Arsenal and Adidas
As revealed on this site in March, Arsenal are in talks for a double your money deal with Adidas.
I have seen values ranging from £40m up to 60m floating about. My theory is that it will probably be in the middle of these – about £50m.
This might seem “low” in comparison to the £75m Manchester United deal, and the £60m Chelsea deal, but these are both long terms (Man U was 10 years, Chelsea 15 years).
As we saw with a 15 year deal with Emirates, the football world moves quickly
When in 2006, our deal with Emirates started, it was market leading. A 15-year deal estimated at £100 million to sponsor the stadium, combined with a 7-year shirt sponsorship. It was quickly outdated.
My bet is that Arsenal will go for less money per season from Adidas, but a short deal, likely 5-years.
This means we will be in a position to renegotiate the deal in 2024. Who knows what the footballing landscape will look like then. Meanwhile, Chelsea will still have another 9 years to go on their deal.
I also would not be to surprised if Puma come in with a late offer like they did the last time. They do not want to be left with no top English team wearing their shirts.
Welbeck and Iwobi
The pair are often labelled as not good enough ,and get a lot of justified criticism from fans. But against Southampton both performed well.
2 goals and an assist for Welbeck, 2 assists for Iwobi.
Are either of them ever going to be good enough to be regular starters? Probably not.
But football is a squad game, and unlike Manchester City or Manchester United, we do not have the finances to dramatically increase our wage bill.
Arsenal spend about £200m a year on wages, Manchester United nearer £300m.
That means the likes of Iwobi and Welbeck are important squad players. And if they put in performances like they did against Southampton more regularly, they can then be relied upon a bit more.
Laughing and Harry Kane
Spurs. The gift that keeps on giving.
So desperate are they for any sort of success, they have appealed a goal scored at the weekend. This is not an goal that was put down as an Own Goal that they are claiming, but a goal scored by another Tottenham player.
Cristian Erickson scored a free kick, and Harry Kane “swore on his daughter’s life” that it brushed his shoulder.
Firstly, Harry Kane shows he has a mental age of 12. Swearing on someone’s life is something that most of us stopped doing in secondary school.
Kane is 5 goals behind Mo Salah in the race for the golden boot. He knows that in his Tottenham career to date, he has won nothing but individual trophies. He knows the reality is playing for Spurs that he will not win any sort of team honours.
I will always remember Thierry Henry’s comments about the Ballon D’or (or lack of). His opinion stuck with me. That individual honours are not important, that it is what you win with your team that defines you as a player.
This showed through in Henry’s play. He was just as happy getting an assist as he was scoring goals. I have not seen as complete a striker as him. 30 goals a season, 20 assists a season.
Spurs appealing a goal scored by one of their own players just reeks of desperation.
3 golden boots in a row, 100 Premier League goals, and whatever else Kane might win as an individual will ultimately mean nothing if he ends up with less trophies for Spurs than Yaya Sanogo for Arsenal.
Try winning something properly, Harry, rather than whinge and moan until you get given a trophy to shut you up.