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Arsenal set to activate Colombia striker’s release clause? Not yet

Arsenal fans were given a clear reminder the other day just why we were more than happy to be linked with the Porto striker Jackson Martinez last summer and in January. The 27-year old banged in a brace for Colombia as they beat Japan to win their World Cup group, setting up a knockout game with Uruguay tonight.

The absence of Radamel Falcao from the Colombian squad has given Martinez the chance to show what he can do on the world stage and he has grabbed that chance. Another good showing tonight could really have Arsene Wenger thinking, although the Gunners have been linked with almost every striker to ever lace up a pair of coloured boots.

Arsenal can forget Martinez – Let’s just go for Balotelli!

Following a lot of speculation over a potential Arsenal return for former striker Carlos Vela, it has now been confirmed that the Mexican international will stay with Real Sociedad after the Gunners boss, Arsene Wenger chose not to activate the player’s release clause, opting instead to have it cancelled out in exchange for 12 million.

The La Liga side confirmed yesterday that the talented youngster will stay at the San Sebastian club, whilst even announcing a new four-year contract extension for their prized asset. Also another reported Arsenal target, Jackson Martinez, looks set to stay at FC Porto with several media sources reporting that the Portuguesse giants are on the verge of tying him down to a new contract.

Ospina and Cuadrado give great Arsenal job interview

In yesterday’s first World Cup game, Arsenal fans had three main players to check out, with rumours of a a possible summer transfer to north London in the air. And two of the three put in the sort of performance that will have done their chances of coaxing a bid from Arsene Wenger no harm at all.

Unfortunately for him, the Porto striker Jackson Martinez only came on for the last 15 minutes or so, and the game was already effectively done and dusted by then. Whether the striker is not fully fit or not, I don’t know, but with the Monaco striker Radamel Falcao missing the tournament, Martinex was expected to be the South American team’s main goal threat.

Arsenal need to forget Vela – Go get Martinez!

Ever since the conclusion of the Premier League season, there has been quite a bit of talk concerning a potential Arsenal move for former striker Carlos Vela, who currently plies his trade for Real Sociedad in Spain. It is no secret that the Mexican international has a £3.3 million buy-back clause in his contract at the San Sebastian and Gunners’ boss Arsene Wenger is said to be keen to take full advantage of it’s presence.

It begins! So what should Arsenal fans look out for in Brazil World Cup?

Okay Arsenal fans, today is the day. The four yearly festival of football that we call the World Cup kicks off in Brazil this evening. We often moan about international matches, especially the seemingly pointless friendlies, and our players often seem to pick up injuries in them, like Jack Wilshere with his broken foot this season, but everyone loves the World Cup.

Even if your own country did not make it to the finals, there is plenty to keep football fans of all kinds entertained, and Arsenal fans have more reason than most, with all the Gunners and potential Gunners on show, so which games should we be keeping an extra special eye on?

Schneiderlin gives Arsenal green light for transfer bid

Rmour has it that Arsenal Football are going to release around £100 million of their reserves to provide the biggest transfer fund that Arsene Wenger has ever had to work with since taking charge of the Gunners back in 1996. The Frenchman may not get that much every year, so he really needs to make his signings good ones and get the right players to strengthen the right areas.

One of the most important of those positions is defensive midfield and Arsenal have been linked with a number of potential transfer targets, such as Javi Martinez, but a top quality player in this role is like gold dust. So the news, reported by The Express, that one of those targets, Morgan Schneiderlin, has offered Arsenal great encouragement.

Arsenal Debate: Will Wenger carry on penny-pinching this summer?

My view ahead of summer transfer window by Blaz

Fellow Gooners! Since more or less (more) everyone on this forum has his views about what Arsenal should/will do in the summer transfer window, here’s also my opinion.

Arsene said deals in a World Cup year are usually near the end. Well, not all countries will actually play in Brazil, Wales sure don’t. So, we should have no problems bidding for, let’s say Gareth Bale… He won’t play in Brazil so he should be well rested. And not all teams will actually make it to the final stages, so buying anyone from the English team will be possible quite soon. Right after they come home after first three games.

Arsenal must increase £20m bid to beat Barcelona to Bayern’s Vieira-like star

Being realistic, it did seem that the reports suggesting Arsenal were hoping for success with a bid of around £20 million for the versatile Spanish international Javi Martinez were a bit on the optimistic side. And now it looks completely out of the question after La Liga giants Barcelona have placed him on their list of summer transfer targets.

The 25-year old may have fallen down the pecking order a bit at Bayern Munich since the former Barca coach Pep Guardiola took over, but the Bundesliga champions are not exactly desperate to get rid of him. So they will not want to take a really big loss on the 40 million euros they paid to sign him just a couple of years ago.

Is this £32 million Spanish star exactly what Arsenal need?

We all know that what Arsenal needs the most this summer is a World Class striker, but just as important right now is a tough tackling defensive midfielder to take some pressure of the ageing Mikel Arteta.

Well according to a report in this mornings Daily Telegraph, the Gunners have contacted Bayern Munich regarding a possible bid for Javier Martinez, who seems to have fallen out of favour since the arrival of Pep Guardiola at the Allianz Arena.

Arsenal to move for Bayern’s Martinez instead of Bender?

We do not really know whether Arsene Wenger has got the same ideas as most of the Arsenal fans, but the general feeling is that the Frenchman is finally going to do what we have been crying out for him to do for some years, and sign a proper defensive midfielder.

If so, Wenger will have a list of transfer targets to fill that role that and give the team the strength that we had with Patrick Vieira and Gilberto Silva. The player thought to be at the top of the list was Lars Bender, and we learned yesterday that his name would have to be crossed off the list, as he pledged to stay with Bayer Leverkusen.

Arsenal on Easy Street as Everton lose again

They still have to keep their eye on the prize and put in the effort needed, but everyone connected with Arsenal should be feeling good today. The battle for the fourth Premier League spot is now looking like a one-horse race, and the jockey is wearing red with white sleeves.

I wrote an article the other day about Roberto Martinez and his desperate attempt to put pressure on Arsene Wenger and the players, whereas he knew that it was Everton who were struggling to deal with it. Since baiting us and getting their fate in their own hands, those hands have dropped the ball big time.

Pressure will get to Arsenal says Everton boss! Yeah right!

You can’t blame Roberto Martinez, I suppose, for his attempts to heap the pressure on the Arsenal players and our manager Arsene Wenger. But deep down, the Everton boss and his team must be kicking themselves for letting the pressure get to them and stumbling at the first hurdle.

A BT sport report reveals that Martinez thinks that Everton will leaprog the Gunners if they win their remaining games, which is the same as saying that Arsenal will slip-up against Newcastle, West Brom or Norwich City. The problem with that theory, Roberto, is that Arsenal have been there, done that and got the t-shirt.