Arsenal have been told, in no uncertain terms, that they will have to face yet another of their former players next season, unless they open the wallet, release the moths, and give Bacary Sagna the contract he is after.
Any hope that Arsene Wenger and the fans might have had that our French international defender would go abroad and play for a team like Paris Saint-Germain have been squashed flat by the president of Inter Milan, one of the many clubs interested in signing Sagna. Sky Sports report that Erick Thohir has all but given up signing the Arsenal right back, despite having held talks over his transfer, because Sagna will be staying in England and playing for a Premier League club next season. .......Read the full article here
Sagna’s lack of movement suggests he will almost certainly be off! by Ash
Arsenal have so far convinced Per Mertesacker, Tomas Rosicky to extend their contracts, and seemingly verbally agreed with the likes of Ramsey, Cazorla and Arsene Wenger himself; however one name that continues to elude the Gunners is French international right back, Bacary Sagna. In today’s Daily Mail, it is reported that more talks are planned but the £20 million package may be just too much and other clubs like Inter Milan are circling the Emirates like vultures. .......Read the full article here
There has been a lot of speculation surrounding Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen’s future at the Emirates in recent weeks and although he has stated he may have to look elsewhere in January if his situation doesn’t change by then, it doesn’t mean he definitely will leave.
In addition to Vermaelen’s statement about the fact he may have to leave the club in the near future if he doesn’t secure regular playing time, his agent has also said that his client (Vermaelen) doesn’t wish to leave the club at the current stage. It shows that Vermaelen is committed to the Arsenal cause and is certainly intending to fight for his place in the starting XI. .......Read the full article here
It is being reported this morning that Arsenal have moved on from the pursuit of Luis Suarez from Liverpool and have turned their attention to the prolific Cameroonian striker Samuel Eto’o, who is now looking for a new home following the financial demise of the Anzhi president Suleiman Kerimov.
Eto’o may be 32 years old now but has been extremely prolific all through his career, including in Russia where he scored 34 goals in just 50 appearances since moving there from Inter Milan in 2011. .......Read the full article here
Not only do Arsenal need to get over the recent disappointments and produce a rousing end to the Premier League season, we need either Tottenham or Chelsea to drop points. Obviously it would be better if it was the Spuds, and their fixture list and lack of real depth in their squad suggests that they will not be able to continue the recent run of results. .......Read the full article here
Arsene Wenger has been looking for an experienced keeper to provide competition and cover for the current Arsenal number one, Wojciech Szczesny. The feeling is that the Polish international is too comfortable in his position and Wenger thinks he needs pressure to keep his performances high and encourage him to work and improve his game.
The other problem is the worry about what will happen if he is injured or suspended. Vito Mannone had a chance to impress earlier in the season, but was in need of improvement, although reasonably solid. The Gunners have been linked with a number of keepers recently. including Pepe Reina from Liverpool, Victor Valdes from Barcelona and Maarten Stekelenburg from Roma. .......Read the full article here
There are rumours and reports that Arsenal are interested in raiding Italy for a solution to the striker problem. Arsene Wenger has already had his number one target, David Villa, ruled out by Barcelona as they want him available to them for the rest of the season. Inter Milan are probably not that keen on selling their Argentinean striker Diego Milito either, but financial constraints may force them to, and Arsenal want to bring him to the Emirates, according to the Daily Express. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal have been looking for a dynamic midfielder, and they have been alerted to the availability of Wesley Sneijder from Inter Milan. The 28-year old captain of Holland has fallen out with his bosses at the Serie A club, who want him to take a pay cut on his current contract which lasts until 2015. The Dutchman has refused, so has been dropped from the side, having made just three league appearances all season.
“Clearly it’s best for everyone concerned that in January I am transferred. If that doesn’t happen then I’ll stay. I have a contract until 2015.” .......Read the full article here
What is the difference between Arsenal and Real Madrid? No it is not the first line of a joke, but something I have been considering recently, because there are a great many similarities in our situations this season. I have come up with a theory that it might be better for both clubs if we just swapped managers at the end of the season, Arsene Wenger for Jose Mourinho. .......Read the full article here
It is being reported today that Arsenal are no longer favourites to land the Dutch international striker, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, from Schalke when the transfer window opens in January. The 29-year old has apparently heard about interest from the Serie A club Inter Milan, and would love another chance to prove himself in Italy, according to his agent Arnold Oosterveer.
There is also the possibility that Schalke may decide to keep Huntelaar for the remainder of the season and try to ensure qualification for the champions league this season, while going as far as they can in it this season. One striker who is available and would love to come to the Premier league is Fernando Llorente of Athletic Bilbao. .......Read the full article here
The worldwide trade union for professional footballers, Fifpro, has highlighted an alarming trend in the way clubs deal with players who are nearing the end of their contract, one example is the Arsenal transfer target Fernando Llorente who plays, or rather doesn’t, for Athletic Bilbao.
Fifpro have also highlighted the case of the Dutch international midfielder, Wesley Sneijder, who is under contract with the Italian Serie A outfit Inter Milan. The 28-year old has a contract with Inter until 2015, so no problem there you would think. In an incredible move, the club want Sneijder to extend that deal for another year, but pay him no extra money. They want him, basically, to play for them for a year for nothing. .......Read the full article here
Carl Jenkinson is an Arsenal fan, you could see the genuine despair on his face yesterday when Mikel Arteta’s penalty was saved by Fulham keeper Mark Schwarzer, denying Arsenal all three points in a topsy turvy game. He comes from a family of Gooners, so they will be delighted when he signs a new deal with Arsenal in the next week or two. .......Read the full article here