Sunday Round Up…

Evening all…

I’m back from my 3 cities in 3 days trip to Prague and Birmingham (quite a contrast I know) and back to London… apologies for the lack of WOA action in my absence but I’m back and scouring the world to see what is going on in the world of Arsenal. I did pick up a few newspapers on my travels and very interesting reads on various Arsenal related subjects.

The main stories I read were in relation with Van Persie and his love for the club – his past and his present – his highs and lows and how he wants to be at Arsenal and sees this as his home. He explains how working with Arsene Wenger has been amazing and he not only changed his footballing career, but also changed his life completely. At Feyenord, Van Persie had a stint in prison, had an affair, went clubbing on a regular basis and was known for hanging around with the wrong crowds. But now the Dutchman is a pure vegetarian, and someone who doesn’t drink and doesn’t go clubbing at all. He’s got a very strict diet, a great work ethic and has been getting better year by year – his lifetstyle by choice in a quest to be the best footballer in the world.

Most newspapers also touched on the stories linking Emmanuel Adebayor with Milan once again following a supposed conversation between Galliani and Arsene where apparently Arsene was “happy” in his discussions. As we all know, Ade would be happy if he left the club and fans would also be happy (mainly because of his disloyalty and courting of any club even thinking of possibly signing a striker) and it looks like Arsene is also happy… maybe? So the will he / won’t he saga that is Adebayor’s departure from Arsenal looks like it may happen, but who knows hey? If a club did come in and give us a decent offer – I could see Arsene selling, Inter Milan, Milan or Barcelona could be possible destinations – but I really don’t see the sense of selling Eto’o for £25m and then buying Adebayor for the same amount – it’s not good business…

We’ve been linked with Karim Benzema and a replacement for the Togan international – a story which has so little reality to it, it’s quite funny – some newspapers citing us as “front runners” because the French striker would prefer to join us and Man United and Real Madrid may not be able to afford the striker – due to debt repayments and high spending respectively. Really? Hmm, considering United have just sold Ronaldo for £80m and Real Madrid have just spent £140m on two players and were willing to part with another £37m for David Villa, it’s nonsensical to think a) we’re the front runners for his signature b) we’d spend anywhere near as much as those two on a young player like that and c) that we’re even really interested in the player….

We have just spent about £8.4m of our £13.9m budget (according to the figures that we know about) and are maybe trying to buy Felipe Melo with the remainder (plus Senderos), which are the two players we need – really, unless we sell Adebayor, we won’t be buying anyone else, and if we do sell Adebayor, we will surely look to may a profit rather than increase our debt…

Okay, time to get some zzz’s and recover from the jetlag, I’ll be back tomorrow…

  • Eamonn Dogg

    I read the rumour that we are ready to offload Ade to chelsea for Essien

  • Eamonn Dogg

    I read that we were ready to swap Adebayor for Essien

  • Berth

    Ribery – 50 million Euro

    Benzema – 30 million euro

    Melo or Cana – ????

    I feel like Abrahamovich has joined the Arsenal board of directors.

    Dev where have you been? would have died waiting for your blog.

  • zohaib

    Dev havn’t we spent something like 10 million pounds on Vermaelen ? What’s the 8.4 million pounds figure you mentioned ?

  • Mehedi

    I don’t care if we sign or not, I just don’t want to lose anybody
    Like last season we lost hleb and flamini

  • Mehedi

    Arsenal Closing In On Stuttgart’s Tasci

  • Yemi

    Dev welcome back u were missed.
    I heard the board are meeting this week to decide on a rights issue for existing shareholder to raise money for summer signings, any truth in this ? Basically i heard that majority of the funds is expected to come from usmanov.
    Maybe this is where funds are going to be raised for other players.
    I don’t think there is much truth in the Ribery (40m), benzema (30m) stories but i do have a feeling that arsene will stil bring in 2 more players. i am almost sure with the comments he has been making. Also cana’s team has said they have not received any offers but they won’t stop the player if he wishes to leave since he has served them well for a long time.

  • Pete

    Zohaib, I think the 10 million figure is 10 million Euros, which equels 8.4 million pounds.

    Hope these meetings go well this week. It’d be great to have extra money available and help wipe pay off a huge chunk of debt in one go. It’s not something we’d have to do in every transfer window, its just at the moment we do need a bit of extra investment for those extra 2-3 players. As long as Usmanov doesn’t actually take over the club than we should make the most of the situation. After all, not every club has a billionaire who is willing to give them extra cash.

    I read a few comments from Gilberto Silva on the BBC site today regarding Felipe Melo, and he has recommended that he join Arsenal. Good to see the former Gunner praising our club!

  • Yemi

    Pete, did u see gilberto silva in the conf. cup final against the USA ? He is miles ahead of Song and Denilson. The old gunner still has it in him

  • zohaib

    Pete thanks mate !

  • Yemi

    Hey guys, i heard Villa are in the run for Hleb, how true is this ?

  • Yemi

    also just saw this:

    Olympique Lyon insist no offers have been received for striker Karim Benzema.

    Lyon director of communications Olivier Blanc is adamant there has been no bid for the forward and claims it would take far more than £30million to force any sale.

    He said in L’Equipe: “We have not received any official offer for Karim, either from Real Madrid, Manchester United or Arsenal.

    “We had first contact with Real in the middle of last week.

    “Anyway €32m (£27m) is not very realistic. If Madrid really made an offer, it would have been superior.”

  • AJ

    Another transfer rumour, reportedly we are making moves for Stuttgarts Serdar Tasci, I don’t know much about him, he’s a defender, anyone got anymore info on him?

  • Pete

    Yemi, sure did mate. Gilbertos still got it, and even perhaps plays better than Melo (who got yellow-carded again lol). Sure miss the old Brazilian!

    Zohaib, no problem pal :D

    Don’t know much about Serdar Tasci, besides what Wikipedia says. 6’1 defender, 22 years old and 7 caps for Germany so far. Apparently he’s one of Stuttgards most important players, and AC Milan are interested in him also.

  • Vazy

    on a side note, eto’o's agent just released the statement that unless things turn 180 degrees in the next 24 hours eto’o will be playing football at camp nou… looks like man city cant buy anyone at the moment

  • Vazy

    well according to what sky sports said when i turned on the tv

  • Yemi

    England U21 got a hiding from germany!!!! 4:0

  • zohaib

    Just read the Tasci rumor. Appears he can play at center-back and right-back. Well if this deal happens, at least we’re covered for right-back.

    But suddenly we’ve got all the money in the world. We’re signing another defender. We need a defensive midfielder. We’re signing a replacement for Adebayor in Benzema and we’re also signing Ribery and Melo. Too good to be true I think.

  • AJ

    I agree zohaib, but we can always hope, and this is the same as every summer, we get linked with hundreds of players and rarely if at all get any.

  • Mehedi

    Wenger believes between man.u and arsenal benzema will choose arsenal because of french connection
    :} Daily Mail

  • Mehedi

    I don’t think Tasci is a good idea
    Song is improving
    song and denilson shouldn’t be underestimated.

  • Mehedi

    Can anyone tell me the real height of Tasci
    Please

  • Mehedi

    In a million years
    There is no way
    Tasci can replace sagna

  • Eamonn Dogg

    Tasci must be for CB, cos Sagna is the don, and cant be replaced in a million mondays.

    Melo would be quality!!!!

    Benzema simply WONT happen. Nor Ribery. Not Wengers style to break the bank. Or the wage cap.

  • Mehedi

    Wikipedia :

    Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)

    Playing position Centre back

  • Mehedi

    Wikipedia info was for Tasci
    Sorry

  • Mehedi

    Watching the final
    walcott shouldn’t be playing upfront

  • zohaib

    Mehdi and Eamonn Dogg – read again.

    I said ‘cover’. That is ‘COVER’. Which means back-up. We don’t have a back-up rightback at the moment. In my opinion Eboue isn’t a good enough backup for RB. Which is where Tasci could make sense. He can play at RB and CB.

    I doubt it’ll happen though. It’s probably the media trying to link us to everybody now that they’ve heard we’re in talks with Usmanov over a donation of money to help with our debts etc.

  • manoo

    most linked players to arsenal atm are:
    Melo
    Cana
    Veloso
    Tasci
    Zapata
    Benzema(that aint gonna happen)

    Who do you guys think is most likely to join us and how many of them.

  • Debs

    I don’t agree that Walcott shouldn’t be playing upfront Mahedi. But I do think he should not be playing upfront alone, seeing as he’s not yet played upfront enough times to be used to that position to have to bear the responsibility of leading the line alone, especially against a well-organised defence like Germany’s.

  • Yemi

    Me thinks Melo and one other player that is not in the news(a striker)

  • manoo

    damn. melo signed a new cotract

    “Fiorentina director, Pantaleo Corvino, has met today in Milan with the agent of Viola midfielder Felipe Melo,” reads a note on the club’s official website.

    “Details were ironed out to extend his contract until 2013 and a rescission clause was included”

  • Yemi

    maybe nobody then!!! But i think arsene will still bring in 2 more players and 2 will leave

  • Vazy

    from the vids i have seen on youtube and the such, i really hope we get Lorik Cana’s signature, aside from that, i think we will more than likely sign 1-3 complete randoms (covering DM, maybe another DC/DR and ST hopefully at the bare minimum a DM!).. there seems to be a hell of a lot of speculation at the moment and most of the people we are being linked with are down right absurd links, i cant see Benzema or Ribery joining us (or even us really wanting them due to high wages and price) bah! as ever im having a love/hate relationship with the transfer silly season

  • Vazy

    GAH! again with this cr*p

    from the transfer center on skysports

    “07.37 Arsenal forward Andrey Arshavin would be “really happy” to play for Barcelona. Could there be something in this statement, or has the Russian been misquoted?”

    any truth to this? or is it just another blatant attempt to unsettle our players by the media… thomas vermaelen will be the next one to say something i bet being at the club for all of 10 seconds haha

  • Fabrez

    I read the filth too Vazy! I really hope he didn’t say that. I would hate him 4 life if we were a mere stepping stone. But just twisted comments most likely… Not worried!

  • Debs

    It was only just a few months ago he was saying he wants to end his career at Arsenal. It’s the silly season at the moment, so I wouldn’t believe the media, they are full of crap and they conveniently seem to have us down as easy targets, unfortunately.

  • Steven

    That quote from Arshavin was taken directly from an interview with him before he signed for Arsenal, I think during the Euro 2008 tournament, so once again it is just the media clutching at straws during the summer where there isn’t a lot of football being played.