It was rumoured that Atletico Madrid made an enquiry for Eboue during the transfer window. Arsenal were not interested, and have reportedly offered him a new contract, which thankfully he has yet to sign.
Stories are now emerging that both Inter Milan and Juventus are looking at offering our Ivorian talent a contract in the summer and signing him on a Bosman.
Following the signing of Arshavin, I did not things could get any better, but to realise that we might not be seeing Eboue in Arsenal shirt next season must increase our title chances. We have no need for him anymore; some might say we had no need for him ever! Never has an Arsenal player cheated or dived more than Eboue, never has an Arsenal player attracted more jeers from his own fans than Eboue. With the signing of Arshavin, the return to fitness of Rosicky and Walcott, we will have no need of lightening speed and trickery on the wing.
Eboue you have served your time at this club and we have suffered enough of your tantrums, your incompetence and laziness is just too much for us, pack your bags and head off to Italy.
Arsenal has been blessed with some rugged defenders in the past, players that gave everything to win the ball and were not scared of getting hurt. From the great McLintock, Willing Young, David O’Leary, Tony Adams, Steve Bould, Andy Linighan, Marti Keown and Sol Campbell.
We are now left with players who appear to be petrified of the ball, will not or cannot win a header to save their lives, maybe it will ruin their hairstyle, but as Gallas and Silvestre are not in need of a barber then that cannot be case.
Gallas came to us as a tempestuous character and for a while was thorn in everyone’s side, nothing was, as he wanted it, it was obvious Arsenal was not his choice of club. The captaincy seemed to calm him down until Clichy moments of madness both last season and this season. Now it is back to the big angry Gallas, everyone is at fault and no longer does he put in 100%.
Wenger insists that he is not going anywhere unless Arsene thinks it is best for the club. Well Arsene, it is best for the club for Gallas to move on, in fact the same can be said of Silvestre. Gallas is a great player, but now the demons are playing with his mind and Juventus’ call is too strong for him to resist.
Before Gallas moves on, he owes Arsenal several displays of Gallas at his best, defending well, being first to the ball and none of the silly games that he got up to in Porto with half hearted clearances or headers. We demand a full bloodied and committed Gallas to take to the field tomorrow against Middlesbrough and ext week against Liverpool. Gallas must leave the Emirates with people remembering him for the great defender he is not the baby who throws his toys out of the pram.
Come on Gallas we want to see the real Gallas.
Philippe Senderos is about to end his ignominious career at Arsenal, the only questions to be answered is where will he go and why has it taken Wenger so long to realise his frailties.
Arsenal are in talks with Newcastle, AC Milan and one other club, so far not named, to discuss the imminent transfer of the Swiss defender. Newcastle have made on of £6M, but Arsenal are holding out for £8M. The mystery third club is believed to be Juventus.
A deal with Juventus could suit Arsenal as there is a certain Portuguese midfielder who has Premiership experience who will fit into Wenger’s midfield. Tiago, the former Chelsea, has been in talks with Everton and has today turned down a loan deal. This leaves him open to an approach from Arsenal. Tiago had a good spell at Chelsea and was forced to leave Stamford Bridge as part of the Essien deal. He will be a great acquisition for Arsenal.
As for Senderos, well after a good start to his career he has had a torrid time, always looking nervous and never putting any fans at rest. We all knew he was one moment away from disaster, fans look at Senderos and see him panicking, he is like a rabbit caught in headlights. Last season Wenger dropped him for Song and that made his mind up that it was time to let the Swiss defender leave. This summer has seen Djourou move ahead of Senderos, whilst the signing of Silvestre was the final nail in coffin of the Swiss centre back.
There will be no tears shed for Senderos, but plenty of cheer if Tiago joins us.
Hamburg 3-0 Juventus
On a rain soaked day the second day kicked-off with Juventus facing Hamburg. The way the tournament was organised meant that a good result for the Germans could give Arsenal a chance of retaining the cup.
Hamburgstarted the game on the front foot and were rewarded with a goal after 20 minutes scored by Guerero, to great cheers from the Arsenal fans in the crowd. Toils as they could Juventus did not create any clear cut openings, in fact it was the Bundesliga team that should have added to their lead.
The game opened up in the second half, but Juventus were unable to break out of their defensive mentality.
Juventus played mostly on the break, but were vulnerable to any set-piece from Hamburg. A Juventus break found Salihamidzic, he failed to control the ball and soon Hamburg broke with Olicone-on-one with the Juventus keeper but he flicked the ball wide.
On the 75thminute a long ball found Iaquinta unmarked, but his attempt to lift the ball over the keeper failed and the follow-up short was cleared off the line. Juventus pushed on for the equaliser instead Hamburg, and Olic in particular, scored two goals in two minutes at the end of the game to give Hamburg a 3-0 victory.
The result left Hamburg on 7 points and Juventus with 4 points. For Arsenal to retain the trophy they need to beat Real Madrid by four clear goals, whilst a victory for Real Madrid will see the Spanish outfit take the trophy home.
Arsenal 1-0 Real Madrid
Arseneput out the big guns with the only absentees being Toure, Eduardo and Rosicky through injuries and Fabregas who was not ready. This was a time for Arsenal to show what they could do, for Walcott to run at defenders and for Adebayorto build bridges with the fans.
Before the game, Eduardo came onto the pitch to the delight of all Arsenal fans.
Arsenal were steady at the back, snuffing out the Real Madrid chances. In midfield the first half was mixed, with some good work from Nasri but too often Diaby lost the ball needlessly. Upfront Adebayor and van Persie linked up well, dropping deep and causing the Real defence all sorts of trouble.
All the attacking came from Arsenal. On the half-hour mark, van Persie created room on the left, cross the ball but Adebayor was unable to trouble the goalkeeper.
There were no changes at half-time as Wenger sought to give his “main” players more playing time.
Straight from the kick-off, van Persie picked the ball up in the middle of the pitch, strode forward with purpose and his shot had Dudek scurrying across the goal. Soon after van Persie was fouled in the box and the referee pointed to the spot. Up stepped the summer bad boy, Adebayor, he slotted the ball home and soaked up the adulation of the fans with the traditional kiss of the badge.
The goal gave Arsenal the boost they needed and they played with the zip and zest of last season. They kept on looking for more and more goals as the contest required. Adebayor was a constant menace to the Real defence, his physical strength, holding the ball, all traits that made him Arsenal’s top marksman last season were not missing this afternoon.
The second half saw a better performance from Diaby, but Denilson has done enough in pre-season to claim a starting place alongside Fabregas. Nasri showed some of his ability, some great interchanges with Adebaoyr, a sign of things to come for the forthcoming season.
Arsenal nearly extended theri lead, when Adebayor went on a mazy run and flicked the ball past the hapless the Dudek, only the ball to go inches the wrong side of the post.
The second half was punctuated with a series of substitutions, all of which interrupt the fluidity of the game. There was only going to be one team to score any further goals that was Arsenal, but that was not to be.
Line up – Alumnia; Sagna, Senderos, Gallas (Djourou -89), Clichy; Walcott (Eboue – 65), Denilson, Diaby (Ramsey -75), Nasri (Wilshere – 75); Adebayor (Bendtner – 75),van Persie (Vela – 66)