Transfer Deadline Looms and No Arshavin Yet
As the transfer deadline draws to a close Arsenal supporters are glued to the web and television screens looking for any sign that the Arshavin saga is over. Rumours on Saturday was that he was London for the West Ham game, it is now reported that the elusive Russina has arrived in London.
Some reports claim he is undergoing a medical and thrashing out personal terms, others claim that a press conference has been arranged for today to unveil Arshavin. There will be the usual “sightings” of Arshavin at Highbury House as there were of Alonso in August.
There is more intrigue and secrecy surrounding this transfer than there is in a Frederick Forsyth novel. The Russians claimed a fee was agreed now they deny it. Wenger said we were 90% there on the deal , then after the West Ham game he says we have 10% of the deal agreed. His agent who throws out more curveball than a top pitcher claims there is a 20% chance of a deal going through. This is so frustrating for us fans, all we want to know is will he join. yes or no? Deadlines have come and gone, but we still do not have our man.
I fear if there is a last minute problem, namely our refusal to pay £15m, then it could too late for Wenger to look at any alternatives. Arsene has stated he has made “serious enquiries” about other players but has not made any bids. Let us hope it is not too late to conclude other transfers, based on our last half a dozen games we need creativity in the team. A few years ago under Dein we would have had the transfer wrapped up two weeks ago.
On the loan front, two more youngsters went out loan recently, Rui Fonte and Henri Lansbury joined Crystal Palace and Scunthorpe United. They join a growing band of Arsenal hopefuls plying their trade around the country looking to gain vital first team experience.
Arsene has stated that certain players will not be going out on loan, these include Randall, Willshere and Gibbs. Notable absentees were Merida and Vela, both of whom will benefit from a loan spell, their first team chances at Arsenal will be restricted especially if we sign Arshavin and our injured players start to return.
Former Arsenal player James Harper’s move to Middlesbrough has been put on hold, this is due to a 25% sell-on clause we inserted into his contract when he joined Reading. Middlesbrough are not prepared to pay the extra money that will cover the sell-on clause.
10:00am – Sky Sports is reporting that Arsenal and Arshavin have FAILED to agree terms and that the deal is OFF. This is crazy, why do we wait until the last moment before we tell his representatives what we are prepared to offer him. If this is true we are an amateur club in terms of trasnfer dealings.