The main talking point at the moment is the reported quotes from one of our players of the season, Laurent Koscielny. Despite the fact he’s on record as saying he doesn’t want to go anywhere, and he loves it at Arsenal, people are still getting their knickers in a twist about the line where he says if he doesn’t win anything at Arsenal he “might” think about moving elsewhere.
And what is the problem with that? We all know reporters and journalists ask footballers leading questions so they can get their “story” and magical quote which will sell newspapers, but it is quite clear to me there’s no issue. Koscielny hasn’t said he wants to leave (in fact he’s stated he wants to stay) and outlined his ambition. And what is wrong with that?
No-one at Arsenal, and especially the players, should be settling for 4th spot in the Premier League, and our squad needs more winners. We’ve got some players who are hungry for success and it’s down to the manager and club to ensure we bring in players good enough to bring that success. We need to aim higher in our transfer dealings this summer and stop shopping in the bargain basement.
Which brings me nicely to the Wayne Rooney saga. We all know it’s not going to happen and this is just another perfect example of how journalists take a single quote out of context and make a completely fabricated story. Arsene said in an interview that he liked Wayne Rooney, and all of a sudden he’s coming to Arsenal? Come on, Arsene has on record said he likes Ronaldo, Messi and Falcao but it doesn’t mean they’re joining us!
On a more positive note, hopefully the departure of Denilson from the club (and more importantly our balance sheet) is a sign that Arsene is looking to offload the deadwood from the squad. We all know that players like Bendtner and Santos have no place at Arsenal and hopefully their futures are decided soon. We have the second highest wage bill in the Premier League (apparently) and with a lot of average players still on the books it’s not hard to see why.
And hopefully, that will free up some money to put towards the wages of players who will actually make a positive contribution to the club.