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Did Arsenal dodge a bullet after Balotelli World Cup flop?

Maybe it is just the way these things go in the media, but the Arsenal transfer rumours a couple of weeks ago were building to a crescendo about Mario Balotelli and it really did appear as if the controversial Italian was going to become an Arsenal player this summer.

Hints from the 23-year old himself, his agent and various figures connected with his Serie A club AC Milan all seemed to support the reports, but then it all collapsed like a souffle taken out of the oven too soon. So was it all just media hype, the sort which seems to happen around players linked with Arsenal during every transfer window?

Would Arsenal really grab an easy £15 million profit on Joel Campbell?

Arsenal fans were all saying “Joel Who?” when Arsene Wenger spent a million pounds on signing the unknown Costa Rican Joel Campbell three years ago, but now he has been thrust into the spotlight with some brilliant performances at the World Cup.

Campbell has never even played a competitive game for Arsenal as his three years at the club have been spent out on loan at Lorient, Real Betis and an excellent final year at Olympiakos in Greece. Arsene Wenger recently stated that Campbell would be playing the pre-season with the Gunners, but according to his agent, Ruggero Lacerenza, the 21 year-old could be on his way to Italy: “Italian clubs are after Campbell. Various top-tier clubs often make enquiries.” he was quoted as saying on ESPN.

Arsenal rebuffed for Roma star! But who is Florenzi?

I must confess that the name Alessandro Florenzi meant nothing to me when I saw it among the Arsenal transfer news items today, so I have done a bit of digging to see just what sort of player that this Italian that Arsene Wenger seems to be very keen on is.

Various media outlets, including The Mirror, have picked up on the transfer rumour from Italy that Arsenal have already made an approach to the Serie A club AS Roma for Florenzi, but have been firmly rebuffed. The 23-year old is very highly valued by the club where he has spent his whol;e youth and professional career apart from a short loan spell.

Relief for Arsenal fans as Wenger blasts Balotelli transfer rumours!?

As Arsenal fans were starting to get that old familiar summer feeling that is like being the shy kid at a school dance, nervously looking at the pretty girls from the sidelines but seeing the more confident lads move in and sweep them onto the dancefloor.

Maybe that is why we started to actually warm to the idea of signing Mario Balotelli, but the Italy international striker proved again last night that he is more Mad Mario than Super Mario, so it was quite a relief for me to read the report by Metro today that shows that Arsenal are not going to sign the AC Milan forward.

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.”

Arsenal could sign Mario Balotelli this week?

Arsenal fans, unless they are Italian of course, will be hoping that Uruguay can beat the Azzurri in the final World cup game of group D. That will mean that Costa Rica and Uruguay progress to the knockout stages of the tournament, while Italy and the abject excuse for a team that is England (I have clearly not got over it yet) go home and get a bit of free time before the preparations for next season begin.

Should Arsenal consider Campbell loan to sign Balotelli?

These two strikers could both, potentially be playing for Arsenal next season, but we could just as easily see neither of them at the Emirates next season, and they will be in action against each other tonight, as Italy face Costa Rica in the World Cup finals.

Those of us Arsenal fans who are also England fans will be hoping that Joel Campbell, the young Costa Rican striker who is already on the books of Arsenal, has an off day tomorrow, or at least that his team lose, because that is the only way that England stand a chance of getting out of the group, after another defeat by Uruguay.

Is Wenger right to make Balotelli Arsenal’s top earner?

Mario Balotelli has been the biggest subject of the Arsenal transfer rumours in the media recently, which does not necessarily mean that he is the player that Arsene Wenger has put on top of his list of summer targets, but it does strongly suggest it.

All of the Arsenal fans have their opinion on the Italy international, with some of us very keen to see the Gunners land him from AC Milan, while others do not want us to touch him with a barge pole. I don’t think this is an argument about ability, though, like it is with Olivier Giroud.

Arsenal Striker targets – 1. Mario Balotelli (Worth it or not?)

Review of Mario Balotelli by Pmon

We all know that Arsenal are in dire need of a striker this transfer window, and as we are already linked with 10000384 strikers up until now, I thought I’ll do a review on the best of these striker transfer rumours for the JustArsenal readers.

My first review will be on AC Milan´s Mario Barwuah Balotelli.

ABOUT :

Born: August 12, 1990 (age 23), Palermo, Italy

Height: 6′ 2″ (1.89 m)

Salary: 4.5 million EUR (2013)

Current teams: Italy national football team (#9 / Forward), A.C. Milan (#45 / Forward)

Wilshere on England role and possible Arsenal striker Balotelli

The Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is obviously hoping to play a key role for England at the World Cup finals in Brazil this summer. But with the 22-year old having missed a great deal of the end of the season with a broken foot, he is well aware that he might have to be patient.

His time at Arsenal, with all the competition the Gunners have in midfield, as well as the spells on the sidelines through injury that Jack has had to endure, seem to have helped him cope with this, as a report in The Mirror shows. In fact, Wilshere has made Roy Hodgson’s job a lot easier by stating that he will try to help any player that gets the nod ahead of him, and be ready to play when needed.

Racism row moves Mario closer to Arsenal transfer

Arsenal have reportedly added the name of Mario Balotelli to the growing list of strikers o0n their transfer wish list for this summer. The Italy international could be ready to end his stint at boyhood club AC Milan and the Gunners are thinking of bringing the talented but eccentric striker back to the Premier League.

Agent confirms Arsenal interest in Juventus striker

The Arsenal front line could soon look like some kind of comedy act. Little and Large maybe, as the player whose agent has confirmed the transfer interest of a number of clubs, including Arsenal, is just 5ft 5in tall. Standing next to 6ft 4in Olivier Giroud, Sebastian Giovinco would not come to the Frenchman’s shoulders.

But I don’t think that size is a major factor in Arsene Wenger’s transfer plans, so just what would the diminutive Italian bring to the Gunners if we did sign him, as a report in The Express suggests could be in the offing?