Happy New Year from Dubz! Who's in and who's in as the transfer window opens…

“He won’t be leaving – he has no interest in that whatsoever. He loves the football club – he’s part of the city and that suits us because he’s a world-class goalkeeper. Shay’s performance against Liverpool was brilliant and that got picked up on. But ask the Geordie fans and I think they already knew how good he is. They know their football, so to be one of their favourites says it all about how good he is. He’s the best goalkeeper in the Premier League by a mile.” So it looks like Shay Given won’t be joining us. It’s hard to think he would be in the first place considering Almunia is currently our captain! A player who won’t be leaving is young Niklas Bendtner… and this is what he had to say…

“I don’t think about all the rumours because I am an Arsenal player and really love it here. I hope that I can say stay here for a long time because to me Arsenal are the dream club.”
Although there have been a few rumours that Birmingham are looking to sign Bendtner on a permanent deal for £7 million. We’ll see, but somehow, I really doubt AW will sell him. He seems to love the guy. In other transfer news, Arteta is the main player who’s been linked with us this past week and I totally agree with JAT with his summation of the player. I don’t think we should worry about what happens when other players come back. It’s obviously better to have a lot of good players, than a lot of bad players and some mediocre ones and one or two exceptional ones. We’ve also been linked with Alonso and Barry once again, but with their current clubs doing so well, it will be virtually impossible to see them leaving. So, over to you… who do you think we need? But in reality who do you think we’ll get?]]>

  • zaheer

    < ![CDATA[Happy New Year all! Hope you guys make 09 count... Anyways.. apparently Real Madrid have offered to pay €26 million for Wenger to become their head coach next summer... Could we be seeing the end of Wengers reign at Arsenal?]]>

  • Debs

    < ![CDATA[I hope not, Zaheer. I have a feeling that if Wenger was to leave Arsenal, it probably not be to another massive club- I think he'd probably end up as a young kids coach somewhere, probably back home- I think he alluded to that recently. I don't think he'd leave the kids here to go coach adults. At least I hope so! As to the window, this is an amazing quote from Wenger, courtesy of the BBC, as he's allayed a few of our fears:

    “Although we are not close to signing anyone at the moment, if we do buy I think what we need is maybe someone with a bit of EXPERIENCE. I need a creative midfielder and eventually another midfielder, because we are short.
    “We already have many young players so, if we buy, it will be somebody who is ready to play straight away. A loan deal could also be a possibility.
    “What we might need is someone who can create a little spark.”

    I’m all excited now! Woo! Happy 2009 to everyone again!]]>

  • http://kierandelaney.net/blog Kieran Delaney

    < ![CDATA[Alonso and Barry are playing for teams that at the moment are better than us! I just can't see them leaving, I think we missed the boat there. It seems like the biggest failing of the summer was not keeping Diarra. I did read that Flamini wants to come back to Arsenal though! As much as we miss him I'd not have him back now...]]>

  • zohaib

    < ![CDATA[I know what you mean Debs ! That got me excited too. But I'm trying to prepare for the worst. I have a feeling maybe Wenger hinted, to the press, at buying a creative midfielder because he's not actually looking for one. He's said in the past, that prices inflate needlessly, if someone expresses an interest in a certain area of the formation. The media will start linking all the creative midfielders it can. Maybe Wenger wants to bring a CB as well. Nevertheless, it'll be interesting. It's only the first day of the window and we've been linked with 5 players.]]>

  • zohaib

    < ![CDATA[But it was quite a revelation that Wenger admitted he needed EXPERIENCE. A loan being possible would mean we could be in for big-name players who are warming the bench for their present clubs. I still don't understand how Wenger gave so much information away to the media. I'd sure like to know which journalist it was that got so much out of Wenger !]]>

  • gun5

    < ![CDATA[Kolo Toure has put in a transfer request and it seems to me he is just trying to take the easy option. What happened to the fighter that we all loved? Why has he given up so easily? Kolo Toure and William Gallas have apparently had a falling out, so what! People fall out all the time. Its called life. I suggest that Kolo pulls his socks up, gets his head down and works hard at trying to regain his place in the Arsenal side. Now is the time to show what he is made of instead of sulking because he isn't in the team. Believe me, thats what this is really about, not the argument with Gallas (if that really did happen) He has no one to blame but himself for not being in the side. He has been woeful over 2008 when played and seems out of condition. If he loves Arsenal as much as he says then he shouldn't give up so easily. He should fight for his place and earn it back. He owes it to us Gooners. We love him and don't want to see him leave the club. I want to see the old Kolo back, not the player we are seeing at the moment. Having said that if he has given up then sell him. I don't want to say it but its the only option really. There is no point having a player who doesn't want to be there, regardless of who he is. We must remember that the club is bigger than any person, and that includes Kolo Toure.]]>

  • Fabrez

    < ![CDATA[Well said gun5...i agree with all u've said. And like debs, don't think Wenger is goin to coach Madrid to be honest...but i do wonder when he will leave the Arsenal tho...hmm Personally, i don't want him 2 leave yet but i just hope he does not put himself in a position where he is pushed out...bcuz he's been such a great manager & servant to the game. Hopefully he'll leave on his own time with a bit more trophies to show for his quality as a manager! Oh yeah...and Flamini won't want to come back here...i doubt that story is true. Not sure if i'll b around for a few days so take it easy guys!]]>

  • Gooner Get Ya

    Bring in YAYA and ARTETA then a CB or 2 if Gallas and Toure leave. Should get 3-5m for Gallas and at least 10m for Kolo

  • http://kierandelaney.net/blog kieran delaney

    < ![CDATA[Kolo has been a great player for the Arsenal. One thing I'm surprised that Wenger hasn't tried is Kolo as a DM. He came to the club as a midfielder and I feel certain he'd have been more solid than Denilson or Song as a defending midfielder. Much more of a Flamini type character. But if he want's to go, and we can get as much as #10m for an out of form player who's had his head turned, then it might allow us to buy a couple of CB's. The thing with the window is nothing has really happened yet - no one except shay given has shown their hand!]]>

  • zohaib

    < ![CDATA[It'd be sad to see Kolo go. Hope he stays. Personally, i think he's got the character and attitude to find his form. But maybe he's losing patience with the way his team is playing. He probably feels theres a lack of ambition about Arsenal at the moment. Since we haven't really been in the title race for the past 3 years excluding last year. I don't blame him for wanting out. And I'm not too excited about Shay Given for some reason. Is he any better than Almunia ? I wouldn't think so. Yaya ain't coming. I think i read it a few times in the past month now. He's happy at Barcelona. It shows that we'll really struggle to get that experienced, ready-to-play player that Wenger said he wants, and that we clearly need (and have needed for quite a while). All the 25+ (age) players recognise that Arsenal are STILL in transition, and they'r very reluctant to join us. Plus theres another article in SkySports, quoting the Daily Star again, that Hill-Wood has hinted at us not having too much money to spend. If it wasn't confusing enough already with the board saying we have money and Arsene not wanting to spend or not having enough money to spend. Now the board seems to be saying they don't have money, and Arsene wants to finally spend on an experienced player !]]>

  • debs

    The transfer shenannigans with the board about having money and not having money to spend is well frustrating for the fans! I just hope they don’t confuse Wenger as to what the deal is, cos it wouldn’t be funny if it later turns out that we lost out on a player because Wenger thought we couldn’t afford to buy. I wish I could just go to bed and wake up on the first of feb! Lol. Transfer talks do my head in! 😛

  • zohaib

    < ![CDATA[Wenger's not leaving for Real Madrid. Wenger doesn't want Shay Given. Wenger hasn't made an enquiry about Arteta. Wenger hasn't made progress on Arshavin. Wenger will not be spending 30 or 40 mil pounds on any player. Wenger says Toure will be staying.]]>