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Thursday, July 5

A tale of two Manchesters

Alright what happened to the doom and gloom i was promised a couple of years ago. I had visions of United securitising their debts and going under as they succumbed in Europe and the Premiership - instead today i read from reputable sources like BBC Five Live that a deal for Tevez is about done - making their 4th very expensive signing this Summer. Did United suddenly become the new Chelsea???

And then we have Man City - bought with bent money, how much of it actually exists I don't know but either way new ownership is imminent and Sven has apparently demanded TEN new signings. I am sure this pleases GAC and the City fans who know that that team right now is a utter dreck. Still ten new signings - where do clubs get that wealth.

And don't even start me on Spurs who for the last 3 years have somehow found bazillions to spend - 16.5 on Bent, 10 on Bale. In some sense its nice to see our top clubs buying British as its good for the national sides but seriously 16.5 for DARREN BENT is more than we sold Henry for. Arsenal never spend any of our cash like this but I am beginning to think the new market means we will have to.


  • "Arsenal never spend any of our cash like this"

    Rosicky £6.8 million
    Walcott £5 I think initially but coulf be more.
    Adebayor £7 million
    Lauren £7.2 million
    Reyes £10.5 million
    Jeffers £8 million
    Edu £6 million
    Wiltord £13 million
    Van Bronckh £8.5 million
    Richard Wright £6 million

    So Arsenal have spent money in recent years. It just seems Wenger seems to prefer signing multiple players under 10 million than a couple of really top players. Sometimes this works out amazingly for him. Many times it doesn't.

    His hands were definitely tied with the new stadium being built. Will be interesting to watch what happens now though.

    Do you think Wenger is going to leave soon?

    By Blogger TheBusbyBoy, at 3:40 PM  

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    By Blogger Simon Burke, at 4:31 PM  

  • Aye but we spend that on one player a season!
    To be fair we only got Rosicky last Summer and that was it.
    Adebayor/Walcott the previous January.
    Hleb was 8 mill before that.
    Lauren at 7 mill - ???? really, I am stunned but dont dispute it.

    Wenger now has cash and in ame Silva at about 7 - good price for good talent. We have never been in the likes of 27 mill for Rooney, 30 for Rio, 12 for untested Ronaldo, 18 for Carrick, 18ish for Ruud...

    27 for Torres?? Seems a hell of a lot to me - I hope he is another Morientes.

    I dont believe Wenger will ever spend 20 mill on a player even it if was offered to him - even for Eto.

    Wenger to stay one more year and whether he stays will be up to how we perform int he first half of the season. If he sees that Arsenal is becoming a lost cause he may leave with his legacy intact.

    Oddly enough I think Walcott is the key to the season as I think he is our starting Right winger this year - if he plays well we will be pushing forward a lot, if he sinks then our midfield could be pretty lightweight..

    By Blogger Simon Burke, at 4:48 PM  

  • There are obviously many reasons why this deal could fall through so I'm not getting too excited about it.

    The thought of Tevez, Rooney, Ronaldo, Nani and Anderson playing together is exciting though. Tevez would be the oldest of them at 23.

    I would be a bit worried that it will take us a while to settle down this season with so many new sigings. Its not like the old Premier League where we could mess around until xmas and then go on a winning run.

    I think Hargreaves will immediately compete with Scholes and Carrick for a spot in the middle. Nani and Anderson will probably be eased in gradually.

    I didn't see this Tevez moving coming to be honest as I thought we would just have enough cash from somebody cheaper like Gudjonsson, Anelka or Owen.

    By Blogger TheBusbyBoy, at 4:49 PM  

  • The supposed Tevez deal did come out of the blue, but its not really surprising that one of the big four have come in for him, as there is no way he was staying with WH. It was never really gonna be Arsenal as you've got no cash, despite selling Henry and the chavs don't seem to have shown too much interest. So, it was only ever likely to be us, or the scum and it does look like it could now be the new Chelsea, I mean Man u.

    By the way Burkie, I think it was more like 20M for Torres and with Garcia going the other way, nets out around 16-17M, so not so bad. Also, I don't think he'll be another Morientes, as he can actually run faster than Neil Ruddock.

    By Blogger Ian, at 11:26 PM  

  • Latest solid rumour is of a two year loan deal with an option for a 3rd. Seems like pretty clever business. Another "nothing to lose" deal like Larsson except the bastard won't piss off when we really need him (yes, still bitter over that)

    If he turns out to be crap then we can pass him on and only lost what we paid him in wages. If he turns out to be great, even after 1 season, we could look to turn that into a permanent move.

    I suppose one slight risk is he turns out to be amazing and Barca or Madrid come in at the and of the loan and offer him more cash to move. Even then though, we paid nothing for him and would lose him for nothing.

    I think this would be amazing business.

    By Blogger TheBusbyBoy, at 9:49 AM  

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    By Blogger G.C., at 1:05 PM  

  • We at City are too busy preparing for our first preseason training match with Doncaster to get involved in this chatter. Hopefully, though, we'll be able to sign our targets by using money that is frozen in Thailand: Lalas, Harkes, Donovan, Burns, Dooley and Meola! Sven-ball is going to be AWESOME.

    By Blogger G.C., at 1:06 PM  

  • City in 2007-08 thus far: undefeated.

    By Blogger G.C., at 10:09 AM  

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