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Transfers, or lack thereof, and Henry’s First RBNY Goal
Well, it’s a bit of a slow news day for Gooners. Arsenal remain in Austria preparing for a final friendly with Austrian Regional League East side, SC Neusiedl am See 1919, this Tuesday before next weekend’s Emirates Cup. Yesterday, the Boss made these remarks regarding transfers:
“There is no news on a defensive signing but, numbers-wise, we are short in defence. The situation is still open for Sol Campbell and for the rest, we are still looking. [...] We still have Robin van Persie and Nicklas Bendtner to come back and join the squad and we now have Marouane Chamakh. I don’t think I will go into the market for a centre forward.”
The trail seems to have gone cold on Bremen’s Mertesacker, my preferred target, but apparently the club are still considering pressing Everton for Phil Jagielka. He’s a solid Premier League CB, but the numbers being thrown around, £18m, are just ridiculous. There is no way Arsene would or should pay that kind of money for the player. If I was to guess, I would say even £10m would be stretching it for Jagielka.
Also, there are rumors circulating about a possible exit for Rosicky with CSKA Moscow, Borussia Dortmund, Hamburg, and Cologne just some of the names thrown around. Rosicky’s agent claimed that there were inquiries being made as far back as last month. I don’t see any reason to sell Rosicky at this point unless he wanted to leave. The midfield has not been bolstered except by the anticipation of an increased first-team role for Jack Wilshere and the return of Aaron Ramsey. Rosicky is still a quality midfielder to have coming off the bench and for rotational purposes.
In other transfer news, there are reports from Spain that Barcelona are now considering Mesut Ozil as the Fabregas deal seems more unlikely by the minute. The Bremen midfielder, also linked with us, is said to be available for £15m. Also, William Gallas’s move to Panathinaikos has apparently stalled due to the player’s excessive wage demands.
Being a long-time RBNY season-ticket holder, I’ll keep a spot at Arsenal Station, on otherwise slow news days like this, to keep those interested abreast of Henry’s American exploits. Last night I attended the RBNY debut of Thierry Henry at Red Bull Arena. In the 8th minute, Henry had a chance to put his new club ahead but Cudicini made a good save.
In the 25th minute, Henry finally opened his account after RBNY midfielder, Joel Lindpere, went by the flat-footed Hutton and put in a cross which Henry got a toe on and found the far corner. But, beyond the goal, Henry brought the rest of the team into the game and put on an entertaining 45 minutes. RBNY led at the break and outplayed Spurs for much of the first-half.
The same continued in the second half as RBNY, especially Mac Kandji, confounded the Spuds. Only two silly errors at the back by the second-string RB and second-string GK gave Spuds the lead but both goals were against the run of play. RBNY continued to pin them back for the final 10 minutes or so looking for an equalizer. The scoreline was highly misrepresentative of the performance.
In the clip above, the first crowd shot following the goal is of yours truly, Arsenal Station, in his 2002-04 home kit, and my brother. Anyway, Henry looked fit and, more importantly, looked like he was having a great time. The atmosphere was great and RBNY were by far the more cohesive and creative side on the pitch. Overall, it was great to see Henry score against Spurs and, especially, to see Spuds outplayed by an MLS side, pre-season or not.