We waited and waited, and waited, some said its a done deal, some said it will happen today, tomorrow, next week. Now we can finally say that Samir Nasri who some like to call him “The New Zinedine Zidane” or “The Next Zidan” is a Gunner. Arsene Wenger was not the only one who wanted to sign Nasri, Athletico Madrid joined the bidding war and tried to affect the deal.
There were some issues in regarding to the wages, but either way it seemed that this was only going to be decided after Euro 2008. So France is out from Group Stages, less than two days later he is taking the medical and signing a four years deal with Arsenal. It had been said that Nasri had a buy-out clause of £13.5 Million.
He effectively can play on both wing sides, Nasri have scored six goals in thirty matches he played for Marseille.
Does this signing have any direct effect on who is leaving Arsenal?, Milan are heavily after Adebayor and it sure looks like he will be their man eventually, and hleb, who Nasri is believed to be filling his place, is wanted by Inter and Barca, but he is heading to Barcelona because I think Inter Milan will be getting Roma’s Mancini instead.
Samir Nasri is a very talented player, a great addition to Arsenal, but what is next? We clearly need more players, Arsene Wenger needs to get an established player, like Nasri who is great, but we need more players in other positions. Around two months are left, lets see what happens.
And now have a look at the new gem that joined the Gunners:
Barcelona is a troubled club now, so I expect we will be hearing many many news about many players moving from and to it. It is believed that a big number of players will most probably transfer from Barcelona this summer, after hearing that Ronaldinho and Zambrotta are moving to AC Milan and also that Thierry Henry will go back to the English Premier League, maybe going back to Arsenal, now it is the turn for some Eto’o rumors.
Ofcourse now we know that the AC Milan bid for Ronaldinho has failed, but when the news surfaced at first the thing seemed as a done deal.
Few hours after the big Barca failure in front of Real Madrid 4-1 we heard some news that Eto’o might transfer to Tottenham, then the news that maybe he will be exchanged with Adebayor, so he will go to Arsenal and Adebayor goes to Barcelona. I really really doubt that happening, but this latest news of him going to Inter Milan seems more believable.
The reports say that Inter Milan is preparing a 40 million Euros bid to capture him this summer, Inter Milan now is also trying to get Hleb, I guess that is a done deal, but Moratti now is also trying to get Ronaldinho. Moratti always likes to get big players, but will he be able to lure them to Inter Milan, he just failed getting Gerard after his 25 Million pounds bid was turned down by Liverpool.
Well, if Eto’o does come to Inter Milan that means Ibrahimovic will leave, so is it really worth it, can Ibra and Eto’o play side by side?? Well, actually yes why not, I can totally see them playing side by side, but it is too good to be true, Inter needs to be extra ready for the champions league next season, Ibrahimovic besides Eto’o makes a great attack. I know that some people will start shouting that maybe their style of play wont make them click upfront. Actually what does really matter now for Inter Milan is WHO IS THEIR MANAGER?? SHOULDNT THE MANAGER BE THE PERSON ASKING FOR PLAYERS? IS MANCINI IN OR OUT ?!!?!?!
On the 84th minute of the match and after letting us reach to the edge of insanity several times during the match, Fabregas scores a very nice and strange goal from a far distance, and then very few minutes later Wallcott crosses the ball to Adebayor to seal the deal and end the match victorious qualifying to the quarter finals of the UEFA Champions League 2007/2008. Amazing….
AC Milan started the game in a powerful vibe, Pirlo scored one of his typical goals, from a free kick in the 18th minute, which made the illusion that Inter is in deep trouble, and they were.
The game went on to see both sides battling it until Cruz scored on the 36th minute of the match, in the second half and in the 63rd minute Cambiasso scored the second Inter Milan goal, Milan did not do much after that and sort of gave up, except for couple of tries here and there.
Highlights and more after the jump…
Putting the league calculations aside, any time Ac Milan and Inter Milan play each other it is like a separate championship, and Inter Milan was for sure the happy side. Even more happy because now Inter stands firmly on top of the Italian league table 7 points clear from Roma.
I can simply say that the Italian League is over for this season, clubs will be playing now for the second place, it will take something so special and unusual to make Inter loose their place in the table, I just wish Inter would focus now on the Champions Lague.
The depressed overweight has got what he wished for, he is staying in his country at least until the end of the current season. He will be playing for São Paulo in the Copa Libertadores and São Paulo State Cup.
When his agent was asked on how Adriano reacted towards this deal he said “Adriano was over the moon when I told him and he thanked me for arranging it all”.
Inter Milan have said that they are happy with Adriano’s recuperation, the player will return to Inter Milan in the 2008-2009 season.
I expect Adriano will find another deal by next season with another European club, and I expect it to be either Arsenal or Manchester City or AC Milan.
Fabio Capello arrived to London yesterday and held talks with the English FA. The FA communication director have described the talks as positive and without any problems. The discussions lasted for 3 hours where after Capello traveled back to Milan and left his lawyers to finalize the deal. It is being said that Capello will be getting £4.5 Million per year where the contract will mostly last til the end of the World Cup 2010.
Capello said yesterday that he thinks the problem with England players is mostly psychological. He is amazed how England was not able to qualify to Euro 2008 and he thinks the players have a mental block!
Here what he had to say : "There is tremendous difference in the attitude they show from one game to the next. How can players of the level of Beckham or Owen have performances so different when they play for their national team?" questioned Capello. “It’s clear the shirt is very heavy even for those great champions."
"It’s clear there is a mental block, otherwise how can you explain their elimination from Euro 2008? We managers ask ourselves how can England, with the players they have, not qualify for the 2008 European Championships? The English team, much like the Spanish team, wins very little despite having some very good players."
"I’ve watched some of the games of the English, in the match against Russia in Moscow they played defensively. They sat right outside their own 18-yard box for 90 minutes despite having the advantage after taking a 1-0 lead in the first half. Against Croatia at Wembley they were all playing up front. They lost 2-3 when a draw at home would have been enough for them to qualify.”
In my opinion Capello is better than Maurinho for England, and I know he will make huge changes to the squad, and some of those might not be so happily accepted by England fans, but that’s how he works. I wont be surprised if he does not choose Beckham for example, I wont be amazed if he does not choose to keep Terry as captain. Change is on the way, is it good change? bad change? who know, but you will see a totally different England team.
The first match Capello will play will be a home game played in Wembley stadium against Switzerland in Feb. 2008.
As I said before Adriano is back home in Brazil in rehab, trying to regain fitness. He was lately quoted by Brazilian local media stating that he would love to stay in Brazil permanently. Although he is told by Inter Milan not to talk to the press he said this to Estado de Sao Paolo “I would talk to you, but I have been banned and if I do speak then I’ll get into trouble. Incredible, isn’t it?”, Adriano requested not to be paid while his rehab is going on.
Altho clubs like Sao Paolo, Santos, his former club wlamengo were linked to Adriano his agent stil insists that Adriano wont stay in Brazil after his rehabilitation ends. Adriano was linked to Arsenal early this week and now he is linked to a move to Manchester City or West Ham.
I believe Adriano, the REAL Adriano, will be a great boost for any squad, but as I mentioned before if he ever comes to arsenal he have to know he wont play much for a while,Ii guess if he goes to Manchester City or West Ham he might be more appreciated there.
Well, a number of news sources, mostly gossip, already set Adriano to Arsenal, we already know that Inter Milan have sent the faty adriano to brazil for rehab. Depression, partying, unfitness, and so on, basically the player lost his appetite to play. I totally disagree whats happening is that Mr. Mancini just doesn’t want the guy to play, i don’t get it why, but thats how its been for a while and any inter milan fan knows this. So lately there was a lot of fighting between the two men and you can see who suffered.
Although I like Adriano and I always watched him since he was half owned by parma and then later having great games playing beside crespo, but i think this wont be a winning deal for Arsenal, although i know wenger loves to fix broken players as he did with a good number of them who later became stars.
The way I see it, Adriano would just disrupt the harmony in the squad, although Gilberto moving to Inter Milan would actually solve Lassana Diarra dilemma, he did not feature with his new team and not playing regularly is giving him a hard time to play for France, he already sounded this yesterday in an interview:
“But it will be sorted out soon. To be called again by Les Bleus I have to play for my club. So that situation has to be settled quickly, I am not getting mad with that. I am patient.”
“At Arsenal I don’t feel in competition with Bacary Sagna, as I am a midfielder. The midfielders are outstanding, but I work fine in training sessions and I am waiting for an opportunity.”
The only way for Diarra to have a chance to start up matches is for Gilberto to leave, since the arrival of this player i was wondering what wenger was thinking ?, is it a long term solution or did he just do it in the bases of any player snatched from chelasea is a success buy?!
I don’t doubt Arsene Wenger, the years taught me that this guy always has the key and he knows what he is doing, but am telling you Gilberto will be a huge loss, he is a fit pro who knows Arsenal style and has history with wenger and handles the midfield rather beautifully. Getting Adriano might be good but he will have to accept the fact that he wont be playing any part in arsenal during this season because he will need to work hard to regain his fitness.
Bottom line, getting Adriano withought losing Gilberto or Rosicky is ok, other that its just our loss.
He tried to be subtle but failed, Inter Milan’s Ibrahimovic showed his ambitions to join Real Madrid one day, but kept saying he is happy in Inter Milan, and that he wont leave because of the crowd violence in italy and so on, he even semi-attacked fabio cannavaro for leaving italy to play in spain. What do you exactly want ?!
First you say you wish you play for Real Madrid and that they are the best “They’re one of the biggest clubs in the world and everyone in the world wants to play for them.“, and then you drool over joining them “Nobody knows the future. I have a long contract with Inter Milan, but in football, you never know what’s around the corner.“, then you go back to say “I have no fear when playing in Italy because there is a lot of protection. All the players have long and important contracts and are not responsible for what is happening. Unlike (Fabio) Cannavaro, I think I’m lucky to play in Italy where I’m very happy at the moment“.
This is just a rescue call for Real Madrid telling them to please come and take me from this place. I think that Ibrahimovic shouldve never said what he said, and just focus on his football, its not as if he is exceeding expectations this season. And even if he was he just shouldn’t talk to the media in this way.
As usual Mancini just cant hold a score to the end of the match, this is just him, this isn’t the first time and wont be the last, Inter Milan played well during most of the match but Juventus was a powerful rival, they caused Inter Milan some trouble from time to time, and to be honest they deserved a draw, but that’s because our man here is so eager to keep the score 1-0 he just quickly go to defend where he gives the opposition the chance to slip through the lines and score. Se what he said after the match “We should have been more clinical, with a Juve that will never give up. It will serve as a lesson.” Believe me Mancini this isn’t your first lesson, this is so typical of you and your tactics, please try to learn for once in your life.
Anyway Inter Milan is still top of the table but you know even if we won the league a match between Juve and Inter just has a different taste. Its as if you are playing in a separate cup of something.