Monday, 2 July 2012

Walcott Chelsea bound if Terry leaves? -Wenger "busy" at Arsenal -Lloris linked

Morning Gooners.

What a cracking game to end Euro 2012. While Spain have been criticised for being boring and negative, they were anything but last night. The opening goal for Silva was all about Cesc Fabregas and what he can do with the ball. It shows you what we miss, with him no longer being at Arsenal.

Had Italy come back from going a goal down there might have been a contest. Instead Xavi sent away Jordi Alba and the left back slotted home. All thoughts of an Italian come back were dead before half time. Spain were going to win their third major final in succession and capped their win with two goals in the final ten minutes.

While other performances from the Spanish have been less comprehensive, they certainly showed what they could do last night. They switched on the style and showed exactly what they're all about. It was a joy to watch.

I was a little sad at the end, I've got to admit. Seeing Cesc celebrate winning his third major title and thinking he should have won more with us. It's a regret I think I'll always have that during his time at the club he only picked up an FA Cup winners medal. But there is nothing which we can do about it now.

We've just got to feel privileged he played for us. Of course I still feel bitter about the way he left us. But he certainly is some player.

Elsewhere, Lyon's president Jean-Michel Aulas has said the French will sell goalkeeper Hugo Lloris for the right price.

The 25-year-old's price tag is a reported £16m.

Aulas said:
"Lloris can go, but only for a decent price in relation to the market."
We're certainly in the market for a goalkeeper. Manuel Almunia has left the club and the futures of Lukasz Fabianski and Vito Mannone are far from certain. I'm yet to be convinced by Wojciech Szczesny. I think he has all the right characteristics to be a great goalkeeper, but he is still very young, learning the game and bound to make mistakes.

I'm not sure Lloris is the answer. He's too expensive for my liking and most certainly Arsene Wenger's. But I do believe we need someone of similar experience to fight with Szczesny for the number one position. I don't think it will do us any good to go out and sign a goalkeeper as back-up to the Poland international. He needs to work hard to retain his position and it shouldn't be guaranteed.

Meanwhile Arsene Wenger has ruled himself out of the French manager's job by stating he's "very busy" at Arsenal, plus he's got two years left on his contract.

Wenger said:
"There are a lot of names. But me, I will be very busy with Arsenal where my contract still runs for two years."
I wonder how very busy he'll be in the transfer market before pre-season training begins?

Weirdest transfer story of the day... Theo Walcott will join Chelsea if John Terry leaves in the Daily Mail. Obviously the two aren't mutually exclusive you would think. Unless Theo doesn't want the Chelsea captain getting close to his girlfriend.

Walcott has been linked with Chelsea for the past two summers. It's nothing new. Whether Chelsea will make a firm bid for him is another question.

As for Terry, I really can't see him going to PSG, as suggested in the Mail piece. It's French and stuff...

That's it for today. More tomorrow.

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