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Sad the season is over but glad to see the back of it

Add comment May 24th, 2009

It’s an odd contradiction, I suppose.  I’m never glad to see the Premier League season come to a close, but at the same time I’d be lying if I said I was eager to cling on to what has been a disappointing campaign.  This is not, however, the time for recriminations, and I hope the team go out in style with a win over Stoke today.

Lukasz Fabianski is fit and will start in goal, with Sagna, Toure, Song and Gibbs likely to continue the defensive duties they performed well at Old Trafford.  In midfield, I expect Walcott and Arshavin to flank Denilson and Cesc, with Nicklas Bendtner auditioning for the lead striker role alongside Robin van Persie.

Stoke are a good physical side, as we found out to our cost in the reverse fixture, but with their survival assured we can hope that their minds may have already turned to the Summer holidays.

Seeing as today marks the start of the Summer, we might aswell throw around some transfer news.  Emmanuel Adebayor has been linked to Manchester City, which is undoubtedly a great thing as far as we’re concerned.  Adebayor and City are tailor-made for each other, and obviously they have the cash to make it a worthwhile sale.  After failing to sign Roque Santa Cruz, they need a target man, and Adebayor would be a viable alternative.  Even to have City sniffing around would push the price up by a couple of million, so let’s hope it’s true.

Arsene Wenger has not, however, made a bid to sign Marouane Chamakh as a potential replacement.  Chamakh is a skillful forward who impressed me in Bordeaux’s Champions League ties against Chelsea, but I’m not sure he has the power to make it in the Premier League.

That said, many had similar doubts about Andrey Arshavin, and he has disproved all of those.  After walking into the tax nightmare that is the Britain of 2009, he’s keen to renegotiate his contract.  It’s a bit early for that, but it wouldn’t surprise me if he is handed improved terms at some point in the next eight months or so.  Bringing him in represented a gamble, but so far you’d have to say it’s paid off.

Finally, The Daily Mail says Arsenal will make a bid for Ajax centre-back Thomas Vermaelen.  The Belgian international has also been linked with Aston Villa, who reportedly see him as a potential replacement for the now retired Martin Laursen.  I don’t know much about Vermaelen, but I know plenty about Laursen, and if he’s anything like the Dane he could be just what we need.

It’s a beautiful day.  I’m going to head down to the ground early and soak up as much of this as possible.

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