After reading the latest Arsenal transfer rumour this morning, I did have to check that it was April’s fools day yesterday, not today. The story, reported by Metro and others, is that the Tottenham central defender Younes Kaboul is ready to repeat the actions of Sol Campbell and swap his lilywhite shirt for the red and white of Arsenal. Assuming that Thomas Vermaelen is going to leave, the Gunners will need another centre back.
It seems strange to be glad about an Arsenal player having an injury, but that is the situation I find myself in. Actually, the same was true last year when Kieran Gibbs got injured, luckily enough just before the January window closed. That meant that Arsene Wenger rushed through the transfer of Nacho Monreal from Malaga, meaning that we never had to see that grinning buffoon Andre Santos in an Arsenal shirt anymore.
I must admit that when I first heard about Arsenal were being linked with a 17-year old Croatian centre back called Tin Jedvaj, I was so excited that I nearly used real butter instead of Margarine, which was not very. I understand that Arsene Wenger is always on the lookout for promising new players, and that is a good thing, but they are not the type of signings we are all waiting for this summer.
Last season Jan Vertonghen was the subject of a bidding war between several clubs but he moved to Arsenal’s rivals Tottenham Hotspur. Arsenal were apparently one of the clubs interested in him and it was a major blow to be rejected in favour of Tottenham and I believe Arsenal could have had a much better season with Vertonghen in the team.
It was one of the biggest mistakes of the season in my opinion to let him go and he is one of the reasons that Tottenham were so close to beating Arsenal to the last Champions League spot. If you forget about Bale then you would have to say that Vertonghen was probably their best player all season and he could have been just as important for Arsenal if they had made sure to get their man.
Should Arsenal move Vermalaen into the midfield? By Twig
It’s really hard for a very good player when he finds himself competing for a first-team place with the captain of his team. This was the emotion I felt when a very fit Koscielny was brought on in the dying minutes to help us protect our lead against Wigan. Keeping a vastly improved player – who is arguably our best defender – on the bench, would eventually turn out to be problematic for the club. While we are trying to bring in new players into the team, it is equally important that we keep hold unto our best talents.
Tottenham defender says he rejected Arsenal by AM
Jan Vertonghen has revealed that he snubbed Arsenal’s interest in him to sign for their rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
The defender was being chased by many European clubs last summer, but Arsenal and Tottenham were the main competitors. The former Ajax man, who is versatile enough to play both as a center back and as a left back, has revealed that he had a long discussion with Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp before making his decision.
“He (Dennis Bergkamp) knows Tottenham is a very big club. He’s a very good guy and I get along with him very well,” the defender was quoted in the press.
Santi Cazorla Is This Really Happening? By AH
Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta has spoken out about the recent reports concerning Santi Cazorla.
Wenger stated his thoughts on the Málaga player;
“I share the opinion of Mikel Arteta. Cazorla is a great player, we bought Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski but we are not at the end of the transfers. We will still bring players in.”
Arsenal set for defensive changes – maybe by BA
There are various rumours around at the minute concerning Arsenal and their possible defensive line up in the coming season. After Thomas Vermaelen was photographed with Barcelona captain Carlos Puyol in a restaurant in Ibiza, it created a whirlwind of speculation.
Barcelona are known to want defensive cover on the left side and Vermaelen can play in the centre or the left. The Belgian is obviously very happy at Arsenal (and I think he’s loyal too), so I am not too worried, but I wish that his agent had been more positive when asked about it. He merely said it was a coincidence.
There are quite a few Arsenal rumours building up in the media at the moment, but there seems to be very little about M’Vila which is one player I think Wenger WILL buy!
But there are a few other possibilities if Arsenal really want to improve the team next season. First up is some weird story about Van Persie taking a personal visit to Juventus to have a look around and discuss terms, but I really don’t believe that one. Why should he? The same wages, the same chances of winning the Champions League (zero!) and just as much competition to win the League. No I just can’t see it. By the way Van Persie is 10/1 to score the most goals at Euro 2012. Maybe he should wait until after the competition to see what he is offered elsewhere?
The Ajax captain Jan Vertonghen is getting frustrated that Tottenham have failed to agree a price with his club so that he can move to White Hart Lane, but he has also admitted that Arsene Wenger wants him at Arsenal but he won’t move to the Emirates until Tottenham give up on negotiations with Ajax.
The Belgian international was quoted on Sporza.be (translated by Google) as saying: “I chose Tottenham. This club gives me the best feeling. They want to act fast. They have already invited me and Monday was their president in Amsterdam. They say I’m their only option, that’s a compliment,”
Arsene Wenger was hoping to add Jan Vertonghen to his early acquisition of Lukas Podolski but reports today strongly suggest that the 25-year old Belgian international is heading to Arsenal’s North London rivals, Spurs. Vertonghen can play as a holding midfielder as well as his more normal position as a defender. He was named Eredivisie player of the year after his performances for Ajax this season and would have made a great addition to the Arsenal team.
With the incoming transfer of German striker Lukas Podolski, and the anticipated transfers of quite a few European stars like M’Vila, Vertonghen, Giroud, Huntelaar or Lucas Moura, it’s interesting to see how next season’s Arsenal line-up will be.
Arsene Wenger has chosen a style of play with 3 midfielders and 3 strikers lately, with two of the midfielders also having defensive tasks, and two of the strikers swiping the wings forwards and backwards.