Just about every Arsenal fan in the world was becoming frustrated by the lack of transfer activity at the club, despite the Gunners being linked with a vast array of quality players. I must admit that I was even becoming worried that Yaya Sanogo was going to be our only signing of the summer, but now at last Arsene Wenger has set my mind at ease.
In his first conference of the pre-season, Wenger was predictably asked about the reported bids for Higuain, Rooney and Suarez, and he replied: “They are all realistic targets quality wise, but not all of them are available to join us,” .......Read the full article here
Arsenal made an official bid for Clement Grenier, the 22 year-old French international midfielder, but despite the Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas being confident of keeping the talented midfielder, the first round of talks between the club and player have not yet arrived at a mutual decision about his future.
Grenier’s representative Frederic Guerra revealed after the meeting yesterday: “The talks went well actually, but we still have not decided anything,”
With just one year left on Grenier’s current contract, Lyon are hoping to convince the talented youngster to sign an extension, but last week the 22 year-old seemed to confirm that he would like to move to a bigger League. He said: “I know Lyon have refused an offer from Arsenal,” .......Read the full article here
Arsene Wenger as contract rebel would be really great By AondoaverK
Hey! Who in England knows anything about Arsene Wenger’s contract talks situation? For us abroad, his situation has become something of the big elephant in the North London room. In my mind, he has become something of a contract rebel. It should be, we hope that he is silently not happy about something right now on football concerning his job at Arsenal. And that something should be the transfer policy that is responsible for the trophy drought for far too long. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal have already released a confirmed list on the players that are set to leave this summer as their contracts will expire on the 30th June. This list includes first team squad players Arshavin, Denilson and Squillaci, whilst many other youth team players that were arguably unlikely to make it were also listed as the other players departing the club. .......Read the full article here
Johan Djourou is set to leave the club. To be honest, I think this is a shame for the club. Djourou was loyal to Arsenal having come through all the ranks and he was determined to do well for the club and take us to the next level. Djourou played an important role in the side back in the 2010-2011 season, and he was out best centre back at times. In my opinion Djourou is one of the best 4th choice centre backs in the league and it’s a shame we are looking at letting him go, however its fair play that he wants regular playing time and with Laurent Koscielny, Per Mertesacker and Thomas Vermaelen at Arsenal, its unlikely he will ever make another strong breakthrough into the team as a regular and so it seems we will have to let him go. .......Read the full article here
The usual round of negotiations between Arsenal players and the Board every year is beginning as the club as they try to persuade the existing squad members to extend their contracts at the Emirates, and it seems that the talks with Bacary Sagna have already stalled.
We all know that Arsenal refuse to break their wage structure for anyone (which is also instrumental in persuading top players to be sold) but a 29 year-old senior member of the squad usually expects a raise in recognition of their long service, which is unlikely to be forthcoming for the French international. .......Read the full article here
Theo Walcott’s current contract runs out at the end of the season, which would allow him to leave on a Bosman transfer. Both the club and Walcott himself are keen on reaching an agreement as quickly as possible, so he can continue to concentrate on his football, and know where his future lies.
One thing is for sure is that he does seem keen to stay and he is happy at Arsenal. His comments on the club, Alex Oxlade – Chamberlain and next seasons chances, suggest that he wants to stay at The Emirates. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood has broken the club’s silence on the storm of speculation surrounding the super striker Robin van Persie. He has denied reports of a bid from Juventus and given Arsenal fans the indication that the 28-year old Dutchman will not be leaving the Emirates stadium this summer. .......Read the full article here
Marouane Chamakh had very little chance to play for the Arsenal first team last season, and when he did figure he still seemed to be suffering his crisis of confidence which started the year before. Just one goal from 7 starts (plus 12 subs appearances) simply emphasised his profligacy in front of goal and it seemed certain that he would be sent back to Ligue 1 next season to recover his former skills.
Now the top Arsenal scout in France, Gilles Grimandi, who was instrumental in taking Chamakh to the Emirates, thinks that Chamakh needs to decide whether he is willing to stay at Arsenal and fight for his place now that Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud have now arrived to provide further competition. .......Read the full article here
There is a report out today that doesn’t surprise me in the slightest! Arsene Wenger is world famous for being stingy in the transfer market and offering well below the going price for any of his targets, but conversely he likes to drag the very last penny out of any club buying a current Arsenal player.
Yesterday it was revealed that Arsenal have commenced negotiations with Zenit ST. Petersburg over the permanent transfer of Andrei Arshavin, who has spent the last four months on loan at his old club, helping them to win the Russian League title. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal will hold contract talks with Arteta by BA
Mikel Arteta still has three years left on his contract with Arsenal, so the club are not worried about having to sell him. Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis is going to hold talks with the player, however.
Arteta enjoyed a good first season at Highbury, despite being asked to play in a more defensive position than he occupied at Everton. Maybe the club will reward him with an improvement to his current salary of £60,000 a week, the BBC reports. .......Read the full article here
It has been mentioned in quite a few publications today that Arsenal are talking to Athletico Bilbao about the possibility of bring the Spanish international striker Fernando Llorente to the Emirates this summer.
It was reported in Bilbao that Arsene Wenger had been seen in the Basque city and had met up with Llorente himself in a local hotel yesterday, and there was likely to be a press conference today regarding a move, but that is doubtful as the prolific hitman is currently training with the Spain squad ahead of the Euro2012 tournament, according to ElCorreo. .......Read the full article here