12:49: Bolton Sign Ryo Myaichi (on loan)
Bolton have completed the signing of Arsenal winger Ryo Myaichi, who will spend the rest of the season at the Reebok Stadium.
Wanderers boss Owen Coyle has fought off competition from Fulham to land the talented 18-year-old winger who will get a chance to shine in the Premier League between now and the end of the campaign. Arsene Wenger was impressed with the development that Jack Wilshere made during his time at Bolton and the Gunners chief will be hoping that Myaichi will make similar progress.
It’s an interesting one – if the below noise about Arshavin is true, then that will be two wingers out of the club – but I suppose the way to look at it is that Oxlade is ready for the first team and so replaces Arshavin. Henry is available until Gervinho returns, so again, we will have options. From a footballing point of view, a few months with Bolton playing regularly will go a long way in the progression of Ryo as a player, and if Jack Wilshere is anything to go by then we will see a better and adapted Ryo next year.
12:37: Russian, Anzhi Makhachkala, in talks with Arsenal over possible purchase of Andrei Arshavin
Anzhi Makhachkala officials are in London and are aiming to pull off some sensational business for the wealthy Russian side on transfer deadline day. It is believed that the Dagestan giants want Arsenal’s Russian schemer Andrei Arshavin.
Probably something that every Gooner wants, although he is a lot of experience leaving (if he leaves), and that’s the only thing to worry about. Oxlade & Gervinho are ahead of the player in the pecking order and his use within the team has diminished. Anzhi Makhachkala can afford his wages, which has notably been an obstruction with players leaving. Let’s see if they’ll give us cash for him too.
11:32: Gazidis defends the Arsenal spending policy
“We’re in three competitions this year. Manchester City would love to be in three competitions. They’re not. So money is not everything in this game. I don’t disagree that it’s important. But we do things based on a value system. We’re about creating star players, not about buying them. We’re about what happens in a team, between players, not individual superstars. And that’s an inspiration to people around the world. We can’t afford to compete with oil money and we can’t afford to compete with super-wealthy individuals from Russia. But the more important thing about our model is that it’s sustainable. Our business model means we can continue to do what we’re doing forever. We’re proud of the way we do things and we’re proud of the results that we’re able to produce from that.”
Something we’ve heard again and again from Ivan G – not exactly what we want to hear – to be honest, I don’t think Manchester City are jealous of us. In reality they have a better team and are challenging for the title and the Europa cup. They’ve never won a title. For us, we used to win titles and now we’re not – on top of that, they signed one of best players from last season in Samir Nasri. I think Arsene, Ivan and a lot of fans are actually quite jealous of the players, the team and money City had. Weird from Gazidis if you ask me!
09:53: Arsenal sign Thomas Eisfeld for an estimated £600,000
Arsenal today completed the £600,000 signing of Thomas Eisfeld from Borussia Dortmund. Standard Sport understands the 19-year-old has signed a four-year contract with the Gunners after undergoing a rigorous medical at the club’s London Colney training ground yesterday. Arsenal’s medical staff wanted to ensure the attacking midfielder had no lasting damage from anterior cruciate ligament damage suffered in 2009.
Eisfeld is a youngster, he has just turned 19. He’s not had much first team experience for Dortmund and the club are obviously happy to see him go, negotiating a relatively low price. They don’t rate him, but Arsene does. We don’t know much about the player, except that he used to be highly rated before a cruciate ligament injury. Dortmund think he won’t recover – sounds like a similar story to Aaron Ramsey – but obviously Arsene and the rest of the team think he will – I don’t think he’ll feature anywhere near our first team this season, but if Arsene is right, he will certainly be an interesting signing for the future.
- Rhys Murphy has joined Preston North End on loan until the end if the season
- Luke Freeman has joined Stevenage for an undisclosed fee
- Chuks Aneke has extended his loan spell with Stevenage until March
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