Be prepared for a minimum of several days nonsense surrounding what Demba Ba did or didn’t say in an interview with Canal+.
The following wording/translation is what’s been circulated and repeated by every media outlet;
“I have nothing to say about those speculations (with Arsenal). Nothing has happened.
The media know Arsenal need another striker and they know about my release clause. They need to make their own mind up about it.
Arsenal are one of those teams who make you dream”..
Our valued regular translator isn’t out of bed yet but we’ll be later trying to get to the bottom of Demba has said and the meaning that should be taken from the words.
However, just on the basis of what has gone before this looks more than likely to be a literal word for word ‘translation’ that doesn’t exactly translate what Ba means.
In these quotes, when asked about transfer speculation to do with Arsenal, Ba (to me) appears to be simply stating the obvious in that Arsenal need a striker and that his release clause is public. The part about ‘need to make their own mind up about it’ almost certainly relates to the media and not Arsenal, though no doubt plenty will deliberately claim he means Arsenal.
The part about ‘make you dream’ is what is making all the headlines, along the lines of Ba is dreaming of playing for Arsenal etc etc.
This sounds very familiar and has been misinterpreted before, I’m pretty sure the real meaning is that Demba is talking about Arsenal being a dream club, in the sense that they are a very good club, a simple compliment – not that he is dreaming of going there.
The whole just doesn’t ring true because in the past whatever has or hasn’t gone on behind the scenes with Ba’s advisers, the actual player himself has said absolutely nothing that isn’t positive and loyal to Newcastle United.
As I say, we’ll hopefully bring you our intrepid French translator’s view of things later.
In the meantime we’ll leave you with some words that Demba Ba sent out to his Twitter followers a week ago – I can’t guess which profession he could be possibly thinking of here;
“I would love to see people’s nose grow like Pinocchio when they lie”.
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