The players are back on Monday, RVP signs…

Morning All,

It’s a been a busy time for all those associated with the WOA as the season is about to start. The players return on Monday and it’s going to be a good little something something this season. The brilliant news breaking this morning is that Robin Van Persie has signed a new 5 year contract – which is our best signing of the season. RVP has been quite a decent player for us since he arrived and he’s been getting better and better recently – in my ideal starting XI, Van Persie and Eduardo would be my ideal starting front pair (when both fit) and you just know there is a certain magic around when VP is on the pitch.

Kieran Gibbs is another player who’s signed up to add to the other youngsters Fabianski, Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey – and his breakthrough this season has been pretty awesome too. Arsene spoke on Gibbs:

“Kieran made such a great impact last season and the progress he made throughout the year was fantastic. Kieran is an intelligent player with huge quality and he proved last season with his performances that he has great potential. We’re delighted that Kieran has committed his future to Arsenal and we’re all excited to watch his future development at the Club.”

We’ve done a little of what we’ve set out to do, which is keep the existing squad together – and add a defender. I really expect us to sign a defensive midfielder and possibly Ade out and Chamakh in… although it could have been Ade out and Benezma in if we had actually made an approach… Arsene spoke on the French striker:

“There is one who interested me but he (Karim Benzema) left for Madrid. I did not make of approach because I would never have thought that Lyon would sell this year.”

Er, duh… ask them then! Bit of a silly statement Arsene…

In other news, apparently Melo has signed for Juventus for £21m – not sure about how much truth there is in this, but in reality we hadn’t made a bid so were we even interested?

Got a busy day, so offkies now, speak soon…

  • Mehedi

    Whenever arsenal fan wants ade out ,
    They should remember the goal he scored against Villareal.

  • AJ

    I have to say, in my comment on your previous post, Fiorentina have said we’re the only club to have bid for Melo, don’t know whether this is true or just the media making things up, but what I have heard is that Melo’s Agent is the one who is saying that terms have been agreed with Juventus, but nothing has been said by Fiorentina or Juventus. As for Gibbs and RVP signing new contracts, thats really great news. I can’t wait to see where Gibbs will be in a couple of years, but he’s got a huge future ahead of him.

  • JDD

    felipe melo agenst said he would choose juventus if he stayed in italy.fiorentina have said we are the ONLY in in negotiations to sign melo.his bout clause is reportedly 20mil we are only willing to pay 10mil so we offerd senderos aswell but they only rate him at 6mil so eboue may also be used(this would surely mean reducing the cash to around 5-6mil because eboue is worth around 8-9mil.i would rather for us to offer 14mil+senderos because i think we shud keep eboue.

  • JDD

    *buy out

  • LRV

    Guys, Felipe’s agent is only trying to up the wages of his client by throwing in Juventus. Florentina suggested Ebue as part of the deal. Arsenal is still weighing up that option. If Arsenal says OK to that, Florentina will be ready to do a deal. Just go to the Florentina site (all in Italian, though) and you will see.

  • Pete

    Hmmm, £21 million is a lot to pay. Melo isn’t worth that money I’m afraid. You can spend half that money getting the lieks of Cana. Having Eboue as a part-exchange goes against keeping the squad together too. And more importantly, I
    if we ship off Eboue the who is going to cover for Sagna if he gets injured?

    Great news about RvP, the guys a class act. Hopefully his fitness will keep on improving. Chamakh for Ade, I’m not sure who is the lesser of two evils lol. I think if Chamakh comes, he’ll be similar to Bendtner, good front man but suspect finishing. Hope Arsene can pull off a great deal regarding this situation.

  • Berth

    Spot on – Pet

  • Francis

    melo is definitely not worth 21 million. at least not on this planet. we could get the likes of cana and another holding midfielder for that amount. it would be bad business if we sent eboue the other way as well.

    as for ade he has brought all of this on himself. he has had a long summer to hopefully sort himself out.

  • zohaib

    21million is madness. But if we’re that desperate than maybe we should try giving them Sylvestre and Senderos. Tweety might just fetch us a couple of million, although even that looks highly unlikely.

    I agree, we should keep Eboue as back-up. Unless we’re getting Tasci. Maybe we should just get Cana.

  • Berth

    Yeah – lets try out Cana instead – never really saw Melo’s impact in the Confederations cup. Don’t no Cana either, but under the circumstances, we should try him; other than loosing Ebuoe. Its quiet funny how we all want Ebuoe to stay.

  • JDD

    i also think that at that price melo is not worth it cana would be better business at around 12-15mil.i do hope we offload the likes of senderos and silvestre though,so maybe senderos & silvestre + 12mil for melo.i hope we get one of them(cana or melo) because they are both good players

  • Berth

    I just keep checking this Melo out in You tube and other feasible sources; So far I haven’t been impressed with what I have seen. I think the lad is too heavy and slow -A bit slack and more sambaish. He may be ok with long range shots and muscling out players; but in reality he is a very slow player. Imagine Fab and Melo in midfield; 2 not very fast players and again in the premiership – I feel very uncomfortable with the lad – We may suffer if we get him.

  • Pete

    Very true mate. One thing Flamini had going for him was his stamina. He never stood still and ran his heart out every game. Thats not to take anything away from Melo, he’s good but whether he’s the right player for us remains to be seen. His disciplinary record is aweful, especially when you compare it to someone like Cana’s. And the fact that he signed a contract extension last week, which in effect hiked up his transfer value does take the piss, to put it bluntly, and I’m sure Arsene will take all of this in to consideration regarding whether he signs him or not.

  • Pete

    Anyway, on a lighter and happier note, congrats to Andrey Arshavin on becoming a dad for the second time 😀

  • Berth

    Wow – congrats to Arsharsenal- hope to see goal celebrations dedicated to his baby next season.

  • Pete

    Just a thought, if Barca do sign Javier Macherano from Liverpool, then will Yaya Toure be in a similar situation to Melo, i.e. looking for a move even though he extended his contract?

  • fan

    good point pete. I wonder where do you guys rate yaya among cana, melo, senna and others?

  • Pete

    I rate Yaya highly, very good player, but I know him leaving Barca is a long shot.

    Latest rumour is AC Milan are ready to offer £20m plus former Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini for Gunners striker Emmanuel Adebayor. (Sunday Mirror)

  • Pete

    Zohaibs not going to like this lol. Its from The Guardian.

    Emmanuel Adebayor has ended a year of uncertainty over his future at Arsenal by committing himself to the club and ending speculation that he would leave the Emirates after three seasons in north London.

    On Friday, manager Arsène Wenger placed the onus on Adebayor to state his intentions and clear the way for any potential suitors when the Arsenal manager said: “If he does not want to stay he will leave, but I think that he will be still at Arsenal this season.”

    While Chelsea and Barcelona were monitoring the player’s situation, Milan and Internazionale were favourites to buy the 25-year-old having begun their courtship last summer when Adebayor first appeared on the verge of a move.

    He chose to stay but, having scored only 16 goals for Arsenal last season, compared with 30 the previous term, the Togo striker appeared unsettled and has offered mixed messages during the last few months about where he would play next season.

    Last week the Milan vice-president, Adriano Galliani, appeared to signal an impending bid from the Rossoneri when he said: “I’ve called Arsenal to inform them of our interest. I’ve spoken to Arsène Wenger and Adebayor was part of the conversation during which Wenger was friendly.”

    But when contacted by Observer Sport today and asked if Adebayor would like to leave the club, Stephane Courbis, the striker’s agent, said: “No, no.” When pressed if Adebayor definitely wanted to stay at Arsenal, Courbis was clear. “Yes. It’s the same [situation] as last week,” he said, referring to comments that it was up to Wenger to declare his position regarding Adebayor.