Nasri’s Man City move to be completed today?, Moussa Sow wants Arsenal move as Wenger awaits UEFA’s decision

August 18, 2011

This week couldn’t get any worse for Arsenal. After Fabregas’ departure, following suite, Samir Nasri too is on his way out of Arsenal.

It was, however, expected this will be the outcome with Nasri stalling contract signing since January. BBC reports that the deal will be finalized by today.

Metro also reported late last night that Nasri is set for a medical at City today which confirms the speculation that the deal will be done by today, the estimated worth of which is around 25 million.

I know most of us saw this coming but it still leaves a bitter taste in the mouth. How come Wenger and company didn’t saw it, I will never know! For Nasri I don’t have any good words but I am more frustrated with how the club has dealt with the situation. Leaving things this long only to fail in convincing him to sign a contract! Back in May, we should have played hard with him, ‘sign the contract or you are going out!’ Simple as that!

This would not only have given us time to buy a replacement but also time for the new player to gel in with team. Moreover, Nasri could have decided to stay.

Heck it’s going to be over now, time for this chapter to close. So much for loyalty these days! Three years to develop and the moment one shows some class, wants to leave!

We are ourselves to blame for the situation too. If two of your best players want to leave, one has already left, then things surely aren’t being run the way they should?

To be positive, even now is not too late. We need to get a midfielder fast. The two games of the season so far have shown we seriously require a creative outlet in the middle.

Nasri’s move will, no doubt, leave us in a very bad shape and further push us back against the wall. The price of every possible replacement for him and Fabregas will increase three-fold. It has already happened with Hazard’s price, now priced at 30 million.

But then, Wenger says he is willing to pay even 40 million for a player worth it. Looking at Hazard’s ability and the situation we are in, 30 million will be good business.

Arsene Wenger, speaking to Sky Sports, said:

“I will pay 30 (million) I will even pay 40 if I find the right players. But it’s not a question of money, it’s a question of quality we find. I think I have a wrong reputation of not wanting to spend money – I do not want to spend money for average players.”

Now is the time to respond and go for our targets. Excuses of not finding the right player won’t do this time. And we will need to be ruthless as other clubs will be circling around. Chelsea has already made approach for one of our targets, Mata, which was rejected.

So, before other clubs do business, we must act. (I have my everything crossed for Wenger to make his move!)

Moving on, UEFA will act like a bunch of hypocrites if they charge Wenger for communicating with the bench though a third party.

UEFA rule is as follows:

Article 70 of UEFA’s disciplinary regulations state any banned manager may sit in the stands, but ‘may not enter the dressing room, tunnel or technical area before or during the match, nor may he communicate with his team’. (Source: Football.co.uk)

Wenger appeared to be communicating with Pat Rice through first team coach Boro Primorac. Is this a breach of rule?

Nonetheless, the point I want to raise is, if this form of communication is indeed a violation of the rule, then seeing Ferguson and Mourinho and many other managers do it before without any consequences, shows how much UEFA is inept in executing their own rules. Simply, a rule must apply to all managers!

UEFA will, however, take action if the match officials claim our manager broke a rule in their match report.  The report usually takes 48 hours after the game to come in. This means, by today, we will know whether UEFA press charges or not.

Moreover, there will be some sort of a fine for Wenger for not giving the post match press conference after the Udinese game.

In other news, Lille striker Moussa Sow wants a move to Arsenal and admitted it will be a dream come true.

Speaking to French radio, he said:

“I want to play at Arsenal. I think my game is best suited to the Premier League. It is my dream and I want to be playing Champions League football.”

It may be his dream, but I fear we won’t go for him. We have already signed Joel Campbell, who according to Wenger will play for the first team. And if we do go after another striker, it should be someone who is in league with Van Persie. (We do need one more striker but I know Wenger will never buy another with reinforcements in other positions more important)

We can all only wait and see what happens in the next 12 days.

Have a great day!


Arsene wants Nasri to stay as Chelsea shows interest in him!

August 16, 2011

With Fabregas gone, many believe, it is only a matter of time before Nasri also moves out. With continuously being linked away from Arsenal for the past eight months, the Frenchman hasn’t helped the cause as his intentions are still not clear. However, he, not signing the contract is indication enough of not wanting to commit his future with Arsenal. At the moment, it seems that he may be on his way to Manchester City.

Arsene Wenger, on the contrary, is reluctant to sell him. When asked about his future, the manager admitted that he wants him to stay and added he will do his best to sort the situation.

“Ideally I want Samir Nasri to stay, but as much as we were in a strong position on the contract side with Cesc, the situation is a bit different. Hopefully we can sort the situation out.”

I can’t help it, but I have made my mind that Nasri will leave us. If we couldn’t persuade him to sign the contract in the last eight months, how can the remaining 14 days of the window change that? Still, I don’t mind trying and I won’t mind to be proved wrong. Bribing him with the central role might change his mind!? or quality new signings!?

Meanwhile, Chelsea’s coach, Andre Villas- Boas, after their opening game on Sunday, expressed his interest in Nasri. Chelsea are in the market for a midfielder and Villas nonchalantly admitted that Nasri is an exciting player.

These were his words, when he was asked about Luca Modric of Tottenham:

“I just explained to you the sense of urgency in midfield. But it doesn’t mean that it’s Luka. Not that I’m interested, but you have Samir Nasri terminating contract. He’s one of the most exciting players in the Premier League and that’s the reality, as well as Luka, as well as other players.”

With Chelsea showing interest and Nasri not wanting to commit, the best option for us will be to sell him to the highest bidder, that is, if Nasri hasn’t agreed terms with City already. A bidding war between Chelsea and Man City is sure to increase  his value and that will help us to acquire a better replacement in return!

What do you all think? Should we keep him or bring this chapter to an end too?

 


Wenger: I will sign a defender?,Joel Campbell deal agreed, no Mata, No Jadson | Tevez for Nasri!?

August 13, 2011

The new Premier League season is set to kick off today, and we are up against Newcastle. However, a lot has been revealed in terms of arrivals and who to expect at Arsenal before the window closes.

With Fabregas and Nasri on the verge of exit, though Arsenal has still not officially confirmed it, there is news that we have agreed terms to sign the young Costa Rican, Joel Campbell. It was revealed yesterday by the official Arsenal site.

The 19-year-old is a left footed striker, who was involved in the recently concluded Copa America and also in the under 20 world cup. He has made 6 full appearances for his country scoring twice in the process. He has 10 goals in 12 game at the under 20 level. He has appeared 8 times for his club, Deportivo Saprissa, in his country’s Premier division.

Arsene Wenger was delighted and said that he is looking to forward to working with Campbell. He said:

“Joel Campbell has already shown that he is a player with great ability, and has also performed well on the international stage at a young age. We look forward to the formalities of the transfer being completed and working with Joel when he joins us at Arsenal.”

Now, I am caught between two thoughts here. One is that, any signing is better than nothing and he might turn out to be quite good. He is welcome to the club and may he have a great future with us.  On the other hand, isn’t it getting frustrating that we have bought another young player to develop. We have so many of such players that I am not sure who will make it to the next level. We had JET, who was supposed to be the next great striker, but we let him go. We now go on and bring another 19-year-old, who has played only 8 games for his club. We will spend time with him, develop him and then we won’t be even sure that he will commit to the club. I have this very bad feeling these days that only young players want to join Arsenal because they know they will get the chance to develop here and then leave on their terms. That’s how I feel. Anyways, let’s hope that he will adjust to our league quickly and score lots of goals. Fingers crossed! By the way, does he need to get a work Permit?

The Sun is reporting that Nasri’s move to Man City has been blocked by Arsenal for the reason that we want Tevez in exchange. Now, I don’t know where The Sun came up with this idea but I really like it. However, there are concrete reasons that we won’t see it happen. It is simple, Tevez is estimated to be around 50 million, his wages are extremely high, he wants to leave England and not just Man City and we already have bought a striker, Joel Campbell. So why will Wenger spend another 25 million, that is if we sell Nasri for 25, for another striker who doesn’t want to stay in England? May be, he will surprise us all. I won’t have my fingers crossed for this one.

Arsene Wenger also revealed that we are not moving in for Mata. He said:

“We will not do (a deal for) Juan Mata. I don’t have to give a reason”

There you have it, short and bitter. After months of speculation, we won’t be going after him, great! I would have really liked to see him in an Arsenal shirt. He does join our list of failed summer transfers though.

Arsene also put an end to rumors regarding Jadson. The Brazilian midfielder is valued at 10 million by his club, Shakhtar Donetsk. The rumors started after Fabregas’ move to Barcelona was reported to be completed. Arsene, however, said that we are not talking to his club:

“We are nowhere near on Jadson. We are not talking to Shakhtar about him”

I wasn’t really fussed about this signing so basically I don’t care if he isn’t coming.

The ambiguous statement, on the other hand, is that Wenger has revealed that a defender will be signed before the transfer window closes. There is a catch however, the player must be better than what we already have! Now, this was one the thing I didn’t want to hear. This is what he said when asked about signing a defender:

“We have specialised people who work everywhere. Every club looks for centre-backs in the whole world. People with unlimited resources look for a centre-back. We are not in a supermarket where you go to a shelf and you ask ‘where are the centre-backs or the strikers?’

We are today in an international market where all over the world people look for the same players. Massive clubs have scouts all over the world and if they don’t find anyone, in the end they come to us. You don’t need to be a genius to understand that.

We will have a new centre-back by the end of the transfer window because Thomas Vermaelen only played five games last year. To buy just for the sake of buying – you won’t find me there. If I’m convinced the player has the quality, I will always do it if he’s better than the players we have.”

He should have stopped at “we will buy a new defender by the of the transfer window”. And seriously how can he not find any one better than what we have, amazing! I want to ask Wenger that does this mean Joel Campbell was signed becasue he is better than the players we have? Wenger’s rule of buying players must be same the same for every position or is it just for defence?

I just hope that Wenger does find whatever he looks for in a defender and pray that it is not a Squillaci and then signs him. Enough with this BS of having quality and not finding the right player.

That is all for now. Will be coming up with Newcastle preview later…

 


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!


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!


Christopher Samba to Arsenal!?

June 12, 2011

Should we sign him??

After losing Phil Jones to United and with Man City looking to seize Gary Cahill, the latest name for whom we have stepped our pursuit to sign is Blackburn’s defender, Christopher Samba. We were linked with him in January before he extended his contract to be tied down with Blackburn till 2014/15.

It seems now that he is a top target for us after Gary Cahill. Standing at 6’4”, he will surely solve our problem of lack of height at the back. He is strong and had a pretty good season with Blackburn having single handedly controlled their defense. He has been in the Premier League for a while now so experience may not be an issue.

Steve Stammers in the Mirror this morning has also said that Wenger will be looking to bring in Samba to add muscle and power to the centre of defense.

With a value in the region of £10 million he might be a bargain considering the prices of defenders in the EPL these days. I would prefer Cahill over him at any time but considering City is in the mix, we will never be able to match them with the money they will offer Cahill. We do need a defender though and if not Cahill then Samba might be a good option.

After all Wenger did admit he will be looking for height this summer. Keep your fingers crossed!!


Arsene Wenger geared up for the summer as he confirms there will be arrivals and departures!

May 22, 2011

Arsene Wenger is geared up for the summer as he recently admitted that this will be a massive and important summer on all fronts for Arsenal.

The task is three fold for Arsene Wenger this time. He has to make sure that our best players don’t leave, he has to sell the dead weight at Arsenal for whatever their worth and he needs to sign quality players to strengthen the squad.

The manager is ready for it as he said that work has already started with everyone at the club busy in finding solutions to improve the team. Wenger said that his priority will be to hold the squad together but didn’t rule out departure of some and arrival of new players.

Speaking to Arsenal TV online on Friday, the manager said:

“[That my first priority is to keep my squad together] is true [but it] doesn’t mean that there will be no movement. There will be some movement of players who have played less, who need to play and as well of course we will try to strengthen our squad again but we want to keep the basis and style of play we have.

We are very very busy all over our Club, we are looking, analysing, talking to people. There are two steps in the transfer market during the summer, the first is very early and the second one is very late. In between there is a little bit of no man’s land because people are on holiday, it’s difficult to get in touch so a lot will happen at the start and a lot will happen at the end but I believe June will be relatively quiet. But early end of May, early June could be quite busy.

[One of the most important summers of my time at Arsenal?] Yes, I think so, we had a few important ones but this will certainly be a big one, on all fronts.”

Denilson is the first one to come out and say that he wants to quit and maybe there will be others. Let’s hope Wenger has the right people looking in the right areas and we get to see new faces early in the transfer window.