Campbell Deal Looks Set and Fabregas Drama!
Big week ahead where we look to integrate Gervinho into the squad and kick a few players out. We also have Saturday to look forward to when we play against Bundesliga side Cologne. Cologne finished in 10th place last year and they should be a team we beat. It should also be a chance for us to see Gervinho, Ryo, Frimpong, and some of our younger guys against some real competition. Depending on if we bring in any new faces this week we may get a good look at them as well.
One player we won’t get a good look at on Saturday though, is Joel Campbell. Not because the transfer won’t go through, but because he will be traveling with Costa Rica to the U-20 World Cup. Campbell and his family are discussing what their next move will be after Saprissa had accepted Arsenal’s offer. The chairman of Saprissa had this to say:
Barring a huge setback, he will play at Arsenal, This is a great deal for us and all local football.
Well it appears that this “huge” setback may have appeared in the form of another English club bidding on him. He and his family are deciding what course of action they will take. Upon new events though, it appears he will undergo his medical in Costa Rica before shipping out to the U-20 World Cup. Source is MarioSegura.com and thanks to @Arsenalman2011 for the info!
It’s a reminder to us of what happened with Alvarez who by the way has played two games for Inter Milan now and scored three goals…that’s one we missed out on.
Now to the rumors! There are tons of players being rumored to replace our Captain. There’s Hamsik, Montolivo, Banega and plenty others but today hasn’t been too full of them.
According to the Sun, Barcelona have until the end of the month to strike a deal for Cesc or else he will stay with Arsenal. A source from Barcelona has revealed this and that if they don’t pay the 40 million that Arsenal want, then Fabregas will be a gunner for the rest of the season. Wenger is pretty positive that Cesc will stay and somehow Wenger has convinced himself that Fabregas wants to stay while we do know he would rather be in Barcelona. He will still give his all for the club but I can’t see him being too please about this.
The Daily Star is reporting that Arsene Wenger expects Fabregas to be apart of the Cologne game and that he should be back in full training soon. Right now he’s doing light training and running, and needs to transition to full training before he can get any playing time and in my opinion, take care of this hamstring problem that keeps occurring. He needs to get in a full season so he can really win something with this Arsenal team.
The Daily Mail entitled their Fabregas article as “Let me go back home, pleads Fabregas in attempt to force through Barcelona switch” and it says that now that Wenger has returned Cesc will meet and demand a move. Not sure how they really know that…Cesc doesn’t really talk much about that to the press and they’ve been saying that Fabregas would meet with him for some time now. I don’t trust anything the Daily Mail says in the first place.
Onto something new, Fanatix reports that Arsenal will turn their attention back to Germany and Dortmund midfielder Mario Gotze. He would be a great buy but it won’t happen as Dortmund have Champions League and aren’t willing to sell the talented play maker.
The Metro is reporting that Eboue is moving closer to the exit, and Arsenal are close to agreeing a fee with Galatasary. I see this as a great opportunity for Arsenal to free up some wages, as well as give Jenkinson a better chance. Eboue is very error prone and moving him on could be a good thing for Arsenal. I do love the attitude he brings to the team but the money he brings in could be used for better things.
Thats all for today though, hopefully tomorrow I’ll actually have something to tell you that you give a crap about besides rumors. We should have an answer from Joel Campbell and get to see the Arsenal players back at London Colney.
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