October 9, 2012
It’s a good day indeed to be a greedy, dickhead ex-Arsenal player as both Robin Van Persie and Ashley Cole have been let off of their recent transgressions for some reason.
Seriously, if I was Samir Nasri I’d take this opportunity to go shoplifting down my local newsagents. He could make off with three packets of football stickers and a Curly Wurly and I don’t reckon anyone could touch him.
The FA really have demonstrated their iron disciplinary grip yet again. In what other industry could you elbow a colleague in the face (with the evidence caught on camera) or describe all of your bosses as a #bunchoftwats in a public forum and not even get so much as a slap on the wrist? Unbelievable. What’s even less believable is the fact that Cole used a hashtag to insult the FA (who apparently don’t especially disagree with his assessment). A hashtag!? He wasn’t even content with labelling the FA a bunchoftwats to the entire world. He wanted to get it trending too!
Anyway, I can’t sit around getting steamed up about those Judas nobends all day. Because I wouldn’t have any energy left to worry about the next generation. Yes, despite his goalscoring exploits in his limited appearances so far this season, Theo Walcott is still yet to agree to a new deal with Dick Law and his merry contract waving men. I suspect that part of the problem is that in all this time Arsenal don’t seem to have changed their stance particularly when it comes to Theo’s wages. And according to the latest pronouncements from Peter Hill-Wood on the matter they’re not about to:
We have got our general overall wage structure and we are not prepared to break it for anybody. We have made an offer which he didn’t think was acceptable and that is the end of it. We think it is a very reasonable offer.
For the moment his people are still talking to us and we hope it will be resolved. But don’t ask me when, because I haven’t a clue.
It’s getting increasingly hard to imagine how the dispute will be resolved if indeed Theo’s team don’t think the offer is acceptable and we’re not prepared to budge on it. Unless someone on either side is prepared to swallow down some pride this still has all the signs of heading towards a Bosman. Although PHW did hint that the club have taken somewhat more drastic action to solve the stand-off:
I hope that he will eventually come round and sign.
Come round and sign? Now I’m worried that Steve Bould might have knocked him unconscious and locked him in the basement.
It will be a pity if he does not, but the whole issue of pay for footballers has got totally out of hand and they don’t get terribly well advised a lot of the time.
Still, I’m not sure knocking him out was the answer. But maybe that’s why you’re the well paid Chairman and I’m just a lowly blogger.
As if to confirm the club’s suspicions that this may not go our way, various outlets are reporting that Pat Rice has been tasked with the job of scouting Theo’s replacement and he’s taking a serious look at Crystal Palace’s 19 year old wing sensation Wilfried Zaha. I mean, I say ‘wing sensation’ but I’ve probably just been reading too many tabloids and that’s the sort of thing you’re supposed to say it seems. But apparently he’s pretty good. He’s scored four goals in the last two games, two of which came in front of Rice against Burnley on Saturday.
The good news keeps coming as far as the comback trail is concerned. Last night Arsenal U-21s beat their Reading conunterparts 2-0 with Wilshere, Frimpong and the returning Bacary Sagna all playing their part (not to mention Andre Santos and Francis Coquelin in a suspiciously strong Arsenal line-up). Sagna managed an hour and by all accounts played as if he’d never been away. Frimpong completed the full 90 while Jack put in a much livelier performance than last week, lasting 74 minutes this time around.
Apparently he showed some nice touches and a lot of energy in the middle and presumably now he can’t be far from a return to the first team squad. There are no U-21 matches scheduled between now and the end of the international break but it wouldn’t surprise me if there was some sort of behind-closed-doors friendly arranged in a week or so to keep stepping up his comeback. If that happens and he can get 90 minutes under his belt then who’s to say he won’t make the bench for the Norwich match?
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