Arsenal’s incredible collapse at home to Anderlecht is sure to make headlines for the coming days but not many will match Vincent Kompany’s unalloyed rejection of a possible move to the Emirates, even for £60m and two Ferraris.
The City captain, who was tracked by Wenger while still a youngster at Hamburg, was clearly overjoyed at seeing his former team, Anderlecht, steal a share of the spoils from us, using his twitter account as his broadcast platform.
Arsenal celebrity fan, Piers Morgan, who has been a stout critic of Arsene Wenger’s policies not least his refusal to buy another defender over the summer, decided to take matters into his own hands by making an offer to the big Belgian defender to move to London.
“Great club, but No” was Kompany’s reply to Morgan’s initial £50m offer and that did not change even with two Ferraris and a cheeky £10m extra.
It was bad enough that we were crashing to Anderlecht when we were already good enough to make the next rounds of the Champions League, but to have a player from a rival Premier League club rub our noses in it by cheering the other team was as irksome as a bout of croup on hungry crying children.
In fairness, Kompany was probably expected to have some joy to see his former team make a quite unbelievable comeback against a rival team in England. City, who host CSKA Moskva tonight with their own fate hanging in the balance, have relied on Kompany over the past five seasons as their defensive leader and captain, a role he has performed to admirable acclaim.
It’s not quite within the bounds of most gooners’ imagination that Wenger would make a second move for Kompany, neither will he pay a frankly ridiculously high amount as that proposed by Mr Morgan for a defender.
The Gunners boss is undeniably in need of a strong central defender in January and had earlier declared during the Arsenal AGM last month that steps would be taken to rectify that.
Wenger already has a host of players lined up as potential recruits in the January window – Mats Hummels, Virgil van Dijk and Ron Vlaar the names mostly rumoured. Others like West Ham’s Winston Reid and German youngster, Antonio Rudiger have also been suggested by other capable options available within winter.
Besides Arsenal being a rival club, Kompany’s tweet is probably a defender’s jibe on a poor team’s defensive turn out. While the blame for thr first goal could be attributed to the referee, Clement Turpin, Nacho Monreal’s rash challenge leading to a penalty and Mertesacker’s slow reaction to Najar’s cross for their equaliser were woeful to say the least.
(But chill Vincent, we are not that bad, you play with Mangala… and Demichelis).
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