It is being reported in France that Arsenal tried to sign Clinton N’Jie from Tottenham Hotspur this week, before he joined Marseille on an initial loan deal.
The Cameroon international was likened to Samuel Eto’o, although not solely because of his nationality, and was expected to have a bright future in the game, having thoroughly impressed in Ligue 1.
He did not manage to continue that form in the English Premier League last year, and now looks set to leave Tottenham already.
It is reported that he is set to move to Marseille on an initial one-year loan deal, with a €7 Million option included, which they can trigger only if they stay in the French top flight, and he picks up X amount of appearances.
Later reports are now claiming that Arsenal tried to scupper the deal however, by trying to bring N’Jie to the Emirates Stadium instead, but their noisy neighbours are claimed to have turned down their approach.
The Gunners were linked with the 22 year-old prior to his move to White Hart Lane, but he apparently preferred to try his hand with Spurs instead.
Arsenal have already missed out on a number of attacking targets this summer, and now look to have missed out on another, although I’m certain N’Jie would not have had the exciting effect that fans are craving from an attacking addition.
Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott and new signing Takuma Asano are our current options for the central role next term, and fans and Wenger alike, are keen to see a top goalscorer added to that.
Jamie Vardy has already turned down a move to North London, while deals for Alvaro Morata, Gonzalo Higuain and Alexandre Lacazette have frustratingly looked on-and-off for much of the window.
Fans are now getting frustrated with a matter of weeks until the league kicks off, and the prospect of relying on Olivier Giroud and Theo to try and help us win our first PL trophy since 2004.
Is this saga really going to go down to deadline day? Could Arsene really have got a note out of N’Jie?
You say – Wenger failed to sign a striker
Wenger says – Why would I need to sign a striker? I already have 5
And I say: for foooooks sake Wenger, spend that money! It’s OURS not YOURS!
Off topic but Juventus went on and bought Pjaca from Zagreb for £20 millions! That’s right, a 21-year old winger ¨who has never played anywhere else then Croatia. That’s a lot of money.
Well at this stage any striker will get my blessing before arsene changes is mind
The only striker we are linked with whom I will accept at arsenal is higuain.
Otherwise even campbell ia better than the rest of them
Clinton N’jie…….. From the spuds……. We couldn’t have looked elsewhere
could we?… Just like Demba ba from chelski…
Eggs in our faces now!
Just when i think it couldn’t get any worse, we stoop lower..
And the media will keep toiling and messing with us.. …It ain’t easy to be an Arsenal fan especially during transfer window..
I just hope we don’t get hammered this season by any team. We seem to get hammered once or twice in recent years. Last year it was Southampton….few years ago it was Chelsea and Liverpool. Then we all remember the 8:2 thrashing from Manu. Thank goodness we hammered them 3:0 last season..
Wenger please show us some love. The world knows we need a prolific striker.
3:0 in comparison to 8:2 is not a good enough hammering… I wonder who is going to embarrass us this up and coming season (maybe Bournemouth).
If we did really inquire about him, why didn’t spu go for it. They obviously don’t rate him good enough, so they could have offloaded a dud onto us. It’s a bit like your man Berahinio, I was glad tott were getting him because I don’t rate him all that well. Was disappointed when wbrom held on. Now tott might end up with a no2 striker who can rival Kane properly, or even improve on him. Nije was never gonna be what Arsenal need, he’d be doing it by now if he was good enough for our club. Sanogo, Wellington, Inamoto, I’m sure Arsenal fans would’ve happily dropped these players on spu lap.
Well that is one way of looking at it Trevor. Maybe Spurs don’t want to gamble on selling us a player they think is not good enough for their team, to be 100% certain that if Nije does become a top striker, it is not Arsenal that benefits from it. Think about it, imagine how the Spurs fans will react if he becomes a prolific striker.
My personal opinion is that we should be looking to bring in a WC striker not unproven hopefuls!
Takuma Asano is not an option for this year. He doesn’t have enough caps with his national team to qualify for a work permit yet. So the chance of seeing him this season with the 1st team are slim and none. And AW said he is one for the future. So he is not an option for this season