here). The bulk of transfer rumours in the past few days has been involving players leaving the club so if you get upset over players departing, I'd click off the page now... (I'd like it if you didn't though).
I'll start with a confirmed departure from Arsenal. Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, the reserve team legend, has joined Ipswich Town for a fee of around £1.1 million with Arsenal receiving a 20% sell on clause (Thanks to @younggunsblog for the figures). The general feeling about this deal coming from most Arsenal fans is that it was the right thing to do and I agree. JET may well have a brilliant future ahead of him yet but there are too many attitude problems at this present moment in time. He isn't up there with Frimpong and Lansbury (who may well be off as well if rumours are true, but I pray they aren't) who have progressed rapidly. A few years from now and the sale may come back to haunt us but chances are it won't. As Young Guns Blog said brilliantly on twitter "Emmanuel-Thomas never lacked talent, just attitude and application to get the best from his abilities". Sadly he just hasn't been able to make it at the top level so far, all the best for the future JET. Here's a quick reminder of what he is capable of.
Now on to yet another possible departure from the Emirates Stadium this time involving cult hero Emmanuel Eboue. Various sources have claimed Arsenal have accepted a £4million bid for the Ivorian right back from Galatasaray and with him having missed all of pre-season due to "injury", the deal looks very likely. If he does move on, it will be a bittersweet feeling. Emmanuel Eboue has given Arsenal fans joy, happiness, anger and every other single emotion throughout his time with the club and that is the problem. The talent is there because he showed it throughout the 2005/06 season and other periods. However the ability to make a massive cock-up is also there. I'm thinking Liverpool last season here. While there was the mistakes, you can't help but slightly love Eboue (I'm sure many don't love him actually but..). If he does leave it will be the end of a cult hero. Have fun in Turkey Manu.
Time for some more positive news, well sort of. Wigan midfielder James McCarthy is reportedly being tracked by Arsene Wenger and skysports claim he has made an enquiry, only to be told he is not for sale. However I'm sure if Wenger wanted him he could make an offer too good to refuse. Personally I don't see the need for McCarthy. He didn't perform wonders last season as far as I am aware and although he may have promise, signing him would only hinder the progress of other young wingers we have such as Miyaichi. That doesn't seem like something Wenger would do. I'm sure the majority of Arsenal fans wouldn't be over the moon if we signed a Wigan midfielder but if it does happen I will give him a chance to prove me wrong and show he can step in to the first team. At least it makes a change from being linked to world class superstars that we will never get...
That's more or less that for today. I didn't do a post to cover the Jagielka story but as of yet it doesn't look as if we've returned with an improved offer. As I briefly mentioned earlier, it does look as if Lansbury is prepared to leave to get first team football and I really hope he doesn't. He is a superb talent and must stay, simple as that. Finally, the Cesc and Nasri sagas go on with no real development, but David Cameron has had his say on it here
Until next time!