By Tony Attwood
I’ll come to the dodgy and indeed the very very dodgy in a moment, but first, a headline from the Daily Telegraph. “Arsene Wenger failed to land a single player before the window shut – despite links to a host of stars across Europe.”
Yes, well, considering that Mr Wenger had already signed two players, had said that he was not going to sign anyone else unless someone unexpectedly came on the phone with a must-have offer, and the fact that we have recently achieved the equivalent of two new signings with Bellerin and Coquelin, and have picked out another very interesting up and coming in Akpom, the recent months haven’t actually been that bad for us. Oh yes and we bought Alexis in the summer. But still, the Telegraph can’t resist.
But now, let’s do the dubious business of the week.
West Ham United told Senegal that Diafra Sakho was injured and so couldn’t go to the Africa Cup of Nations, but then he had a miraculous recovery and played on 25 January in the FA Cup. People are upset.
I get the feeling West Ham think they can do anything, and certainly their trick of getting the Olympic Stadium for £15m is quite a reason to think that way. When you consider the office of the London Mayor put in a vast sum of tax payers money, Newham Council loaned £40m of tax payers money and around £20m of tax payers money came from the government committee that finds uses for Olympic they have done ok. The original stadium itself was paid for by… UK taxpayers.
Building the stadium cost £517,000,000. That was paid for by… the British taxpayer.
So, pull of that load of tricks and yes you might think you can walk on water.
Senegal told Fifa about their man and Fifa cried foul. Under the rules the Fifa Players’ Status Committee has to request the association to which the club belongs to declare any match(es) in which the player took part to have been lost by the club concerned.” WHU would get kicked out the FA Cup.
West Ham argue that Sakho could not participate at the Nations Cup because his back injury made it impossible for him to get on an aeroplane. But seemingly a six hour round trip in a car to play in the FA Cup was ok. Senegal call this behaviour arrogant and insulting. We call it West Ham.
WHU have made matters worse by saying that their player’s injury was actually caused by medical maltreatment by the Senegalese medical team last time he played for them. They don’t like that.
Moving on, on transfer deadline day five players moved on loan from Newcastle to Rangers, increasing the feeling that Rangers is now the nursery club of Newcastle United
Former England Under-20 midfielder Gael Bigirimana, Midfielder Haris Vuckic, Swiss defender Kevin Mbabu, English defender Remie Streete and Northern Ireland cap Shane Ferguson all went north west.
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