Contrasting reports on Arsenal’s Buendia bid but what to believe?

Arsenal have been strongly linked with a move to sign Emi Buendia from Norwich City this month, but different sources are getting different information.

Fabrizio Romano has made his people at the Guardian believe that an offer from Arsenal is ‘in the pipeline’ however, having already made contact with his agents over his possible acquisition.

While Romano is very-much acknowledged as an in-the-know, the people at The Athletic are known for being professional and reliable also, and with David Ornstein’s contacts at Arsenal, I’m tempted to believe his information to be the more reliable.

The other publication states that the Gunners are no longer interested in making a move for the Canaries midfielder, possibly down to their £40 Million valuation of the Argentine, although some reports such as the Independent claimed that we would be looking to offset part of the fee with either Joe Willock or Reiss Nelson.

As we know, the game of Chinese Whispers is rife in all circles, and it wouldn’t be totally unreasonable to believe that there was elements of truth in all of this.

Arsenal were most likely very interested in a deal for Buendia this month, but his importance to Norwich’s push for promotion is just too high. This being said, it would still make sense for our club to be lining up a move for Emi, but it may just be more likely that we wont be able to see him arrive at the club until the summer.

Regardless of the situation, our supposed target was well-known to us in the summer, and the club failed to follow up that interest, and they should have simply done the business in August or September and no doubt have paid less than the current asking price.

Would Buendia’s arrival hamper Smith Rowe’s emergence? Does a summer move appear more likely? Who do you find more credible, Romano or The Athletic?


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  1. Please no more CAM, since we’ve got Smith-Rowe, Ceballos, Willian, Nelson, Lacazette, Cottrell and Willock who can play there. Better spend the money on Giroud 2.0, because we don’t have plan B in second halves if we can’t score from open play

      1. Only if Willock on a permanent deal and Nelson on loan. Still think Nelson could be the real deal, just needs a full season of first team football. Was very promising during his stay with Hoffenheim

      2. We haven’t tried Nelson in the CAM position, whereas Willock and Willian were unlucky because Aubameyang’s hold-up play is much worse than Lacazette’s. Both Nelson and Willock have played with Saka in reserves for years, so they’d likely click better with him than a new CAM

        1. Arteta for some reason simply does not fancy AMN in midfield, I would like to see him have a few consecutive games there to see one way or another.

      3. Ahhahahahahahahah! Those two for Emi – it would take a great deal more than that to prise him away from NCFC.
        Just look at his stats for last season with a relegated club in the EPL and consider that he has improved substantially this season.

    1. Not one of those names will be taken by teams we consider rivals … indeed most would not be taken by Norwich which says a lot … lacazette is a different kind of player so no idea what he is doing in this list … strengthen in this area or end playing out nil nil draws of the kind we did against ncastle the other night

    2. So u actually think Willock, Nelson, Cottrell, Laca and willian can play there? When they play in the position do u see the arsenal u want?
      We need to sign Brandt cos he’s a worker on and off the ball.

      1. I believe Ceballos, Willian or Nelson would thrive there, as long as Lacazette plays in front of them and if they’d be given a few matches to start as CAM. Brandt’s physicality and work ethic are very good, but he couldn’t get past any opponent in World Cup and he failed at Dortmund

        1. I do want to see Ceballos in a more attacking role, cause I still think that’s where his strengths are, not as a sort of holding midfielder. For Spain u21 he also played on the left as the most advanced midfielder in a midfield 3 and he was really good.

          We can give Willian a few shots as a number 10, but he’s had many chances already. The rest I don’t wanna see anymore. Laca is 9, Nelson a winger and Willock a B2B IMO, not a number 10.

    3. Seriously? We’re crying out for a CAM. We have no creativity without one. That’s why we started winning games when we stuck ESR in the role.

      Ceballos is not a creative mid, nor is Willock. Nelson is better on the wing but not good at the moment. Laca had one decent game as a false 9 but is not a CAM, Willian is dire and disinterested wherever he plays and why even mention Cottrell?

      We are crying out for a world class CAM.

    4. GAI, it’s not about quantity but quality. Aside from ESR, None of them are quality CAM. They don’t have what it takes to be a good CAM.

  2. If he’s 40mill, that’s definitely a pass. Way too pricey for a player who in the end plays in the Championship. It’d be ludicrous to agree to that. anyways, I dont expect to hear about coming in’s until Sokratis, Ozil, and maybe Nelson/Willock get a loan. More outs than In’s. Getting a creative still a priority though, given we are back to square one if ESR gets injured.

  3. Buendia is not an upgrade of what we have. There’s nothing special about him. He’s overpriced too. Arsenal should go in for a better CAM.

  4. Anything over 20 million is way to much. Surely we could move one of Willock, Niles or Nkietah on for a decent sum then put that towards Aouar?

  5. PATRICK you ask which(or what) is credible With a recently accepted £120mill short term loan for day today running costs,repayable by MAY and no spectators in grounds this season, almost certainly, what is NOT credible is for Kroenke to sanction a large bid for ANY player on Earth in January.

    This statement of mine is totally credible and is about the only thing that is on this subject. It is not what I want; it IS what I believe!

    1. But if Kroenke pays the fees from his own sources in the short-term this won’t financially impact the club and I believe that if we don’t sign an attacking midfielder we would los out on Europa revenue and less from finishing further dow the league table. I don’t think it’s worth signing any other player as we can make do but we know we are very exposed in this area and imagine if ESR were to pick up an injury. Personally it’s good business sense and if Kroenke can help the club through for a couple of years I think this would be good business.

  6. ESR needs someone like Emi to both share the burden of the number 10 role for matches, and, as others have mentioned, I think to partner each other when the opportunity arises. I think ESR needs a mentor to provide in subtle development of Emile’s attacking abilities and to improve his goal scoring potential.

    I also think Emi would develop faster and more consistently with the Arsenal set up. There’s so many good young players in the first team squad its got to stand us in good stead for the future. Can you imagine if we manage to keep all these youngsters at Arsenal (ESR, Saka, Martinelli, AMN, Bagolin, Tierney, Nelson, Willock and even Pepe) and they grow and develop together, it would be an amazing team in a few years time.

  7. Anyone with common sense knew that this deal was never going to happen even if they had received an offer in the region of 40M when Norwich are battling for an automatic promotion place worth several hundreds of millions,a player without a release clause who stated his commitment to his club for the season,a manager who very early on insisted he was not for sale and us having no money a bloated squad as for Fabrizio Romano the less said the better the guy is a fraud any Arsenal fan who followed his tweets over summer knows,he first tweeted that TP was in London Colney when the release wasn’t even paid,also tweeted TP was on a plane to London when he hadn’t even finished the first part of the medical in Spain and was forced by thousands of Twitter followers to credit a couple of people for first announcing that the deal was back on track he got the info from accounts he follows and tried to get credit for it the guy is a fraud he gets it wrong more often than right another example is Buendia claiming that Arsenal were in contact with his representatives but not Norwich or that we were interested but never made an offer or that they were put off by the 40M fee for him when Norwich were never going to sell him and have never been in touch with Arsenal in the 1st place🤔

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