Good morning from Nigeria.
Not much going on in terms of transfers at arsenal as of yet, but having prowled through the remotest parts of the Internet, I managed to find a few straws, to which we can hold on to until there is more substantial news(don’t hold your breath for that, this is arsenal we are talking about).
Let’s start from the top
Dazet Wilfried Armel Zaha plays for Crystal palace, coached by former Blackpool coach, Ian Holloway.
The exciting winger has been touted as the most promising young English player not playing in the premier league.
That will soon change as he has been heavily linked with Arsenal and Manchester united, and no doubt, he will be leaving palace latest by summer.
At just 20 years, worth about £12million and a self proclaimed arsenal fan, this is one signing you would expect Wenger to make.
Just one little snag:
It was reported yesterday that he may have already signed for Manchester united.
Zaha reportedly wrote:
“Looks like I’m on my way to the top of the premier league” on his Twitter account but has since deleted the post.
Zaha has denied posting the message: “I don’t know [sic] remember tweeting no such thing so I don’t know where the tweet came from #confused”.
There is no suggestion that the tweet came from Zaha’s official Twitter account.
Fingers crossed, Wenger gets his man, but it will surely mean that Walcott will continue in the center of attack.
Hatem Ben Arfa:
Our link to this player is no where as strong as some reports suggest, although Ben Arfa himself said:
“I am interested by Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool. Today, these clubs are over Newcastle.”
This only suggests that if arsenal make a reasonable bid for him, and Newcastle agree then a deal will be done, but I can’t see Wenger going for such an injury prone player. He already has Diaby to Contend with. Let’s watch how this one plays out though.
Being down the pecking order at his club, Athletico Madrid might suggest that this player is not good enough for Arsenal but when you have Ramadel Falcao in the same team with you, playing in the same position as you, then it will always be difficult to get chances.
Having said that, i have taken the time to watch some of his clips and I liked what I saw. He is strong fast, and skillful.
In my oppinion, he is
better than what we have available at the club now in terms of central strikers.
Last I heard, Arsenal’s opening bid of £10m was rejected by Atletico but it is understood that £12m “could be enough” to seal the Lopez deal, which is lower than the £14.7m release clause in the player’s contract.
Not sure what’s happening with this guy. He plays for Rennes in ligue 1, and though I have not watched him this season, it is said that he has been poor so far. I don’t think that he has suddenly become a bad player, it’s just that the atmosphere at France may be a bit too sad for him at the moment, what with him being banned from the national team till 2014. I feel a change of environment would be good for him.this piece on
just arsenal does justice to this topic.
According to reports, Barcelona have refused to let him leave in January and so we can be almost sure that this deal is off the table, at least for now. Perhaps in the summer we will return for him, perhaps not, we will just have to wait and see.
That concludes this week’s transfer round up. Follow our Facebook page for all arsenal breaking news.
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Have yourself a lovely day.