Howdy. That's how we do it here in Florida, with a howdy. We've got a good bit of stuff today actually, so that's good because there hasn't been much to write about for oh...about six weeks. So let's get right down to it!
First off, Robert Pires has been selected as the 6th greatest Arsenal player of all time! Well deserved for Le Bob as he is quite the legend. Unfortunately he's not still in the team because he's still doing brilliantly for Villareal. How we could have used him last season. That leaves only five left and it's going to include Henry, Adams, Vieira, Wright, and Bergkamp almost certainly. There's definitely a more modern bias about the rankings but that makes sense as younger people will have voted for more recent players and not old legends like say...Ted Drake.
On to the Adebayor news and according to Ade's wanker of an agent we've apparently offered him to Milan for "just over half" of the 32 million quid we originally asked for. Milan said they weren't going to pay 32 million and they're probably smart not to. Now with Hleb seemingly headed to Barcelona Milan don't really have any competition for Ade's signature. There is word that the sticking point in the deal could be the inclusion of Yoann Gourcuff. He's never really made much of an impact at Milan even though he had lots of promise, but he does seem like a Wenger type player. Young, with lots of talent that others haven't been able to fully use. I'm not sure if this is all talk or not but I'm thinking that something is up if our price for Adebayor has dropped that much.
Andrei Arshavin, who wanted to go to Barcelona last week, wants to come to Arsenal this week.
"Andrei is desperate to join Arsenal. His style of play would suit them perfectly."
That's from his agent today. Zenit St Petersburg apparently already turned down a 19 million pound bid from an "unnamed English club" and if they're turning down 19 million then there is no way he'll come to Arsenal. Good player, but not THAT good of a player. I'd much like to see him and Nasri in the same team honestly but unless they really want Emmanuel Eboue in a swap deal or something I can't see Arsenal paying that much for him.
Have you checked out Samir Nasri's girlfriend? She's a fox.
Charles N'Zogbia of Newcastle says he has dreamt of playing for Arsenal for his whole life. He says he'd love to join the Gunners, but if not, then he'd like to join Sp*rs. What? I've wanted to play for Arsenal my whole life too, but I would never, ever join Sp*rs. What a twat.
Meanwhile, several sources are claiming that Arsenal may come in with a Justin Hoyte + cash deal for Gareth Barry, since Liverpool still haven't locked up that deal. Call me crazy, but I don't really want Barry. I've said it before and I'll say it again, he isn't the Arsenal style, the fee is too high, and he's English. I have nothing against the English, don't get me wrong, but they couldn't even get in to Euro 2008. Regardless of whether I want him or not though, it could be interesting if we do make the offer. Barry really seems to want to go to Liverpool but it'd be nice to do one on the scousers.
So that's about it, good bit of discussion to be had today, so let's have at it! Forums, comments, all that good stuff. Up the Arsenal!