How’s your Albanian? The applause when Arsenal was mentioned, during Lorik Cana’s recent TV question-and-answer session back in Kosovo, was a little worrying for those of us who seriously rate him. Add a touch of discipline, and much greater consistency, to his unrivalled passion and strength and you’d have another Patrick Vieira at the peak of his powers. Unfortunately, Arsène Wenger may feel the same way …
How long will Gooner memories be if speculation about Lorik Cana and renewed interest on the part of Arsène Wenger turns out to be true, and leads to an attempt to lure our captain to the Emirates stadium?
Salut! Sunderland readers will remember the abuse heaped on our captain by Arsenal fans visiting this site at different points of last season.
“Maybe you need to re-address this and start looking closer to home like your own thug of a footballer Cana,” said “Briggsy”, who actually turned out in subsequent postings to be a very thoughtful contributor (he’s also a qualified ref!).
Okayplayer had no time for niceties: “How conveniently you forget the two footed challange by Lorik Cana. We’ve lost 3 players to these kind of challanges. Enough is enough, we do not want your sympathy or well wishes. Go f*** yourself!”
And again, from dsgoon: “lorik cana’s challenge was a f***ing disgrace for which he should have been sent off.”
But hang on, my Arsenal friends (yes, I do have some). Don’t I somehow remember that Wenger is a long-established admirer of Cana’s? But for some incompetence – at Highbury? – over entry clearance, wasn’t a younger Lorik about to join the Gooners when he was quite a bit younger and learning his trade, and another of his many languages, in Geneva and Paris?
So what will Briggsy, okayplayer and dsgoon have to say if reports of Wenger’s renewed interest have any basis in truth? “That’s all right, he’ll be our thug now!” may be the answer to my question.
And is there any truth in the speculation in any case? Let me know if you understand what he’s saying in the above clip. Arsenal certainly gets a couple of mentions, and the responses are warmly applauded. Let’s hope they were along the lines of: “Very flattering but I’m much happier as skipper of Sunderland and exploring Hadrian’s Wall. There’s nowt to do in the Smoke anyway.”
All I completely understood was that he was rooting for Brazil in the World Cup.
The Tribal Football site, quoting the N**c**tl* Journal, says SAFC are taking it calmly, and Salut! Sunderland readers will be aware of my own caution about ALL pre-season transfer talk.
From Tribal Football again (via The Journal again?), we also hear more about that TV clip:
“The claims were given some credence because they originated from a talk-in given by Cana at the American University in his native Kosovo a few weeks ago – and were backed up by YouTube footage of him in a question-and-answer session. But Cana’s reference to ‘talks’ with Wenger was merely an acknowledgement of a relationship that has roots long before he signed for Sunderland.”
Salut! Sunderland is indebited to two Arsenal supporters, “arseenal-as” and “jasm”, who have posted comments (see below) with the following translation of Cana’s words:
I have two years with Sunderland. I have promised them for two years. After one year we will talk again. I have spoken often with Venger.
We’ll see. I don’t want it to happen, but would relish the stream of about-turns we’d soon witness from the direction of London N1 and N5.