Sol out? Koscielny in, guess who’s next through the door…….

June 30, 2010

So it seems Sol is locked in talks with Celtic, that’s him gone then in my opinion. If he wanted to stay with us he would have sorted that out by now, no doubt Celtic are offering him more money and maybe he wants to play abroad again! Scotland is abroad in my eyes 😉

That leaves us with new boy Laurent Koscielny and Thomas Vermaelen, with Johan Djourou in there too. Not enough for the Premiership season we have ahead so I think we can expect another centre half signed soon. My hope is that when the Koscielny deal is finally announced, its done so with another signing. Maybe Schwarzer, maybe another centre half, maybe even both!

I hope for Gary Cahill, 24yr old, 6′ 2″ Englishman, who’s right footed! We now have two lefties, so we need a righty to balance the defence…

Another option is Madjid Bougherra, a 27yr old defender who can also play in midfield. A dual role player, Wenger likes them!! He shouldn’t cost too much either.

On to other players linked with us right now……………….

Mario Balotelli – 6’3″ striker who is constantly saying he loves being linked to us, he’s only 19yrs old, maybe if Eduardo leaves Wenger will look for another striker, but will he take a chance on another young striker? Would the new Inter manager sell him to us, I doubt it. Can’t see this one happening!

Loic Remy, another striker hoping for a move to us, he is reported to have rebuffed West Ham in hope that our wiley old boss brings him to Arsenal. Now this one is a tad more interesting in my opinion, he’s 23yrs old, FRENCH and we’ve been linked with him for the last 50 years 😉

The other one in the mix is Joe Cole, I have changed my mind over this one, I would rather Jack Wilshere remain with us rather than go on loan and play the similar role – Jack has attitude and desire, why pay an ex chav £100K a week when we have a fitter younger player who can play in the same position.. For that reason, I don’t think Wenger will take a chance on Joe Cole…

The good news is that we aren’t linked to a central midfielder yet, maybe Melo will just be snapped up in a no fuss, no thrills and spills deal after Holland knock Brazil out of the World Cup – now wouldn’t that get us all up to fever pitch??

We look a really weak side defensively, things have to be done, players need to be bought. In midfield we lack support for Song and between the posts we need a new face….

I don’t know what Arsene Wenger is up to during his spare time in South Africa but I sure as heck hope he’s sorting out the weaknesses in our current squad, because if the new season were to begin right now, we’d be doomed……

It seems more are leaving right now than joining, but have a guess at who you think will be the next player in……

That’s it footie wise for today….

Off topic – I don’t know if you like tennis, but I was pleased with two things at Wimbledon yesterday. One was Venus Williams getting knocked out, the other was seeing the greatest and most successful female tennis player ever to have graced the court return to the game at 53 years old. Having faced and got through a cancer scare, Martina Navratilova partnered Jana Novotna in the Ladies Invitation Doubles Competition, she won too, I hope they go on to win the competition.

Does that not prove that if you’re old enough you are good enough, or should that be if you are good enough, you’re never too old – there’s hope for me yet 🙂

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We really are after Messi then… 14M for Cahill, go for it!

May 25, 2010

 

Well, the 19-year-old lad dubbed ‘The New Messi’ that is ……. How many times have players been referred to as ‘The New X, Y Z’? Too many to mention and seldom do they come anywhere near the player they are likened to! Just look at Diaby!

I stole this from one of the reports yesterday, just hope there is no copyright 🙂

Arsenal are being linked with a move for Barcelona youngster Guy Assulin.

The 19-year-old playmaker has earned rave reviews for his performances in the Barcelona B team, and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is ready to make another move for a youngster in Spain.

Assulin has already made his debut for the Israeli national team despite failing to earn an appearance for the senior side at the Nou Camp, and the teenager is thought to be getting anxious about this lack of first team opportunities.

Wenger has previously signed Fran Merida and Cesc Fabregas from the junior ranks in Catalonia, but with Merida signing for Atletico and Fabregas poised for a move to Barca, the Frenchman is looking to bring some new blood to the Emirates.

Spanish daily Sport report that the Gunners will intensify their interest ahead of the opening of the summer transfer window on June 1st. The paper also reports that Chelsea are taking a look at the youngster, although Carlo Ancelotti isn’t expected to move for the player this summer.

Previously dubbed ‘the new Messi’, Guardiola is believed to be keen to keep hold of the precocious talent, although will struggle to keep him happy in 2ªB Group 3 and away from La Liga.

Well, he’s not Spanish, so that’s promising, and he’s not just out of his nappies, so I don’t really mind if we sign this guy, as long as he is in addition to what we NEED!

Talking of Barca, which we seem to be doing far too much of lately, Goal.com reported last night that they now want Eboue!!

Well Arsene, stick a 20M price tag on his head and take the money if they want him!

Seriously, I am getting sick and tired of Barca, so many of their players have really slated us and the teams lack of fight, why oh why then do they want our players??

I was pleased to hear that Scottish man (don’t know his name) talking to Sky Sports yesterday, he said Arsenal have put a 70M (ish) price tag on Cesc, but he said Barca will offer 43M Euros and Yaya Toure. I would rather we took the money and bought  players who wants to come to Arsenal, Toure has too often turned us down, he’d be another ‘sulk’ and would soon look to move on, so maybe it’s best we leave him well alone! Only a few days ago he has supposed to have said he would rather join his brother at Citeh!

Another player who has bantered around on most blogs as a ‘must buy’ defender is Gary Cahill. Bolton boss Owen Coyle has said that he doesn’t want to lose his player but an offer or£14 million would be impossible to turn down. I don’t think that’s an unreasonable amount of money to ask for an English defender so lets hope Arsene Wenger feels the same. The club have a good rapport these days having loaned Wilshere to them so maybe we will be Coyles first choice club to sell to.

Didn’t watch the England v Mexico match last night and by all accounts I didn’t miss much. Haven’t seen any rave reviews about Walcott or Vela either so I’m glad I didn’t bother…

Anyone see how Hart played? Is he good enough to displace Almunia or Fabianski? 😉

Have a good day all, maybe the next one through the door will be Gary Cahill….