You get the feeling that things might kick off, in the realm of transfers, quite soon.
The Hleb deal appears to be coming to a head, and if the papers are on the mark, he could become our first big signing for 18 months, since Reyes arrived from Seville in fact. Hleb himself is not giving much away on his website. As a public service, I’ve ploughed it through Google translator, and the beautifully translated, grammatically pure results are below;
“Hello dear friends,” he begins warmly. “Meanwhile some people obviously come into sweating,” he opens, mysteriously, before clearing things up by adding, “Not only because of the heat wave. Because the interest of arsenal London me strikes ever higher heat waves to obligate in the media. ”
Ah, I see.
“My role is clear thereby: I am employee with Stuttgart and have a contract until 2008. Therefore I always held back myself with any statements. If at all, then had themselves the VfB Stuttgart and arsenal London over a release united to be. Only then I come into the play!”
Only then indeed!
“Therefore I cannot be made moved. Besides I am with my friends and advisors, Uli Ferber and Nicki Chpilevski, in the best hands. If the clubs should agree, then we will make the correct decision together. But I have self-assurance enough, over with everyone of the two clubs a service provider to be. As a soccer player on the island and in London to play, would be a new challenge.”
Yes, playing “on the island” and in London would indeed be a decent challenge.
And then he repeats himself. “However I can only repeat myself,” he says. “With Giovanni Trapattoni committed to Stuttgart a coach recognized world-wide, who always aims at maximum success. And I am likewise always hungry after sporty success. Greeting, your Aleks”.
Well Aleks, with any luck, you might find some “sporty” success with us. So come on, take the plunge…
Google Translator – brilliant, eh? Needs a bit of work that one.
Elsewhere, there’s a juicy rumour in the Mirror that we’ve lodged a bid of £14m for Robinho – wishful thinking, I think. After all, the same paper also reports that we are top of the English debt league, a trifling £141m in the red. It’s also been reported that young benchwarmer Jerry Aliadiere has signed a new deal – a sensible piece of business if you ask me – though he may now go out on loan for a season. I’m not so sure about the latter: He’s always had lots of potential, and I think, if he stays, we could be surprised by him this year.
In the News of the Screws, Wenger is reported to have promised to keep Pires, as well as swatting off any rumours of depatures for Vieira or Henry. “He isn’t going anywhere,” says the boss of Tel, before adding, “The same goes for Patrick. He will also stay with us next season – as will Robert”.
And finally, where would a roundup be without something on Ash? The ever-sensible Amy Lawrence notices that, with Chelski out the picture, nobody else is prepared to pay £15m for a left back this summer. So he’ll be back for pre-season training, and he needs to have some sort of a firefighting plan up his sleeve, doesn’t he.