Tuesday Museli

Rumours, rumours, rumours and that’s exactly what you’d expect from January. The bank holiday weekend meant that there was a bit of a lack of rumours, stories etc this weekend, but all the rumours were back in force today, and the one that stands out and the one that I will start with is of course, Vieira to Man City.

Patrick Vieira

For Paddy, it would be a good move – the ability to get a very good contract. We have to realise the player is 33 now, turning 34 – and not the player he used to be. We’ve seen in one off games that we can raise his game, but his vision and consistency are not what they were like back when he was playing for us. I think he can offer any team strength in depth, he is taller than your average player too. You’d like with Cesc, Denilson and Song all unavailable, a player like Vieira does sound like a good option. But then again, with a nice youthful combination of Song, Diaby, Denilson, Cesc, Ramsey and the youth, where would Vieira fit in if everyone was fit and available. Lyon are amongst suitors, but due to Mancini taking over at Citeh, it’s understandable that Vieira has been linked. The front runners are supposedly Barcelona who are worried that the departures of Toure and Keita will affect them, although it may be too short term for Paddy.

Lyon realised this:

“Patrick has contact with great clubs, notably Barcelona, who will lose Seydou Keita and Yaya Toure (to the African Nations Cup).”

The Hulk

Porto’s player, The Hulk, has been linked with us and United for a whopping £20m. Possibility of us signing Hulk, at that price, 0%. Possibility of us signing him for £5m, 0%. Possibility of Man United signing him for £30m, 63.2%. Although the player is a decent target man, you don’t regularly hear about him setting Europe on fire, do you?

Adam Matthews

The reason this chap makes the rumour mill is due to the comments from Peter Ridsdale claiming we’re interested in him. He does fit the profile that we need – i.e. he is a defender and that’s about it. I don’t know much about the player, or where he players, but if he is a right back, then it’s something we could do with, if he is a centre back and very good, they cool. Apparently, we’re going to fight it out with Man United for him… let’s wait and see – after all, he is only 17.

“We have had two or three enquiries and I know Manchester United and Arsenal are interested in the lad. But there is no agreement with any club, verbal or otherwise. We want Adam to stay with Cardiff and that’s what we are hoping will happen.”

Fran Merida

Yep, it looks like young Spanish starlet is leaving us at the end of the season and it’s a shame, because we know how good he looks or has looked in some of those Carling Cup games, especially his left footed strike against Liverpool. But at 19, he’s light years behind Cesc – and Ramsey looks a much better proposition that Merida.

Sky Sports News reporting:

“Now Merida has seemingly decided to leave Arsenal and has opted to join Atletico – who are the club he has supported all his life. Merida, who shunned an approached from Sevilla, has agreed a five-year deal at the Vicente Calderon.”

So, off one goes, thanks for nothing Arsenal, two fingers up at Arsene and back to Spain… hmmm!

Maroune Chamakh

It’s one of those crazy footballing sagas, which you kind of want to just go away. Chamakh kind of sounds like one of those players who you don’t really want at your club anyway, a player who’ll leave us soon after joining, but Arsene’s pursual of the Morroccan striker has proved very much a good pursual as Chamakh has been playing very well this season, and scoring quite a few goals.

Chance of Chamakh joining us this January, 0%…

“Even though Arsenal are pressurising me to join them this month, I will take my time and I am going to finish my season with Bordeaux.

There we go… so it’s back to square one… and square one is all about waiting for the injured players to come back.

And just in case you haven’t read Arsene’s statement about signings, it’s here for you to read again:

”As many people say – I have the money, I have the desire, but I do not have the player. I do not know what will happen [in the transfer window generally]. ’Basically, it depends how the big guns – Manchester City and Chelsea – will move. Where will they buy? If they buy from English clubs, the market will be busy. If they do not buy from English clubs, I think the market will be very quiet because there is not a lot of money around.”

Bolton preview coming next…

  • devday

    Denilson is back for tomorrow’s game! Yipee! Let’s hope we haven’t rushed him back though…

  • wills

    I’m not sure Arsenal will sign anyone this window. Bendtner looks like he will be back for the Bolton away game, Eduardo has got 2 in 2 games and Arshavin has done an okay job up there. Maybe a cheeky bid for Gignac who Wenger admires but I doubt there will be a big signing.

    Bit gutted about Fran Merida leaving, but as you say, he’s 19, way behind both Cesc and Rambo and I don’t think he’d ever really be a first team starter.

    Adam Matthews would be a good signing. He’s a good solid right back and has ability to bomb forward and whip in a decent cross. If it’s between us and United I think we’d get him, simply because of Ramsey being here and United already having a good young full back in Fabio (or Rafael?!)

    As always, another CB would be nice, Senderos can go, he won’t play again this season unless we’re really screwed at the back, or possibly at Stoke if Wenger think’s it’s worth the risk. Personally I’d like Kyle Bartley to get another shot in the first team, even if it’s just on the bench. It would do his confidence the world of good if he’s not going to go out on loan. I think he’s a great prospect, and is the tall, strong CB we need. He’s just a little raw in my opinion.

    Bring on Bolton tomorrow, let’s hope it’s not affected by weather and that the ground in nice and full for a cracking atmosphere!

  • will

    According to reports, the extension to Rosicky’s contract is just for 1 year to the end of next season. To me, this seems like a great idea. Without it, he would have been free to leave at the end of this season and the worst thing would have been to have watched him go on and have a successful season elsewhere. Now he has one and a half seasons to earn a new contract or be shown the door. I see it as a win-win for both club and player. Of course should he get injured again then Wenger will be slated for having extended his contract, but if he gets fit and playes an influential part in a trophy winning team, then nobody will complain.

  • will

    No big loss (merida) we have many players like him especially with Rosicky signing a new contarct he’s so far down the pecking order. and weighing up his options is he going to get past ramsey or even diaby now

  • sam

    Devday – Good to see your funny side today!

    Hope all Gunners will be all smiles tomorrow night.

  • Nick

    I’m very sad that Merida is leaving the Emirates. He is a true class player with a very bright future. I understand his frustration with lack of playing time.

    Vieira to Man City…. it’s better than the Tottenham rumors.

    Liverpool are set to enter the bidding war for Chamakh according to reports. They’re also talking about Ruud Van Nistelrooy.

    I’d like to see Arsenal after Mahamadou Diarra and Rafael Van Der Vaart from Real Madrid and Klaas Jan Huntelaar from AC Milan.

    With Portsmouth’s money woes I wouldn’t mind seeing Arsenal go after Boateng. I think he’d fit in nicely with our system.

  • Pete

    Was a bit disappointed with Meridas performance at the West Ham game on Sunday, so not too sorry to see him go. Not all the youngsters will develope in the way we expect, and we’ve at least got the likes of Gibbs, Ramsey, Wilshire and Theo signed and sealed. But it is a shame still.

    As for transfers, its been pretty quiet generally. I thought there’d be more activity in the first week of the window opening. Apart from one or two stories about those two Brazilian teenagers, Wellington Da Silva and Zezinho, there’s not been much concrete transfer talk, just the usual Chamakh. Would be nice to get a solid player in though that would compliment the squad.

    As for tomorrow against Bolton, I think we’ll see:

    Almunia

    Sagna Gallas Vermaelen Traore

    Diaby Denilson

    Nasri Rosicky Arshavin

    Eduardo

    On paper thats a pretty solid first team, so hopefully it’ll be another 3 points for the Gunners.

  • goonerman

    so there is some good and bad news on the injury front! denilson and arshavin are back although fabby will be out for an extra few days which is a bit of a blow but ramsey will just get further chances to impress!
    denilson and arshavin being back picks the team for us and im saying this has to be the line up

    -SAGNA-GALLAS-VERMINATOR-TRAORE
    ———-DENILSON————-
    —RAMSEY———-DIABY——-
    ARSHAVIN——————NASRI
    ———–EDUARDO————-

    YER OR NO ?

    hopefully snow dont hit london hard tomorrow becuase we dont want that game being delayed at all! Wenger said he wants to buy early so i hope he can find someone soon !

  • wills

    I’m glad to have Denilson back, I really think he’s the person to replace Song.

    My preferred line up…

    Fabianski
    Sagna-Gallas-Vermaelen-Traore
    Ramsey-Denilson-Diaby
    Nasri-Arshavin-Eduardo

    Gone with Fabianski as he was very impressive against West Ham and deserves a chance in the Premiership. Would be shocked if Wenger picked him though.

  • Kuka

    ….would Ryan Babel be one to consider? I remember before he moved to Liverpool, Arsen had been an admirer. He is got pace and sometimes reminds me of Defoe…..