Afternoon guys, sorry again for the late blog, I went to see Alicia Keys at the o2 Arena last night and didn’t get back until quite late. Gotta say she is an unbelievable singer, even more so live, if you want to hear a powerful voice go and see her. However, do make sure you’re not sitting next to a drunken mess that is going through a mid-life crisis, as they will attempt to out-sing the person you’re there to see and quite frankly, ruin the show. Nonetheless Alicia was amazing, would see her again.
Anyway, onto Arsenal news. Firstly, Freddie Ljungberg has been announced as an ambassador for the club, he says
I’m honoured to take on this ambassadorial role. The Club has a special place in my heart as everyone knows and I’m looking forward to helping the Club grow.
And he has a special place in our hearts too. This can only be a good move for the club, he will be given the tasks of promoting and offering guidance where needed, personally I’m very happy to see it. I’m a strong believer that the success of a club is linked to it’s personnel, the more Arsenal-men within the club, the better moving forward. Now we need Bergkamp to become our Head of Youth Development, Henry to become our First Team Coach and Seaman to be our Goalkeeping Coach. If only things worked the same as my Football Manager save ay?
Denilson is next up, the midfielder has been at São Paulo on loan now for the past two seasons and seems to have been enjoying himself over there. We’ve struggled to sell him because of his high wages, however with his contract expiring next year it may mean we can finally ship him out the door this window. His manager said this last week about him
We will not find on the market a player with the talent of Denilson. To me, it’s one of the best wheels of Brazilian football. Had a conversation with Adalberto [Baptista, director of football] and I think the club to meet his coach, have to do everything.
And Denilson recently replied to these comments, saying
I am very happy to hear the coach say I am one of the best in my position, and we will not give up on making my stay at the club permanent. As everyone knows, my future is indefinite, but I feel at home here.
Which all sounds pretty promising. Let’s hope we can sort out some form of a deal so we can get him off the wage books. I do like Denilson, his work ethic was always something I admired, however him, like many Brazilians, struggled to adapt to the Premier League and that’s just how the cookie crumbles sometimes. I don’t doubt he’s good enough for São Paulo, however his wages at Arsenal may be the breaking point here. If he can earn more money by sitting on our books yet still play for a team he’s really enjoying himself at, why would he move? We’ll just wait and see.
Lastly, a bit of gossip for you all, apparently we’ve made offers for David Villa and Julio Cesar. I’d be happy with them both, but I’m hearing that we’re going to make two signings that are both around £20m. One in midfielder (Cesc, please) and one upfront (no idea who). So it seems odd we’d go for Villa, if that’s the case. Don’t get me wrong though, I’d never be disappointed if we got Cesc and Villa, what a pair of buys that would be!
Anyway, I’ve gotta stop dreaming. Curse my optimism! More tomorrow.