Arsenal rumours Dec 29th – Cuenca, Andrade, Rosicky, Rasmus Elm and more!

There are loads of snippets of Arsenal transfer news about this morning, but most of them seem to be total speculation without any quotes whatsoever, but it is my duty to pass them on to interested Arsenal fans.

The first one has Arsenal and just about every other top Premier League club interested in signing the 16 year-old Santos starlet Victor Andrade. The Brazilian giants though have just got the youngster to sign a new contract with a €50 million buy-out clause built in. As Santos are lining him up to replace Neymar when he finally moves to Europe there is little chance of anyone getting him cheap after that news…..

The second one concerns a Barcelona starlet called Isaac Cuenca, who has apparently refused to sign a new contract at the Nou Camp which means he will be free to join the Gunners (or Chelsea apparently) for free next summer. This 20 year-old winger looks like exactly the type of signing that Wenger would go for; a cheap one! So I will put that one down as a possibility……

The Mirror has “An Exclusive” that says Thomas Rosicky being chased by Olympiakos, who are the Greek Champions (and want to stay that way!). They are willing to pay him well and give him a good chance of a trophy or two before he retires, but I can’t really see Wenger letting “Little Mozart” leave as he is in such good form lately…..

The Swedish winger Rasmus Elm is supposedly being chased by Arsenal and Man Utd, and it was reported that he had already agreed to join Alex Ferguson’s side, but now his agent reckons he is still open to offers and nothing has been ordained.

Patrick Moerk said: “I don’t comment on specific rumours but suggestions he has already agreed to join a club are not correct.

“Rasmus does not close any doors and he listens to all offers. But he is very happy at AZ and not desperate to move to another club.”

So at least that Arsenal rumour has a quote, but it doesn’t mention the Gunners at all, so I will take that one with a pinch of salt as well…..

It seems that Wenger has offered Thierry Henry a chance to return to the fold for two months. I really could see this happening but I’m not too sure about the veracity of the reports. At least this is one that we will know for certain very very soon….

Yoann Gourcuff is definitely NOT coming, according to Wenger. He reckons there is not “enough room” in the Arsenal midfield to fit in another Frenchman, but then again, if he sold Rosicky and Arshavin there would be….

With the transfer window arriving very shortly I will try and bring you a full roundup of all the Arsenal transfer rumours every morning, to keep you all up to date from now until the end of January…..

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61 thoughts on “Arsenal rumours Dec 29th – Cuenca, Andrade, Rosicky, Rasmus Elm and more!

  1. Latest Football News

    Signing Henry will be good but not if we don’t sign another striker. I would rather we sign Henry and Podolski or any other striker but Henry alone for two months is just suspending the judgment day.

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  2. Aurijit

    Rosicky stays for sure…. Gourcuff will add nothing new than what arteta does on field…also Wilshere is coming on the fold for first team action… Rambo is all there..(though i feel he need’s to pull up his socks… or see some banners we held, when he was off injured to get that extra motivation)… Titti the GOD is always welcomed …. but we need another addition..an out an out finisher… lets see…. and guys pls crying for Samba and Cahill … how many more centre back do we need for god sake!!!!

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  3. robz

    Sell the awfully erratic Arshavin and invest that money to get Gourcuff… It looks like Wenger is going to let all the Arsenal fans down again… Teams like Chelsea are going to dip into the market heavily and Arsenal need more quality.. they can’t wait until summer because once you are out of the CL it becomes that much more difficult to persuade players to come in as well as it will initiate an exodus of sorts.. So wenger act quickly.

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  4. rj

    Mertesacker has advised to buy podolski but could he have any influence on wenger. I also read recently that lehmann recommended gotze and reus to wenger. Wenger would probably listen to Lehmann so reus might be a possibility

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  5. robz

    @ Aurijit .. why do you comment about players you know nothing about?
    Gourcuff is a naturally talented playmaker who can control a game from midfield with his passing, movement and forward drives. He also scores goals on a regular basis and has the ability to thread killer balls consistently. Arteta is more of an english style midfielder. The player you can compare Gourcuff with in terms of playing style is Kaka. Typical attacking midfielder. Seriously man get a grip before voicing your concerns and opinions.

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  6. mabus

    trust me, if wenger make a loan move for henry and that is it. There will be no more signging.. And the reason is we have a big squad. No need to add player. Typcal wenger..

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  7. S.H

    Just 2 sleeps to go until transfer season opens! The 2nd half of the season is just going to get better and more intense. Wenger will buy, we’ll have the talent and depth by Feb to challenge AC Milan, progressing thru CL. I’m not concerned about Chelsea or Spuds, they’ll eventually implode. We’ll get at least 4th spot this season!

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  8. French fries

    Well diaby ”the african messi” who cant stop dribelling is not a player to look forward to ,wilshere he is right about that i cant wait to see hum back ,but come on ramsey is not reaching the level arsenal requires from him ,gourcuff is really what we need cause we only play with one striker,,trhow that dump rubbish walcott on the bench and only play him when the other team is tired or leave space open ,,gervino that guy needs 50 shots to score one time and that one time he doesnt score with conviction wenger milan is waiting …………….wenga come on

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  9. maroc

    bloody hell… hoilet? we are arsenal!! not wigan not everton!! why are we always finding ‘cheap’ alternatives! how long until we realise these average players dnt work! lets get the big boy players like we did in the last day of the last transfer window.

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  10. tanga

    wenger is tsken the piss. not spending money to get the plsyers we need to seriously mount a challenge. we need a good striker than is prven not some damn on known.

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  11. Joseph

    I think Chamack could not be given more matches to improve his quality. There is a chance for him to improve. Wenger should give Chamack more chances. Even Poldosk will probably be the same as Chamack, mind you it takes time to full adapt EPL

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  12. palmer17

    The only big boy player we got on deadline day was arteta and hoilett would flourish in our style of play he is young and powerful and stronger than theo and would actually have ago unlike arsharvin

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  13. tanga

    we need to get read of ashavin,diaby,that frensh defender guy,chamak,drouru and rasisky.ramsay isn’t good enough to be in starting eleven.wenger should stop playing around tere is plenty of money to spend,we loose s fabricas and nasri and still he didnt want to spend. we need a good player maker a striker. cavani wood be the real deal or even lavizzi these are guys that come to this league and create real problems for defenders here

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  14. illler

    its obvious what we need,rosiscky should stay,we need his experience,arshavin should be shown the door,this is his second season of misperforming.The midfiedld is one area we dont need anyone,As for striking if wenger is seriousabout winning anything ,buy buy buy.

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  15. Don

    sometimes i do wonder the way at which Arsenal football club is been govern. i wonder every season we are always praying or begging for top 4. when or for how long we keep on praying for top 4 in my own point of view it is really obvious. and the way Arsenal react when the transfer market runs it is totally unfair. bring us player so that we can be a title contender .i do support them to sign Henry, but what i want to be clear will Arsenal sign another striker, because Henry is just for only 2 months and moreover by them the leagues is still fresh. i wonder if we are not making the wrong decision again. about our left back we need to sign not loan having three left back it not a big issues . some club do have more than three player per different area.but if our coach remain like this which means he is ready to make the fans be unhappy and can lead us to be discourage about our club. our coach is the problem of our club and if he is not capable for the job let him resign we can not be begging for top four every season we are so shame.

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  16. Gooner Fresh

    @robz, my apologies for being on your case but you’re a mug my friend. You’re a paranoid fan whthwarts to switch the team up after a player has a bad run of form or we draw. Footballers want to play for wenger bc he is loyal to his players and shows faith in them even through the bad times. If you are going to make suggestions on how wenger should run his team, than perhaps you should perhaps you should let others do it too huh?

    I do think arshavin’s days are numbered. He hasn’t shown glimpses of his real form (for arsenal that is) in too long. I don’t think he’ll be sold in Jan bc of gervinho’s absence though. Hoilett would be a good fit for us but he still needs time to reach his potential. I hope wenger signs a LB on loan and goes after a proven attacking mid. A striker can wait until the summer as I believe park will show his worth when given a run of games. Here’s to hoping

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  17. Don

    WE NEED PLAYER GIVE US STARS NOT CHEAP PLAYERS WE HAVE THE MONEY TO SPEND BUT FOR THE SELFISH INTEREST THEY KEEP ON GIVEN HOPE WHICH WE NEVER SEE. WHAT IS THE PROBLEM OF OUR COACH WHY IS IT THAT ANYTIME ARSENAL LOOSE OR DRAW THEN WE GET A NEWS THEY WE SIGN PLAYER .

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  18. Aurijit

    @ robz… citing your love for gourcuff …. i am sorry to hurt your feelings :P… but fact is this not Manager 2012 game where in you sign whoever you like… our midfield is potent enough at least at the center of the park…. our priority this window isn’t this position… but wings both middle and back… and a striker… Bad luck Gourcuff got injured else i would have cited the same feeling…for me Arteta,Rambo,Wilshere and Rosciky are great …and will do just fine…atleast till the summer…:)

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  19. Jacky

    I don’t see Wenger buying a new striker.We have Bendtner,Vela,Campbell on loan and Chamakh,Persie,Park,Afobe + Gervinho,Walcott and Arshavin who can play there,but i want to see Podolski,Gourcuff/Marco Reus/Christian Eriksen,Henry and Vertonghen/Jordi Alba in the squad,but again we have a very big squad.Wenger knows best !!

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  20. maroc

    Alrite Alrite.. let me re phrase myself better. there is nothing wrong with signing hoilet he is a good player hence why the spuds want him, however what im saying is us being arsenal we can attract the big boy players and so we should be using to our advantage and some top quality world class proven players. thats what im trying to tell you

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  21. maroc

    Alrite Alrite.. let me re phrase myself better. there is nothing wrong with signing hoilet he is a good player hence why the spuds want him, however what im saying is us being arsenal we can attract the big boy players and so we should be using to our advantage and get top quality world class proven players. thats what im trying to tell you!

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  22. luke prince

    im getting sick of the useless players in the squad wenger wake up and sell roscky,arshavin,squid,almunia,chamack, and bring in players that will do something! cardoso st?, affily winger?, filpe luis lb?, wouldnt cost any more than 35/40 mill and then maybe just maybe 4th spot will be ours but the team we got now will find it hard to get 4th let alone win silverwear!!!

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  23. CRABBY

    @ maroc Have you ever watched Hoilett play? coz that boy has a great future ahead of him(Great work rate, good on the ball, skill full, fast and strikes the ball well) and I would rather have him playing in the side than Walcott as I think Walcott has not lived up to the hype, sure he has some great games but most of the time he is a headless chicken. I believe it’s time for the OX to be set loose on our enemy’s coz that boy is going to be a world beater!
    We DO NOT need any more centre halfs as we have 3 great players in that position, a loan move for a wing back, a winger and a striker is all we need.

    As for returning legends, I would LOVE to see BERGKAMP, ADAMS and HENRY back at the Emirates next season as coaches with BERGKAMP assistant manger how frigging great would that be and they all want come back to the club and coach.

    peace out fellow Gooners.

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  24. SA gooner

    Wake up fellow gooners, when was the last time we attracted top players? the answer is five years ago. Big name players no longer mention Arsenal among the big clubs because we are not a threat in epl and cl anymore

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  25. maroc

    By the way my fellow gunners, PSG have got ancelloti as there new manager and have expressed his desire to purchase several players that arsenal have been linkd too, and they a very rich generous owner prepard to pay any price for any of those players….

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  26. Shawn o

    Wools so why do people hate arshavin but like rosicky? The rosicky I knew played well with hleb and flamini since both left and he got injured for 18 months I ain’t see him belt a goal from anywhere on the pitch like he use to. ( plus keep in mind he was pirez replacement which he hasn’t done ha,f the things pirez has) if you do your history arshavin a major part why Russia qualified for the euro’s at top goal scorer and decent amount of assist, why because Russia no at 30 years old he can’t play on the wing and run for 90 mins gervinho is 24 and wakctott 22. He’s a natural striker or playmaker fact!

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  27. Arshavins_Grandma

    so much BS gets flung around at this time of the year. Remember the Jean Makoun to Arsenal rumor!? It’s best for us all to just wait and see, instead of continually speculating about who may be coming into, or leaving the squad.

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  28. dan

    It is vital that wenger makes at least 2 decent signings. if we don’t i am sure we will not get top 4 – spurs are too strong and chelsea will imporve.

    Without champions league next season we lack appeal and income. arshevan and squalaci out, podolski and samba in.

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  29. gunnersince2001

    alrite guys calm down are u saying we are going to struggle next season have u seen how well we played this first half i know we need players we do need a winger for gervinho a fullback and a striker for back up thierry henry loan holliet is class i dont care what u say he is better thn walcott filepe of athletico madrid or leighton baines whatevs and podolski if lucky affily or reus that would be brilliant personally im fine wit the squad so stop moaning wenger will spend if u have patience

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  30. CRABBY

    @dan We do not need another flaming centre back even if we sell the flapping Squid!
    Gibbs is too injury prone along with Diaby so we need a left back(world class LB) not sure who, anyone have any ideas?, A world class winger Marvin Martin or Hazard and maybe 2 World class strikers including Henry on loan with maybe Podolski signed.

    Get rid of
    Squid
    Arshavin
    Diaby
    Chamakh
    Almunia

    With all this done then maybe we can enjoy the rest of our season with some success!

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  31. gunned up

    I was thinking if fabregas wants to come back….Would wenger let him and will the fans be happy???

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  32. aarrsseennaall

    Victor Andrade should be signed immediately. Then get wenger to start to open contract talks with paul pogba, riccardo montolivo and isacc cuanca.

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  33. palmer17

    I know what you mean id love to see lavezzi hazard cavani hamsik hulk goetze join our ranks but this is wenger were talking about he will sign no1

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  34. John 3:16

    If we do not buy a top left-back, creative central midfielder and striker (and pay the going rate) in January and also get rid of all the deadwood we will not finish in the top 4 this season, which means we will not be able to attract top players to the club as well as our top players like Robin Van Persie leaving because of lack of ambition and investment. I hope Arsene Wenger and the board realise this and take a long hard look at themselves.

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  35. John 3:16

    GET RID OF:

    Almunia
    Djourou
    Squillaci
    Denilson
    Diaby
    Benayoun (loan end)
    Rosicky
    Arshavin
    Vela
    Chamakh
    Bendtner

    And buy some “PROPER” players for FU*KS SAKE!!!

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  36. Giddy

    Arshavin look’s 16 but he’s 30 n if any reasonable offer comes take it n go 4 lukaz podolski.2 month henry deal is a step backwards on d cards as d pressure will b back on rvp when henry leaves.wenger u want cheap quality top striker am readily available.pls who can pass this to wenger.guess he can’t hear me.

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  37. Giddy

    Arshavin look’s 16 but he’s 30 n if any reasonable offer comes take it n go 4 lukaz podolski.2 month henry deal is a step backwards on d cards as d pressure will b back on rvp when henry leaves.wenger u want cheap quality top striker am readily available n am very young.pls who can pass this to wenger.guess he can’t hear me.

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  38. daniel

    we need pato podolski henry (loan)wayne brige (loan)juan vargas from fiorentina and sell arshavin squid chamakh and almunia

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  39. bijan

    cavani is very good,henry is 50 th,,gorcuf,hazard,podolski,cavani are very good player,but wenger no buy player ,arsenal is player maker,no buy,diplomasi arsenal,,wenger must get out,,,we requair player,,,

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  40. g-ryder

    we need to buy a defender like sahko, gourcuff is talented player, he will get his talent back and a backup goalkeeper and benzema get rid of arshavin, diaby squidboi,alumia. get the ox and park some chance for god sake i believe if the ox played in the game that just pass we would win no wrry wilshere and sagna will be back and damn rite we finished above spurs.

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  41. Niwa

    I think currently we need a right back because jenkinson does not have experience !! Wenger should transfer list Arshavin and Chamakh and buy one defender and one attacking midfielder !! I think Van Persie is doing fine in forward !!

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  42. Louis

    Gourcuff would be a stupid signing because he isn’t playing that well and Wilshere will soon be back. Arsenal need a playmaker like Goetze, Reus or Hazard. All of them will be fairly expensive but just in Wengers price range + a playmaker is the key thing Arsenal are missing right now, it could be Wilshere but I think he will be more of a box-to-box midfielder and Ramsey will eventually be a top playmaker but not for a few seasons. Arsenal also need a new striker and I believe Henry should be bought and also Podolski/Guidetti, Guidetti would be cheaper but lacks the same experience Podolski does, Wenger should also get a two-month loan for a LB or buy Jan Vertonghen

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  43. Ryan sailsman

    no no no… we need to sell arshavin and bring in podolski and put in a serious bid for either pato or a not so serious one for malouda who has fallen from grace a chelsea and would do us a job without having to adapt… as far as deffenders go wenger is right not to sign another full back the only guy i believe would be a good addition and would settle in quickly is baines but everton want stupid money for him…. oh and sign yann mavilla competition for song in place of diaby – get rid of diaby… certain players have reached theyre full potential at arsenal and the wont really grow much more arshavin, chamak, diaby (who i still rate) i think these players need to be sold and make way for some new blood….. imagen ghevenhio, van persie, podolski, malouda, pato and walcot all in rotation for us there are like for likes there and injuries wouldnt be a problem and i estimate all of them would come to a total of about 60 million surely we’ve got that in the bank?

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  44. danok

    guyz,Wenger has outlived his stay at Emirates,its high time he left for young blood like Tiery Henry or anyother .Look at his choises for the last signings.just disgusting apart from some few gueses.Please Wenger give us a break.

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  45. the truth

    wenger will not sign any players other than loan in henry n may b a fullback.i dnt see it coming.no goetze hazard podoloski .no nothing.some dumb youth policy n limping out rest of the season for position 4.worst part of it is that blody spuds may finish above.come on guys.we cant compete 4 finishing at 4th place.we should build up a team to become the champ.i dnt blame wenger,he is the best.please some 1 shoot the moron board members n save arsenal.

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  46. Kid cudi

    Dont sell rosicky. He is on his way back to the starting lineup with the way he has been playing. & i am definitly getting a henry jersey.

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  47. jonesy

    get david dein back on board get rid of arshavin squilaci bendtner and chamack and almunia sign podolski reus and vertonghen and sign hoillet who can only gt better if we can sign him for good price as he could replace walcott as walcot is too inconsistent he has gd games bt nt anuf also try for callejon real madrid striker who has cl experience agd goalscoring record bt doesnt gt anuf first team action n go for gourcuf marvin martin and vargas any 1 of these wud b a gr8 addition to arsenal and giv us some major strength in depth our team should look like gk scezny def sagna konscielny vermaelen vertonghen mid song wilshere arteta gervinho marvin martin or reus st van persie wivpodolski a side of him if we play a 442 bt bt tha a 443 subs podolski hoilet or walcot mertesacker ramsay and gourcuff tha wud b a strong team in wich we cud gt for 90 mil plus who we sell wud contribut to the funds

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