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What Do Pavlyuchenko & Adebayor Have In Common?

What Do Pavlyuchenko & Adebayor Have In Common?


I'll start with 'news' from the Daily Mail who suggest that Spurs have offered us Roman Pavlyuchenko in exchange for money (£6 million!)

The very same Roman Pavlyuchenko that cost Tottenham a whole £13.8 million and scored a whopping whole 1 league goal last year.

If there is even an ounce of truth in this report, which there almost certainly isn't, then I think we can all agree that we hope Arséne's response is the same as if Spurs had offered us David Bentley after he'd had both of his legs mangled in a freak combine harvester accident.
The only concievable use I can see for Pavyluchenko is if we melted him down and used him as a doorstop.

On to more plausible news now and the London Standard reports that Phillippe Senderos will be allowed to leave in this transfer window.

As much as I like Phillippe, and I do (a bit), it seems clear that with the purchase of Vermaelen his time is quite likely to be up. However, the amount of times we found ourselves short at the back with defensive injuries last season suggests that Phil could still be of some use and I hope that should he leave, Arséne has sold him because he feels Senderos doesn't have the required quality rather than because he thinks that we have too many defenders.

George Graham criticises Arséne for 'giving up on Adebayor too soon'.

Quote: "If you have a great player and are having a problem with him you have to get into his head until it suits you.

"Alex Ferguson is a past master of getting around players and getting an extra year or two out of them before letting them go."

The Alex Ferguson referred to here is presumably the same Alex Ferguson who got rid of David Beckham, Jaap Stam and Ruud Van Nistelrooy almost immediately after he took a personal dislike to them, rather than in the case of Adebayor, who in an interview with Football Focus, had gone on national TV and criticised the fans, Wenger's tactics and expressed interest in leaving the club.

I think we can all agree here that George is a bitter trouble mongering arse who, after his part in the Rune Hauge scandal, should be ignored when offering any form of opinion on a manager's transfer dealings whereas Adebayor had made his grave and had to lie in it with his actions.

That's yer lot for today


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Writer:Tristan's Unwanted Opinions
Date:Wednesday July 22 2009
Time: 12:17PM


I don't think Graham always gets full credit for the good things he did for the club but he doesn't help to change that with half-arsed declarations like the one above. Ask Kevin Richardson, Anders Limpar, Michael Thomas and David Rocastle just how much extra George was able to get out of them blessed as he was with such an abundance of man management skills.
22/07/2009 12:24:00
Allied to that, Ferguson sold Ronaldo this summer did he not? You could also mention Paul Davis in that list Amos, who Graham did not speak to for 18 months after the Benfica defeat.
Little Dutch
22/07/2009 13:21:00
Tristan, that link to Ade's Football Focus interview just leads you back to this same page, there's no Ade interview. I'm always torn when Graham comes out with these criticisms of Arsene. I can't stand his comments and wish he'd just shut the hell up but I don't like bashing him because of his real achievements at Arsenal. I've always wondered if there isn't a bit of jealousy or resentment on Graham's part toward Arsene.
22/07/2009 13:31:00
I would rate George Graham behind Herbert Chapman and Arsene Wenger as our all time best manager, ahead of Bertie Mee (George had a big hand in the equaliser in the final 1971 which helps to elevate him for me). Even so his comments can be very annoying and unhelpful but, presumably, he has to come up with something interesting in order to get his money.
Sir Henry
22/07/2009 13:52:00
They're both $h1t?
22/07/2009 14:45:00
Nice piece Tristan. I actually think that Pavlyuchenko would do well for us. He is a ' confidence ' player, needing an arm around him sometimes and a decent run of games. He does know where the goal is, and with better players around him, such as AA, RVP,Cesc and Tomas, he would have a dtring of chances to convert. With regards to George Graham, for me, he is a Legend. However, I would have thought his spare time could be used more effectively by finding a job.
Cockney Rich
22/07/2009 14:51:00
The links have ben fixed :)
22/07/2009 15:53:00
Bendtner is SOOOO much better than Pav.
22/07/2009 15:59:00
So is Francis Jeffers Tom!
22/07/2009 16:07:00
Alright Tom14, Bendtner I can take. But Rocky7, Francis Jeffers ? Come on now.
Cockney Rich
22/07/2009 16:15:00
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