Wenger will do his best to keep Nasri and Fabregas, Juan Mata linked!, Benzema rumor surfaces again!, Denilson to Villareal?

July 8, 2011

After venting my anger a couple of days back, I am back to myself again. However, I do stand by that we need to strengthen the team and sort it out quickly. With pre-season matches just round the corner, all focus needs to be diverted towards getting ready for next season. Transfer rumors do hinder a teams performance, no matter how hard one denies it.

We have until end of August to buy players, however, the speculations surrounding few of our players needs to be quickly addressed. Only then the negativity that is emanating from all corners of the blogosphere is going to stop. A couple of signings now will also be great!

First and foremost, Nasri’s situation needs to be solved. It should have been sorted out by now as everyday it gets more annoying. Dragging it on is only making things worse for us. If Nasri really wants to leave, for whatever reason, he must be sold to the highest bidder and as quickly as possible. Manu has already enquired about him.  Reports of an offer, official or unofficial from United, for Nasri has also been reported. Even though we have denied it, there might be some truth to it. There were also rumors of Man City claiming that they are close to acquiring him, which I don’t believe. With Chelsea also in the mix, we can have a bidding war which can only be good for us, if we get to a point where selling is the only option. The money received should then be spent to acquire a top replacement.

If he doesn’t want to leave, he must sign the contract quickly, Arsenal must announce it so that we may get on with our preparation for the season.

Personally, I want him to stay. He has been a good player for us and he has the potential to be a great player. He has had his ups and down but he seems to be getting consistent. No doubt he lost his touch in the later stages of last season; he still was phenomenal for us. It has taken him three years to somewhat fully express himself and he is only going to get better. That is the reason that all top three clubs in the league are after him. We can’t afford to lose an experienced Premier League player on a cheap to our rivals. For me, he is more important than Fabregas (this doesn’t mean that we need to let Fabregas go!)

We have the money, and we can offer him what he asks. Arsene Wenger’s comments today were positive and shows that the boss is intent on holding him. Speaking to Arsenal player, Arsene said:

“We will do everything we can to keep him [Samir Nasri].”

I know Wenger will try his best, but then, we did lose Clichy. So, you can’t do anything if a player wants to leave, which is the bitter truth in modern football. Allowing Nasri to run out his contract is going to be more costly to us than letting him go this season. A contract must, therefore, be signed this summer or else he must be shown the door. I am just hoping for him to commit to Arsenal quickly. All this, as I said before, need to be done without more delay. We cannot wait till September for Nasri to make a decision!

One announcement that we have all been waiting for is Gervinho’s unveiling. He is likely going to be declared an Arsenal player any day now. According to many reports he was in London for his medical on Wednesday, which was successful. The Daily Mail has gone on to add that only a small problem in the paper work has delayed the announcement. Better late than never, in my opinion. I am really looking forward to seeing him play in the pre-season. With so much being said about him in the press, I am certain that he will turn out to be a great player for us.

As for the recent rumors linking us to Juan Mata and Karim Benzema, they are great, I am more than certain that they are only rumors. With Gervinho arriving, I don’t see Wenger going for another forward. Mata might be an option only if we lose one of Fabregas or Nasri.

I am more interested in Hazard though. He, alongside Nasri and Fabregas, with van Persie ahead will be perfect! I know, sometimes it’s great to live in fantasy!

The Fabregas situation has also gone quiet. There are reports that Barca is offering Abidal in addition to cash, which I don’t see Wenger taking in a million areas. For me, anything less than Messi plus cash should be rejected. Wenger, today, made it clear that he will be trying to hold onto him at all costs. Speaking to Arsenal player, the manager said:

“Our position is always the same, we want to keep Cesc and I will fight as hard as I can to keep him”

I feel, by now, Barcelona should have realized that we won’t accept an offer less than what Fabregas is worth. Also, Fabregas should realize that Barcelona don’t really value him. He needs to stick with Arsenal, get over his injury and lead us to trophies. I am certain that this saga is going to continue till the end of the transfer window with Fabregas staying at Arsenal! I have my fingers crossed.

Before I conclude, I got excited about the news linking Denilson to Villareal. However, I haven’t seen any follow up to the story. So, I am guessing that it was another false rumor and we will be seeing him around the Arsenal squad a bit more. I am starting to wonder if anyone will ever ever buy him!!    

Till next time!

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Weren’t we supposed to strengthen the team? We need a replacement for Clichy, Alex Song is charged with assault!

July 5, 2011

This summer was supposed to be about building up the team by keeping our best players and strengthening it where necessary. Ever since the season has gotten over, we have been waiting for quality players to arrive and also at the departures of the dross that we have at our club. Arsene himself made it clear that his priority will be to keep the best players and strengthen the squad! At the moment, we haven’t achieved any of the above. In fact, we have gone a step back than where we were last season!

The start to the summer looked quite promising. The news coming in was positive and we did sign a couple of youngsters and a right back. The good thing was that we showed signs in making changes. The other good thing was that clubs were coming in for our dross players (later revealed to be false news as the mentioned clubs denied the links). There were also stories about Nasri and Clichy departing with the Fabregas saga commencing from where it had stopped last summer.

Cahill, Samba, Hazard, Gervinho, Alvarez were the name of few players being linked with us constantly.  And it seemed inevitable that one of them will be announced as our new signing. Some reports even went onto claim that on first July we will be announcing at least three players.  

The disappointing reports about three of our player’s departure continued. I wasn’t concerned about Fabregas! Nasri’s situation was alarming! The worrying thing, however, was that of Clichy’s exit. I have been saying all along that the most important player to hold onto would be Clichy! And I was relieved when, last Sunday, Arsene said that talks have started in order to make him stay.

First July came and went. I had hoped that I will be writing about our new signings but they never materialized. Four days later the thing that I feared the most did come to pass. The one position, where we had no cover is now exposed more than ever. Clichy’s departure to City may seem ironic in face of what he himself said at Adebayor’s move, however, that should not be our concern. The worrying thing is that our own players don’t want to stay.  The player that was part of the first generation of project youth has abandoned that project to achieve success!

The team that he chose was none other than City, one of our main rivals who overtook us in the league last season! The team that won’t sell its own players to clubs that challenge for the title! And then Arsene says that Nasri won’t go to any other Premier League cub!

What impression of Arsenal is this going to leave on the rest of the football world? And as things are going, I don’t see anyone wanting to come to Arsenal except youngsters. As they can leave when developed! And no one wants our dross! Denilson is to join the team for pre-season according to his agent as there are no buyers!

Where does this leave us? In dire need of a left back, for one, who can easily come in and replace Clichy.  Gibbs is no where ready; Traore is not better than Clichy. Who are our options then? Leighton Baines! Who else? Arsene will have a hard time in finding a replacement and that will only be the case if Wenger does indeed look for one. The thing that is giving me the creeps is if we get no one and Gibbs starts the season as a first choice left back. I have nothing against Gibbs. It is only that he is not ready yet. In fact I don’t see him as a defender at the moment. His positioning is wrong along and his decision making is poor. Up front he is somewhat better but that also needs lots of work. He requires at least one more season to fully develop.

I wouldn’t have been concerned much with this departure if we had a readymade replacement. Now not only are we a player down but also in a very dangerous position. The price tag of all left backs is going to shoot up which will lead to only one end result that we have witnessed in recent summers! Which I desperately hope is the not the case this time.

This transfer also opens many other doors. Will Nasri and Fabregas consider this the key to their own departures! Nasri’s new comments aren’t encouraging! Will this departure give them the hope that they can move out and Arsenal won’t be able to do anything? Or will Arsene do more to keep Nasri and Fabregas? Replacing three players will be a hard task when you also need to strengthening other positions! Will experienced players ever want to come to Arsenal? Will this move make other player want to leave? There are already rumors of Walcott and van Persie wanting to leave!

Things certainly aren’t looking good for us at the moment no matter how hard one tries to convince himself.

As for strengthening the squad, Arsene now is the time! I had hoped last Sunday that the next time I will be writing when we sign a player. Well, we haven’t even made a bid for Cahill yet! Samba rumors have gone quiet. I don’t know what’s wrong with Gervinho’s signing. Alvarez’ deal has been rumored to be hijacked by Inter while Hazard is staying at Lille. That leave us with Chamberlain and according to Southampton we haven’t approached them. What have we been doing for the last one-and-a-half month? Only Arsene and the people at Arsenal can tell us the answer.

Meanwhile our troubles don’t end here. There are reports that Alex Song faces up to two years in jail if found guilty of an assault charge. It is being reported that his guards were mainly involved and a hearing is set for in August. Losing Alex Song like this will be catastrophe! But frankly speaking I don’t see it happening.

Although, everything points to a disaster, I haven’t given up! I am still hoping that one of these days we will make our moves. Clichy’s departure isn’t a good start but maybe this will urge Wenger to make quick changes that are necessary. After all this might be Wenger’s last chance to make a difference!

With this I will end for now. After lots of travelling in the last week I am back now and hopefully will be updating the blog regularly! Apologies for not being able to post anything in the last week! Have a good day!