Arsenal swoop for Marouane Fellaini, Gonzalo Higuain, Wayne Rooney and, er, Tony Adams?
ARSENAL balls: A looks at the transfer of Marouane Fellaini, Gonzalo Higuain and Tony Adams?
Tony Adams says he should be in charge at Arsenal. How you view that news will depend on your opinion of the former Arsenal skipper as either a great on-field captain, an off-the-field mess or a disappointing manager. The Mirror says of Adams:
Arsenal legend Tony Adams reckons he’d make a better Gunners chairman than Sir Chips Keswick
“Chips is a great guy but not a very imaginative choice – and he is 73. If they just wanted a figurehead, they should have gone for me”
Tony, no. Sir Chips is Runyonesque. The curent Arsenal upper echelon features ‘Silent’ Stan Kroenke, a Russian-Uzbek heavy called Alisher Usmanov, Farhad Moshiri, Sir Chips, Ken Friar, Lord Harris of Peckham and Ivan Gazidis. It’s a pretty exotic collection of names, although, admittedly, not as wonderful as the pre-Kroenke days when the Arsenal board featured Danny Fiszman, David Dein, Keith Edelman, Richard Carr, Peter Hill-Wood and Nina Bracewell-Smith. Tony Adams is not a name that fits.
Having heard from one former Gunner, TalkSport hears from another, one Perry Groves.
“As an Arsenal fan if you sign Higuain, Rooney and trigger the release clause for Fellaini, then that would increase [the quality of] your side by 30-40% straight away.”
As as Arsenal fans, Groves should have realised by now that he’s dreaming. Or is he? The site SportsPulse says:
Arsenal have made a £23,000,000 bid for Marouane Fellaini’s which activates his release clause and have started talks with the Everton midfielder.
Or as The Daily Post reports:
ARSENAL are expected to finally launch a £24m bid to sign Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini.
On planet football £1million is a small matter.
Ray Parlour, yet another former Gooner being paid to voice an opinion, says:
“They need to go out and spend money now, reports are saying there’s £70m available at the moment. If I was Arsene Wenger, I’d say go out and spend £100m and get the right players to have a real go of it next season.”
Where Wenger gets this extra £30m from does not bother Parlour. It’s football. Money just happens.
On EuroSport, Jan Molby is also talking big numbers:
It’s currently looking like Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain will be the first big acquisition, but I would dare to suggest that this potential signing would be the absolute highest they go for anyone all summer. The reported record fee of £25million is still less than what Manchester City, Chelsea and company spend on a lot of players. Sometimes it has even been half the value of a City or Blues purchase.
More transfer balls every day…
Photo: Steve Morrow (left), recovering from a broken arm, in the Clementine Churchill Hospital, is visited by his Arsenal team captain Tony Adams, with the Coca-Cola Cup that Arsenal won by beating Sheffield Wednesday. It was, famously, Adams who dropped Morrow during the team’s celebrations at Wembley.