Quick roundup tonight because I’m not in the mood as I had a bad day at work today & I let a friend & colleague down.  So, there’s this story & it’s a few days old but Arsenal youth player, Alban Bunjaku, has moved to Sevilla.  I don’t recall the exact details but he was once touted as a fairly promising attacking midfielder type but he only made 1 reserve appearance in his Arsenal career. Recent rumors had him falling out with the Arsenal coaches over access to prayer (Bunjaku is a Kosovan-Albanian Muslim immigrant) on training days which sounds like a bunch of crap because of Arsenal’s & Arsène Wenger’s “it’s about quality not passports” motto.  The rumor reeks of message board comment thread malarkey spread by a friend of the guy or something.

Anyway, it’s all moot as he’s moved on never having played a single game at senior level for Arsenal.  Meanwhile another younger player, Ignasi Miquel may be loaned to Brighton for next season where former Chelsea midfielder, Gustavo Poyet, now manages.  Poyet apparently wants Miquel as a left back according to the article, which is where Miquel filled in for a few games last year though we all know he’s a more natural central defender & probably should remain there as he generally doesn’t possess the passing or crossing ability to play fullback long-term.

There’s also a mention in the Miquel article about Kyle Bartley wanting to stake a place in next year’s Arsenal squad.  Which, if true would seem to be as the 4th or 5th choice central defender behind, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Mertesaecker & Djourou.  Or in Djourou’s spot if Djourou is sold & a replacement isn’t bought.

Finally, apparently Giroud’s transfer to Arsenal (which was €13 million not the €15 million I mentioned in a previous post) will be a boon to one of his former clubs Grenoble.  The French Alps club had gone into bankruptcy & was relegated from Ligue 2 down to France’s 5th level (CFA2) but will apparently receive €600,000 as part of Giroud’s transfer to us.  Good for them.

So on to a bourbon, bed & hopefully a better day at work for a Friday.  As for the Italy-Germany match, I only got to see the 1st half, Balotelli looked in the mood & apparently English pundits now think Andrea Pirlo is THE BEST SOCCER PLAYER IN THE WORLD.  Or something near it.  But for a better discussion on that & Arsenal’s remaining players in Euro 2012 exiting, check out Arseblog’s post on it.

Super Mario’s brace (1UP! 1UP!) downed Germany today


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