's the role Alex Song plays. We could really do with someone to compete with him but I doubt Diarra is the man.

The same Mirror story also links us with Anderlecht keeper Silvio Proto. I imagine any move for a new goalkeeper is dependent on us moving on Manuel Almunia who still has a year to go on his contract.

Elsewhere the Daily Mail report that Ajax defender Jan Vertonghen - who we've been linked with for months on and off - is now attracting interest from Manchester City. With City involvement in next season's Champions League confirmed after they beat Spurs 1-0 last night, they'll be wanting to strengthen their squad and if they are interested in Vertonghen we've got no chance.

And talking of City, it appears they're after our captain according to an "EXCLUSIVE" in The Sun. If they weren't interested in Cesc Fabregas it would be a worry. But as the Spaniard has said before he'll never play for another English club apart from Arsenal.

The Sun say we'd find a bid of £50 million hard to turn down. I think we'd easily turn it down. We don't need the money more than we need Cesc.

Finally, there are rumours Kaka is on his way out of Real Madrid this summer. Could he end up at Arsenal? I wouldn't bet against it. There was the same sort of skepticism when a certain Dutchman was linked with a move to north London when his career seemed to be fading and look how that turned out.

Kaka at 29 was slightly older than Dennis Bergkamp was when he made the move but I wouldn't put it past Wenger to bring one of world football's true stars to the Grove and reinvigorate his career.





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