News has taken a backseat to the live football we got to see yesterday and so there isn't much to feast our eyes upon today. Some exciting quotes from Arsene after the game was that the signings already made were to compliment Van Persie rather than to prepare for his departure. Does that mean we will buy a replacement should he leave? Of course I am still optimistic that he is going to stay. Manchester United still need to up their bid another 7mil to have a chance of signing him and I am not the only one who doesn't think that will happen. I spoke with some Utd mates this morning and they would love to see Van Persie donning their colours. They want a partnership of Rooney and Van Persie, not considering the amount of money it will take to buy him. They don't care how much he will cost either.
That's what separates Arsenal fans from the City, Liverpool, Chelsea and United fans. We actually care about the cost of a player. I saw a few Arsenal fans questioning the logic of spending 18mil on Cazorla (although it has been revealed it was a 11.7mil fee). To put that 11.7mil fee into perspective, Liverpool just spent 15mil on Joe Allen of Swansea, Chelsea spent 25mil on unproven Oscar, Man City have spent 17-20mil on Rodwell. No doubt that we have got ourselves one hell of a deal. I also find that Arsenal fans appreciate the quality signings more than those other fans. It usually happens only once every 6 or 7 years and this year we have signed 3. What the signings have done is bring new hope to the fans - I have seen many supporters say that we will have improved the team even if Van Persie leaves. I like the new look Arsenal.
This weekend we begin the new EPL season against Sunderland at the Emirates. The starting XI might be made a bit easier to pick thanks to the absolutely needless internationals taking place on Wednesday. I cannot believe that just a month after the Euros, 3 days before the season, we have to have friendlies. Cazorla will be in Puerto Rica with Spain, Gervinho will be in Russia. Other than that I don't think the players will travel long distances. Oxlade Chamberlain and Laurent Koscielny have pulled out of their respective National teams. Both have injury concerns.
Song has said that he wants to stay at Arsenal amid strong interest from Barcelona. He did admit that their interest was solid. Some refreshing commitment from the Cameroon international. Reports state that he is open to extending his contract. I think some fans have been trying to find faults with his game because they don't want to seem like they care if he leaves. I would care and I think it would be a mistake to let him go.
That's it for the day.