There is loads of Arsenal transfer news about at the moment and it certainly looks like Arsene Wenger is doing his utmost to make the Gunners into a title-challenging side next season. Obviously Santi Cazorla is the big story at the moment, and the Spaniard has passed his medical, agreed a four-year contract at 70k a week, met his new team-mates and everyone is reporting that there is just a simple signature needed from Malaga to make the move official. The problem is that no-one seems to know who is in charge over there any more…….
Great news also for Arsenal promising striker Benik Afobe, who has been confirmed as a Bolton player for next season, following the well-tested route of gaining first-team action under Owen Coyle at the Reebok. Owen Coyle said: “Benik is a very exciting addition to our squad for this season and once again we would like to thank Arsenal and Arsene Wenger for agreeing to the loan.
“He’s only 19 years old and you can see already that he is going to be a very good player. He has an eye for goal, is an athletic striker and there is much more to come from him.”
Considering the great relationship between Coyle and Wenger I was just wondering if it is possible that the Bolton boss could be a possible replacement for Wenger when he finally retires…….
Ryo Miyaichi is also another promising youngster that will benefit from some more regular first team action to improve him even further, and the word is that Arsenal are in talks with Wigan Athletic regarding a season-long loan. The Mirror reports that Miyaichi could be the ready-made replacement for Victor Moses who is expected to join London rivals Chelsea very shortly……
The Telegraph reveals that Arsenal are also at the forefront in the race for the new young England football star Jack Butland, who has been impressing everyone at the Olympics after making giant strides in the last few seasons. The Birmingham keeper is only 19 but is hotly tipped to challenge Joe Hart for the Number One jersey for his country. Butland himself said recently about his improvement: “It has been meteoric!”
“It has been a fast roller-coaster ride. I knew at the start of last season that after the Under-20 World Cup I needed to go out and get games. I had two spells at Cheltenham.
“That stood me in good stead for the Under-21 games. I would like to think that helped me get into the England squad. I really worked hard.”
He would certainly be a fantastic backup to Wojciech Szczesny, who probably feels just a little too comfortable at Arsenal just now. If he had Butland looking over his shoulder it may help him to raise his game a little more?
Another positive move is Arsenal’s move to get Nuri Sahin on loan next season. The Madrid midfielder failed to make Jose Mourinho.s title-winning side last year after an early injury, and the Madrid boss seems quite happy to let the Turkish star decide if he wants to move to Arsenal this month. Mourinho said: “The point is that he’s a young boy who wants to play every match. He wants to play to be happy and in Real Madrid with Xabi Alonso, Sami Khedira, Lassana Diarra, Esteban Granero and Mesut Ozil, the situation is not easy,” The Mirror quotes Morinho as saying.
“Real Madrid is very difficult. It is not an easy club, because we demand a lot. We have great players and when you don’t start well, it’s difficult to do it. If he stays, he’s not a problem for me. He’s one more solution. We are leaving the situation in his hands.
“Decide what you want to decide, to be happy. If you decide to leave we’re going to help you to leave. If you decide to stay, we’re going to support you and try to succeed this season.”
I’m not sure that Wenger would guarantee that Sahin would “play every game” considering the ever-increasing list of talented midfielders at the club now, but he would certainly add extra depth to cover for the older legs at the Emirates……
I guess I have to mention Van Persie, but I think Wenger is happier to hold out for a top price for the Dutchman than he was with Nasri last season, especially as he has made sure that he has a strong enough squad to start the new campaign without him.
And we are all still waiting for Wenger to give us a hint about Theo Walcott’s contract talks. Although Walcott himself has said that he will sign (although it may take a few more months) I don’t believe that Wenger will let him run his contract down if he doesn’t make an agreement soon. Perhap’s Sahin would be an able replacement for the England winger????