Chelsea’s former striker Demba Ba has revealed he is still annoyed at having not been allowed to join Arsenal in January 2013. The 30 year-old is plying his trade in China now, and has been doing rather well since leaving the Blues.
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Arsenal took on Besiktas in the 2nd leg of their Champions League playoff tie against Besiktas last night, needing an outright win to progress through to the group stages of the competition for the 17th year running.
Last summer the ex-Chelsea striker Demba Ba was on the verge of joining Arsenal on loan before Jose Mourinho put a block on the deal, but now he has moved to the Turkish side Besiktas who just happen to be playing the Gunners for the first time ever in Europe.
Not long ago it was thought to be a done deal and Arsenal would soon have a new Dutch striker by the name of Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, but there have been a few changes at his club Schalke recently, and the 29-year old front man has been persuaded to sign a new contract that will keep him at the Bundesliga club until 2015.
The Newcastle hitman Demba Ba has made it clear that he is free to join other clubs in January if they meet his paltry 7.5m buyout clause, and he has also admitted that Arsenal would be his “dream club” and he is hoping that Arsene Wenger will be making an offer.
If ever there was a match made in heaven it is surely to be between a prolific Premiership goalcorer and Arsene Wenger this January. There is absolutely no doubt that Arsenal are desperate for a new striker, even without Marouane Chamakh leaving and Gervinho going off to the African Cup of Nations in the New Year, so surely this is an offer that Wenger can’t refuse?
It looks like Arsenal will have a choice of two strikers to buy in January, as Newcastle United are resigned to selling their 27-year old Senegalese striker Demba Ba when the January transfer window opens. The North East club and their owner, Mike Ashley, have failed to agree terms with Ba over a new contract, so are ready to move him on as soon as possible so they can get a replacement settled in.
Arsenal have been having trouble putting the ball in the back of the net this season, despite having one of the best defensive records in the Premiership, and with the Arsenal rumour mill convinced that Wenger will be buying a new striker in January it is being whispered that Newcastle’s Demba Ba is on his way to the Emirates.