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.