Category Archives: Arsenal Transfer News

Arsenal set to snap up ANOTHER La Liga star?

If I was the Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta or his central midfield team mate Mathieu Flamini, I would be getting a bit worried right now. Because their future Arsenal careers are starting to look a little bit dicey, to say the least, and the latest Arsenal transfer rumours are not making things any better for the pair, with a Metro report claiming that the Real Madrid and Spain international star Asier Illarramendi could be joining the Gunners at the end of this season.

Will Arsenal haggling allow Man United to hijack Paulista transfer?

First of all I should say that I still expect Arsenal to complete the transfer of the Brazilian defender Gabriel Paulista from La Liga, even though the latest reports suggest that we have yet to come to an agreement with his current club Villarreal on the transfer fee.

I very much doubt that Arsene Wenger would have been so forthcoming about the ongoing transfer talks if he was not extremely confident of sealing the deal for the talented 24-year old. However, there is apparently a new complication to go with the cost and the work permit issue, according to a Daily Star report.

Should Arsenal be able to buy ANY player in the world?

Wenger said about the Paulista transfer: “It’s 50-50 at this moment, yes. We respect the rules in England. When you buy a player who does not fulfil the criteria and needs a work permit, you go in front of a commission and they tell you yes or no.

“We will accept that, we have to respect the rules that are in this country. After, are the rules right or not, that can be discussed. At the moment the rules are like that, you have to go in front of a committee for a work permit.

Campbell may want to leave but Arsenal must NOT let him!

It is not likely to get any easier for the Costa Rica international star Joel Campbell to force his way into the Arsenal first team, with our flying England forward Theo Walcott getting closer to full match fitness and his two international team mates Danny Welbeck and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain giving Arsene Wenger better striking options than we have had for many a year.

Walcott actually suggested the other day that this could be the strongest Arsenal attacking line-up ever, so young Campbell must realise that it will not be a simple matter to displace one of the incumbent players. He even said as much in the summer when his future was unsure and there was the possibility of him leaving the Gunners, either on loan or permanently.

Wenger CONFIRMS transfer plans! Paulista a DONE DEAL?

It is not like Arsene Wenger to tell the football media anything at all about his Arsenal transfer plans. All the Frenchman usually says is something along the lines of, we are working hard, it is difficult and there is no point signing any players just for the sake of it.

And it is January as well, the transfer window that the boss likes about as much as an ince cube down the back of his jumper on a wintery British day. So when I heard the Frenchman being so forthcoming about the transfer talks that are going on between the Gunners and Villareal about the Brazilian defender Gabriel Paulista, I instantly assumed that the deal is all but done.

Arsenal deal for Paulista stalling over price difference

We all know that Arsenal definitely need a defender this month, and it now seems pretty certain that Arsene Wenger has pinpointed Gabriel Paulista as the man to fill the hole.

But of course, as with every transfer to Arsenal, there is a snag to every deal. It has been reported in the Telegraph today that Villarreal are holding out for the official release clause in the Brazilian’s contract which means paying £15.25 million, but naturally Wenger has only put in a bid of £6 million, which is probably what he could have got if he had done the deal last summer (or 3 years ago!).

DONE DEAL and Arsenal will make just ONE more transfer

There was a suggestion from Arsene Wenger that the Arsenal squad named to face Manchester City in the Premier League on Saturday could include the name of the young Polish midfielder Krystian Bielik, who was supposedly in London to have his Arsenal medical at the end of last week.

The 17-year old did not appear in the squad, but any concerns that anything was stopping his transfer from Legia Warsaw being completed was proven false earlier today as Arsenal.com confirmed that the move was complete and included the first pictures of the promising player, who has been compared to our former captain Patrick Vieira, in his snazzy new Arsenal kit.

La Liga boss CONFIRMS defender’s likely transfer to Arsenal

After being the subject of some Arsenal transfer rumours in recent weeks, the Brazilian defender Gabriel Paulista, who is currently starring for La Liga club Villareal, spoke out to welcome the interest from the Gunners. The 24-year old said that the whole thing was being handled by his agent, but he made no secret of wanting the transfer to happen, as a report in The Telegraph reveals.

Paulista said, “If I go to Arsenal it will be excellent. But if it’s not finalised then I am relaxed. I am focused on my work here.

Does Coquelin contract spell the end for Flamini at Arsenal?

The Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini will be 31-years old in a couple of months from now, but that is still pretty young for a modern day footballer. We have seen the likes of Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes playing at the top level for a lot longer than that and our own club captain Mikel Arteta is already two years older than his French team mate.

But it could well be that Flamini finds himself at the Arsenal exit door at the end of this season. As far as I know, the central midfielder currently in his second spell as a Gunner will still have a year left on his deal, but Arsene Wenger may be thinking about selling him on in the summer, according to a report in The Telegraph.

Why Arsenal should say NO to Serie A striker transfer

I am not really sure whether Arsenal should even be trying to sign another striker in the January transfer window. We have bigger needs in other positions to fill for one thing and Arsene Wenger has already let the Germany international Lukas Podolski and the France under 21 international Yaya Sanogo leave the club on loan deals because they were not getting into the team.

There are even some Arsenal transfer rumours suggesting that Joel Campbell could also be on the way out, although Wenger has previously declared that the young Costa Rican is part of his plans for the rest of the season. But even if Campbell does go and there is room for another forward, I do not think that Mattia Destro is the right man for the job.

Reid WANTS Arsenal transfer but West Ham want BIG money! So….

I know that the Arsenal boss will not want to meet the transfer demands of West Ham. The East London club actually want to keep hold of their talented centre back and have apparently tried various offers to persuade him to sign a new contract.

But the latest media reports, including from The Mirror, claim that the captain of the New Zealand international team has rejected these offers and also made it cleat to his bosses at West Ham that he wants to make the transfer across London to play for Arsenal and will not be too happy if the Hammers block his dream move.

Arsenal need to go on a Bender says German star

I don’t think anyone would blame the Arsenal players and Arsene Wenger for having gone out on the lash last night, when they got back to London in a great mood after claiming all three points with a terrific battling performance against Man City. But that is not the sort of Bender I mean.

The German international midfielder Lars Bender used to be the subject of lots of Arsenal transfer rumours and his twin brother Sven, who plays for Borussia Dortmund, has also been linked with us, although to a lesser extent. They both play in the same position, defensive midfield, and that is certainly a position that Arsenal have needed to strengthen, so I wonder why the rumours have largely disappeared.