Date: 13th July 2007 at 3:02pm
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The Daily Mail has just ‘dropped the bomb’ that Jose Antonio Reyes has returned to Arsenal, after The Gunners and Real Madrid were unable to agree a fee for the undoubtably talented, yet unsettled forward.

Damaged Goods?
Reyes, returning fresh from helping Real Madrid secure the La Liga title, comes back to Arsenal no doubt dismayed that Arsenal would not drop their demands for him.

Yet let’s face it – if Ryan Babel is worth £11.5m possibly rising to £13.5m, and Anderson and Nani are worth up to £17m a pop each, then a player who towards the end of the La Liga season was coming on to the pitch and making the difference in games, culminating in a performance that secured the title at the Bernebau, is surely worth more than the alleged £5.4m – £6m that Real were offering.

Weather, Man
It’s safe to say that it’s just as well he didn’t return two weeks ago, amid the torrential weather in London, and the floods oop north – he’d have packed his bags and gone to shack up in a caravan with Marco Boogers rather than stay in blighty.

What Happens Next?
Not surprisingly, Reyes’ please to Arsenal to drop their price so that he could secure his permanent move to Real fell on deaf ears at The Grove. It remains to be seen what will happen now – will Real come back with a larger offer (they have ‘form’ of trying it on, shall we say…), will Reyes go on strike, or will Arsenal find themselves with a winger to attack the left again?

Clean Slate
Perhaps JAR will come back and start afresh – the much-discussed relationship between he and Henry would no longer be a problem – the scorn that Henry seemed to besmirch the Spaniard with will no longer be there, as TH14 now will be plying his trade in Spain himself, and Reyes did seem to perform better without the seeming-burden of the figure with 14 on his back looming large in front of him.

Reyes’ talent is there for all to see, it’s whether he can give it a second go, he has been something of an annoyance with his bleating, and his demand for Arsenal to drop their price, was both hilarious and annoying at the same time.

Yet it would be superb were we to find ourselves with a lad whose future at The Grove seemed dead and buried, returning to re-ignite his career in a blaze of unexpected brilliance, it would be a revelation, and would save us a fortune in the transfer market, trying to sort out a deal for a left winger which is has been oft-pointed out recently that we could dearly do with.

Interesting days lie ahead, dear Gooners…


72 Replies to “No Way, Jose”

  • It’s those jumped-up sh(i)ts at Real taking the mickey… you can bet your bottom dollar they are trying to screw us right to the floor! I think that our desperation for more width is making us hallucinate at his return to the Grove post-Henry, but I can’t see that happenning – unless global warming has increased drastically in the last 12 months.

  • You are an optimistic man, Wings :). Unfortunately, I do not quite share it this time around. It IS a possibility that Reyes may be able to re-ignite his Arsenal career and I will be pleased if he is able to do that. But I am not very enthusiastic about welcoming someone who clearly does not want to play for the gunners. In a critical season where we will need our players to sweat blood, I doubt Reyes will be able to do that, coz he will simply look to put in performances so that another club can come calling for his services in the Jan window.

    But he will just be one more player who is not committed to the club at all, and

  • Really pointless, we have to accept hes an expensive mistake which every big club makes occasionally and drop our asking price. He’s made it blatantly obvious he does’nt like playing in Blighty and got the living crap kicked out of him against the majority of teams. If this is true and it is the Daily Mail so judgement is reserved none of us should be happy, we need fighters this year not whiny mummys boys.

  • I should of course add that, if the guy just couldnt settle in the country, and pined for home, then it’s not a crime, of course, it’s not such an easy thing settling in another country, i should imagine, especially with language barriers, and if you have trouble learning the language, well, you’dfeel isolated, etc… »»Arsene Knows««

  • Why would he pine for home though Wingers when he brought the majority of his family over?, hes on a huge wage that we will never see the like of doing a profession most kids would die for, I’m sorry sympathy is at a premium here, he’s just a brat really.

  • guys, i also do not think it will happen either, the guy isnt just gonna come back and *bingo* speak the langague and be up for a spot of bangers and mash, washed down with a mug o’ tea. But hey, i can dream… »»Arsene Knows««

  • wow…I thought I read that we let him go on the cheap…ah well, if he is willing to play and do his best, then I wouldn’t mind him being in the squad.

  • I for one would love to see Jose back. I think he always enjoyed playing for Arsenal, come back Jose and go away rain 😀

  • I think Wenger is playing hardball and if does’nt happen with Real then he will be offloaded at another Spanish club, there was talk of Athletico which seems to have cooled. I would be gobsmacked if after the countless quotes from Reyes about how he ain’t coming back he turns up reluctantly in the red and white.

  • Maybe if he comes back without his family he would eventually adjust. However trying to live a spanish lifestyle over here is never going to work. I would rather arsenal have him back & put him in the reserves than see arsenal cave in to that pile of s*** madrid & sell him cheap. What I do find amazing is that most gooners are on here slagging him off but they will be the same people cheering Cesc next season despite his total lack of committment to arsenal fc (only to wenger) & the fact he has had an illegal meeting with Madrid officials, which he was happy to admit!!

  • I am not sure we have seen the end game yet but JAR has the option to sulk or to prove that he is worth a move elsewhere. If Real don’t really value him now the only way he can change that is to prove his value with us. Over simplistic certainly but he is no longer at an age where he can sit on his career if he still harbours any professional ambition.

  • Frankly I think he has the big game temperament that we lacked. He scored against Chelski, Pool & Manc in his short stint here. He also scored when it mattered most at Real. I am sure he’ll have better luck this time if he returns. Play his as a left winger instead of a striker. He would have more space from the flank to unleash his pace & avoid those bullying burly center backs

  • Exactly why I personally don’t wanna see him back AG there is already far too much of this crap happening at our club, less emphasis is obviously placed on loyalty in Spain as Cesc obv seems of a similiar ilk hopefully another couple of seasons here for Fabregas will instal more pride and love for the club rather than just the mentor that is Arsene.

  • I don’t think we do lack a big game temperament though Joe, look at last season where it was the likes of Blackburn and PSV that were our undoing not pool, mancs or chavs, I do like his style and doubtless ability but for me dressing room morale is more important.

  • Well if Real Madrid want him I hope Wenger forces their hand by declaring he will play in the champions league qualifier. Madrid otherwise will sit on this until August 31st in a bid to force the price down & that clearly will not suit arsenal!!

  • Sorry Ag I like Ces and i am a fan of his. What is wrong with saying that the boss is his mentor. He has said from day one he will return to his homeland to play in Spain. He did say he would not leave the gunners in the lurch, surely it would have been an ideal time to skip ship and settle for a big wage packet in Spain, is that not loyalty? As for Reyes he did suffer at the hands of the evil sisters, and Henry never let up on him. If he comes back give him a chance what have we got to lose. When he did play well he was really great the Boss is not blind, I don’t think he will return but if he did I for one would not show my back to him. As for living in England during the winter who wants to, the only think that keeps you warm is the football played by our beautiful team go you gunners.

  • wenger needs to call their bluff and offer him to atletico for 6m. he has said plainly that he never wants to play in england ever again. In no way do I want reyes back. If we have to take a hit on reyes then so be it – all clubs make mistakes from time to time, it should be budgeted for.

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