Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Cesc departure could mean Fab time for Jack

I think it is fair to say that Arsenal fans are feeling a little frustrated and worried at the moment.
With the Gunners exit door proving much busier than the entrance, they fear their side is slowly being dismantled with no readymade replacements coming in.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is not one to listen to the calls of fans or journalists – in fact it makes him more determined to follow his own path, namely the development of young players rather than paying over the odds for more established stars, adding to the fans frustrations.

The departure of captain Cesc Fabregas is perhaps the most painful of all the players to leave the club this summer. The Spaniard is one of the club’s most talented ever players and a real crowd favourite, as well as being the hub of his team. It is an undoubted blow for Arsenal to see him in a Barca shirt. Those who bet on the Premier League will notice they have slipped down the rankings this season.

However, while the door has closed on Fabregas’ Arsenal career the door could open still further for Jack Wilshere.

The talented midfielder became a regular in the first team last season, as well as earning his first caps for England.

He is widely tipped by many – including Fabregas – to become a future captain of his country and therefore a key player for Arsenal.

With their captain gone and Samir Nasri also expected to leave there will be greater pressure on Wilshire to try and carry Arsenal’s creative burden.

However, from what we have seen so far of the 19-year-old he looks well capable of filling Fabregas’ shoes. The football betting also suggests he is a ready made replacement.

He has a steady temperament, a good touch, excellent vision and creativity – all the attributes required for a successful attacking midfielder.

Cesc may have gone but a good season for young Jack and the fans may soon forget about the Spaniard.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Transfer window builds to frantic finish

On the face of it it would sound churlish to suggest this summer's transfer window has been quiet so far, with nearly £200million spent. But with a number of big money deals rumbling on and other sides sitting on their hands, I get the impression transfer deadline day could be the most frantic of all time.

After all it would only take one big deal to kick things off, as the selling club then goes shopping with their new found wealth. Only then, after all the drama has finished, will we get a true sense of where each club lies and the soccer betting will become clear.

Should Chelsea finally buy Luka Modric then Spurs will have £35million burning a hole in their pocket – and we all know Harry Redknapp loves to shop!

Should Cesc Fabregas finally (finally!) make the move to Barcelona then even Arsene Wenger might be forced to spend money.

Everton boss David Moyes has had his hands tied in the transfer market this summer, but should he decide to sell one of his top stars all of a sudden the Scot would be plunged into the thick of the transfer market.

Managers, CEOs and chairman appear to be holding back – both buying and selling – in order to get the best deal for their side. But when the clock begins ticking on deadline day offers will be increased, asking prices will be dropped and demands will be met, sparking a manic last minute rush to beat the deadline.

For fans and TV companies this is great stuff, internet forums, rumour websites and Twitter feeds go into melt down as players, agents and executives are randomly spotted across the country (and beyond). It is often more exciting than going to watch live football itself.

Is it good for football? Personally I don't think it is, both in a financial sense and for allowing managers to prepare their squad for a new season.

But despite that I admit I will be there with the best of them, tuning into Jim White's increasingly crimson face and screeching voice, manually refreshing internet forums and desperately awaiting tweets as fans of every club dreams for that big last minute buy just before the window slams (it always has to slam doesn't it) shut for four long months.