Monday, 06 July 09
It's Monday morning and the majority of the players should be back to start their pre season training this morning. There are a few obvious exceptions with Cesc, Theo & Kieran Gibbs all having just finished tournaments in the last week they will have a little while longer off and Vela is playing in the Gold Cup in the states which has just kicked off so we won't see him for a few weeks at least. I'm sure there will be a host of photos on the club site later today or tomorrow at the latest and I'll put a few of them in my photos. After that there's just 12 days to the first pre season friendly which is at Barnet as usual and then the countdown to the real thing will begin.
There are a lot of rumours out there about players coming to the club and going from the club. The rumours about Melo persist and the latest player rumoured to be offered to Fiorentina in part exchange is Senderos after Eboue was linked yesterday. I'm still not sure that we would be willing to offer €25 million for any player as it seems to go against what the boss stands for. There was also a story yesterday that the 25 would be off to Milan with us getting €20 million and Flamini as well. While I would love this to be true I don't think it's going to happen. I know the boss would be happy to see the back of the 25 but after the season he had is he worth that amount of money? As for Flamini he was fantastic for us in his last season but he never really showed that form before or after that and I wonder will he be able to recapture that form if he comes back to us.
With the new season just 40 days away now I've been looking at the league fixtures for next season and it would appear that we have a fairly tough start to our season. In our first 4 games we have trips to Everton, Manure & Man City with a home game against Portsmouth in there as well. If we are going to be contenders in the league we will get an idea early on as those 3 away games are going to be tough. We will also miss a game due to our Champions League qualifiers and if we don't hit the ground running we could be in a tight spot by mid September. It is crucial that we get any new players in as soon as possible and we don't have any more of the last minute transfer deals that we have had recently. A settled squad will have a much better chance of getting the good start that is essential for the confidence of the squad as a whole. So it's up to the boss and Gazidis to sort things out as soon as possible. That's the lot for today.
Here's a clip of Carlos Vela in action for us seeming as he is playing in the Gold Cup at the moment.
And to finish today's title track from Bob Marley & The Wailers which is for the players who are coming back to work today.
See You Tomorrow.