Sunday, 10 June 2012

PHW hints at signings -Wenger admits Ozil bid -Russian Neymar to join?

Morning Gooners.

Four games in to Euro 2012 and so far I've not seen a team yet who stand out. I suppose you could say Russia, but that's only because they scored four goals. That Arshavin chap is a good player though... it's only a shame he plays when he wants to at club level.

We got to see Lukas Podolski for the first time on UK TV last night as Germany overcame a well set up Portugal side. Arsene Wenger's new signing didn't have the best game of his career but I think we saw why the Frenchman brought him. He'll be a valuable addition to the team next season. He had a couple of chances to score and fluffed his lines but his record of scoring goals at international level is fantastic. I think it averages out at near to one goal in every two games he plays at the highest level. And we got him for under £10m!

An interesting side note on the Germany game. Arsene Wenger admitted for the first time that he'd tried to sign Mesut Ozil when he left Werder Bremen. What a signing he would have been.

Robin van Persie was also in action yesterday as his Holland team were defeated by Nicklas Bendtner's Denmark. How on earth the Dutch lost the game is beyond me. They had so many chances and Robin should have easily had a couple of goals. He clearly didn't want to score yesterday otherwise he would have done so. I found it interesting to watch him play with Ibrahim Afellay. I don't suppose you should expect them to click straight away but I had thought I'd see more from them both.

But how difficult must it be to play in a team with Arjen Robben. He's one of the most selfish players  I've watched in a very long time. An easy pass on for RVP who would have had a free shot on goal and he shoots himself. So very frustrating.

Arsenal chairman Peter Hill Wood has spoken about Robin's future with the club and stated that we won't be able to match an offer from any club which is prepared to offer our captain ridiculous wages.

Hill Wood said:
"He is vital to us and has been an extremely good captain. But if somebody comes along and offers Robin £250,000 a week then I am afraid we cannot compete with that. 
"With players, you never know what they are going to do. 
"Some players say they want silverware but when they have the chance to earn extraordinary money that has been pumped into the game, then you just have to hope they will stay because they are happy and loyal where they are."
It's clear that Hill Wood doesn't know whether Robin has decided to stay or leave and I suppose the chairman is in the same boat as everyone else at this stage.

He goes on to say:
"We have already brought in one new player in Lukas Podolski and I believe we will bring in more. I am confident we will, in fact. 
"I just hope that Robin will be with us next season because I genuinely feel we can make a real challenge for the Premier League title. 
"We had an atrocious start to last season but we recovered to finish third which was a marvellous achievement when you look at the problems that we had with injuries."
It's interesting that he's pushing the line that we are set to compete for the league next season. That's exactly what Robin wants to hear. He's also said we'll be adding new players to our squad, another thing which Robin has told Arsene Wenger he must do because he doesn't feel we are able to compete with the players we've got.

I'm intrigued by the way both Arsenal and Robin's camp are using the media to push their own agenda, trying to persuade each other to do something to make the deal happen. I don't think Robin's made up his mind yet about staying next season and I'm not sure Arsenal would keep him to the final season of his contact if he wasn't 100 per cent committed.

As they say, I'm afraid this one is going to run and run.



Elsewhere there is transfer tittle-tattle in the Daily Star Sunday. Johan Djourou's agent has said the defender could leave Arsenal this summer and a top five Italian club could be his destination. The same newspaper says we're interested in Malaga’s £15million-rated striker Salomon Rondon.

And finally for today, the Sunday Express say we're are one of the favourites to sign Russia star Alan Dzagoer, who has one year left on his contact. The 22-year-old CSKA Moscow midfielder has been hailed as Russia’s answer to Brazil ace Neymar.

That's your lot for today. Spain take on Italy in the early kick off. Has 0-0 written all over it. That'll be on before Ireland take apart Croatia in the 7.45pm kick off. Until tomorrow.


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