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Tuesday Transfer Tattle

With the Euros still a couple of weeks away, post-season thoughts are very much focused on possible transfers.

Further discussions on Robin van Persie’s contract extension will now take place only after the tournament. I think both club and player have done the right thing by imposing a media blackout during the competition on speculation regarding his Arsenal future. Even if he were to leave later in the summer, the ban in the meantime, will prevent journos from twisting and rehashing the most innocent comments into a statement of the Dutch striker’s intent.

The positive aspect of the RvP situation is that reported interest from Manchester City has cooled, whereas Juventus are supposedly reluctant to meet the £130k-per-week wages which Arsenal have tabled. There is news that Anzhi Makhachkala are ready to bid £45m for his services and offer the striker £300k-a-week to relocate to Russia. It’s really hard to see Robin moving there at present though – unless he really does want to buy that island in the Bahamas.

While the Van Persie issue is hogging the headlines, Theo Walcott and Alex Song’s contracts are also entering their final year. Arsene Wenger will be treating the extension of their deals as seriously as pursuing new signings – maintaining stability and continuity will be paramount to building on this season’s finish.

Eden Hazard has been batting eyelids at Abramovich’s Chelsea, with Manchester City’s Premier League triumph dwarfed by the Blues’ Champions League success. Manchester United remain in the picture too. While he’s a fantastic player and has been in blistering form for Lille this season, the £35m price tag stuck to him meant he was never coming to Arsenal.

A player we were linked with earlier in the season is Jan Vertonghen. Currently, the Belgian is reported to have eyes only for the chokers up the road. About two months ago, I did a post on why the versatile defender might be a good acquisition for Arsenal. The latest reports are baffling – why he would want to move from Champions League football with Ajax to Thursday nights with a small team from North London is beyond me. If it were true, I have to admit my delight at missing out on the Ajax captain – we don’t need another defender prone to making errors of judgement.

There is no more news on Yann M’Vila either. The French midfielder was to have announced his intentions after the last league game on Sunday. Of course, ‘after’ could be anytime until 23:59 on 31st August. If no information is forthcoming before the start of Euro 2012 on 8th June, I think this is another one that will drag until the end of July.

Arsenal are reported to retain some interest in Borussia Dortmund’s attacking midfielder Shinji Kagawa, although Manchester United seem to be favorites to land him. Dortmund’s £16m asking price is proving to be an obstacle though. Could the Japanese provide healthy competition for places in the midfield role behind the striker?

If his wage demands are reasonable and he’s interested to come to Arsenal, the youngster would be just the kind of signing that would excite fans. It remains to be seen how Arsene weighs up his current midfield resources though, and whether he feels any reinforcements are needed in that area with the return of Jack Wilshere and hopefully Abou Diaby.

Until tomorrow.


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13 thoughts on “Tuesday Transfer Tattle

  1. erick odhiambo on said:

    am disappointed in wenger, nearly half of our team are injury prone, walcot,wilshere,arteta,vanparsie,gibbs,vermalean,diaby,ramsey, and yet he is not buting or replacing them , are we waiting when the league has started and we are leading the table for injuries to slow us as usual?please wenger sell players now even at s loss nut buy replacements like podolski, we as fans are tired of ulcers

  2. erick odhiambo on said:

    we need atleast 4 more players of podolski quality and temperament, not expensive but effective

  3. erick odhiambo on said:

    if i was wenger i would send ramsey and walcot on loan to spain, say atletico bilbao, where they can sharpen there skills for half season and bring them back for the second part of the season, they would be like a new signing and more composedinfront of goal

    • Aussie Jack on said:

      The problem with putting them out on loan is their ego. Certainly Walcott considers his apprenticeship is over. Ramsey may benefit from a spell back home in Wales until his confidence returns.

  4. Arsenal need someone like vertogen and m’villa plus kagawa to strengthen the squad and perhaps the likes of djurou,ramsey,fringong and chamarkh to be loaned out.

  5. Up gunners i take papa God beg wenger may he send ramsey away so that wenger can buy a player.i have tired wenger 4 the way he handle arsenal.

  6. If wenger can not sign d kind of players we fans all over nigeria wants, we will find a lasting solution to his coaching career and we are serious

  7. I dont want Rvp to leave arsenal because i love him and he is a big player in England today and next seasons he will be best player of the world when he became the champion next seasons

  8. Anum moses on said:

    Arsenal team now need reinforcement in som areas, but all desame, the coach we decide cos he nos were der are arros. Hop he we try his possible best to build up de team dat we compet 4 de title next season.

  9. Athletico Bilbao are the Spanish version of stoke city. Walcott, your kidding right. Walcott was one of our highest performers last season, although his consistency was a problem but he played a lot of games and has relatively gone through the season without a serious injury, I think Walcott will be one of the players of the season next season

    • Dom, agree with you on Walcott but totally disagree on Bilbao, you do them a disservice by comparing them to Stoke. If anything, they are the Barcelona of Basque – especially this season.

  10. Rolando toch on said:

    Gooner from nigeria,just hope wenger makes the right moves and also at da ryt time,co a dont think the fans would tolerate another season of nil trophies

  11. laide on said:

    RVP should go and Giroud should pop in. M’ Villa, Bellandha will be so cool at Arsenal. Theo needs time and he needs to learn leg overs pls. Ramsey needs a loan spell. RVP needs d money pls

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