Date:Thursday August 31 2006
As the hour of judgement fast approaches, I have a great sense of fear that the only signings we will make will be the loan of Baptista and the transfer of some Japanese kid who is supposed to be ace. Great.
All summer, no wait, for years we Gooners have been subjected to the most horrendous summers of torment as we wait for Mr Wenger to open to his padlocked mothball ridden wallet and bring us some players, and every year is the same.
Some of the rumours this year have been intriguing, some have been perplexing, some have been funny and some have just been extremely ridiculous (the Cisse-Henry swap tickled me), but some have given us hope.
I know that 'Arsene Knows' and he always comes up trumps in the end, but I think we are seriously lacking in depth this season and we need one or two world class players and we will certainly be challenging for the title once again.
Two world class players that have become available are Carlos Tevez & Javier Mascherano, and the grape vine says we are trying extremely hard to bag the Argentinian pair. I believe these two players would turn us into a monster!!
So imagine my suprise when I awoke this morning to read reports of WEST HAM, yes that's WEST HAM, fending off Arsenal AND Man Utd to land this world class pairing. Of course it may not be true, but it's not the sort of news you want to hear over your cornflakes.
The only transfer that actually has any substance is that of Japanese wonder kid, Sho Ito. Great News! This kid really will go plac...........no wait, hold on, I don't actually have a clue who he is (typical Wenger), however Arsene seems to rate him highly.
He said: 'I like him, I want to sign him and we are applying for a working visa for him on the basis of exceptional talent. 'Last season we had an exceptional talent visa for a Cameroon international, Alex Song, and this player looks another exciting prospect.'
The most shocking thing about that statement is that we actually got an 'Exceptional talent visa' for Alex Song.
So this summer we have been linked with Mascherano, Tevez, Ribery, Yaya Toure, Buffon, Gallas, Appiah, Davies, Hargreaves, Thuram, Saviloa and many many more, and who do we get??
An 18 year old Japanese unknown.
We fall for it every year don't we!!
Date:Thursday August 31 2006
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