By Tony Attwood
According to the Telegraph Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been “left out of Arsenal’s mid-season trip to Dubai as the club attempt to offload him before the transfer window shuts.” They contrast this with the fate of Jack Wilshere who they say is going to Dubai with Arsenal.
The story is the Aubameyang doesn’t want to go to Saudi Arabia. However the Telegraph then rather contentiously say that because he is not on the overseas jaunt his “value will plummet” – a suggestion made without any justification or evidence. That notion seems to be based on the thought that until this point his past value has been maintained, which given his decline in form and his penchant for not being where he is supposed to be, has not happened before.
The Telegraph also tell us that the deal with Alexander Isak is off because Real Sociedad want £76million (the release clause) paid immediately and in full. The implication is that other clubs maintain their players’ values, but Arsenal don’t. Stupid Arsenal.
Meanwhile, Dominic Calvert-Lewin is priced by Everton “at well over £50m”, and so once again the theme is that while other clubs can get on with their deals Arsenal are quite incapable of doing anything. Although at the very end of the piece the Telegraph does also admit that “Paris Saint-Germain, Marseille and AC Milan (are) in the hunt for Aubameyang.” I’m not sure “hunt” is the right word here – unless he has gone missing again.
Meanwhile again the media in Europe has continued to react angrily against Infantino’s notion that playing the world cup every two years would give African people hope and rebuild their lives.
In a report from 20min in Switzerland it is said that Infantino justified his notion of having a world cup every two years by saying, “I am a son of immigrants. I am a product of European integration, I am a product of the values that this Council of Europe has created: human rights, inclusion, rules of law… As a leader in society, Fifa has a responsibility to promote these values.
“The idea is not whether we are going to have a World Cup every two years, but to see what soccer can bring to the world. We see soccer developing in a direction where some have everything and most have nothing.” He went on to say that in Europe the World Cup is played twice a week, because the best players play in Europe.
“As Europeans, we cannot say to the rest of the world, give us your money and if by chance you have good players, give them to us too. And watch it all on TV. We have to find a way to include the whole world to for example give hope to Africans so that they don’t have to cross the Mediterranean to maybe have a better life here, but more likely death in the sea. We need to give opportunities, and we need to give dignity, not by giving charity, but by allowing the rest of the world to participate.”
This of course is very much in keeping with the takeover of the CAF (the equivalent of Uefa for Africa) by Fifa, on the grounds of widespread corruption. Actually, I find it hard to write that without laughing – Fifa taking over an organisation because the organisation was corrupt….
And curiously the notion of a biennial world cup has the unanimous support of the 54 African federations – each of which is now fronted by an Infantino nominee.
Andrew Stroehlein, head of media for Human Rights Watch said in response to Infantino’s speech, “My colleagues at Human Rights Watch interview refugees around the world on an almost daily basis. We write reports on the reasons (…) that force them to leave their homes. They never mention the timing of the World Cup,” said Andrew Stroehlein, head of media for the non-governmental organization.
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