The Arsenal boss has played down the comments by Ryan Shawcross ahead of Arsenal heading to the cauldron of the Britannia Stadium to face Stoke City in the Premier League tomorrow. The bug Stoke defender does not seem too keen on trying to forget his spat with Arsenal fans and players that began with his horror tackle which nearly ended the career of Aaron Ramsey.
Don’t panic! Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo has published a list of the 50 players that could be on the wish list of Barcelona’s new manager Tito Vilanova. It comes after Vilanova told the Spanish press that he was looking for a player that could fill the position of “pivot” which is a versatile defensive midfielder, kind of like the player that Arsenal need.
Blackburn Rovers travelled to Austria last week for pre-season training without their defensive midfielder Steven N’Zonzi. Blackburn manager Steve Kean has told reporters the reason for this is “He asked for a transfer, hence why he never went to Austria.”
Defensive Midfielder Rumours – by JG
The buzz regarding defensive signings for the Gunners midfield is focused around two players today. Both of them are French and they have been mentioned before, but were thought to behind Yann M’Vila in Arsenal’s wishlist.
Arsenal fans are used to Arsene Wenger pulling the occasional crazy signing out of his hat, but after being told that Yann M’Vila and Javi Martinez are top of his wish-list for a holding midfielder, they may be shocked to hear that the Mirror reckons that Wenger has decided to look closer to home and has now made a surprise £6million bid Blackburn’s Steven N’Zonzi.
The Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is reportedly interested in bringing to the Emirates the player who is seen by a lot of the Premiership people as the new Patrick Vieira.
Steven N’Zonzi has become one of the most important players at Blackburn Rovers recently and interest from outside clubs, including Arsenal, keeps growing in the 23-year-old defensive midfielder, according to Sky Sports.
It is still largely quiet in the media surrounding Arsenal’s transfer targets, the only news available is about Jay Emmanuel-Thomas. Preston North End are the club interested but I don’t believe he will go there for a second, there are a variety of reasons and I will take you through them:
Another day, and another couple of goalkeepers to be added to the Arsenal transfer rumour list!
This time it is Roma’s Brazilian keeper Doni, and the Daily Mail today says that Roma think he is too good to sit on the bench (!), so they are trying to sell him for £5m to either Arsenal, Tottenham or Man utd.