I can exclusively reveal that the vast majority of the transfer rumours flying around at the moment are untrue, I can also reveal that of those that are true, the vast majority will not end up materialising as this is the way of the transfer market. Arsene is coy as always in his press conference today, if he was after someone he wouldn't tell us and if he wasn't he wouldn't either, there's simply no real way of knowing what he really wants to do transfer wise.
I think we would be mad not to try to bring in at least one player. If Song is going to be our fourth choice centre back then we need more defensive cover in the centre of midfield, if he is not then we need a fourth centre back, having three is just a little risky with so many big games coming up and Vermaelen a few weeks away from a return to action. I agree with Le Grove on this one.
Big changes are expected for the Huddersfield game. I'd expect to see the likes of Squillaci, Gibbs, Chamakh, Eboue, Denilson, Arshavin, Bendtner starting, with the likes of Sagna, Clichy, Song, Cesc, Nasri, Theo rested. With three big league games coming up between the FA Cup and CL game vs Barca, rotating effectively will be key.
Interestingly it seems the FA are actually doing something about the lack of quality technical footballers being produced on these shores, they have a long way to go but the Future Game sounds promising as a start, the problem with these kind of schemes is that some good ideas can easily become overwhelmed by a lot of bureaucracy.
Elsewhere the Goon Blog has a very interesting interview with the new Arsenal comms chief Mark Gonnella, he seems keen to engage with fans via different means such as the Blogs and Twitter. Personally I think there are limits to how far the club should go in this regard, the club needs to keep a certain distance, while I think certain independent sites would lose a bit of credibility and perspective if they became too closely allied to the club in a formal manner. The best interview of the weekend is ClockEnd 5's with Howard Webb on the complex topic of Quantum Theory, should Mr Webb be so certain?