As it seems increasingly unlikely that Arsenal will be able to sign Luis Suarez, whether in January or next summer, then Arsene Wenger is going to have to turn his attention elsewhere. One striker who is believed to have been close to moving to the Emirates a couple of times already, Demba Ba, could be at the top of the list and the loan move that Jose Mourinho blocked in the summer could go through in January.
Contracts, “good faith” and Suarez by Jak
Arsenal transfer target Luis Suarez seems to be stuck in the mid-table mediocrity of Liverpool for at least another year, unless something extremely unexpected happens. Why did we bid that £40 Million +1 silly number for Suarez? Why do Suarez and his camp think that he has a release clause at that price?
Because he really thinks he has a release clause. He really believes that if Liverpool did not make it to the CL and if a CL team came calling they would let him go. Or else why write a clause at all?
The latest development on Luis Suarez and his transfer to Arsenal is that Arsene Wenger is apparently prepared to wait Liverpool out in the football equivalent of a staring competition. The Frenchman is definitely good at this game and has good reasons to believe he will win, but I cannot help feeling it is too big a risk to take.
Apparently there is still confusion over this clause in the Uruguayan’s contract, which might be resolved in our favour. This would mean that Arsenal have already bid enough to force Liverpool to sell. This would save the club money and Wenger would be proved right, but it also might not be resolved in our favour.
We were all hoping that Arsenal would have completed the signing of Gonzalo Higuain before now, and that the Argentinean international could have joined the Gunners on their tour of Asia. Instead, the striker had to turn up for his medical and pre-season training at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid today, and there are two stories in the Spanish media that suggest Arsenal’s pursuit of Higuain is not getting any easier.
Why it would only take a £40million bid for Arsenal to get Luis Suarez by KJ
This week has been all about Luis Suarez to Arsenal. The papers have been furiously reporting the fact that we had a £30 million bid rejected by Liverpool and according to the reliable people on Twitter (GeoffArsenal), we are looking to make a £36 million bid for the controversial Uruguayan.
But according to many deluded Liverpool fans and even respected Liverpool journalists, it would take a whopping £50m+ bid to lure Suarez away from Liverpool. That seemed ludicrous to me and therefore I’m going to list a host of reasons as to why he won’t go for anywhere near that.
Arsenal’s next striker? Post by Rory Capel
Oliver Giroud is a good player, but he is not the world class striker Arsenal need, he misses a large amount of chances, he has one of the worst goal conversion rates for a striker in the premier league, and what really irritates me in particular is how he whines if he loses the ball or misses a shot, rather than just getting on with the game.
Higuain could be free for Arsenal to make a swoop! by KJ
Gonzalo Higuain has fallen out of favour at Real Madrid becoming second striker to Karim Benzema. As a result, there has been massive speculation over his future this summer and the Sunday Mirror is reporting that his representatives in Spain have started negotiations with a host of English clubs for a summer move. Now one of these potential suitors could in fact be Arsenal.
Discard the socialist wages or perish. by NS
Arsene Wenger seems to believe that no player is worth 150k per week. He also believes it’s good for morale if most Arsenal players are on similar money, regardless of ability.
Some obvious problems with this.
First of all, you end up with deadwood. Players who clog up the wage bill and have no future at the club. Players we can’t let go for free as no other club would give them 60k+ per week. That is why Squillaci and others are still here. Money talks.
I know that Arsenal will be looking for a new striker or two at the end of the season, and I know that Christian Benteke has done really well for Aston Villa in his first season in the Premier league. I don’t think that means he would do well for Arsenal or that Arsene Wenger will even try to sign him, but the media certainly seem to think so.
There was a rumour that spread like wildfire during January that Arsenal had made an offer of £30 million for a player. A large proportion of the speculation was that the player in question was the 25-year old Uruguayan international Edinson Cavani. The Napoli star has told the media that he knows absolutely nothing about it, however, and so I wonder who the player in question was, or if there even was such an offer made.
Being Realistic – By LmFaO
Let’s take a realistic look at the January Transfer Window. To start off with, Arsenal were looking in serious need of some firepower. Some real quality players. Many players were linked with Us over the last few weeks. Some of them being Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Adrian Lopez, Fernando Llorente, Edinson Cavani, David Villa, Mario Gotze, Stevan Jovetic, Mats Hummels and the list goes on… After a disastrous start to the month, the fans were screaming on top of their voice for some new signings, but to no avail.
Arsene Wenger has been in Germany in the last few days, sparking speculation and rumours that he is about to make the first Arsenal signing of the transfer window. After Wenger ruling out any move for the 20-yeat old winger Wilfried Zaha, and Newcastle apparently on the verge of completing the transfer of Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa from Montpellier, two mkore potential additions to the Arsenal squad have passed us by.
Assuming that Wenger was not merely shopping for Lederhosen and Bratwurst, there are a number of possible transfer targets in the Bundesliga that could be on Arsenal’s radar. There have already been suggestions that the rumoured £30 million bid from Arsenal last week was not for Edinson Cavani but for Mario Gotze from Borussia Dortmund.