New Signings, New Signings, New Signings

Whilst the World Cup is taking place, the transfer market isn’t normally the busiest – for clubs, players and managers, it’s hard to negotiate and hard to get a player to think about a move whilst in the middle of the biggest International tournament of their lives. We’ve already signed Maroune Chamakh and will have to wait until the latter parts of the tournament or post tournament before we will see any more new faces.

One thing that does give me confidence that we will be signing more players in that agents and players alike are taking about and hinting at things – Arsene and the team are quietly going about their business, doing the deals and I honestly think we’ll be announcing a few more deals very soon… If you remember a couple of weeks ago, we were taking about Lorient defender Laurent Koscielny possibly joining the club. Having spent some time in the Lorient forums, a lot of information was extracted, talking about the various bids we have had for the player. More recently, the player has come out and said he wants to move to North London and join us, the details of the player’s agent quote matching the details from the forums.

“Laurent told the Lorient president and coach that he wants to move to Arsenal come what may. It is hard to ignore interest from Arsene Wenger. Lorient’s directors want to get over £8.3m from Arsenal. We have held talks with them, and with a sell-on clause inserted in the deal we are not far off agreement.”

Interesting, huh? Of course, this is good news because it allays fears of inactivity in the transfer market and also means we’re close to our second signing. Rumours are that we have agreed the price with them at £8.3m and Lorient also insisted on a sell on clause, as our history suggests we do sell players on for higher fees. Koscielny is yet to be capped, but can play for either France or Poland. He is 24 – has a good amount of experience, albeit not much in the top flight, but does look decent.

With Gallas’ contract having expired, Mikael Silvestre going to the far east and Sol Campbell going to Celtic, that is 3 players out in that department. I won’t include Senderos as a departee as he hasn’t played for two years, so doesn’t really need replacing. So 3 out and therefore 3 in? Koscielny would be our first choice next to Vermaelen most likely, with Djourou and Nortveit the backup players – but surely, another centre back would be required too, as we shouldn’t think of moving Song back as, personally, I think he is an essential midfielder in he way we play.

Peter Hill Wood recently admitted that we put in a bid for Schwarzer and we know that a no-goer. We’ve also heard rumours about a bid for Enyema, which doesn’t seem like it has materialised either, but it does look like we will be signing a new keeper at some point this summer. And it looks like it’s going to be either a golden oldie or a cheaper alternative. We have the two young keepers, but in reality, no-one can ever predict that anyone is going to be world class or even good enough for the premiership until they’ve played in it regularly and whilst we keep one eye on the future, we need to keep both eyes on the present. It means getting in a quality keeper who can deliver.

In World Cup news, Spain showed Cesc an example of how life would be if he moved to Barcelona – he’d be on the bench. With Spain adopting a similar approach to Barcelona with Xavi, Busquets and Iniesta edging out the Arsenal captain. Personally, I think it was what ultimately lost them the game. Cesc has scored more goals than Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta, Alonso and Silva put together and has scored recently for Spain too. He is a better player than Busquets and Alonso and really should have featured in their midfield. Cesc was in the press saying that the Spanish team spend a lot of time analysing their opponents, and admitted that it’s something that doesn’t regularly happen at Arsenal. But a fat lot of good that does, they couldn’t even beat the Swiss.

Finally, great news in my own World Cup journey as I’ve managed to get tickets for England vs Algeria on Friday – a little bit expensive as a flight and hotels are also required to Cape Town, but what a great adventure it promises to be… Tomorrow I am off to see Argentina vs South Korea, which promises to be a great game! I cannot wait. More pics and more info to come in the next few days…. Adios for now.

  • Nick

    Precisely my thoughts on the Spain performance today. Couldn’t have said it better. Cesc, take note! The only difference at all is that Pep is a much better manager than Spains coach. He should be fired on general principal for leaving Raul off the squad.

    Anyone think all the Cesc/Barcelona talk are distracting the Spanish team since half of them play for Barca?

  • Sam

    Watching Spain for painful! I wanted success for Cesc’s sake, even my 9 year old daughter was all dressed up in Fabregas kit…
    But I feel the loss is a good lesson for Cesc. Apart from Dev’s good points, iCesc shld learn that success can’t be expected. Moving to Barca won’t guarantee trophies.

    Dev – do u kbow why seats remain empty during the games? Anyway, enjoy Cape Town as it’s a wonderfully beautiful city.

  • Gooner Get Ya

    We are being linked with loads of attacking midfield players, affelly, cole, ozil even muntari when are we going to sign a decent defender and GK????

  • RVP
  • yemi

    cesc got a taste of barca today! so so sorry for him. busquets, xavi, iniesta all picked ahead of cesc. add xabi and silva to d list

  • Gooner Get Ya

    Fixtures for 2010/11 season announced:

    Liverpool v Arsenal, 15:00, Saturday, 14 August 2010
    Arsenal v Blackpool, 15:00, Saturday, 21 August 2010
    Blackburn v Arsenal, 15:00, Saturday, 28 August 2010
    Arsenal v Bolton, 15:00, Saturday, 11 September 2010
    Sunderland v Arsenal, 15:00, Saturday, 18 September 2010
    Arsenal v West Brom, 15:00, Saturday, 25 September 2010
    Chelsea v Arsenal, 15:00, Saturday, 2 October 2010
    Arsenal v Birmingham, 15:00, Saturday, 16 October 2010
    Man City v Arsenal, 15:00, Saturday, 23 October 2010
    Arsenal v West Ham, 15:00, Saturday, 30 October 2010
    Arsenal v Newcastle, 15:00, Saturday, 6 November 2010
    Wolverhampton v Arsenal, 19:45, Tuesday, 9 November 2010
    Everton v Arsenal, 15:00, Saturday, 13 November 2010
    Arsenal v Tottenham, 15:00, Saturday, 20 November 2010
    Aston Villa v Arsenal, 15:00, Saturday, 27 November 2010
    Arsenal v Fulham, 15:00, Saturday, 4 December 2010
    Man Utd v Arsenal, 15:00, Saturday, 11 December 2010
    Arsenal v Stoke, 15:00, Saturday, 18 December 2010
    Arsenal v Chelsea, 15:00, Sunday, 26 December 2010
    Wigan v Arsenal, 15:00, Tuesday, 28 December 2010
    Birmingham v Arsenal, 15:00, Saturday, 1 January 2011
    Arsenal v Man City, 19:45, Tuesday, 4 January 2011
    West Ham v Arsenal, 15:00, Saturday, 15 January 2011
    Arsenal v Wigan, 15:00, Saturday, 22 January 2011
    Arsenal v Everton, 19:45, Tuesday, 1 February 2011
    Newcastle v Arsenal, 15:00, Saturday, 5 February 2011
    Arsenal v Wolverhampton, 15:00, Saturday, 12 February 2011
    Tottenham v Arsenal, 15:00, Saturday, 26 February 2011
    Arsenal v Sunderland, 15:00, Saturday, 5 March 2011
    West Brom v Arsenal, 15:00, Saturday, 19 March 2011
    Arsenal v Blackburn, 15:00, Saturday, 2 April 2011
    Blackpool v Arsenal, 15:00, Saturday, 9 April 2011
    Arsenal v Liverpool, 15:00, Saturday, 16 April 2011
    Bolton v Arsenal, 15:00, Saturday, 23 April 2011
    Arsenal v Man Utd, 15:00, Saturday, 30 April 2011
    Stoke v Arsenal, 15:00, Saturday, 7 May 2011
    Arsenal v Aston Villa, 15:00, Saturday, 14 May 2011
    Fulham v Arsenal, 16:00, Sunday, 22 May 2011

  • Gooner Get Ya

    Tough opening game away to the scousers!!

  • Goonerman

    we cant complain about the opening fixture to liverpool becuase we have to play them at some point so why not just get it out of the way, but one think that i am not happy about and for certain wenger wont be either is that after 5 of our 6 champions league group games we play away were as tottenham after 5 of their 6 champions league games get to play at home! that is a HUGE advantage and its a bit of a joke!!

  • Josiah

    im relishing playing liverpool opening game, i think we’ll beat them

  • RVP

    @Goonerman ‘tottenham after 5 of their 6 champions league games’ how are they playing 6 games they’l; gte knocked out in the quilifiers

    as for the liverpool games i think we’ll win and arshavin will probly be top scorer after the first games.

    to siginings 3 players have stated their desire to join arsenal-mata(valencia) riquelme(free agent) koscienly(lorient). i would hope to get all 3 i kno riquelme hasnt be at his best for a while but on a free and maybe a pay-as-you-play contract it would be good business.

  • imam

    both chamakh and lorient are good signing for us and we will be grateful if he can sign at least two more players. mid field and defender.thanks to all arsenal manager and all arsenal fans entire world..

  • akwa

    with what have seen i believe that Arsenal are going to be the best this season
    i remain gunner still i die


    I’m an Arsenal and my wish is to lift at least one cup this season because we are tired of goalles seasons. This infact is lowering the morale of the players.

  • kiranda akiimu

    arsenal need some more three experienced defenders and atleast two good strikers like torres and drogba

  • yusuf

    i love all arsenal new signings

  • Amigo oroney

    being an arsenal fan is one of the things that makes me complete in this superfootball world,arsenal lacks only one thing which if corrected the club will be as sharp as the fearulBarca.wenger is a wonderful and more intelligent coach as far as the english premiurship is concerned but with petty corrections that need to be addressed,the club official must only put more pessure in signing matured and experienced strikers such as BOJAN,HIGUIN,PATO,LENNON,ODEMWINGE,BABEL,and many others preminent players that can bring up some trophys come next season and rest of the football career world.Barca is not atreat execept they r superb in coordination and have a team spirit tat builds up the club thereby arsenal can as well be lke that if the clubs management can be rectified.more so on strike force and a bit of changes in midfield

  • gbenga lebile

    i want cesc 2 go way 2 see what will happen when arsenal will bee back dis senson

  • gbenga lebile

    i want cese to go away to what arsenal will become this season.
    know beggin.

  • wasswa asuman

    i think if our coach does the best we will be the best this season thanks

  • http://none paul

    Nasri and clichy we wont miss u guys but wenger please think of baines and samba