Where do you go when you want to sign a new midfield? Highbury, apparently. There are several stories this morning suggesting that Juve are in town to pursue not one, but two of our esteemed French midfielders, Patrick Vieira and Robert Pires.
I must say, we’ve not had a proper Vieira rumour all summer, so this one’s a bit surprising, if a little late. The Grauniad, like me, is a bit sceptical; pointing out that Pat would hardly want to go to a country where he’s been racially abused. Furthermore, he’s not agitated this close season at all, unlike the last two, and to top it all off with icing, with Edu gone, we’d hardly get rid of the Patman too, now would we? Would we?
Well, the Daily Mail is pretty insistent about this, suggesting both parties (Arsenal and Vieira) think it’s a mutually beneficial time for him to go, with Arsenal even going so far as to invite the Italian contingent over to get the ball rolling.
Vieira is a crucial player, even if he’s not had the best season – one of the top four midfielders in the country, no doubt. So if there’s truth in this – big if – then he must want to go, and Arsenal must realise that this time there’s no stopping him. Keen to get £12m for him while they can, maybe.
But I’m just speculating.
As for the Bobster, that one’s been a bit of a lingerer this summer. Contract=still unresolved, and all that.
Wenger did say a few weeks back that none of his big players were going.
Let’s hope he’s right.