IN FORM German international striker Lukas Podolski looks set to be heading to the Premier League this Summer.
Rumours abound that, although a transfer fee is yet to be struck between Cologne and Arsenal, personal terms have been agreed.
And one would think with Podolski recently criticising his hometown club’s ambitions and the Gunners flush from the sales of Samir Nasri, Gael Clichy and Cesc Fabregas, that’s a hurdle that can be easily overcome.
I say, Podolski’s direct style would be ideally suited to spearhead their play and share the burden of finishing with Robin van Persie, and at 26 years, he’s got some good years ahead of him to boot.
Get it signed, sealed and delivered, Arsene!
WITH the New Year approaching faster than a Gareth Bale counter-attack, I believe the time is right to recap Goaltastic’s best blogs of 2011.
And when I say best, I mean most read.
In reverse order, they are…
10 – Manchester City signing Clichy once cheated death.
9 – My hilarious Fernando Torres April Fools post
8 – “Rooney, Rooney, Rooney”
7 – Roman Abramovich gets his chopper out
6 – Suarez signing excitement
5 – Manchester United to sign favourite son’s son
4 – Massive boobs story nets huge internet traffic spike shocker
3 – Boring Nasri to sign for Manchester City announcement
2 – Macheda accidentally confirmed the Sneijder deal which never actually happened
1 – The greatest football rumour of the year bar none. Seriously, this never gets old.
Happy New Year!
Today’s papers have stitched together two of the longest running transfer sagas of the summer by suggesting Arsenal could release wantaway Samir Nasri in exchange for Manchester City’s Carlos Tevez.
But to me it seems more than wishful thinking.
It’s a move that would surely suit all parties concerned – London is closer to Argentina than Manchester, City get their mand and Arsenal would have to effectively pay £10m for Tevez’s services.
Win win, surely?
ACCORDING to French newspaper L’Equipe – so the rumours go – Arsenal’s midfield schemer Samir Nasri has agreed a deal with Manchester City.
The report says that the French international has put pen to paper on a deal worth £185,000 a week – but no transfer fee has yet been revealed.
More will be revealed as and when, probably on more reliable websites than mine…
THE shortlist for the PFA Player of the Year Award has today been leaked.
Tottenham’s Gareth Bale, West Ham’s Scott Parker, Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri, Manchester City’s Carlos Tevez, Blackpool’s Charlie Adam and Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic make up the shortlist, chosen by thier professional football peers.
The PFA Young Player of the Year shortlist sees Bale and Nasri alongside Arsenal’s Jack Wilshire, Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart, Manchester United’s Nani and Everton’s Seamus Coleman.
Goaltastic is plumping for an Adam/Wilshire combination – any thoughts?
ARSENAL manager Arsene Wenger was in an unrepentent mood as he discussed the fall-out from Tuesday’s Champions League defeat to Barcelona – but still managed to wow the assembled press pack by offering the chance to win a top, top prize.
The Frenchman blasted UEFA as arrogant and a dictatorship for charging him and midfielder Samir Nasri for “inappropriate language” against the referee who sent Robin Van Persie off in the second leg of their 4-3 aggregate defeat, for playing on after the whistle.
But despite his heavy mood he reeled out some light entertainment – offering the chance to win an all expenses paid vacation, out of his own pocket, for anyone who could think of an instance of him spilling the beans on goings-on in the tunnel after any match from the last 15 years.
He said: “As for what is said in the tunnel, if you can get only one thing where I have come out on what has been said against me or against the referee during my 15 years in England, I will pay for you to have a big holiday.”
Goaltastic is now off on a Google trawl – Bahamas here I come…
A WAVE of foreign talent could be heading to warmer climes this Summer – after FIFA banned the wearing of snoods.
As feared, no longer will stars such as Mario Balotelli, Samir Nasri and Carlos Tevez be able to keep their necks warm on Premier League pitches, after the ruling by FIFA executives outlawing the in-vogue garment from July 1.
Many in the game have criticised the trend of wearing snoods and gloves during play – just days ago Paul Ince said: “Now you’ve got snoods, people wearing headphones when they are doing interviews, which I find disrespectful, pink boots, green boots, you name it they’ve got it, tights – they’ll be wearing skirts next.”