Did Arsène Wenger go on holiday in the end? If he did, I hope he switched his mobile off.
The fallout continues from yesterday’s decision, and the more I think about it, the more disheartening the saga really is. Not so much because a player was ears-open to leaving Arsenal and joining a rival – that’s football – but because of all the blatant evasion, and lies, that have been spun. From the very first moment, when the Chelski boss claimed to be in Milan at the time of the meeting, the whole gaggle of miscreants has attempted to muddy the waters and get themselves off the hook. Yesterday’s desperate attempt by Chelski’s chairman to paint Arsenal as the offenders was just the latest in a long line of tricks. Upset because Arsenal wouldn’t accept a peace deal? So you’re caught red handed, then you expect the club of the player you are courting to shake hands and say never mind? Come on.
In a show of petulance, Cole apparently blanked David Dein at yesterday’s hearing, something that makes a mockery of the claim that Arsenal won’t sell him. If he wants to go, then sell him now while he’s worth something. We’ve already missed out on something in the region of £5m for letting Edu go on a free, so let’s not let the same thing happen with Cole. There will be plenty of suitors if the price is not too high. Of course, if he doesn’t want to go, bridges need to be built, and soon. And I’m not talking little bridges underneath which ogres live. I’m talking Humber Bridge, Forth Bridge. Bridges of significant proportions need to be rebuilt here.
Anyway, that’s 262 more words on the subject, and as far as I’m concerned, for today that’s more than enough.
Elsewhere, there was some talk yesterday that a man who has never been caught talking to Chelski signed a one-year deal to stay with us one final year – and that’s great news for our Den. And for us.
And in another sign that it’s the silly season, we have been linked with – of all people – an Englishman. His name is Ryan Taylor, and he’s Tranmere’s right-back. On the one hand, his nationality makes it unlikely he’ll sign for us, but on the other, his name is Ryan, and we like a Ryan at the Arsenal. Ryan Smith and Ryan Garry would have a new Ryan to play with. So it’s a possibility.