Confirmed: Arsenal sign Arteta and Benayoun!

August 31, 2011

Arsenal has done a great job on the transfer deadline day.

It is now officially confirmed that Andre Santos, Per Mertesacker and Benayoun have joined Arsenal.

According to BBC, we also have signed Arteta for a fee of around 10 million. He will join the club on a four year deal.

This is what @bbcsport_david tweeted on twitter minutes after the window officially closed:

“I can confirm Arteta and Bendtner are DONE deals #bbcfootball #afc #safc #efc”

“Arteta signs for Arsenal for fee in region of £10m. No news on contract length, squad number. Bendy to #safc on year-long loan #bbcfootball”

Arsenal has officially confirmed Arteta’s signing and Bendtner’s loan move to Sunderland.

Great news all around!

More to follow!


Benayoun on loan to Arsenal and Arteta also close to signing!? Mertesacker to wear No. 4 shirt

August 31, 2011

After announcing earlier that Per Mertesacker deal was pending formal completion, Arsenal has now officially announced that the deal is completed. He will wear the number 4 shirt.

Arsene Wenger on signing him said:

“We are delighted to welcome Per Mertesacker to the Club. He is a German international with vast experience and strength and is good on the floor and in the air. I believe he will be well-suited to the Premier League and a tremendous asset to the team.”

Mertesacker, on completing his move, said:

“I had a great time at SV Werder Bremen and I’m grateful to the club. Moving to London enables me to fulfil a dream and a further step in my career. The Premier League has always represented a great challenge for me.”

And in a major development, talks with Arteta have started again according to Skysports. In a major twist in our favor, Arteta is now only a few minutes from signing for Arsenal.

It is being reported that the deal is agreed and only wages and personal stuff is to be decided. Arteta himself is pushing in for the move. Which means this deal is well and truly done!

This comes on the back of Benayoun talks, on whom the latest report is we have signed him on a season long loan.

Stay tuned as the confirmation comes in!

Update: It is now confirmed that Benayoun has signed for us. This is what the player tweeted just a few minutes ago:

“I sign with arsenal,very happy and excited about it,but now my head is only in the game against grecce on friday,thanks for the support.”


Arteta interest has ended but we may still get Benayoun!

August 31, 2011

Everything is happening at the moment for Arsenal. Earlier today reports started appearing that we have opened talks with Everton for their playmaker, Mikael Arteta. The offer at first was cash plus Bendtner which was followed up by a £10 million bid, later reported to be rejected by Everton, who are asking for £15 million.

As things stand, Skysports is reporting that we have ended our interest in the Spanish playmaker.

However, in another development partly related to above, we are now moving in for Chelsea’s Yossi Benayoun according to Skysports sources. He has also been linked with Liverpool but recent reports suggest that we are in talks with Benayoun, for a possible loan move.

Now, ideally I would have liked both of the above mentioned players at Arsenal together. Arteta is very creative and he could have been a decent replacement for Fabregas. Combined with the talents of Wilshere and Benayoun, we could have filled some of the gaps left in by Fabregas and Nasri. Now however, I don’t believe that Benayoun alone is the answer to our midfield problems. He can be great but his injury record is a concern.

And Even if we do get Benayoun, we would still require another creative midfielder. And with just less than three hours to go, we are in for a tense final hours before the window closes.

Anything can happen. It is getting frustrating at the same time now as no new signing have taken place today. Santos, Mertesacker and Park were done yesterday, two of them were only announced today. Maybe we have someone else lined up. Keep your fingers crossed!

More to follow


Arsenal officially announce the signing of Andre Santos and Per Mertesacker!

August 31, 2011

After unveiling Park, Arsenal has now officially announced the signing of Andre Santos from Fenerbahce. Santos has joined on a long term contract. He will be wearing the number 11 shirt at Arsenal and have A.Santos on the back of his shirt.

Arsene Wenger, on signing him, said

“Santos is a quality player, with the ability to both defend well and get forward and help with attacks. He has experience in the Champions League and for Brazil and has proven he can deliver at the highest level. We welcome Santos to the Club and look forward to him having a big impact for us.”

Santos, himself after completing the move, said

“I am delighted to have signed for Arsenal. It was one of my dreams to play for a major European football club and I have accomplished this. I am very happy to be part of this team. All the Brazilians who came to this club spoke wonders about it and I am delighted to be part of the Arsenal family.”

You can see some of his pictures here.

Following Santos, Arsenal also announced Per Mertesacker’s signing. He will complete the move from Werder Bremen which is pending completion of formal registration processes.

 

More to follow

 


Park officially announced, Yann M’Vila top priority, We can still get Hazard, Vargas approached!

August 31, 2011

With the transfer day dead line just a few hours away, Arsenal is looking very busy to bring in the players required.

Yesterday it was all about the signings of Santos, Mertesacker and Park. Park was later in the day officially announced as an Arsenal player who will wear the number 9 shirt. We are still waiting for the official announcement of Mertesacker and Santos, which will be any time today.

Apart from that, as I said yesterday, we still need at least three more players. And the news that is coming in looks quite positive.

First off, chances of Eden Hazard to Arsenal looks likely after Joe Cole’s surprise loan move to Lille. Metro was running the story last night that this move might pave the way for Hazard to leave Lille as they now have a replacement for him.

Although Lille is adamant they won’t be selling their prized asset this season, I am certain that something close to 26 million might do the trick here. I really hope that this rumor does come to life as we really need a creative midfielder and Hazard fits the bill perfectly. Also, although, most clubs don’t sell their best players on the last day due to not finding replacement, in this case Lille has the replacement. So I hope Wenger has one eye on proceedings at Lille.

The other positive news coming in is that we are in talks with Rennes for Yann M’Vila. They have put up a price tag of 30 million on him, but if we are negotiating, we can get him for around 25 million. Goal.com is reporting that he is our main target on the final day.

Also Sky Sports was reporting last night that we have made an approach to Fiorentina regarding Juan Manuel Vargas. He is a talented left wing-back who can play both as an attacking midfielder and in the defensive role. He is valued at 12 million.

At the moment, after the departure of Traore, we have only two left backs, Andre Santos, signed yesterday, and Gibbs, whose injury record is not great. So Wenger has all the reason to sign him. However , I have a feeling that we will first of all complete the other signigns that are far more necessary than him.

Meanwhile, SkySports also reported that we have ended our interest in Cahill after signing Mertesacker. Tottenham are now more likely to sign him.

I hope this isn’t true because we really need another centre back.

That is all for now. More news and rumors are coming in which I will be covering later.

Before I conclude, I want to wish Eid Mubarak to muslims all over the world.


Mertesacker signed? We have enquired about Sneijder, need to move in on Cahill, Hazard and M’Vila now! Traore sold to QPR

August 30, 2011

It definitely is a frenzy of transfer activity out there for Arsenal at the moment. With just less than thirty hours for the window to close, players left and right are being linked with us, rather being signed by us.

According to many reports we have signed Andre Santos and Park, they only need to be announced officially.

Moreover, French L’Equipe was the first to report that as of last night we have signed Per Mertesacker for €9 million. It is the same news paper that announced Gervinho’s signing before anyone else, so they are not to be taken lightly. At the moment everyone is running the same story.

If this indeed is true, I am hoping it is, than we are definitely moving in the right direction. Many would prefer Cahill over Mertesacker but he will offer us something similar to Vermaelen. He is aggressive and his positioning is good. He also reads and anticipates the game well and he has height.

Update: Mertesacker is on his way to London at the moment for his medical after leaving his German training camp. German national coach, Joachim Low, expects Mertesacker back at the training camp tonight after signing for a new club.

I would still, however, like Cahill to come to Arsenal in addition to Mertesacker because he has the experience of Premier League and at the moment we only have two centre backs, not counting Djourou and Squillaci.

The other surprising but positive bit of news is that the Daily Mail is reporting we have enquired about Wesley Sneijder. Although, Sneijder himself has ruled out a move to English football at this time, in modern football anything can happen.

His wages will be a big obstacle in the deal though, but if we can somehow manage it, he can be the WOW signing everyone is hoping for. This could bring all the belief back.

I am still hoping for Hazard and Yann M’Vila though. Hazard’s reports have gone quiet while Yann M’Vila has a 30 million price tag put on him. Kaka for 17 million is also a great option but he himself has said he wants to stay at Real. I am sure Wenger and company will be looking at them and making the right offers. We have the money to make these signings. Fingers crossed!

Things are certainly going to get hotter. I want Arsenal to announce the signings of Mertesacker, Andre Santos and Park soon because it might make others want to come to Arsenal too.

In another update, Traore has been signed by QPR on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee. I wonder, what we offered QPR to accept the deal in the first place! Good deal for all parties in the end though.


Aftermath of United defeat: Changes required, Santos and Park signed, Benayoun next?

August 30, 2011

After the humbling, thrashing (whatever you want to call it) on Sunday, only one thing comes to my mind, we are where we deserve to be. It had to happen one day, better now than in the middle of the season. To waste a whole summer doing nothing but losing your best players, what else do you expect!

Even two days later the pain hasn’t lessened and there is no point in going over it again. If you, however, want to see what is wrong with Arsenal, this game will show you everything, if you can muster the strength to watch it. It does get unbearable because this was all avoidable. Our inability to acknowledge our weaknesses and rectify them, our inability to accept that we are not good enough, our inability to find finished players (where do we look? I am still wondering), our ability to find an excuse for anything and our ability to make a mess of everything has led us to this point.

This summer was the perfect opportunity to make everything right and make amends. Last season’s ending was the cue that we cannot continue the way we were going. What followed in the summer is in front of everyone. Starting the new season weaker than where we finished, without a proper attacking midfielder, without a proper left back and without enough depth in any position and then come out and say that we cannot find the right players is just too much Bullshit. (Here I was thinking that a day rest will have reduced my anger but it does feel good to have it vented out)

Who to blame for all this? the board, the management or the owners.  Who will accept the responsibly and answer the fans what they were doing this whole summer?  I guess we won’t get the answer to this any time sooner.

So, we have to move on as it is no good crying over spilt milk. Changes are required on a massive scale. We cannot any more be content with mediocrity. We cannot any more wait for results; steps are required to be taken to bring instant changes. Lots of work needs to be done as we now have another opportunity to make things right.

Starting with changes in the back room staff because they clearly are not doing a good enough job. Either the fault is with them or with our players. Our players make the same old mistakes game after game without learning from them. Look at Walcott, 5 years on and he is still where he started. His shooting might have improved but he is still naïve like every other player that plays for us. We don’t adapt and we don’t learn. We don’t even know what do to when things aren’t going our way. Heck, even the manager makes decision that forces you to bang your head on something. Either the back room staff needs to change or else the whole management, board and owners. I am afraid Fabregas was right when he said that he stagnated at Arsenal. It seems our whole club has stagnated.

Signing players is the most obvious thing that has to be done. And we don’t need three to four players; these were the number required when we had the squad of last season. Now we need at least seven to eight and they have to be finished products. 17-year-olds won’t do us any good as we already have plenty of that. We cannot any more wait for players to develop; we have waited long enough in the last 6 years.

The other thing that needs to be done is to make everyone accountable. The players have to be responsible for a bad game. We cannot anymore allow our players to hide behind the excuse of inexperience. We cannot anymore consider being in the top four a job well done (even ending in the top four looks unlikely this season). The manager himself has to change his definition of success and his philosphy. Being in the top four is good but winning trophies is the ultimate thing. You cannot expect everyone to buy the crap that being in the top four is success.

I am sure that we will see changes at Arsenal. My only concern is we cannot have any more delay. Indecisiveness now is not going to be repairable. We have a strong foundation, only our inability to make the necessary upgrades is going to be our downfall, which I am afraid has started and we are plummeting down with the speed of a bullet. I will be glad to be proven wrong, rather I am desperate to be proven wrong. However, as things are going, we can forget top four for this season.

On a lighter note, there has been some good transfer news related to Arsenal. According to numerous news outlets we have signed Fenerbahce’s left back Andre Santos for a reported fee of 6.2 million. The news of the deal started circulating late last night and according to some news sources, Arsenal have confirmed it to them that we have signed the player. The player himself will be in London today for the medical and subsequent signing of the deal. Arsenal’s official site isn’t showing anything but we can all be rest assured we have signed a left back after all, a signing I have been asking for ever since Clichy departed.

Also we are close in on Park Chu-young. The news has been circulating for the last two days. Nothing has been made official but I have a feeling all our signings are now going to be announced on the final day.

We are also in for Benayoun, Alex and Malouda after several sources have claimed that we have enquired about them. I have my reservation on all three as they are all Chelsea rejects. If they weren’t good for Chelsea, they cannot be good for us. However, if we don’t get any one, we will have to make do with them and that is if they want to come.

Despite being close to signing a striker and left back, we still need plenty. Three players are, however, necessary just to be there number wise, a centre back, an attacking midfielder plus a defensive midfielder. Less than two days remain though. It is a race against time and let’s hope we get the quality signings we require or else this season we are in for a thrashing.

Before I conclude, I want to applaud and say thanks to the fans that went to Old Trafford on Sunday. You really did us all Gooners proud. The only good thing to remember from that game is your support. And I am also glad that Arsenal has decided to refund the away fans tickets, although in my view they deserve more than refunded tickets.