Breaking News – Arsenal to sign mediocre free-agent striker

Now I am totally confused. Arsene Wenger has made it clear that he is not going to buy a new striker to cover for Olivier Giroud, but now it seems he is in the process of bringing Nikola Zigic to Arsenal.

The Serb’s agent told the Metro: ‘Wenger called me on Tuesday and stressed his desire to sign Zigic.

‘He was offered a contract until the end of the year, with a view to it being extended to 2015 – we’ll see what happens.’

It is probably a simple knee-jerk reaction to Giroud’s injury, but is Zigic going to be of any use whatsoever, except as a target man when we get corners and free-kicks.

The 33 year-old came to the end of his contract with Birmingham last month and most people thought he would retire until the call came from Wenger. It remains to be seen if this will be of any help to the Gunners, but if he suddenly improves on his 7-goal tally (from 35 games) in the Championship last season then we will just have to admit that Wenger is a genius yet again!

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120 Comments

  1. Patrick Shiiiza says:

    Oh dear…

    1. joe_the_ozillexis says:

      you jinxed us, mate with the ‘Lord Bendtner for the title’ statement. please take it back, otherwise we are doomed. please!!

      1. muffdiver says:

        we’re being punked!! ashton…hello ash…oh

        im off to find the nearest bridge

        1. mike1977 says:

          Zigic will be waiting below to carefully lower you down.

    2. Much doubt the truth in this rumour, as, I can not believe Wenger would select him ahead of the options already available.
      He will NOT buy anyone, except MAYBE Remy, but, I do believe he will look to loan a player, just any ones guess who, but certainly a cut above this guy.

      1. And WHY the hell are we talking about transfers, when we have a UCL game tonight.

        1. jobho says:

          why not talk about transfers

        2. sagar says:

          @bounty hunter and y should we not talk about transfers if it is a match today…do we fans also need to practice or warm up or concentrate in the match lol

      2. Wenger could maybe get in touch with MK Dons and ask about that young guy who scored 2 against the mighty Man Utd last night, and bullied them. ohhhhhhhhhhhh.

        1. Invincibles14 says:

          You do realise that he’s an Arsenal player on loan, right?

          1. jb29 says:

            Is he on loan? I thought Afobe left permanently.

      3. Arsenalover says:

        I think he will do something Kim Kallstrom..

      4. joeboy says:

        Wenger makes giroud out to be like ronaldo! Dont want to sign anyone so bascially when giroud is fit he can play straight away….we will be well out of the title race before giroud is fit is we dont sign a WORLD CLASS striker. If we get zigic iv lost all hope in wenger and he needs to go take his head for a wobble

    3. pranavTrue Gooner says:

      Now i fully understand what wenger wants. Anyone with height above 6ft and strength of an ox!! Ridiculous player ! Bullshit!!

    4. seancali says:

      LOOOOOOOOOOL . HAHAHA…Bull shitz

      Wenger has not lost his mind, not yet

    5. PomzFromDayOne says:

      Tell me this is some kind of joke.

      One minute I’m reading rumours about Cavani – Then this Sh*t!?

  2. Budd says:

    Ah, the agent said that. Well, then must be true. Seriously, we really have to read this shite articles every day? But then again you may be right, quality in these articles is so low that everyone comes just for the comments section only.

    1. JoJo says:

      Who knows any websites I can stream Golf from?

    2. leo says:

      from now on don’t read or comment on any of comments understood

    3. leo says:

      like you & don’t tell me what to do I will be on this site as long as I want

    4. Darwin says:

      @Budd.. this is a case of an agent drawing attention towards its player. I am 100% sure he will NOT join Arsenal. also I am around 90% sure Falcao will go towards Real Madrid before the window closes… abuse me if I am wrong later on.

    5. joeboy says:

      According to the daily telegraph, falcao is willing to join us on a season long loan….£20m for the year long loan but that does cover all wages and bonuses…..to me that makes sense as he is the type of player that could win us the league and if he likes it here sign him on a permanant basis

  3. Gooner Cape Town says:

    Perfect!!!! Just what we need right now, a 33 year old probably injury prone or injured stand by!!!!
    FFS, Wenger get the deals sorted NOW! After tonights game, which we MUST win we had better see a striker, a CDM and a CB sign…………
    Meanwhile, let’s get behind our team tonight COYG!!!!!!!

  4. Young Gun_AFC says:

    LOOL stahp wenger, pls wenger! Lmao! I will now be happy with wellbeck. Bring back Bendtner to save us!
    If this actually happens i will lose all hope. The thought of rambo to ozil to sanchez to ….. Zigic. Horrific.
    FFS PROMOTE AKPOM INSTEAD. GETTING PISSED OFF WITH ALL THIS BULL. GET A REAL STRIKER.
    How can swansea find better strikers than us?!! ( michu, bony, gomis). Shows that there are strikers out there, but wenger still refuses to get one.

  5. th14 says:

    We all know this bollox.
    But imagine being a world class and world renown manager and believing you can win the toughest league in the world with a ligue 2 striker with 0 goals leading your line for half the season.
    I dont usually criticise wenger but if he believes our Strike force is good enough then we are in serious trouble.

    1. Robin Vanpayslip says:

      To be fair we should be used to it by now. This is year 3 of this nonsense.

  6. Twig says:

    Nikola Zigic, 241 goals in 470 games (or a goal in every 2 games). Top, top, top player. Would be useful in defending set pieces as well. DO it Wenger 😮

    1. jonestown1 says:

      LOL…..but have to say in isolation those stats are pretty impressive, probably 239 headers with his feet not leaving the ground and 2 tap-ins.

    2. Arsenal Fan says:

      So good he has a club…oh wait, no he don’t!

  7. SAGunner says:

    Well done Wenger – Par for the course! Did you see Costa perform for Chelsea?
    We could have had him!

    1. Young Gun_AFC says:

      Even tho they have costa and drogba they want destro. Shows that they value having quality strikers in numbers.
      It seems like wenger has a personal hatred for strikers ever since RVP left us.

    2. WHEN, could we have had Costa. I guess you ” tap phones” for some red top right.
      Rumours are just that. Do not believe everything, in fact believe nothing you hear.
      We could have got Messi, Ronaldo, Bale, Ibro etc. Like, we, are the ONLY team these players REALLY wanted to sign for.

      1. jonestown1 says:

        It is amazing to think that we get practically zero information from any authorised spokesperson at AFC and we are almost wholly dependent on second-hand, fabricated, mischievous, unofficial and re-hashed junk info from the media. It is quite scary when you think about it – knowing absolutely nothing about the workings of this great football club. Problem is people tend to treat this info as gospel and proceed to layer on their own interpretation and things go from bad to worse. Bottom line is we all make it up and fill in the gaps to bolster our own view on any given AFC issue.

  8. Twig says:

    We were the shortest (laugh) team on opening day in the league. With Zigic coming and Mertesacker at the rear, no one’s stopping us. COYG!

    1. joe_the_ozillexis says:

      true, Twig. that will make it a ‘long, long’ Arsenal to counter our ‘shortcomings’!

    2. atid says:

      We could become the tallest team with the signing of 1 player, and the return of 1 more, that is how important that shortest stat crap is.

  9. Skandalouz says:

    I quote LeGrove:
    “Smart move by Zigic agent… Arsenal, the only elite club in Europe where you could fully believe the veracity of that link.”

    Sums up a part of the Gooners that immediatly start to fear and get angry at Wenger when they read nonsense like this.

    IMO it’s very concerning we need a ST, DM and CB to be complete that’s basically a whole spine of a team.

  10. 007 says:

    According to sky sports:

    Zigic’s representative Milan Calasan told SPORT: “It is true. Wenger called me on Tuesday afternoon and told me that he wants to bring Zigic to Arsenal.

    “It is clear that you cannot reject an offer like that. But Zigic is the one who must decide. He must say what he wants.

    “But Wenger was clear, he is offering a contract until the end of the season with the option for another 12 months.

    “I know that Arsenal are in a hurry, but Nikola also has offers from Turkey and Switzerland.”

    There is no smoke without fire, am sure the agent wasn’t drunk when been interviewed and for sky to publish this, they must be something there. I feel like throwing up!!!

    1. arsenalman365 says:

      The agent is trying to stir up interest remember Ciprian Marica?

    2. jonestown1 says:

      I think where agents are concerned you can immute the laws of science and get smoke without fire.

    3. 007 says:

      Lol!!! I love the way his agent says “I know that Arsenal are in a hurry, but Nikola also has offers from Turkey and Switzerland.”

      As if he could refuse an offer to even play in our reserves or our women’s team!!! Pure comic.

      Anyway hope all this is just horse sh!t as always.

    4. Arsenalover says:

      yes.. no smoke without fire..
      and remember Kim Kallstrom .. who heard about him before Wenger brought him ??

  11. Skandalouz says:

    Welbeck wouldn’t even look bad on Arsenal in all honesty, but doubt Man U will sell him after what we did in the Vermaelen-saga.

    I know Welbeck hasn’t been great last year but I think he’s a player that could do wonders for us. Same goes with Bony and Llorente, who were great last year and can provide the hold up play we are used to.

  12. rotimota says:

    Let’s win tonight match before digesting everyday transfer stories concerning our dear Arsenal. This important win will figure out our next agenda in transfer market. I believe Arsene Wenger has something interesting (hidden) for the fans to smile at!!!

  13. graham says:

    some fans crack me up. The agent says so, so it must be true. Arsene is starting to sign better caliber of players for the club in readiness for a serious push at winning trophies and some of you believe he will go for Zigic………really? If so then the world is flat…….believe that too

  14. Twig says:

    I warned you guys but you wouldn’t listen: “It’s one marquee signing per season remember”?

    1. josh37 says:

      maybe… or maybe the ‘marquee’ signings rest on CL qualification..
      if you were a player who wanted to join Arsenal would you not wait a few extra weeks?? even if for arguments sake a player wanted to come regardless of CL football or not, do you not think they’d potentially use it as a bartering tool in a potentially 3-5 year contract?

  15. Ks-Gunner says:

    Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate.. to suuuuffering. :O

  16. Gunnerbongo says:

    Not every romour is worth an article…..Zigic?I thought he is no longer playing football.

  17. sark03 says:

    everybody were saying wenger will make one more big money signing . maybe they were misquoted …. not BIG MONEY …. BUT BIG SIZE signing….. GOD save us……!!

    1. Hafiz Rahman says:

      need someone big to hold up play upfront

      1. scarlet says:

        Hafiz, you will kill me with a lot of laughter

      2. Invincibles49 says:

        The thing you are looking for this is my di*k.

  18. jonestown1 says:

    Probably the biggest bollocks rumour so far this summer – and that takes some doing.

  19. mesüt says:

    Never before have i been afraid of visiting the official arsenal website.

  20. Hafiz Rahman says:

    Zigic….is needed for Wengers world class tactic of Hold up play….

  21. rock88 says:

    Wenger out. What a piece of garbage manager. Everton, Swansea and Westham have better striker than us. What a shame

  22. rpk says:

    Zigic is Arsenal quality.. Thats Y Arsene buying him. Great buy.. I’m very happy gooner!!

  23. fed-up gunner says:

    IT CANT BE TRUE- from coaching wright, wiltord, Berkgamp, HENRY, kanu, anelkka to adebayor,rvp now giroud, sanogo den freaking ZIGIC!!!!!!!!! Wat d hell???

    1. Hafiz Rahman says:

      Wenger need some to carry on the Hold up play…

  24. rpk says:

    He was one of the best player around..for free. That too 6’7” height. Suits our hold-up play. Can’t wait to see him play. Arsene is genius. IN ARSENE I TRUST!! God bless Arsenal..

    1. Hafiz Rahman says:

      Exactly!!

      Excellent signing

      World class hold up play….

  25. GunningSoulman says:

    Eeeehhh…how about..I dunno…maybe….

    B O N Y

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. rpk says:

      Bony isn’t Arsenal material. He can’t do HOLD-UPPPP play. Only ZIGIC can do. He is better than anyone available in the market.. Its no-brainer..literally!

      1. GunningSoulman says:

        WHAAAAAAT?! Are you Tottenham in disguise?

        1. rpk says:

          One day you will understand this comment..wait for it.

          1. muffdiver says:

            he left his humour hat inside celia

  26. Don King says:

    I thought we were just challenging for the title, with this guy coming we can win the UCL and dare I say invincibles part 2?

  27. rpk says:

    Guys, check youtube. Zigic hold-up the ball, runs 40 yards and scores. What a player he is!! Chel, ManC, ManU ans Lfool are soo afraid now..! Man, this season is ours..

    1. muffdiver says:

      loool

  28. rpk says:

    We deluded fans.. we will blame Wenger for signing some shit players. But we won’t praise when he buys players of Zigic calibre. Please cheer Wenger today, so that he ll buy more players like Zigic quality..

  29. Young Gun_AFC says:

    LOL all these ‘hold up play’ comments are quality hahaha

    1. muffdiver says:

      why u think i come on here? banter on here is top notch

  30. Invincibles49 says:

    The number of sarcastic comments are too damn high 😀

    1. Twig says:

      No one is being sarcastic buddy. Zigic is a top player. You can’t argue against 241 goals in 470 games.

  31. NIKK says:

    Think someone is having a laugh at our expense by linking this basketball player to Arsenal…probably a mischievous spud or manure jurno!

  32. lupe says:

    i would just go mad if this rumour is true.
    possible strikers
    dream- cavani or falcao
    really good- jackson martinez or bony
    good and cheap- remy.
    what i want to say is that the answer is right in front of wenger and he is ignoring it, jackson martinez is the answer, quick, athletic, good finisher, good header, pacy, tall ,strong and most importantly prolific and he has a 28m pound release clause which was inserted in his new contract and he would like to join arsenal. I just cant find a better deal out there for a striker out there. Psg would not sell canani, falcao said he is not leaving but he could still join madrid. serious for God sake sign jackson martinez!!!!!!!!!!

  33. rpk says:

    “Messi handed transfer request, he wants to play behind Zigic” – renowed journalist Amodovar.

    Common Arsene you can do it.. Even though Messi isn’t Zigic’s quality.. But, yeah!! who cares when we have Zigic. He makes mediocre players look like world class.

  34. atid says:

    How about a new dream pairing of cavani £50m and falcao £20m (loan fee includes wages) with an option to buy for £40m next season.

    Well zigic’s agent started it.

  35. arsenalman365 says:

    I love seeing the armchair brigade panic over some bullshit rumours and I bet next month Wenger will be praised for sticking to his guns and not panicking. The last thing to do as a large corporation is to panic, chop and change then throw a load of money at your problems. Wenger has an economics degree and won 3 league titles so I think he knows a bit more than people on Justarsenal.

    1. muffdiver says:

      NO ONE KNOWS MORE THAN THE PEOPLE ON JUSTARSENAL.COM

      stephen hawking vs muff diver
      stephen fry

  36. Young Gun_AFC says:

    But the important question is does he have world class hold up play like zigic?

  37. archimedes says:

    I think we deserve a manager with the ambition to challenge for the title. I beginning to doubt that Wenger is that manager.

    Wenger doesn’t care about winning the title. He just wants to achieve another top 4 finish. I really wouldn’t be suprised if he brought in Zigic. I mean he brught in Kim Kallstrom while injured.

    It is the same shi-t all over agina.Every season the fan turn up to tell Wenger that we need a striker and a solid holding midfielder. Wenger never listen.

    He always wait until last week of the transfer window, when all the good players have been signed by our rivals, to try to find ” a bargain”.

    Bargains won’t win us title. Class players will. Honestly, I wouldn’t be against sacking Wenger after this season for a new manager. We need a manager who understands our needs and has big ambitions for the club.

  38. leo says:

    so from kalou 2 zigic lol all agent talk

    1. rpk says:

      @Leo: How much Zigic costs?? I’m willing to sell stadium and buy him..

      1. leo says:

        free agent lol but juve wants him not us they have contacted him

        1. rpk says:

          Juve is behindus for every players.. May be Barca and Real Madrid are also behind him.. We must be careful!

          1. muffdiver says:

            word on the street is real an barca have held secret talks with nana zigic to get grandson on board…

  39. Invincibles49 says:

    Its not about signing a mediocre(an overstatement) player. It is about sending a message to the World class players out there , this season or the next. It shows club’s intention and ambition and the real star players are a sucker for that. How do you think City made such a monster team starting from the year when they were not even in the CL. Of course they offered sh*t load of money, but there the world class players saw an opportunity of a strong team capable of winning things and so many followed to Etihad. It is like a chain reaction. One embarrassing link and its all woosh. I would not be surprised if United manages to get Vidal and you know what would accelerate the process : Signing of Di Maria for British records transfer. Vidal will see its only one season without CL but the club is ambitious and they are willing to break the bank to build a top top team so why not. There are numerous examples.

    Before this i thought Wenger has realized this too and is now signing top class players only and spending money. But Alas! I was wrong maybe. Imagine us fighting with Liverpool for Sanchez after signing Zigic. I would have bet my house that he would choose Liverpool. This is the truth and it happens. Hope you are getting the drift.

  40. rpk says:

    Guys, there is a problem. Zigic agent just stated that his client wont sign we wont get qualified to UCL.. Common Wenger we shouldn’t miss this opportunity..beat Besiktas, its the only stumbling block to win UCL. Whole world would be thinking who is this f**king Zigic is!! Wenger picked up gem of a player.

  41. cardo87 says:

    I’ll be livid if this is true. Old and shit. Make us a laughing stock if this level of player is matching the ambition of the club. Smh.

  42. mike1977 says:

    Arsenal board: “So, Arsene, tell me what you want, what you really really want.” Wenger: “I wanna, i wanna, i wanna, i wanna, really, really, really wanna Zig a Zig-ahh.”

    1. rpk says:

      Wenger: “I wanna, i wanna, i wanna, i wanna, really, really, really wanna Messi…oooooooh sorry Zigic”

    2. muffdiver says:

      @mike1977 loool

  43. Invincibles49 says:

    What if Wenger wants to make Sanogo feel better by getting Zigic 😀

    1. rpk says:

      Don’t panic Arsenal fans! This whole Nicola Zigic rumour is misleading… He’s only the back-up target if Emile Heskey is unavailable.

      1. rpk says:

        Some twitter guy comment!

  44. forever-Arsenal says:

    Get Falcao on loan for a year.

    I think I would rather have emile heskey or Lord Bendtner than zigic

    1. muffdiver says:

      id rather get lieutenant dan than zigic

  45. Moreno says:

    Pipe down guys, wenger is not signing a 33 year old has been who was never good enough for arsenal to begin with. If wenger wanted a 33 year old he would’ve signed Eto.

    Do not believe everything you read and we won’t know who’s coming until the last day of the transfer window so shut your gadgets down until after the weekend.

  46. Invincibles49 says:

    Mouth watering duo of Sanogo and Zigic. Pace, power, control, finishing you name it. Can’t wait !!

  47. Mp5348 says:

    Matt Law on twitter denied all those rumors and said it as rubbish B-)

  48. hunter says:

    Being sarcastic can be funny and I actually laughed at some of them but when you repeatedly do it it loses it’s substance and you just sound retarded.

    Anyways I pray this is just a rumor .he was fairly good and I remember how he was a terror to defenders in the box on high balls and he’s got good feet as well but I think he’s past it or should be passed it. might as well get Peter crouch

    we could have a friendly with the NBA all stars.God help us

  49. Robin Vanpayslip says:

    Apparently Zigic is reluctant to join as he doesn’t want to be a left winger.

    1. muffdiver says:

      ahahaha

  50. jperiod says:

    People, you do realize that this is total BS don’t you?

  51. ras911 says:

    hahaha relax people! Our manager is not that mental

    1. muffdiver says:

      leave us were happy losing our minds in narnia

      ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

  52. rpk says:

    I’m running out of sarcastic comments..:) Admin plz write article about today’s match..

  53. greekgunner says:

    breaking news. breaking nerves

    1. muffdiver says:

      breaking plates, breaking faces…

      1. rpk says:

        @muffdiver: You are late buddy…. you could have come bit early.

  54. marc.overmars says:

    its on bbc about zigic, so its not just smoke anymore… what a move my god… hahah… imagine one of those big game manager bring zigic to his team… j.mourinho, c.ancelotii, diego simeone, jurgen klopp, pep guardiola, fabio capello etc etc…… well wenger is not in this basket anymore, so he can do whatever he wants, becouse fans use to it….

  55. LeftyLL says:

    Wow unbelievable how many people believe the rubbish that gets printed. Confirmation of Giroud’s injury comes out and all of a sudden every player that we’ve been linked with and didnt sign, we are linked with again!

    Zigic’s agent said “He was offered a contract to the end of the year, with an option to extend until the end of 2015” well yeah of course he needs a lot of time to think about an offer like that lol!

    Zigic is not coming people, be sensible. Wenger MAY get a loan in but he is waiting for Real to sign Falcao then he will sign Benzema and he wont stop smiling after his master plan comes off.

  56. Mick The Gooner says:

    We better win tonight. I don’t want us taking part in Spursday night football.

    1. muffdiver says:

      as long as zigic plays- WHAT DOES IT MATTER!!

      1. NY_Gunner says:

        @muffdiver
        I hear ya. He does look like the perfect “decoy” I mean “targetman” Lol

  57. Big Gun says:

    Old habits die hard…Wenger still hasn’t gotten it into his skull yet, even though after signing Ozil we won the F.A cup. Clubs who win, cough up the cash. It’s as simple as that and I am surprised that Wenger would mess around like this by signing this dinosaur. All we really need now is a decent DM and a world class CF and we are title contenders, even CL contenders, but Wenger always makes it tough on himself, his players and especially the fans who have had to sit over the last DECADE with bs like this. I wish Steve Bould would knock some f*cking sense into him really.

  58. YAYA22 says:

    Relax this is a AW buy. He won’t cost much, is a perfect cover for Giroud and this way were still in the market for a top class player (who won’t be a striker, i admit..). Looking at this guys stats:
    AIK Bačka Topola: 68 goals in 76 games, Red star Belgrado: 64 goals in 100 games, Birmingham 36 in 148 games, that’s shit again but overall career stats of: 470/241. Giroud: 313/132. I’m just saying that if you give this guy a ball he can reach for, he will put it in. Don’t judge him before he played.

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