Tuesday, 26 July 2011

JET or Eboue to leave first -Lansbury deserves a chance -Cesc's farewell to PM?

Morning Gooners.

For the umpteenth day it appears to be quite still on the Arsenal merry-go-round. All the players are still aboard and it's just a case of waiting for one of them to jump off which will change the equilibrium of the whole situation.

It really does seem this week there will be a number of players leaving the club. Arsene Wenger said in an interview with French TV at the start of the month that this was when we'd likely to see movement and so it appears to be.

Racing to be first out of the door appear to be one of the Emmanuel's. Either Emmanuel Eboue who is very very close to a move to Galatasaray with only a few items of the deal to complete or Jay Emmanuel-Thomas who will join Ipswich Town, as early as today.

The Guardian say we're to recoup in transfer fees £4m for Eboue and £1.1m for Emmanuel-Thomas. Which is of course a start. Whilst it is a shame to see most players leave, neither of these two have fulfilled their potential at the club and don't deserve to be keeping a place in the squad when it could be allocated elsewhere.

Eboue had a decent season at right back before Arsene Wenger was persuaded that he wasn't good enough for Arsenal. Bacray Sagna came in and Eboue has only been given cameo opportunities to play there. Whilst Emmanuel-Thomas was kept at the club last season so that the manager could specifically help develop him - instead of being sent on loan - but failed to impress Wenger enough to keep him. Perhaps that was down to his attitude? The problem with young players at Arsenal is that many think they've made it even before pulling on a shirt for the first team. They believe they will be afforded a chance and don't have to work for it. Perhaps that might change when some of the FA Youth Cup winning squad depart the club this summer.

Arsene Wenger has invested in youth and the academy is first class. However when player stop working hard in training and don't care whether they impress the manager because they are on £--k a week that is when it's time to cut our losses.

Emmanuel Frimpong tweeted yesterday that he was sad to be saying goodbye to some of those players he played with in the FA Youth Cup winning side and also on Twitter Henri Lansbury was being made to feel better by his nan after stating that she could pick him up when he was feeling down. He also said something about this being a new chapter in his life.

If Lansbury is on his way out of Arsenal permanently I would be very sad about that. When Arsene affords chances to Denilson, Diaby et al in the squad, why can't he give Lansbury a chance? He's not been offered a chance to crack into the squad so far and his loan spell at Norwich last season proved fruitful. It maybe he's going on loan for the first half of the season but even still, I believe there is a place for him in our squad.

The Cesc Fabregas transfer saga seems no closer to resolution. The captain was at Number 10 yesterday doing some charity work. Was he saying his goodbyes to the Prime Minisiter? Hopefully he'll be back at the training ground today putting in those extra sessions to make sure he's fit for the Emirates Cup.

There is just noise coming from the Barca camp at the moment. The Daily Mirror say a deal could be completed by the end of the week but they've been wrong in the past and seeing as the European champions still can't match Arsenal's valuation, I think they're pushing our deadline hard. We can't keep waiting and waiting for them to meet our valuation. I really hope the deadline is this Friday as has been reported. Once that has passed and we've told them he won't be sold this summer we can get on and do our own transfer business. To be quite frank Barca have been afforded enough time to get this deal done. We've done as much as we can to allow them to get the cash required together but they just keep talking. It's time to put the money on the table or it isn't going to happen. Which really does seem to be the most likely outcome.

Very little going on elsewhere. The Sun say goal-line technology won't be allowed at this weekend's Emirates Cup. There is more talk of Jose Enrique joining because of his fine over the Twitter outburst he had the other day.

And finally Thierry Henry has said he won't be coming back to the Premier League. And if you hadn't had enough of watching the man - remember he'll be at the Emirates Cup this weekend - check out these 14 minutes of memories...

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