Fulham’s outstanding player and top scorer, 29-year old Clint Dempsey, is not the sort of player normally associated with Arsenal, but I think he could add something to the Gunners strike force. His tough, combative style, versatility and proven goalscoring in the Premier league could provide Arsene Wenger with an alternative when the passing game is not getting results.
The Ivory Coast defender Guy Demel was at Arsenal briefly as a 20 year-old, but couldn’t settle in London and was very quickly allowed to move on to Germany, playing for ten years in the Bundesliga with Borussia Dortmund and Hamburg.
The Everton boss David Moyes has been speaking ahead of Everton’s match against Arsenal, and he revealed that Arsene Wenger indeed made a bid for Phil Jagielka last summer, but he didn’t come anywhere close to his own valuation of the England international.
It was reported during the summer that the Everton and South African international midfielder Steven Pienaar is keen to join Arsenal on a free transfer next summer. the 28 year-old has refused to sign a new contract with the Toffees but has decided to cash in with one last big move while he can.
I wonder if the Cesc Fabregas tapping-up saga has led to an outbreak of war between Arsenal and Barcelona, as it has been reported in the Spanish footy paper, Sport, today that Arsenal are keeping tabs on another young Barcelona midfielder.
The England goalkeeper David James is preparing to go to Scotland for talks with the Celtic manager Neil Lennon about a possible free transfer, and the Mail has revealed that the ex-Portsmouth stopper was offered to Arsenal as the solution to their keeper crisis, but Wenger declined the offer.
Sky Sports revealed yesterday that the Bordeaux striker Marouane Chamakh was in London to finalise his move to the Emirates on a free transfer, but the Bordeaux President Jean-Louis Triaud wasn’t even aware that his player was in England.
“That is unique in the history of recruiting in football,” he said when told about the reports.
It was probably the worst kept secret of the year that the Arsenal midfielder Fran Merida had made an arrangement with Atletico Madrid to sign for them at the end of his Arsenal contract, and today El Mundo Deportivo have made an official announcement.