How do? Somewhat of a collaborative effort from Ben and Chris for today’s blog. As a man who watches far more overseas football than Chris, Benjamin here will be running the rule over a couple of reported signings, whilst Chris will stick his oar in on the AST and his opinion of some of the survey results that came out yesterday. So without further ado…
Watching my Twitter Time line instead of working on Monday morning…. to be fair a usual occurrence. And this appeared…
Corriera Dello Sport Stadio are saying that Stevan Jovetic’s agent Fali Ramadani has been in London talking to Arsenal about a move.
Arsenal have offered £25 million for Ganso
How exciting I thought..hmm…*rubs hands*… let the debate begin. However, no sooner had I began planning on what to say in the blog on these potential new recruits, it quickly dawned on me that I’m not sure everybody knew who they are…
The 22-year-old Montenegrin striker plys his trade in Serie A for the Viola, Fiorentina. ‘Jo-Jo’ (that can be changed is a six ft, lean and technically very gifted front man. He has been compared to Roberto Baggio by the Italian media *Hides*… I know, quite the comparison, but there are definitely some similarities. I can confirm that it is not that his socks do not quite pull over his shin pads and he has the dodgy hair cut to draw the comparison. It’s is ability to turn on a six pence, his close-knit control and his impressive dribbling ability. He can be deployed as a ‘false 9′ or play any attacking position. His versatility could be his biggest selling point. If Arsene is looking for someone to drop deep and join in with the build play, ‘Robin Van Persie esque’ if you will (is that not a dirty word now? -Chris), Stevan is his man. Jovetic has managed 22 goals in 84 appearances for the Viola. Not a great return, so improvement is needed if he wants to be that lone striker. Arsenal have been following him for a while now. Fiorentina signed him up until 2016 last summer after our interest was made clear. Stevan has the same agent as Marko Marin, Chelsea’s newest recruit, so Fali Ramadani could have been going to Stamford Bridge this morning?…. Sorry…
Could I see this happening? No.
1) I think he is out of our price range – €25million
2) I think Seria A would be very silly to let him go. Juventus are in the market for a striker, A slightly cheaper option for the Old Lady instead of Robin Van Persie. ‘IF’ Juve were to sign RVP, then maybe, but I think they are favourites and probably in the driving seat for his signature.
Paulo Henrique Chagas De Lima – Ganso
To you and me. Ganso translated is Goose, I sense a theme with these Brazilian boys (or surely some awesome Top Gun references? – Chris). Pato – Duck. I think they need to get out more.
*rubs face* sorry….
Ganso is also 22. He plays for Santos in Brazilian (The same team Pele once played for). He is an attacking midfielder. He can play off the striker, linking the play and also very comfortable running at defences, putting them on the back foot. He has been likened to Kaka, Personally I think, because of there similar physics. But saying that, a huge burden on the young mans shoulders. He can play deeper in midfield. Having more time and space, so he can quietly help the team tick over before springing them into attack. In my opinion his key attributes are his vision and his ability to strike a ball. Predominately left footed, He has the ability to pass through the eye of a needle and the imagination to boot! His downfall is his consistency which makes you think is he ready for a move to a ‘big’ league? He has a great partnership with Neymar on the field, but recently has become his Poison Challis…
“Ganso has become very annoyed with Santos. They came up for a project for Neymar but forgot about him”
His agent Delcir Sonda has said a move to Internacional is on the cards, so watch this space. Diego Forlan has also just made the switch from Inter Milan so a move to North London? I very much doubt it but you never know…
Ganso has been included in a very strong Brazilian national team for the olympics, take a look if you haven’t managed to see him play. Great talent.
I just wanted to take a little bit of time this morning to hae a look at some of the AST findings that came out yesterday. First and foremost however, I thought I’d touch on the fact that there were a few people yesterday (admittedly on the keyboard warriors playground – Twitter) who were a little bit critical of the survey as a voice of what Arsenal fans want. The reason for this criticism seemed to be based on the fact that circa 630 odd AST members have completed the survey and some people I saw felt that this should not be seen as THE voice of Arsenal supporters. I have to say that I agree. But I think if you asked the AST they would also agree to that as well. The whole purpose of the AST survey is to help them build their policies and lines to take when speaking on behalf of their members only to the club and the media. There are plenty of supporters clubs out there for gooners to join if they so choose, so if you don’t feel that the AST represent your views then quite simply, don’t join. I’m not an AST member, but I have considered it in the past because it is a chance for fans to form a collective to open up a dialogue with the press and the wider world. Democracy man, it’s great.
Anyway, some of the key findings that came out included support for Wenger but also admission from fans that dialogue needs to be opened up with Red & White Holdings (Usmanov) and the club. I don’t think there are many fans that, given the finish to the season, would be arguing that Wenger should be booted out of the door this summer (apart from the staunch anti-Wenger brigade) but the second point I’ve listed is an interesting one. I think it is interesting particularly given the media stories that have been seeping out of R&W and the way in which they pounced on the RvP story. But I think this sentiment goes further than that given the continued silence of Stan and his seemingly reluctant attitude towards investment. I’m going to go out on a limb here and set my stall out: I am firmly of the opinion that the reason Kroenke bought his shares in Arsenal is with a view to making a tidy profit. He has seen a club that is making money, is increasing its commercial revenues and will be worth a lot more in three to four years time. I suspect he would be more than happy to keep the club ticking over for the next few years and then sell on his shares to the highest bidder when all of the current commercial deals have been renegotiated so he can make a tidy share price profit. Why else would a man with no interest in soccer up until five years ago suddenly want to invest in a team thousands of miles away?
All of this sounds like I’m leaning towards Red and White as a viable option. Believe me I’m not. I’m 29 years old and I’m hoping to be alive for at least another 50 years and by the time I’m 50 I want to be supporting a team that hasn’t been crippled by being a billionaires plaything. So I am naturally cautious on what Usmanov’s motives are. But I do think the club should at least be talking to him – he is a major shareholder after all and all these boardroom struggles benefit absolutely nobody.
So in essence I would say that I agree with most of the findings of the AST. But do you?
Cheers for reading
Ben & Chris