Maybe Barcelona thought that Arsenal were just spinning them a line in order to get David Villa to transfer to the Emirates in January, but they will find that Arsene Wenger meant what he said when he told them it was a now or never deal. Even though the Spanish international wanted the move, Barca stubbornly refused to accept Arsenal’s bid, and they will not be getting another.
Theo Walcott is on the verge of greatness by NS
I’m sure a few of you Arsenal fans have read the headline and are picking yourselves off the floor. I can understand that. Really. Theo, since arriving as a schoolboy from Southampton has hardly lived up to our expectations until this season. He has shown flashes. We all remember that run against Liverpool in the Champions League and I thought he had arrived then. I was wrong. We all were.
His final ball frustrated us all beyond belief. His finishing was erratic and he drove us all up the wall. Some players take time to develop. Remember a guy called Zinedine Zidane? Sure you do. One of the greatest players of all time. Do you remember him in Euro ’96, when he was 24?
Arsenal were one of the clubs linked with Pep Guardiola before he decided to restart his football management career in the German Bundesliga with Bayern Munich. The former Barcelona boss was widely expected to come to the English Premier league, and had apparently spoken of his admiration for the Gunners and the way the club is run. Chelsea, or rather Roman Abramovich, was desperate to sign him and had even tried big money offers to lure him out of retirement. Manchester City were also in the frame as were some of the rich clubs around Europe, most notably Paris Saint-Germain.
There are reports in the Spanish media today that Arsenal have raised the stakes in their attempt to sign the Spanish international striker, David Villa, from Barcelona before the deadline on Thursday night. The idea seems to be to get the 31-year old to up the pressure on his bosses at the Nou Camp, but Barcelona have countered by starting Villa and giving him the full 90 minutes against Osasuna yesterday.
Arsenal were linked with David Villa weeks ago, and may even have had a bid turned down by Barcelona. The Spanish giants have declared that Villa is a vital member of the squad and they need him for the rest of the season, but something is not right. Stories hit the papers that the 31-year old striker was pushing for the transfer to Arsenal, because what the club was saying was not reflected in the reality of his situation.
It is believed that Arsenal will return to Barcelona with an offer in the last days of the transfer window. Whether the club agrees to the sale or not could be determined by whether they have persuaded Villa to stick with it. Last night was a chance to show Villa that he is valued, but they did the exact opposite.
We may never find out if Arsenal made an offer of £30 million to the Serie A club, Napoli, for the transfer of their Uruguayan hit man Edinson Cavani, but if we did they have turned us down. it is not surprising realyy, and was only ever going to be an opening bid. Cavani is one of the most sought after strikers in world football and has a contract with Napoli until 2016, so it would take more than £30 million to persuade them to sell.
Jack Wilshere spent 17 months on the sidelines with injury but has got his Arsenal career firmly back on track now. His performance last night against Swansea has drawn plaudits from lots of pundits and Arsene Wenger believes he is back to how he was before his injury problems. Wenger thought it might be around March before Wilshere got his full match sharpness back, so he is delighted at how the England international is doing.
The only thing that is missing from Jack’s game is scoring goals. He took his goal brilliantly last night but, for a player of his ability, just five goals in 80 games is a little disappointing. Wenger revealed that Jack questions his own scoring record, but he is only 21-years old and last night’s goal should give him the confidence to carry on and get more.
The last time Stewart Robson had something positive to say about Arsenal was, nobody knows, because it was before records began. The former player seems to have a chip on his shoulder the size of the Emirates stadium, because he is never slow to comment about news coming from Arsenal and he is relentlessly negative.
The Talksport presenter has now offered his words of wisdom about the Theo Walcott contract situation and, surprise surprise, he thinks that Arsenal and Arsene Wenger has got it wrong. Most Arsenal fans are pleased about the news that Walcott is about to sign a new contract worth about £90,000 a week, but Robson thinks Theo has had Arsenal on and is about to stop playing well and scoring.
Arsenal have spoken to Barcelona and tried to persuade them to sell David Villa this January, and the Spanish international is keen on the move, but the Barcelona president has squashed the transfer and told the media so in no uncertain terms. Sandro Rosell has made his mind up and told the Catalan radio station RAC.
“I completely rule out the transfer of Villa during the winter market.
“He is ours and we need him and there is a lot of the season left.”
There have been rumours and reports that Arsenal have spoken to Barcelona about the transfer of their 31-year old striker. Apparently Arsenal have offered around £14 million for the Spanish international, which should be enough to persuade the Catalan giants to sell, as they are bringing through the young players Pedro, Tello and Alexis. They also have a certain Lionel Messi who seems to have hit a bit of form.
It seemed like the one thing that might stop the transfer going through was the wishes of Villa himself. He is clearly unhappy at his lack of time on the pitch and, despite Tito Vilanova stating that he was important to the club, Villa has decided that he cannot spend the last years of his fantastic career on the bench.
Arsene Wenger has been bemoaning the fact that the Arsenal fans will not accept players coming in to the club if they are not proven with other teams, although there are players out there who can do great things if you only take a chance on them. Using the example of Michu, who has done brilliantly for Swansea City this season, Wenger thinks that the Gooners would not have accepted him because of his price and reputation.
“He was a guy who disappeared a little bit. He was at clubs where he bombed out and so you always think `OK he doesn’t make it there so why should he make it here?` But he has done extremely well.
It was hard for Arsenal fans to lose Robin van Persie in the summer, and it has seemed that the new strikers would not be up to the task of supplying the goals needed to keep us, at the very least, in the top four of the Premier league, but Arsenal are currently in fourth position and are showing signs of getting better, as well as being in the next round of the Champions league.
I am not saying that any one of Giroud, Podolski, Walcott or Gervinho is as good a striker as van Persie, that would be foolish. However, the fact that we are not reliant on one striker is starting to pay off and may actually have improved the team. The Gunners are more of a unit now, and everyone is chipping in with goals.