The highly talented Turkish midfielder Arda Turan has been linked with Arsenal ever since he was a precocious teenager at Galatasary, but he preferred to serve his apprenticeship in his home country. When he finally decided to leave Turkey, he was snapped up by Atletico Madrid for just £12million and moved to La Liga.
Tomas Rosicky has struggled to force his way back into contention for a starting place in the Arsenal team since returning from injury. The 32-year old midfielder may be worried about his international career as well due to his lack of regular football, so the last thing he needed was to have to retire early from yesterday’s game against Turkey.
Arsenal fans are like bears with sore heads this morning after seeing a promising start and early goal against Everton cancelled out which led to the Gunners hanging on a bit for a point. The result meant that Tottenham went up to fifth, while Arsenal lie in seventh, a massive 12 points off the league leaders, Manchester United.
Arsene Wenger may be having trouble convincing Theo Walcott to sign a new contract extension, but he also has just a few days to offload the unwanted Arsenal squad players in cluding the Morrocan international striker Marouane Chamakh.
Andrey Arshavin has been on loan at Zenit St Petersberg for the last six months, but after his performances at the Euros (and his post-tournament comments) looked like he had blown any chance of returning to his boyhood club, especially when Zenit’s owner Valery Golubev declared: “How can a citizen of Russia treat the honour of his country like that?