Arsene Wenger has been building to this moment, preparing the ground and laying the foundations in his recent Arsenal press conferences. First he spoke about how reliant Barcelona were on their Argentinean magician Lionel Messi, then he came out and said that there was really no choice other than Messi to win the Ballon D’Or this year. Now Le Prof is ready to pull off the most unexpected transfer since Inverness Caledonian Thistle tried to buy Christiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid.
“We will buy Lionel Messi in January and surprise you.”
Oh, wait a minute, that didn’t happen. Neither will Wenger try to buy Messi from Barcelona, it was just a little joke. Ho ho ho Arsene, very funny. I suppose you cannot blame him for trying to release a little tension. The media have latched on to the current problems around the Emirates stadium and will not let go. Wenger, as usual, looks like a man in the eye of a storm, unaffected by the raging torrent around him. The Frenchman must be feeling the pressure, though, how could he not?
Messi is the product of the youth system at Barcelona, and some Arsenal fans doubt the wisdom of Wenger’s belief in the importance of the Arsenal academy. It’s true that many of the players who come through the ranks at Arsenal do fail to make the grade as a Gunner, but you never know when a star will come around. Jack Wilshere is not too shabby a player, I am sure you will agree. The other thing about him is his passion for the club he has been with since he was 9-years old.
We are not going to be signing Messi, unfortunately, but there is a chance that we could one day produce our own little goal machine. Until then, Gooners, we will have to make do with Wilshere. It could be worse.