Tag Archives: Balotelli

Reports claim Wenger penny-pinching means more Arsenal transfer woe!

I think that almost all Arsenal fans, at one time or another, have wondered whether Arsene Wenger was on another planet transfer-wise. Some of the signings the Frenchman has made since joining Arsenal, like Vieira, Henry and Fabregas, have been unbridled genius, while some, like Bendtner, Squillaci and Gervinho are best forgotten.

In recent years, our main bone of contention has been money. Rumour has it that Arsenal missed out on the likes of Juan Mata, Hazard and Higuain because of his reluctance to meet the asking price of their clubs, but you can argue that the Gunners simply have not had the money to pay the top prices that just seem to keep rising year on year, until now that is.

Arsenal rumours 1st July – Di Maria, Florenzi and Balotelli

Now that the new shirt deal with PUMA has begun, Arsenal fans are expecting to see some announcements regarding the Gunners activity in the transfer market to go with the shirt unveiling, but as usual we shall have to wait longer than we want to!

Today has some interesting Arsenal rumours concerning some possible big-money signings, and the question of Mario Balotelli has again raised its ugly head. It seems his agent has confided that Super Mario should not be back in Italy, inferring that he should be back in the Premier League. Mino Raiola was quoted as saying on Rai Sport: “Winning the 2006 World Cup disguised the real problems in Italian football and today they are doing the same thing with Balotelli.

Arsenal transfer rumours June 29th – Vidal, Martinez, Sanchez and Balotelli

As usual on a Sunday the tabloids have lots of Arsenal transfer rumours to wind us all up some more, and today is no exception. The latest hot potato is Arturo Vidal who had had a brilliant World Cup until Brazil knocked out Chile on penalties last night.

The Independent is suggesting that Arsenal could break there record transfer fee by paying £44m simply because Wenger said nice things about the Juventus star on the telly. Wenger is quoted as saying: “Vidal is one of the best midfielders in the world.

Milan say Mario-No to Arsenal transfer! Do we care?

What a surprise eh, Arsenal fans? After AC Milan bigwigs, Mario Balotelli and his agent kept dropping hints and fluttering their eyelashes at Arsenal over the possible transfer of the Italy international striker, the Serie A side have suddenly changed their tune and are insisting that their star man is not for sale, as reported by Sky Sports.

Do Arsenal really NEED a new striker?

Can Arsenal do without a striker signing this summer? by AT

Arsenal have struggled up front recently without a world class striker to knock in the goals. Although Olivier Giroud has been pretty good value for his two years at the club, he is a far cry from some of the strikers we’ve had in the past, including Van Persie, Henry and Anelka to name a few. It was imperative last season that we brought in a striker but failed to do so, and had to “wing it” for a season. Now it seems again that we must bring in a striker. However, could we afford to go another season without an addition in the striker department?

Why Arsenal should choose Remy over Balotelli

WHY BALOTELLI WOULD BE BAD INVESTMENT – STATS REVIEW by SG

Arsenal needs attacking support, someone to shoulder the burden so squarely put on the shoulders of Oliver Giroud for much of the 2013 season. I like everyone else would be delighted if Arsene Wenger addresses this obvious need. We all know this, the media knows this and hopefully Wenger knows this too. As is the norm during any transfer window a host of attacking players have been linked with Arsenal with two of these garnering more attention than others, they are Loic Remy of QPR and Mario Balotelli of AC Milan.

Arsenal can forget Martinez – Let’s just go for Balotelli!

Following a lot of speculation over a potential Arsenal return for former striker Carlos Vela, it has now been confirmed that the Mexican international will stay with Real Sociedad after the Gunners boss, Arsene Wenger chose not to activate the player’s release clause, opting instead to have it cancelled out in exchange for 12 million.

The La Liga side confirmed yesterday that the talented youngster will stay at the San Sebastian club, whilst even announcing a new four-year contract extension for their prized asset. Also another reported Arsenal target, Jackson Martinez, looks set to stay at FC Porto with several media sources reporting that the Portuguesse giants are on the verge of tying him down to a new contract.

Did Mario just fail and Campbell pass the Arsenal audition?

If Arsene Wenger and his Arsenal scouting team were sitting on the fence over whether to bring Mario Balotelli and/or Joel Campbell to play in the Premier League next season, they will be watching the two strikers closely during the World Cup games. But which, if any, will have impressed the Frenchman enough to earn himself a place in the Gunners’ squad?

Balotelli will have no more chances, after Italy lost a controversial game against Uruguay in which the Liverpool front man Luis Suarez was up to his old tricks again, appearing to bite the Italian defender Chiellini on the shoulder. Suarez escaped any punishment as he had with Ivanovic and then Uruguay scored.

Whoa Arsenal – Benzema transfer still on after Suarez and Falcao rumours

A lot of Arsenal fans have already started grumbling about the transfer window. In fact, many of us have been worried ever since Arsene Wenger talked about there being no action in the market until after the World Cup finals in Brazil were over.

Hey, we are Arsenal fans and recent years have given us good reason for concern. But maybe the Frenchman was right all along, because if the Gunners had rushed into signing their players, we may have ended up kicking ourselves when someone better became available.

Arsenal given boost in Balotelli chase

There have been countless Arsenal rumours over the last few weeks saying that the Gunners are going all out to sign Mario Balotelli as the answer to our striking problems, and yesterday an AC Milan director seemed to confirm that there are ongoing talks and the Italian giants are happy to sell the ex-Manchester City hitman.

Milan director Barbara Berlusconi has spoken to journalists in Italy. “Balotelli is a great player,” she said. “But nobody is irreplaceable. We will see what happens.”

Will Mandzukic World Cup exit spark Arsenal transfer bid?

When Arsene Wenger suggested that Arsenal would not be doing any transfer business until after the World Cup, I assume he meant until after the players that he might be trying to sign have ended their own involvement in the tournament.

That makes sense, I suppose, because the Frenchman can run the rule over them and also ensure that they are not going to pick up an injury straight after joining Arsenal. With the knockout stages in Brazil looming large, we might start to actually see some transfer action from the Gunners.

Arsenal target Mandzukic NOT about to sign for Wolfsburg

Someone, the player’s agent perhaps, may have been trying to give Arsene Wenger the hurry-up to complete the transfer of Mario Balotelli to Arsenal. Because reports started to appear in the media that Arsenal’s back-up option in case the deal for the Italian fell through, was on the verge of signing for someone else.

That player, supposedly second on Wenger’s wish list of centre forwards, is Mario Mandzukic, and the reports claimed that he was very close to agreeing a transfer from Bayern Munich back to his former club Wolfsburg. Many media outlets in Germany were reporting it as almost a done deal, but the Bundesliga club have quickly spoken out to rubbish the rumours, as a report in The Express reveals.