Go get Ledley King, Arsene

Let the speculation begin. Or at least continue. Just for fun, let’s have your bizarre suggestions of players we should bring in. I’ll start things off with my own offering…Ledley King from the feeder club!
So the curtain fell on the 2009-10 campaign yesterday with an easy win 4-0 over a depleted Fulham and we got the points that gave us third spot and a place in the Champions League…but, of course, story doesn’t end there.
In front of us is three months of transfer targets, new kits, pre-season friendly dates and the slight matter of the World Cup. Given the need for fresh talent this summer could be the busiest in the club’s history, certainly since AW took the helm anyway. And already the tabloids are leading the charge with possible signings, possible departures and the odd obit on our season.
A season without silverware, that we can’t escape — but a season that has given us CL qualification, something that AW sees as just as important as a pot and something for which the likes of Liverpool, Manchester City and Villa would kill.
Even the club and it’s official mouthpiece, Arsenal.com, are at it and carry stories from the nationals linking us with Yaya Toure from Barca and Shaun-Wright Phillips from Manchester City. The former I can see but the latter? Not for me.
Bill Gallas is the subject of the media this morning and the angle is that he is on his bike because he didn’t turn up for the last game of the season and subsequent ‘lap of appreciation’ — the club’s line is that he is having treatment in France. Time will tell.
(Incidentally, does anyone remember Terry Neill telling the fans it was OK to run on the pitch at Highbury after the last game of the season back in the late 70s. Can anyone remember the year and who we played? I can’t though I know I was on from the North Bank pretty sharpish. Or was that the year when Villa won the league at our place? Too much Strongbow has muddled my mind I am afraid.)
First through the ‘in’ door will no doubt be Marouane Chamakh joining the club from Bordeaux and on this subject you have got to love the quotes from RVP, commenting on the impending arrival of the striker and also beautifully dismissive remarks about the no-marks who finished fourth and celebrated like they had won the World Cup.
RVP told the London Evening Standard: “I don’t know Chamakh personally but I know him from TV. He looks a good player. He is strong in the air and scores lots of goals with his head. He looks confident on the ball so hopefully the transfer goes through. It is good for all of us to have competition and that’s why I am happy to see him coming.
“When you look at our year, we had good and bad periods but we have been unlucky as well. Maybe we need a bit more depth in the squad. If you are unlucky with players who play in a central role, it is a killer blow for the team.
“I have been injured, Cesc and Almunia have been in and out and Gallas as well. That is the spine of the team. Maybe we can do something there.”
“Tottenham had a great run but we still wanted to be above them like usual,” he said. “I understand they feel they can challenge us after a run like that but in the end when you look at it after 38 games, the place you are in is the place you deserve to be.
“This is the first time in years they have achieved a top four place which is good for them but its not enough for me to say they will be challenging year after year.” ‘As usual’ — spot on my old Dutch!

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