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Fabregas and Nasri On their Way Out? Will Arsene Reinvest?

After two days straight of good news for Arsenal our news now was covered in news on Fabregas and Nasri’s exits today.  Nasri is believed to be on his way out and Arsenal are just waiting for Manchester City to offer the 22 million up front.  Barcelona today though have upped their bid to 25 million pounds, 6 in add on’s, and 4 from Cesc if I’m not mistaken.  Now it is still short of the 40 million pounds that Arsenal have been demanding but it looks like the Arsenal board are just as sick of this situation as the fans are and will be accepting the offer.

Now my opinion on the situation is that I’m sick of this situation and it’s hurting the team.  While I wish we would get a higher fee for our Spaniard I really only care right now about how we reinvest the money.  With the possibility of close to 60 million in pounds and the freed up wages of both Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas, we really have some spending power!  Now finding the right players is very difficult as big players like Eden Hazard, and Mario Gotze are not on the market.

So who will Arsenal go for in this vast market filled with good attacking midfielders and wingers.  Well many think that Mata will be out target but I’m not so sure we’ve continued our interest with Valencia wanting to keep their Spanish playmaker.  Douglas Costa has also been a target of Arsenal and Shaktar only wanted cash when we offered Denilson.  Either way we need to put up money and we can’t low ball teams.

Speaking of reinvesting The Daily Mail has linked us with Bryan Ruiz as did a few other sources a couple of days ago.  Ruiz is a striker for FC Twente who has had much success in the Dutch League and would be a great buy.  We’re interested in his international teammate Joel Campbell but Ruiz would be a far more useful investment as far as this year goes and it seems he has a buyout clause of 13.75 million.  For a striker of his quality that can play across the line, it is a small price and would be a steal!

Lastly we’ve been linked with Borussia Dortmund play maker Shinji Kagawa…which won’t happen.  He already has Champions League and although has said he would like to move to the EPL will not make the move this year.  Dortmund will not let him and it’s only a rumor.

Transfers: Fabregas Uncertainty and Who Will Replace Him?

There’s been sooo much uncertainty today about Fabregas based on the Members Day coming up soon.  Some places report that Arsenal will take two pictures one with and one without Fabregas.  Some sources say Arsenal will demand he be there and some say that he isn’t forced to be there.  A couple of sources have even said he will refuse to attend to try and force through a transfer.  It’s just been nuts today and who knows what to believe.  Some sources are saying Arsenal are getting tough with him and Barcelona and will use him so he’s cup tied pretty soon, and are waiting for the right amount while others are saying that Wenger has resigned to losing him.

Honestly, I don’t care it just needs to be taken care of because it’s a distraction to the team and especially to the fans.  We need to move on and find ourselves the right man to replace him.  Unfortunately it’s not looking good for Arsenal buying Juan Mata.  Mata senior said that we’ve been talking to Valencia and will probably be back with a new offer but at the moment it’s not looking good for Arsenal getting him.  His coach said this after their loss to Hamburg:

“Mata has gone through a process of doubts about his future, But now we all believe he will stay at Valencia.”

So what are our alternatives to Juan Mata?  Well CalcioNew24 reports that we are fighting Tottenham for Alan Dzagoev.  It seems that every single transfer we go for, so is Tottenham!  Find your own players Spuds!  Dzagoev is a great talent and Arshavin has backed him to really be a great player but would he fit in with Arsenal?  I think he would in a couple of years but he’s not ready to fill the boots of Cesc or Nasri yet.

Next is one that has shown up a few times in Turkish news but nothing really has formulated in the English media and I really hope that we can maybe look at this one a bit more seriously.  Galatasaray have a play maker by the name of Arda Turan.  Phenominal player although he didn’t have his best year last year.  The year before though he scored 11 goals and had 25 assists, and put him into a team like Arsenal he would really be a superstar.  Galatasaray are after Emmanuel Eboue and Andriy Arshavin and Eboue is close to completing his switch but I figure he should be a part of the deal to bring Turan to Arsenal.  He still wouldn’t come cheap but he would be a better signing than Aguero in my opinion.  Source is here or here  Turkish is pretty tough though especially with translations!

For those who don’t know what Arda Turan is about here’s a video of the fabulous midfielder!

Good news also with Costa Rica beating Austrailia 3-2 and Joel Campbell with 2 goals!  Word is that we’ve continued talks with him while it was reported back that he’s told Coaches already that he’ll be joining Arsenal after the U-20 World Cup.  His first goal on the night was a bit uncoordinated as he was falling over half the time and managed to put it in the back of the net but his second goal was a superb volley!

So tomorrow may be a decisive day for what we know about Fabregas’ departure to Barcelona and yet it may tell us absolutely nothing and we may not see any new signings at all this week…Nigel Winterburn said our squad looks small…I agree and I know Peter Hill Wood says we need to be ‘bloody patient’ but the longer you take the more it will make fans nervous and the more transfers we’ll lose out on because other teams need to be ready for the season as well.  If we’re bugging them like Barcelona is bugging us then we are disturbing their preparations!

Transfers: Mata, Jagielka, and Zarate

It was a very boring Tuesday for Arsenal news which I’m not too concerned about and I’m trying not to stress myself out about transfers because the team we have right now is solid, and with the promise from the board that there will be new signings we should be alright.  Some people are worried by our three straight draws but its not big of a deal, it’s only preseason and we’re in it for fitness right now.  The boys will be fully fit and ready to go by Newcastle and will be looking to get out of the gates right away with three points.

Our worry right now is the teams mentality with the distraction of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri.  Hopefully both sagas will be wrapped up VERY soon and we can get on with finding replacements.  With rumors that Manchester City will place a final bid for Samir Nasri of 22 million I’m really hoping we accept and let him move on because I and many other fans don’t see the commitment.  There is one player I’m surprised we haven’t been linked with yet this summer and that’s Yoann Gourcuff.  The French midfielder didn’t have the best season at Lyon and hasn’t lived up to their expectations so I wouldn’t be surprised if they were accepting offers.  I do think he would fit in nicely with Arsenal and may even be what Chamakh needs to get his career back in gear.

So there’s a few stories coming out today first from the Daily Mail that says we’ll be watching Birmingham City take on Derby this weekend so we can run the rule over Scott Dann.  If it turns out good then we’ll make a 10 million pound offer.  I feel like Arsene has a number in his mind that he won’t spend more than for a defender and it bothers me that he won’t do everything in his power to get Gary Cahill.  I also feel he’s only looking to get someone already in England when there are a few outside England that could really come in and make a difference.  I’ve watched Dann a bit and I think he would be a better option than Squillaci but would he be good enough?

Staying with Center Backs The Mirror reports that Phil Jagielka has told friends and teammates that he will snub Arsenal of any offer to stay with Everton.  I see that and think…ahhhhhh crap ( with as much sarcasm as possible) because I don’t really want him and he’s not a signing that would really have me doing flips and cartwheels.  The 28 year old injury prone England defender will stay with Everton for a little while longer.

There is news that we will be returning to the table for Spanish midfielder Juan Mata as we didn’t come up with the 18 million bid needed to hit his release clause.  There are some who say that the release clause is gone now and he’ll cost quite a bit more.  This is sad as he’s an exceptional player and even scored today in Valencia’s game vs. Hamburg.  Mata’s father has said we’ve been in contact with Valencia for quite some time now so a deal could still be done.  Seems we’re waiting on the future of Nasri and Fabregas.

The Express says Joey Barton wants to come to Arsenal as he believes he’s Champions League class and also wants a pay increase to 70k a week.  I think Joey may push for a move here but I don’t think he will get 70k from us.  What he will get though is Champions League and could be a valuable asset to this club.  On that note though I don’t know how well he’d get on with the guys with his reputation and from what I’ve seen, half the Arsenal fans would love to have him and the other half would absolutely hate him at Arsenal.

A new fellow that we haven’t been linked with since last summer is Argentine and Lazio striker Mauro Zarate.  Tribal Football claims that the agent of Zarate has been in London and has had talks with both Arsenal and Tottenham.  If he had a choice though who do you think he’d pick?  Well we have Champions League which means Spuds don’t stand a chance.  Zarate has been frozen out of friendly action at Lazio and it seems he’s not in the plans of his coach.  In my opinion, he would be very welcome at Arsenal and would be a player NOT leaving for the African Cup.  He’s a beast and has some experience in England already but he carries a pretty hefty price tag if you go by reports.  Arsene could probably get him for about 10 million.

Lastly Barcelona will make a final push in the region of 35-36 million for Cesc Fabregas and are doing all they can to reach that 40 million mark to get their man.  They are selling Jeffren and possibly Oriol Romeu to try and raise money for our Captain and while it will be sad to see him go if we accept, it will be nice to have this saga all done with!


No Mata We Have Ryo Miyaichi

Yes, I’ve joined the group of people making stupid puns about Juan Mata and it’s not the best of news on the Spanish Winger as it appears that we missed out on getting him on the cheap.  I know that Wenger has plans for Ryo but I don’t think that’s any reason to give up on buying Mata. Mata is quite the talent and it’s a bit of a risk to count on getting the work permit while losing out on a player of his quality.

While it also looks certain that we’ll be losing Fabregas this week (according to reports) it is hard to take the fact that we may be missing out on Juan Mata.  Either way, Arsene knows what he’s doing and I’m excited to see who lines up for Arsenal against Newcastle.  There’s talk of Arsenal signing both Cahill and Jagielka but I’ll take that with a grain of salt and hope for the best!

Juan Mata’s father decided to talk about his son’s future today saying that Arsenal have already had a bid rejected and that he thinks they would be back with another bid.  While in the morning I was a bit depressed by the news that we were missing out on him but now I’m just optimistic to the possibility.

Ryo Miyaichi is still waiting on the news whether he will receive his work permit or not and it will help Arsene decide on whether he buys a player or not.  Ryo will have to compete for his spot in the team but I see him having no problem getting quite a few games in.  Also, if we do have to loan him out I hope we loan him to a team that is in Champions League so he can receive some valuable experience.

Other big news is Joey Barton being a free transfer.  Arsenal, Spuds and a few other teams are interested in signing him and while it would make me a bit nervous, I can’t deny his quality as a player.  He also has the mentality that could really push us through to the end of the game so we don’t lose games late.

Nik is getting looked over by Stoke and could make the switch but his earnings could kill the deal.  Many people can’t understand why he would be on that much but honestly when he received his pay rise, he was coming off of a 15 goal season and I’m sure Arsene was expecting him to continue progressing.  So I can see why he would get the pay rise and he’s definitely shown his quality, he’s just never been given a chance.  The same goes for Denilson as well being the U-20 Captain for Brazil, and making strides in the first team he was given a pay rise as well.

Lastly we have The Sun reporting that Manchester City are back in with a 22 million pound bid for Samir Nasri and in my opinion I’m hoping we accept it but if we do it’s imperative that Mata is signed.  Either way I trust Arsene’s judgement and I’m looking forward to seeing the Arsenal team that walks out against Newcastle.

Jack Wilshere Speaks On Transfers!

A frustrating day it may have been but we’re past it and now we can look forward to a week of speculation and a preseason game against Benfica where we hope to see a 90 minute team instead of a 60 minute team!  I feel bad for Bartley to have to deal with the disappointment on his chance to impress but he’ll move on and continue to grow, hopefully with Arsenal.

Jack Wilshere spoke today about transfers and Arsenal’s need to buy, he said:

We are not a spending club but we still managed to stay up there with the top teams, And we have to win things this year.  Maybe if we had a few more faces we could really push on. If we get a few more players we can really challenge for the title.  Around March and April we have to stay really strong. We are confident we can be up and around it then so we have to remain strong at that crucial time.

Well said!  It’s not really up to you Jack but I agree that we need to see a few new faces around Arsenal in order to really be successful this year.  It’s hard to see us really winning any silverware with the depth we have.  We also have to deal with the African Cup of Nations as well coming up in January which we could be without Chamakh, Gervinho, and Song leaving us with Van Persie up front and that’s about it…we also have Vela.  So all in all we need to buy a new striker or give more time to Afobe who was very impressive today.

That wasn’t all Wilshere had to say and he gave his two cents on Juan Mata:

He is a top quality player, we’ve seen that in the Under-21’s and in the Spanish league last season. I think the way Arsenal play would suit his game

Again, Well said!  Mata would be a great addition and we’re all looking forward to seeing the completion of this transfer.  On a sad note though, the People are reporting that Fabregas will release a video to all the Arsenal fans once there is a completion to the transfer…IF there is a completion that is!

A Second Look at Arsenal Vs. Boca Juniors.

After taking my night of work and thinking about the game I was able to come to some opinionated conclusions that I think many will agree with me on.  I was able to think about the game and come up with a couple of positives about the game and a couple of major negatives that I think need to be addressed for Arsenal to be successful this year.

There were some great performances today by Frimpong, Wilshere, Gervinho and a few others.  The combination play between Van Persie and Gervinho was quite brilliant and it seems they are very much in sync!  The team had some good fitness and we were even able to see some the places we need to improve on as a team.

Many are saying that we need to buy a center back pronto to deal with our set pieces.  There are 15-16 guys in the box, maybe 1 will help but it won’t fix the problem.  Bringing Samba will cause more problems than fix as well with him not really fitting into the Arsenal style center back it will hurt us more than help us in the run of play.  Our problem is our team defense and the guys not giving everything they have to put their head on the ball.  It’s like at the other end when we get a cross in, who is willing to sacrifice everything to get that ball in the net…usually nobody which is why we’re always going for the perfect goal!  Our guys can’t hand that responsibility off to someone else and its weird to say but on defensive corners, Adebayor was always a beast!

Our quality in depth is not much better than last year.  Many of the players that are leaving aren’t being replaced and it will hurt us in the long run.  Frimpong as a back up is fabulous and will give Song some much needed rest during the year, and will have a big role to play when the African Cup of Nations comes up.  We will also have Coquelin to help out there as well.  Our mids, we have Wilshere, Nasri (maybe) Ramsey, Rosicky, Fabregas (maybe), Diaby if he’s ever healthy, and Lansbury if he gets his chance.  We already need to strengthen there as Rosicky hasn’t been able to get back to his best, Diaby is always hurt and we still have question marks over Nasri and Fabregas.  Wenger says he likes Mata but he really needs to buy before someone comes in and takes him away…Spurs don’t have a chance but other teams may.

Our forwards we have Arshavin, Gervinho, Van Persie, Chamakh, Vela, Walcott, possibly Miyaichi, and Afobe is in the squad for now.  There’s a need to buy with Arshavin not always at his best, Gervinho will be at AFN Vela and Chamakh aren’t top quality and Miyaichi may not get a permit.  If we do buy Mata he may come in and play winger more than attacking midfielder but our depth isn’t great especially when Walcott is hurt now, we don’t know how long Van Persie will make it and if we lose those two we could be in trouble.

Finally the back line…well we saw today what our starting Center backs will be at the beginning of the season.  Kos and Verm look great together and Kos now has a year under his belt to work with.  I’m hoping Wenger will start tomorrow with Vermaelen and Bartley but not counting on it.  So with Squillaci and Djourou we have two average defenders when we need above average to great defenders.  Bartley needs to be given a chance as Squillaci has failed time and time again.  If Vermaelen gets hurt again we cannot go another year with those three running things.  Squillaci is a liability as he not only plays bad, but also makes his partner look worse than they are as well.  Not sure why we’re going for Jagielka though…

Finally, two things I was very disappointed about at the game today was:

1. Giving Samir Nasri the armband:  You said it yourself after the game Arsene, you need to make sure both Fabregas and Nasri is committed to the cause.  If you can’t tell that Nasri isn’t committed I don’t really understand, because we can all tell he isn’t and you even get to speak with him, we just watch!  He looks like a completely new and lackluster player.  He doesn’t fight for the ball, he doesn’t have that spark any more.  I felt like it was more of an attempt to get him to be committed or sign a new contract by handing him the armband.  Sell him and bring in someone who cares!

2. The substitutions Wenger made were poor and maybe they were because of tomorrow but two I’m quite unhappy about are Squillaci and Eboue.  Last year at the end of the year I saw Wenger pull of Squillaci two games in a row half way through the game.  Wenger only subs his center backs in EPL when they are hurt but he obviously lost his faith in him…what restored it.  You know what your going to get with Squillaci so why not give the Young Gun a chance to prove himself.  He’s already played in the Europa League against tough competition, he can handle it.

Second was Eboue…why? he was completely invisible the entire time he was on for one thing and secondly…you’ve told him he can leave!  Why are you playing him?!  Afobe is a player for the future but yet your not going to let him play, or give him the opportunity to play in a situation like this!?  Bothers the crap out of me that you sub in a player you’ve given permission to leave.

Either way, we’ll look to see a better outing tomorrow against the New York Red Bulls and Thierry Henry!  Here’s my hopeful lineup for tomorrow!


Sagna Bartley Verm Gibbs

Song  Wilshere


Gervinho RvP Juan Mata (jk) Lansbury!

Poor Second Half Defending Leads To Disappointing Draw

While it’s only the Emirates Cup it was a bit of a disappointment and if that wasn’t an indication that Squillaci needs to be sold I don’t know what will.  Terrible giveaway that leads to the first goal and poor positioning by both center backs and a mistake by Djourou that leads to the second goal.  I continue to wonder what Wenger sees in him and question his substitutions!  It is the Emirates Cup where you can play some younger guys and see what they got, while you already know what you’ll get from Squillaci…CRAP.  Bartley and Afobe left on the bench wondering if maybe they could have had an impact on the game.  Vela began the second half with a great run and bit of skill to set up Ramsey for the second goal, but after that the only thing we saw from Vela was giving the ball away.

What frustrates me even more is Arsene Wenger letting Samir Nasri be Captain for the second half.  It seems he’s trying to bribe Nasri into signing a new contract when he clearly doesn’t deserve it.  Nasri was invisible basically the entire first half while Wilshere ran things, and the second half just didn’t look creative or…well he doesn’t impress me.

It’s clear to me now that Vermaelen and Kos will be our starting center backs but it’s very important we buy at least 1 and get rid of Squillaci because if we have an injury, we have a problem on our hands with our quality in depth not being very good.  We are always talking about Cahill, Jagielka, Samba but I really think we should look to players like Alex, and Vertonghen to come in.  Our problem isn’t having a bigger body in the box, our problem is our TEAM defending in set pieces.  Getting a big player like Samba isn’t going to just fix the problem in a box full of 16 players!  If anything it will add a problem because he won’t be able to cope with the run of play and high offside line of Arsenal.

Besides all the gloom and doom, Arsenal had a decent first half with some good teamwork between Gervinho and Van Persie.  The two lit up the first half along with Wilshere to take the score to 1-0 at half time.  Things were looking very up for Arsenal especially after 43 seconds in the second half with Ramsey’s goal.  Tomorrow should have a much different look to it with Vermaelen back, Our number 1 Goalkeeper back, Gibbs, Song and Rosicky coming into the side.  I am hoping Bartley will partner Vermaelen in the defense and make a stake for being our number 3!

All in all, this game has shown us that we do need to hit the transfer market next week.  Our depth attacking is weak so we need to get Mata quickly and have him integrated into the side.  Even another attacker would be nice with talk of Benzema being offered so Madrid can fun their offer for Tevez, and also Dzagoev being talked up by Arshavin would be a nice grab.  Our depth in defense is weak as well so we have a need to buy a good defender and get Squillaci out!

Two players that stood out for me today: Frimpong owned the midfield with his tough tackling and good passing.  He did well and it seems Arsenal don’t need to splash out for a defensive midfielder with Frimpong being a suitable replacement.  The other was Traore with a good display at left back.

Lastly I just need to take this time and say that Robbie Savage is the worst pundit EVER and he even made the claim that Arsenal wouldn’t make the top 4 with the comeback of Liverpool!  While most of you are thinking, with displays like today we won’t! Lets just remember that while we tied this game, Liverpool lost to Hull City 3-0 and Galatasary 3-0.  We had a few bad moments in defense but we need to be patient and wait for this week where we’ll be sure to see a few new faces walk through the door!


Emirates Cup and Signings Welcome!

I’m buzzing with excitement to get another look at our fantastic signing Gervinho as well as then entire team really!  Not sure I’ll be sleeping tonight!  Our first game against Boca Juniors should be very competitive and I’m even a bit disappointed we don’t get to play PSG so we can really test our team and see how we fair against some good competition.  After seeing how the other MLS teams have fared against European competition I don’t think New York will be much of a game personally.  I am quite excited to see Henry back in London though!

I’m interested to see what team we come out with because our other preseason games had 2 teams who played together most of the time.  We do know that we won’t be seeing Ryo who’s applied for his work permit but won’t know the outcome until the middle of August and we won’t see Walcott who is out injured.  Fabregas also won’t be involved and will continue to be unavailable until he figures out this Barcelona Arsenal saga.

Arsene Wenger has also said that he’ll be doing his business “sooner rather than later” which is good news considering we’re after Juan Mata.  I do think the fans are getting a little ahead of themselves and while we are interested in Juan Mata I don’t think we’ve tied up a deal for him.  The Guardian is reporting that Tottenham are interested in Mata and are going to pay more than Arsenal.  Mata won’t leave Valencia for a team that won’t play Champions League though so basically this is our transfer!  Now make it happen Arsene!

Some interesting news out of Madrid and our transfer target Karim Benzema.  It turns out that Real Madrid want Carlos Tevez from Manchester City after losing out on Sergio Aguero.  Madrid need to raise a bit of money as well so The Punch is saying that they will offer Arsenal Benzema for 25 million.  My first question is how credible is this site but I did look around the web and found other sites reporting that same rumor.

If Arsenal’s summer consisted of buying Gervinho, Juan Mata, and Benzema it would be a dream come true!  The way I see it Benzema would cost 25 million, and Nasri could be sold for 20 to 25 million.  We’d be getting Mata as a replacement and a great signing like Benzema it would definitely be our year!  Just wishful thinking though…very wishful…more like praying, and begging God!

I’ll have more tomorrow night on the game and maybe some great news, who knows!

Peter Hill-Wood Says What The Fans Have Been Thinking!

Bit of BIG news today coming from the world of Arsenal!  I was thinking we’d be signing someone this week and hey what do you know, Joel Campbell has agreed to join Arsenal after the U-20 World Cup with Costa Rica.  The Saprissa striker has had a successful summer playing in the Copa America as well as the upcoming U-20 World Cup.  It was first reported a couple of weeks ago that Arsenal had agreed a fee with Saprissa for the striker but complications took place and it appeared we wouldn’t be landing the striker.

Gunnerblog has reported today that the striker has told coaches he will be joining Arsenal after the U-20 world cup and has signed a contract with the club!  Whether he will get a work permit is to be seen though with this being his first season playing in the National Team.  If he is denied a work permit then he will most likely go on loan to Spain for the year until he meets all of the qualifications for the work permit.

The bit of news that most fans are excited about is Juan Mata.  The Sun reports that Mata has told friends that he is joining Arsenal and will be joining for 19 million pounds.  It is a bit more than being reported but still completely worth it in my opinion.  The winger will be a great addition to the team but some will see it as a sign that either Fabregas or Nasri are leaving.  If he is a replacement for Nasri then it is a really good bit of business on our part and I will be quite pleased.

News coming from Legendaire (who has his news from another source so check his article out) is that Mata will be a special guest at the Emirates on Saturday and Sunday before signing for the club next week!  It was reported earlier that his reps were in London to negotiate things so things are going quite quickly…which is odd for Arsenal.  If all of this comes to be then it will be quite a massive signing for the club!

Lastly I wanted to spend a few moments talking about the comments made by Peter Hill-Wood today regarding the negotiations with Barcelona.  PHW managed to really say what all the fans have been saying for quite some time and I almost started cheering as I read his comments.  Here they are:

“They have been messing about for a year and a half now and they have got to make up their minds, The ball is in their court. They have made one bid of around £26m and another rather tentative one.  If they want to buy the player they are going to have to pay the right price – and when you look at what is being paid elsewhere I don’t think what we are asking is at all unreasonable”

Summary: Barcelona pay up, pay the right price, in this market 40 million is cheap for Cesc.  It’s quite an easy ultimatum and he continued to say that the door will be shut sooner rather than later.  We all know that if Cesc isn’t signed he will play for the club and do his best to win a trophy for the club so if Barcelona miss out…no biggie!

Also asked on their buying stance PHW said they were working on it but “it doesn’t happen overnight.”  Especially with Arsenal it doesn’t, but we are starting to see some more activity in the club and as I said about a month ago…once Arsene Wenger has had a more realistic look at his squad for this year he would enter further into the transfer market.  It does look like we are after Jagielka too saying that our bid was rejected and most think we’re offering more.  Personally not my first choice, but better than Squillaci!

Only a day until the Emirates cup and the return of Thierry Henry, looking forward to seeing Juan Mata there as well!

Juan Mata Soon To Be a Gunner?

Not much coming out for transfers today but we have other worries on our hands with Theo injured and back in London we will be praying that he’s okay and will be able to make it for our first game against Newcastle.  This year though looks the year that we have depth in quality so that when we do lose someone like Theo to injury, we have a player like Gervinho, Ryo, Arshavin or possibly even (knock on wood) Juan Mata to come in and we don’t lose much quality.

Young Guns is reporting that we have everything lined up to submit our bid for Ryo Miyaichi’s work permit.  With the young Japanese player staring for Feyenoord last year and coming into the first team for preseason Arsene Wenger is ready to put him right into the action.  Although his lack of playing time for the National team could hinder his permit chances he may be able to acquire his special talent visa due to him being a starter all year last year and making an impact on our preseason.  We’re all praying that Ryo gets his permit so he can get some good experience with the Arsenal team as well as make an impact.  I see him being an impact sub and rotational player for much of the year so when we do lose players to injury, seeing that it always happens, then we’ll have a great backup!

I came across an article by Legendaire today talking about Cesc and Nasri and its something I agree with as well as being a very interesting read.  Much of the main point other than Cesc and Nasri will both be sold is, how are we going to attract world class players if we come out and say we’re selling them both!?  There’s a chance that Nasri could already have agreed a deal with Manchester City and they’re just waiting to announce it until we find a suitable replacement.  Don’t quote me on that…just saying, its possible.  Another thing written in this article is something I’ve been talking up for a while, which is the partnership between Ramsey and Wilshere.  Watch the preseason games again or watch on Saturday and Sunday and you will see, they have great chemistry together.

Lastly is this whole story on Juan Mata that has gathered some pace today.  Yesterday the Daily Star predicted Mata would be an Arsenal player in the next 24 hours and while I don’t believe that I do believe that our interest is real and that this transfer really could happen.  The last two months the president of the club has always said they won’t sell Mata at any price while the coach has said, well if a good offer comes in we can’t stop him from leaving.

Every single site reporting this has given a different fee for how much we would pay, some have said 13 mil others 17 mil was his buyout clause and I’d be willing to pay the 17 for him because he’s a very good player.  The mirror are reporting that Mata’s parents and reps have flown in for talks with Arsenal.  Sometimes when they report that I wish they would actually prove it to me, show me a picture in the airport or something…because I’m still skeptical!

What makes me laugh the most about this whole thing is that when its all done and Mata is a Gunner it just makes Liverpool look more of a joke than ever!  Gervinho 12 million…better than all three of their signings.  Mata 13-17 million…better than all three of their signings…Liverpool paying more than double the price!  The only thing they have going for them this year is Luis Suarez.

Well I said I was going to get to an article I didn’t get to typing today, maybe tomorrow!  Hopefully I’ll be able to tell you more good news regarding Juan Mata!