August 22, 2012
The Sun couldn’t hide their delight this morning as they got hold of the story that Andre Santos had been arrested last Friday near to London Colney on suspicion of dangerous driving and failing to stop for police. They gleefully report that Santos ‘allegedly sped away from chasing cops at up to 130mph’ and he ‘could face jail time’.
Very silly of the boy if true but at this stage it’s hard to determine exactly how much is true and how much is Sun hyperbole.
It’s clear that he was stopped and arrested as according to a police spokesman:
Officers’ attention was drawn to the vehicle due to the manner of its driving.
The man has been bailed to return at a date in mid-September to a North London police station.
Although the idea that he was travelling at 130mph is somewhat undermined by the fact that the Sun use an unnamed source to make the claim who also says: ‘Further enquiries are ongoing to verify the speed using on-board police cameras and technical equipment.’
Whatever the truth and whatever the outcome it’s not what Arsene Wenger will want to be reading over his corn flakes just three days into the new season. He revealed after the game on Saturday that a new defender was on his shopping list. I wonder if he might be looking for some left back cover.
Rumours that Santos’ actions were just a response to the manager’s constant appeals to ‘play with the handbrake off’ could not be confirmed at this time. Although Santos himself is said to be delighted to have found a way to get three points from that tricky opening weekend.
Although still not officially confirmed, various media sources seem to be claiming that following a late stumbling block the Nuri Sahin deal has finally gone through. The Daily Mail reckon the issue was that rather than refusing a purchase option at the end of the loan, Madrid wanted to fix a price of £14 million and that Arsenal were not happy with that amount. Seems…surprising if true. £14 million sounds like pretty good value if indeed Sahin fulfills the potential that we hope he will for the club this season. And if he doesn’t then we wouldn’t have to keep him anyway.
Regardless, the paper reports that the issue has been resolved and we should expect to see Sahin unveiled at some point today I would have thought. If so it’s a fantastic deal and gives us a myriad of options in that midfield this season. Even before Wilshere, Rosicky and Frimpong return we have a choice of Sahin, Cazorla, Oxlade, Coquelin, Arteta, Ramsey and Diaby for those three positions.
Looking at it you’d have to assume that Cazorla would be first choice for the more advanced role and I would guess Arteta must be one of the first names on the team sheet these days. So there’s a heck of a lot of competition in there for essentially one spot. If we look back just a few seasons to when we were forced to play Denilson in virtually every game regardless of his form we really are developing a squad of some depth. There’ll be a genuine sense of competition about the place and hopefully the ability to cope with a few injuries…in central midfield at least.
I have to say my biggest concern with Sahin’s possible arrival is that I can almost hear the tabloid sub-editors (and bloggers) rubbing their hands together with glee at the prospect of punning up his surname. It’s going to be especially annoying because his name is pronounced ‘Shar – heen’ so the pun won’t even work. I’ll just be reading headline after headline as ‘Really Shar-heen Something’ or ‘I’m going to score a goal today – Just Shar-heen!’ and banging my head against a wall until every surface in my house is coated in dried blood and forehead skin.
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