Amidst Arsenal’s continued pursuit of a new striker to support Olivier Giroud up front, former Gunner Perry Groves has claimed that Arsene Wenger made a mistake by not signing Loic Remy from QPR when the opportunity presented itself in the summer. The Frenchman has been in phenomenal form for Newcastle this season and the former Arsenal wide man insists that he would have been a great buy for the North London side.
According to reports from The Express, Arsenal have turned their attention to St. Etienne’s dynamic young midfielder Joshua Guilavogui after failing in an attempt to sign Newcastle’s Yohan Cabaye. It is reported that the Arsenal boss has tabled an offer in the region of £8.5 million to secure the signature of the young Frenchman after he had a reported £11 million bid rejected by Newcastle for Cabaye.
After bringing former Gunner Mathieu Flamini back to the club, it seems as though Wenger is once again looking to add to his midfield. Interestingly enough, Guilavogui is one of those defensive-minded midfielders who can also play in defense, which leads me to question the credibility of the article.
The ball is firmly in Arsenal’s court over the transfer of the Newcastle United and France international midfielder Yohan Cabaye, who the Magpies’ new director of football Joe Kinnear hilariously called `Kebab` on an infamous radio phone in recently. Now we are definitely in the Champions League, hopefully the transfers will start rolling in, and Cabaye could be the first.
Perhaps it was being referred to as a greasy, late-night, takeaway snack that did it, but Cabaye has indicated his desire to come and play for the Gunners, according to Newcastle’s local paper The Chronicle. However, the 27-year old has no idea whether Arsenal are going to come back with an improved offer, because so far we have not increased the original bid of £10 million, which was instantly rejected.
Arsenal’s latest confirmed target Yohann Cabaye has been left out of the Newcastle squad while the negotiations continue with the Gunners. The Toon boss Alan Pardew has criticized Arsene Wenger for destabilising his the French midfielder and also for puttting in an unacceptable bid for his player, and is now telling the Gunners that they are running out of time to come up with a realistic bid for Cabaye.
Pardew said: “If Arsenal want to sign the player they’re going to need to sign him soon because at some point we’re just going to say no.
Why do Arsenal insult other clubs? by Twig
Arsenal hasn’t won anything for about a decade but still go about dealing with other clubs in an arrogant, impetuous manner. It’s probably one of the reasons why despite the several big money bids Arsenal made this window, no club was willing to sell to Arsenal. Arsenal has become like a leper who no one wants to do business with.
I think that all Arsenal fans were more than a bit worried when we heard about the injury to Mikel Arteta. The defensive frailty on show against Aston Villa on Saturday confirmed our worse fears, and the Spaniard is due to be out for at least another month. By that time, Arsenal’s season could be lying in tatters and it will be another rearguard action to claim fourth place again.
Why are Arsenal being linked with Newcastle United goalkeeper Tim Krul? by Stefan
In the last few days there have been small reports in a few newspapers that Arsenal are targeting the Dutch keeper Tim Krul from Newcastle United as an alternative to Julio Cesar.
For around two months it seemed that Brazil international and QPR keeper Cesar would make a move across London to play at The Emirates next season. The deal was so obvious as QPR conformed that he would be leaving the club this summer and the man himself said that he would like to stay in London as his family has settled well in the capital since moving from Italy around a year ago.
It was not long ago that Freddie Ljungberg was suggesting that Arsenal should not really have been celebrating so hard after beating Newcastle United on the final day of the season. He was not the only person to suggest that fourth place is no reason to celebrate, for a team with the history of Arsenal at least.
He is right, of course, but he also seems to have realised that in the context of the last eight years and the way the season had gone until the last 10 games, it was understandable. The Swede also feels that Arsenal are over the hard times and have a great platform on which to mount a serious title challenge next season.
Why are Arsenal celebrating fourth place? by AH
This time last week Arsenal would have been a few hours away from kicking off against Newcastle United in the pivotal last game of the season, which if we won would secure us 4th place in the Premier League no matter the result of the Tottenham vs Sunderland match. Come the end of 90 minutes, and a very tense 90 minutes may I add, Arsenal were the ones celebrating as we oversaw Spurs and left them in our shadow for yet another year.
It has been reported that Arsenal are close to sealing the deal for The Montenegro international and Fiorentina striker Stevan Jovetic. While the Gunners sealed the final Champions League place in the Premier League with victory at Newcastle, Fiorentina missed out despite beating Pescara 5-1.
Jovetic scored in the game, but it could be his last in Viola colours, as Metro reports that his agent, Fali Ramadani, is in the Capital to put the final touches to a deal that could cost the Gunners nearly £25 million. It is thought that Arsenal’s willingness to meet the price of the Serie A club, along with their reluctance to see Jovetic go to another club in Italy, has almost ensured that Arsenal and not Juventus is the next club for the 23-year old.
There was very little to play for in most of the games yesterday, which is why the Arsenal v Newcastle game and the Tottenham v Sunderland game were shown simultaneously on Sky sports. The papers and football websites have been building up the tension between the two north London rivals and saying just how important fourth place in the Premier League was.
Most of the season we have been told, with relish, by the media that this is the spuds’ year and that it indicates a momentum or power shift and all that sort of twaddle. When the Gunners lost at White Hart Lane, nobody in the media or any of the football pundits gave us a chance. Surely, only a miracle could save us now.
Koscielny comes of age by DG
After yesterday’s Newcastle v Arsenal match report here, Neil wrote:
“Player of 2013 so far is Koscienly. Once Wenger went for him instead of Vermaelen…he proved that he is considerably better than any centre back around.”
Neil – I couldn’t agree more.