Every day, it seems, Arsenal are linked to a new player who may or may not come in on a summer transfer. There’s ones like M’Villa, a player who has been pegged to be our new defensive midfielder since what feels like 1,000 months ago. And then there are the hot-then-cold-then-hot-then-cold again rumors, ones life Afellay or Llorente or Someotherlay, players who fit the bill, make sense for the club, but no one can tell if there’s a there there other than the oh-so-predictable trending patterns on Twitter.
Through it all I’ve maintained the best piece of business that Arsenal did last season was bringing in a strong and experience EPL player, one Mikel Arteta, a man who was ready to hit the ground running and lean a shoulder into the cause. Thus, when I read this morning that Arsenal may be interested in Blackburn’s Steven Nzonzi, a player who just happens to be (you guessed it) French, I finally had the sense that the Gooner command might be on the right track. Yes, you go after big names/star players, but you also build a team around a number of men who can just get the job done.
Word out of the Euros is that Tomas Rosicky will not start in today’s quarter-final clash against Portugal. Tomas continues to deal with an inflamed Achilles tendon (an injury that affords the kind of fun one gets when running about with barbells strapped to the ankles). Tomas did participate in light training yesterday and will feature as an available substitute, so we shall see. Best of luck to our hero in what is bound to be an open game of attacking football replete with goals as well as lots of winks and chiseled poses from Ronaldo. And here’s to hoping that Tomas finds his way back to his fellow Gunners sans pain and ready to build upon what were an amazing set of last season performances for the Arsenal.
Expecting great things from our Ivorian in what will be his second season with Arsenal. Gervinho had a strange start—going toe-to-to with Joey Red Card, missing some sitters and easy passes, and, later, jetting off to the African Cup of Nations—but he should be settled now and ready to fight for a place in what’s shaping up to be an Arsenal midfield oozing with talent in 2012/2013.