Writer: Tim Stillman
Date:Sunday April 20 2008
Boring, lazy arse journalists are reaching into the vaults and rehashing their 'Cesc to quit Arsenal' stories,as they are determined to make Fabregas Vieira's replacement in more ways than one. With the Catalonian candid about one day returning to his homeland, it looks as though we will be subjected to this year on year.
The world class midfield lynchpin, amazingly still 20, said, ' My future belongs to Arsenal, and it is the truth.I do not know why it was brought up. It is always the same with my situation, always putting my name in another team.
'I have always said I want to play for Arsenal, it is the best team I can be at, the best club for me. Before I even say anything, people put me in another club and I don't understand that.'
I think I speak for all Gooners when I say, as long as you keep performing like you have this season Cesc, we're happy to have you!
Meanwhile Wenger spoke about the importance of keeping his squad together, with Gilberto and Lehmann set to leave and rumours abound regarding the futures of Hleb and Flamini, Wenger wants to ward off an exodus. 'My first target is to keep the team together,' said the Gunners boss. 'Of course, that's a situation I do not master completely. But we want to continue to respect our wage structure because I feel that is very important.' (I think that's code for, Flamini is demanding more money than we are willing to give him).
Wenger continued that he wants to supplement the squad with a couple of players, if you ask me how many players I want to buy, it is not a question of quality, it is a question of one or two quality, real quality, players.' I don't think massive surgery is required, a few squad additions are important and somebody who can play on the wing given Rosicky's full time love affair with the Arsenal medical staff.
But Arsene was also keen to stress that complications in transfer legisliation have made the market even more unstable. The Economics graduate, who is incredibly astute at such matters (for instance, Arsenal are probably in a better situation than any other side in Europe with the academy players quota in European competition given his studying of the small print).
'The situation at the moment has become much more unstable with the Webster clause. Every new rule provokes a little bit more inflation and instability because the players can always move out earlier and quicker.
'[The limit] was 28-years-old but I'm not convinced that that rule will resist for a long time. One day, a 26-year-old will go to court and say it's age discrimination. Why can you move out at 28 and not 26 after two years? So [that rule] will grow again. The stability inside a club will be a big problem because that can be a huge inflation factor.'
Date:Sunday April 20 2008
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