Maybe Arsenal need to employ the man from Del Monte when it comes to transfer dealings, because Arsene Wenger does not seem to want anyone. Demba Ba was too much like Olivier Giroud, apparently, and now he has turned down a cut price deal for the talented French midfield enforcer Yann M’Vila. Wenger is fluent in many languages, but he does not seem to know the words yes please in any of them.
Arsene Wenger is expected to bring some significant new players in to the Arsenal side during the transfer window this month. There are some key positions that need improving and covering in case of injury, and Ivan Gazidis has indicated that the Arsenal board will back Wenger to spend some decent money, although the amount is debatable.
It is no surprise, then, that some Gooners have reacted angrily to the Gunners missing out on four players who have been linked with a move to the Emirates. First, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar decided to sign a new contract with his club, Schalke. Then, Chelsea activated the £7 million release clause and signed Demba Ba, while Juventus have almost wrapped up the transfer of the Spanish international striker Fernando Llorente.
There are quite a few Arsenal fans and pundits who are frustrated that Chelsea have signed Demba Ba from Newcastle without Arsene Wenger appearing to fight too hard to make him a Gunner. With a release clause of just £7.5 million, and having scored 29 Premier league goals in just 54 games for Newcastle, Ba seemed to be a bargain and Wenger admitted he rated the striker.
Should Arsenal sign Adrian Lopez? by KJ
The transfer window has finally opened and it’s already started with a bang. Daniel Sturridge of Chelsea has signed for Liverpool whilst Demba Ba (linked with Arsenal) of Newcastle has signed for Chelsea. Now it’s Arsenal’s turn to step up in the window and with Walcott set to sign a new contract, Arsenal can really focus on bringing some players in. The most linked player at the moment is Adrian Lopez – someone I’m a fan of.
Demba Ba has been linked with a transfer window move to Arsenal, and the 27-year old striker had said that the Gunners would be like a dream club for him to sign for. Chelsea entered the fray, however, and the Blues seem to have almost got their man, after offering Newcastle the amount of Ba’s release clause.
Newcastle have now had to allow the Senegalese striker to talk to Chelsea, so it is just a matter of agreeing personal terms before Ba heads for Stamford Bridge. It was reported that his wage demands od over £80,000 a week may have scuppered the deal, but Skysports reports that the club have persuaded him to accept a basic wage of around £70,000 which could rise depending on performance and appearances.
There is no way that Demba Ba will be joining Arsenal, if the reports about the reasons behind the collapse of his transfer to Chelsea are true. Apparently his wages are the problem, suggesting that the 27-year old or his agents want a lot more than the £70,000 a week that the Blues were offering.
It cannot be over the fee because we know that his release clause will be triggered at £7.5 million. Ba is a talented and powerful striker, but Arsenal will not pay over £100,000 a week because of the strict nature of the wage structure. Alan Pardew, the Newcastle manager, is now hoping that he will be able to hold on to his top scorer.
Lots of Arsenal fans were unimpressed with the reports suggesting that the Newcastle and Senegal striker, Demba Ba, was going to be one of the new players arriving at the Emirates in January. Despite scoring 13 goals in 20 league games this season, including two against us on Saturday, many Gooners think he is not good enough for the Gunners.
Well it looks like those people are about to get their wish, as Chelsea have hit the front in the race to sign the powerful striker. The Mirror reports today that Benitez has identified Ba as the man to boost the Chelsea strike force, as Radamel Falcao will be staying at Athletico Madrid for the rest of the season.
Arsene Wenger refused to get into a discussion about Demba Ba’s contract situation before the game, but the Newcastle striker didn’t let the Arsenal rumours affect him and scored two great goals as the Toon restricted Arsenal to 3 goals apiece in the first hour of yesterday’s match.
That Arsenal scored an extra four in the last 20 minutes was probably not a fair end score as Newcastle got tired towards the end, and Wenger admitted that it wasn’t as easy as the scoreline suggests.
Arsene Wenger has a number of players on his list of transfer targets for Arsenal next month, and a quality striker is thought to be one of his most pressing wishes. The Gunners have been linked with a number of different strikers such as Demba Ba and Fernado Llorente or more tricky players like Adrian Lopez.
The biggest `name` that we have been seriously linked with is the Spanish international striker David Villa. Barcelona have made all the right noises about not wanting to sell the 31-year old, and many of the players have denied reports that Villa is unhappy with his situation at the club. The problem for Barcelona is that Villa is a massive fan’s favourite, so they do not want to be seen to be easing his transfer.
There are reports all over the papers today, declaring that the Arsenal manager has categorically stated that he will not be signing the Senegalese striker Demba Ba from Newcastle United in the January transfer window, but his words have been twisted a little.
Wenger was speaking prior to the game against Newcastle at the Emirates tomorrow, and he did not want to go into the possible transfer of one of the players of the team we are about to face.
“I like Bemba Ba, yes. I don’t think this is the right place to speak about that, because he plays against us tomorrow.
Arsenal may have the advantage of some extra rest days, as well as being at the Emirates on Saturday against Newcastle but if we are not prepared for a hard game, then Alan Pardew’s team could give us a miserable end to 2012. Newcastle were unlucky to get nothing from their trip to Old Trafford yesterday, but were beaten by an injury time winner.
Pardew will take many positives from the game and their performance, not least the fact they scored three away goals. Arsenal will need to start well and defend as a team if we are to make sure that we don’t slip up. Newcastle have had a hard season so far, with injuries to key players such as Yohan Cabaye causing them problems.
The Newcastle striker Demba Ba was told off by his club last week for saying that a move to Arsenal would “be a dream” but he can’t seem to stop talking about the Gunners every chance he gets!
After saying yesterday that he didn’t think a move to Arsenal was likely, today he is saying there is “not much” between the two parties, but he likes the idea of moving to a club with “more French”