Let's discuss Haageland, Adebayor and more…!

There's so much going on in the World of Arsenal at the moment, it's hard to keep up... so before I get into it all, here's a few reminders:

Okay, on to all things Arsenal, and the summer of speculation is about to kick off. If you’ve picked up a newspaper today, you may have read the stories about Haageland – and according to most newspapers, we’ve made a £8m bid. Where on earth the papers get their stories from is beyond me, but I’d like it to happen, definitely – I’ve been very impressed with the Norwegian international!

But just to throw us all off guard, the defender has been in the press today saying:

“I want to stay. We have been going in the right direction from the time I came here in January last year. Hopefully we can agree a new contract, and then I’ll stay here for a long time.”

Of course, the whole thing does have a hint of agent speak about it. Target a club who’s had a bad defensive season and then link your player with the club in order to get a new contract… maybe? Anywho, it’s one to keep tabs on, I’d definitely be happy with Haageland’s signing. It seems that the media have already done our transfer window shopping for us, if it were up to them, Santa Cruz is replacing Ade, who is off to Milan – whilst Haageland and Lorik Cana are joining and that’s a wrap. They have a point, that wouldn’t be the worst set of signings, but it’s a little weird reading these rumours like they’re a done deal – in fact none of these rumours have any substance behind them!

Adebayor has been in the press today talking about Cesc Fabregas’ future – and it’s a bit weird that he’s actually discussing something not to do with him, but speculation of another player’s future, but that’s Ade for you – he actually said some very interesting things too!

“It would be complicated. He is already the most loved player of the club, a model on and off the pitch and we are happy to have him with us. To me, playing alongside makes me proud – he is talented, has personality, he has helped make Arsenal what they are and they have made him who he is today. To my mind he is fine here, he feels at home and I think that he wants to stay a few more years. He is loved, has everything he wants here, as a consequence I think he will stay, but it is his own decision.”

That’s good news coming from someone inside the camp. Cesc is one of our best players, and of course, you want your best players to stay at the club for as long as possible. I’m sure we’ll win the league under Cesc as captain, and I really hope it’s next season…

Ade also spoke on Arsene on whether he’d leave the club and said:

“Impossible, it would be like a father abandoning his children. The club love him, the fans as well; he has settled into life in England and has won titles that he will keep for life. The players like him as well.”

It seems the tables are turned a little, this time last season, Ade did all the talking and managed to get himself a ludicrious pay hike and contract extension. He’s probably still looking to leave, but now realises that he can’t – he’s contracted to the club for a while and of course, if he even murmours anything about wanting to leave, the fans will definitely not forgive him a second time – this is what he had to say:

“I have no idea of what Wenger has in mind,” Adebayor conceded. “He has always been by my side, he is aware of my qualities. He is the one who takes decisions and for sure if he tells me that he does not count on me anymore, then I will search for a new team, but if he wants me to stay I will stay. Besides I will have to stay because I am under contract.”

A little strange considering Arsene already spoke on his desire to keep Ade at the club. I think it’s going to one of those transfers or stories that we’ll never know the truth about until September 1st.

The good thing is that Adebayor has come out and said that he’d like to stay at Arsenal, win trophies and also lambasted the papers for all the stories… here’s the stuff we’ve all been waiting for:

“All I can say is I am a footballer and if a club like Milan are interested in me then I cannot lie to you, I am happy, because it is Milan,” said Adebayor. “But the thing is that it stops there – I am very happy playing for Arsenal, and this is what I always say.

“At the end of the day you just get bored of this – people read these things and then the fans will boo you for what you never said, but again I repeat that I am very happy here.

“I have got nothing to say to anybody. People are always there to judge – but they are not on the pitch, they are writing what they want to.

“I cannot explain myself to those people. They think what they are saying is right. I cannot do a better job than a journalist. I cannot do a better job than politicians – what I can do is play my football.

“This season I have given 100% of what I have, and I’m looking forward to coming back next season and trying to achieve things.

“I don’t care what we have to do to win something – we have got to do whatever it takes to bring trophies home.”

I’m sure all of this Adebayorism will be discussed fruitfully in the comments section post blog… what do you think? Are you happy to have Adebayor as your #1 striker next season?

And a final word for the youth team today who take on their Liverpudlian counterparts… good luck, don’t be complacent and come  back with a trophy!]]>

  • Fo

    < ![CDATA[I think there is some real substance to the Haageland link, it's in every newspaper this morning and also Roy Hodgson said he won't stand in his way.

    The lad is 6 foot 5 and exactly what we need.

    As for Adebayor, if he stays then I suppose that would be good, I hope he goes back to what he was like last season though, chasing every ball!]]>

  • ArseFan101

    < ![CDATA[If Haageland is so good, then we won't get him for £8m. Also, with Hypia leaving and Carvalho and Dunne getting older, I'd probably think Liverpool, City and Chelsea will be in for him too. Bidding war means we have no chance.

    As for Ade, I don't know what to think about it. He's not been at his best this season... maybe it is time for him to leave.]]>

  • devday

    < ![CDATA[Haageland is definitely one of the best defenders in the league, he'd be an asset for us, a leader, has height and is an intelligent defender. He knows the premier league, so would be ideal.

    Man City aren't in the Champions League - Chelsea have Carvalho, Terry and Alex, so Haageland will be fourth choice and Liverpool, I think have a few at the back too, in Agger, Carragher and Skirtel.

    If Haageland had the choice, wouldn't he choose us - Champions League - and first choice?]]>

  • ArseFan101

    I see where you’re coming from, I’ve heard figures of £8m as well as £15m for the guy too – are Fulham in need of money? Do they need to sell?

  • Pete

    < ![CDATA[Would definately be a statement of intent if we land a player like Haaneland, the guy is quality. Wouldn't surprise me if he stayed at Fulham though to be honest. He's worked with Roy Hodgeson before in Norway and they apparently get along pretty well. Plus wont Fulham will be playing in Europe next season too having finished 7th? Thats probably enough incentive for him to stay I think.

    Would like to hear more about an expeerienced defending midfielder at the moment though, seeing thats what we lack from the entire squad. But the talk of Haangeland is a good place to start. Could think of plenty of worse players we could be linked with lol :D

    Pleased to hear the Ade saying all the right things. Seems to be making a bit of an effort to be seen positively by the fans, and I'm willing to give the guy the benefit of the doubt. We know he has ability, so who knows, with a bit of a break, a new signing here and there and a good preseason might just be the trick. I thought up a funny theory regarding Ade the other day, that he's at his best when no one is expecting him to be. Think back to when Thierry left, no one would have said Ade would go on to score 30 goals the following season. Perhaps one of the reasons he didn't do as well this year was the expectation got to him. Just a theory lol]]>

  • Fo

    < ![CDATA[Pete - I think your right re: expectation. I hope the added competition of VP, Eduardo, Bendtner and Vela will push him onto better things next season. I am still so upset at his two performances in the CL semis - he really played like he didn't give a crap, and that's just not on!

    Re: Defensive midfielder, Lorik Cana has been heavily linked, he's a really good player, but like Chris said on the previous blog, he does like to tackle from behind! Nothing too much in terms of paper talk!

    It feels like we're in mid-summer but we're still in May, so we've got a long way to go!

    Arsefan101 - I think Fulham wouldn't neccessarily need £8m, considering they are in Europe and have some decent money coming into the club post season!

    PS, where are the usual lot? Debs, Pissed Off, Zohaib, Berth etc? Haven't heard their views yet!!!]]>

  • Pete

    < ![CDATA[Cheers Fo!

    Some of the regulars might be away at the minute, or doing exams.]]>

  • ArseFan101

    < ![CDATA[Fo, Pete is a regular too!

    I think you're right re:Haageland, although I do remember the Fulham supremos saying they needed to sell last summer (I think)... let's wait and see...

    Dev - the suspense on the competition is killing me - how many people have entered?!?!!?]]>

  • ArseFan101

    So am I and so are you too!

  • Pete

    < ![CDATA[Haha, cheers mate :D

    Just took a look at Lorik Cana on Youtube, the guy is hard as nails! lol I could see him adapting to the premier league quite well, He's a bit scarey too, but I could see that type of player fitting into our midfield.]]>

  • debs

    < ![CDATA[lol. I've got an exam 2moro morning so I can't really post at the moment. But you lot are doing fine without me! :)

    Oh and Pete, I forgot to say, but congrats on Commentator of the Month for April! :)]]>

  • Pete

    < ![CDATA[Cheers Debs lol

    Good luck for tomorrow!!!]]>

  • Berth

    < ![CDATA[Yeah exams indeed Pete. Glad to see the family up in flames of excitement, thanks largely to Devday. Ade and his sweet talks will never fail to amaze me. I don't know if Ade is playing mind games or what is he is up to this time!!

    For Hangland, its tough to call, but what I do know is that it will be extremely difficult to get him and again I have this sunken feeling that as the time fades deep into summer that wenger will be talking less about our problems and will end up signing no one or just one irrelevant signing - After all we have Song, Denilson, Gallas and Toure ( Just thinking like Wenger).]]>

  • Berth

    *Haageland

  • Duke

    Arsenal Cafe?