Transfer Rumours Well, it’s been non-stop rollercoaster transfer sepculation this last week and we’ve been linked with a host of players, notably two young French wingers, Hatem Ben Arfa and Samir Nasri. Both can play at left midfield – Ben Arfa can also play up front and Nasri can also play in the middle and on the right. Is there a case for both of them coming to Arsenal? Possibly if Hleb left. Ben Arfa I believe is a real target. Arsene spoke about Ben Arfa in March and said:
“If he is for sale, then we are very interested. He is a great player and Arsenal is a potential destination for any great player.”Whereas Arsene hasn’t really commented on Nasri, we know he likes the young prodigy, dubbed the new Zidane, and Nasri has spoken about he match against Stasbourg as potentially his last game. Speaking on his goal on the weekend, Nasri said:
“It is very important because it is perhaps my last match at the Stade Velodrome.”Eric Gerets (manager of Marseille) has also commented:
“If there is a big offer for Samir, then of course he will leave.”Interesting, something that will definitely fuel the rumours, but if true and he does come to Arsenal, it would be an awesome signing. Both players are high regarded in the European game. In other transfer news, we’ve been linked with Gervinho, a young striker from Le Mans; Richard Dunne from Man City, a long shot in my opinion, we’d rather have the younger, faster, more agile Richards; Samuel Eto’o has been linked again, but he’s injury prone, The Guardian saying we may buy him just to stop Sp*rs from buying him… unlikely. Stay up to date with all the latest media speculation with our “Summer Transfers” section on the top right of the screen.
Outrage as Clichy is Overlooked for Euro 2008Complete and utter outrage has broken out today as left back of the season (depite what Andy Gray thinks) hasn’t made the championship. It’s a strange turn of events and a big mistake by the French squad. Clichy has been outstanding this season. Arsene is rewarding the young full back with a new contract. In an interview with France Football magazine, Clichy expressed his interest in extending his contract.
“We’re at the end of our discussions. Everything’s going well because my intention is clear: I want to stay at Arsenal. I would love to have a career here like Patrick Vieira or Thierry Henry, to stay many years at Arsenal and leave my mark on the club. I’ve been in London for five years. If everything goes well I will stay here for at least eight years.”Three other players who will be extending their contracts this summer are Adebayor, Cescy and Sagna, which means that we’ve got 4 of our top players on long term improved contracts. That’s only a good thing for the club…
Arsene Sings Song’s PraisesAnd finally, Arsene has moved to praise young Alexandre Song. He’s been with us for a few seasons now and is a player that we’ve seen play in central midfield, defensive midfield and more recently, centre back. He is someone who we have now warmed to, despite early mistakes in his career. Arsene has been quick to talk him up as a strong player for the future. Arsene spoke on Song:
“I believe he is a remarkable player and I was one of the very, very few who believed in Alexandre Song.” “I can show you articles in newspapers which said that [he] was the worst buy I have made but you will see in one or two years that he will be a great player for Arsenal.”Time will tell Arsene, but he’s definitely improved tremendously over the last two years. We’re starting to see the real Song…