So Joe Cole is set to sign for Arsenal. Well that is according to the Star newspaper anyway.
I'll be honest (if its true) this excites me. I've always rated Cole and thought that Chelsea got a bargain when signing him for £6.6m back in 2003.
In my opinion Joe Cole is technically the most gifted player the England national team have and he would be an asset for ANY side in the Premiership or even Europe.
Having said that I do have my doubts that the transfer will actually happen because I wonder whether Cole would fit in at Arsenal.
Ability-wise I have no qualms about Joe and no doubts that on the pitch he would suit Arsenal's style of play all day long. It's off the pitch that worries me.
I'm not suggesting that Cole is a trouble maker but I wonder whether he would be able to mix with the Arsenal squad.
I think he would be a little out of his comfort zone.
At Chelsea there is an English contingent at the club and Cole is a part of that. He wouldn't get that at Arsenal being that there is a more 'continental' feel at our club.
Having said that hearing Joe Cole in interviews I understand his speaking of the English language isn't the greatest either!
Seriously though Cole has been linked to Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur as well as Arsenal and I think a move to either of those is probably more feasible due to the fact there are more English players at both clubs making it easier for him to fit in.
This may sound narrow-minded on my part but its just my opinion and I think its quite valid.
If Cole's decision is based on just football then I would have no doubt that he would join us but as with all walks in life its not that simple.
Begrudgingly I have to accept that this move may not happen but hopefully I'll be proved wrong because as I've said Cole would be an asset to us. Or anyone for that matter.
Keep it Goonerish...........