Written by Mean Lean on Tuesday, 31 January 2012 13:59
The transfer deadline is here and football fans up and down the country are in a frenzy. I just had Sky Sports News on and it is quite hilariously over hyped.
"WAIT, NEWS COMING IN THAT WEST HAM ARE TALKING TO BARNSLEY'S RICARDO VAZ TE!!!"
If Sky Sports News could let us know that they were speaking with the caps lock on then they would. Many a Gooner would have convinced themselves that Arsenal would not be doing any business today but that doesn't seem to be the case.
We might not be lining up Carlos Tevez or *ahem* Andy Carroll right about now but there seems to be some sort of movement in and out of the club.
Firstly we have signed 19 year old Thomas Eisfeld from Borussia Dortmund, as this blog has gone up pretty late, I do not need to go into the details as I am sure you have read them elsewhere, probably more than once as well.
What I have been able to do though, is find some footage that seems to be in shortage right now. I have put it together albeit rather shoddily but time was not on my side. As there isn't anything else about that is easy to find, I thought you starving transfer feeders might appreciate this.
From the very little that I have seen in the video's, he looks like a one touch player with good vision. A creative midfielder who already has a picture of players around him before he gets it and that is a good sign.
You have to remember the is playing at reserve level against other German reserves so he is not likely to be dropped in against AC Milan in the San Siro and produce a master class.
It is likely that he will go through the usual young foreign import path at Arsenal and find himself learning in the reserves and training with better players and it is down to how quickly he develops, improves and adjusts before we see him in the first team set up which I would guess, would be next season at the earliest but I could be wrong.
Ryo Miyaichi has gone on loan to Bolton and that is great. Great because he gets a chance to play first team football, hopefully and also because we get the chance to watch him develop just as Jack Wilshere and Daniel Sturridge did under Owen Coyle. We can give Ryo a lift up to Bolton when we travel tomorrow. Save his petrol or train fare.
I guess the biggest news of the day so far is that according to the not so reliable Sky Sports, Andrey Arshavin is in preliminary talks with Anzhi Makhachkala, I didn't even have to look that up (yeah right)
I think I am right in saying that the Russian deadline doesn't end today so a deal wouldn't have to be done by closing time in England.
So what to make of this? Firstly, I think it would be a wise move for Arshavin and for Arsenal. Neither party are really benefiting from this situation, he has lost form and would be unlikely to reach his best in England. However, if he is to leave then the last memory of Arshavin at Arsenal would be our supporters booing him when his name was read out against Aston Villa. That for me is just awful and very sad.
I do not want to get into the whole booing debate again but if that was his last game for the club then it would have been nice to have departed on nicer terms and not under that negativity.
The next question I guess has to be, if Arshavin is sold then will we replace him this January? Or will we rely on what we have until the summer?
I suspect that this isn't quite the end of the transfer window for Arsenal. We shall see.
Anyway, plenty of things to do so will return tomorrow with a pre Bolton blog.