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Wenger set for 2 year Arsenal contract extension and 40m to spend in January

What a difference a week makes! Last Sunday there was a general feeling amongst Arsenal fans that Arsene Wenger was on very thin ice indeed. The North London Derby victory over our fierce rivals Tottenham took some of that pressure off the Frenchman, but many fans’ feelings on the manager were on hold until the transfer window closed.

After the stunning signing of Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid, it is perhaps not surprising that The Mirror is today reporting that the 63-year old, who is the longest serving manager in the Premier League by a country mile, is to re-open contract talks with the club.

Wenger hints there will be NO Arsenal transfers!

This is news that will have most Arsenal fans gnashing their teeth and kicking the dog. Arsene Wenger spoke about the January transfer window today and his words seemed designed to prepare the ground for a specific number of signings this January, a nice round figure, zero. Wenger has said that Arsenal have been working hard to find players who will add to the squad, but today suggested that he has been unable to find any.

“It’s a market, for me, that is wrong, because the only teams who sell players are teams in financial trouble or players who are unhappy where they are. So the gamble is much bigger than during the normal transfer period in mid-summer.

I’m optimistic of a great January for Arsenal! Are you?

Is it the start of our happy new year? by John M

Many Arsenal fans will have woke up this morning with at least a bit of happiness this morning after our 1-0 win against Swansea last night in the FA Cup 3rd round.

It was an all round different performance against what has been difficult opposition of late with a 86th minute winning goal from Jack Wilshere. Swansea will always be dangerous with their direct attacking and pace but we worked as a team to close them down and ultimately eliminated them from the game.

Walcott is Holding up Arsenal Transfers!

Arsene Wenger has money to spend on the Arsenal squad, apparently, and he and his staff are working hard to identify and secure the right players for Arsenal. The boss will not discuss just what sort of players or positions he is thinking of, because he keeps his transfer dealings a secret as possible, but it does not look as if he will finalise any transfer until the Theo Walcott contract situation is settled.

“We are working very hard.

Barcelona confirm David Villa won’t join Arsenal or anyone else!

There has been much speculation in the Spanish media that the Barcelona striker David Villa has had enough of being left on the sidelines at the Nou Camp and is looking for a loan move to the Premiership this summer with Arsenal being mooted as a possible destination.

But today the Barcelona director of football Andoni Zubizarreta has said the prolific hitman will not be going anywhere in this coming transfer window. He said: “In January we will keep Villa and it is important to remember that Barcelona is a club that habitually does not accept offers for star players in January,”

Juventus step up Walcott pursuit as Bendtner drops out

The Italian giants Juventus brought in Nicklas Bendtner in the summer as they failed at getting any of their foremost striker targets, and have since been monitoring the contract talks between Theo Walcott and Arsenal as they try and shore up their dilapidated forward line.

Arsenal have refused to budge on their 75,000 a week offer to Walcott and the latest Arsenal rumours say that Juve are willing to go as high as 90,000 to persuade the England international to move to Serie A instead of staying in the Premier League with Liverpool or Chelsea.

Arsenal rumours – Walcott out – And Thierry Henry to return in January?

It is hardly a new Arsenal transfer rumour that Arsene Wenger is expected to sell Theo Walcott in January, but the Frenchman has yet again reiterated that Walcott only has until December to make up his mind on the offered extension. Wenger said yesterday: “My desire is to keep Theo. We do what’s needed to keep him and hopefully, as I told you many times, we can sort this situation out very soon.

“Very soon is before the end of December — one way or another, that is for sure. I don’t want to go into any details but you can believe me (that) we do the maximum we can to keep our best players.”

Why is Wenger reluctant to spend Arsenal transfer kitty in January?

If you believe what the papers say then Arsenal are going to hand Arsene Wenger anything from £35 million up to over £50 million to spend on players in the January transfer window. Latest reports suggest that Le Prof is carefully considering whether to spend it or not.

Arsenal fans the world over could provide a quick and easy answer to that question, of course you spend it Arsene. We have heard Wenger saying that he would only buy players that he thought would improve the team and the squad size has to be taken into account, but surely he can think of at least one player.

Arsenal eyeing top-class striker for January transfer window

There are reports this morning that Arsene Wenger has instructed his Arsenal scouts to identify a top-class striker to be brought in during the January transfer window, with Fernando Llorente, Adrián López, Robert Lewandowski and Stevan Jovetic reported to be top of his wish-list.

Although Wenger has been experimenting with different players in the centre-forward role, the Frenchman has realised that only having Olivier Giroud as his only out-and-out hitman could be a negative in the second half of the season if Arsenal are going to aim to challenge on all fronts against the much deeper squads of Chelsea and the two Manchester clubs.

Peter Hill-Wood urges Wenger to spend £35million in January (on Falcao?)

Arsenal Football Club showed a more than £35million profit at the end of last season, and the Gunners Chairman Peter Hill-Wood has insisted that this full amount is available to Arsene Wenger to spend in the January transfer window if he finds the “right player”.

There are rumours that Arsenal could go for the prolific striker Falcao to help the Gunners push on for the Premiership title this season after an excellent start by Arsene Wenger’s squad. Olivier Giroud has finally got his name on the scoresheet in the League yesterday, but with a striker like Falcao in the team they would be virtually unstoppable.

Llorente in and Walcott out of Arsenal in January?

There are numerous Arsenal rumours in the papers this weekend, and mostly they are confirming that the out-of-favour Theo Walcott is going to be allowed to leave the Emirates in January after the Gunners management have refused to come back to the winger with an improved offer since the talks failed earlier this month.

Arsenal have offered the England international a £20,000-a-week rise but that does not seem to be enough for Walcott or his agents, and have refused to budge or get anywhere nearer the £100,000 that is being demanded, so are now preparing to accept any reasonable offer in January.

Arsenal keen to swap Chamakh for unhappy England international

All the latest Arsenal transfer news on the grapevie this morning is concerning the possible loan move for Thierry Henry after Arsene Wenger admitted that a short-term (6 week) signing would be “ideal”, but there is still much discussion before the New York Red Bulls would consider giving permission for that to happen.

Meanwhile today’s Star reveals that Arsenal are also looking at the possibility of bringing in the out-of-favour Fulham and England striker Bobby Zamora, who has reportedly fallen out with his new manager Martin Jol and is looking for a way out of Craven Cottage.