I’m not surprised. Do you know how long it would take me to flog a dead horse outside the Millennium Stadium? Neither do I, and I’m not going to attempt such a fruitless act just to satisfy your curiosity…ok my curiosity. Unless anyone has a spare dead horse? Oh right, yeah. Wenger does. To quote The Omniscient One, he states:
‘There will be some movement of players who have played less and who need to play.’
And further more:
‘We had a few important ones, but this [summer] will certainly be a big one on all fronts.’
And as if there’s not enough dissension amongst over sensitive disciples of Arsenal Football Club right now, a good ol’ stirring of the transfer speculation cauldron is a sure-fire way to arouse the bellicose. More rabid than a colony of Peruvian vampire bats, cantankerous souls are foaming at the mouth, baying for the blood of the incriminated.
But many mistakes are made in haste.
Let us first consider how long it would take to flog Denilson, for example. A player generally viewed as below the standard required by many. The Brazilian 23-year-old signed for £3.4 million back in 2006 at the age of 18. Which means Arsenal have invested five years of training, education, and personal development into Denny. Not to mention what the club must have paid in wages – a young man, who was ever present in the 2008/09 season, with his best years ahead of him. Many of the myopic amongst you would hastily, in theory, gratefully accept a nominal sum and escort the player to the nearest airport whilst doing the fandango. Wenger on the other hand, will be searching for a fee which more closely resembles that held in his own mind.
So, while it may be difficult and time consuming enough to flog a dead horse outside the Millennium Stadium, imagine if I were trying to flog that dead horse for £10 million?
Now imagine having to flog ten dead horses! Team Dead Horsi are going to be massive money spinners, eh?