When the new Arsenal left back Nacho Monreal began his professional football career with Osasuna in 2005, nobody really expected it to be the last year that the Gunners would lift a trophy until now. Although we nearly won the Champions league the following year and reached the final of the league cup in 2011, Arsenal are still waiting to add to their trophy haul.
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.
We now know that Denilson has asked Arsene Wenger if he can leave because he wants to play regularly and win a place in the Brazil national team (No sniggering at the back please!)
Denilson told the press about his meeting with Wenger. He said: ““I went to see him and told him of my decision and he understood.
“He says he will not stand in my way and if the club receive a good offer for me I can go. I was so relieved to hear that. I am very grateful.
There is a report this morning saying that Arsenal are still trying to find a Spanish club to take Manuel Almunia off their hands to make room for Mark Schwarzer in the squad.
The Goon Blog says this morning that Arsenal were in talks with the Spanish La Liga side Osasuna, but they have a stumbling block in the size of Almunia’s wage packet, which is said to be £50,000 a week. It seems that the only way to get past it is if Arsenal allow Almunia to leave on a virtual free transfer to give Osasuna more money to pay the 32 year-old’s wages.
The Arsenal transfer news today is a little thin on the ground, but there is one definite out-going young Gunner. Mark Randall has been confirmed as moving to the MK Dons on loan until the end of the season.
The official Arsenal site annnounced: Young midfielder Mark Randall has joined League One side Milton Keynes Dons Football Club on loan until the end of the season.
The 20 year-old who was born in Milton Keynes, joined Arsenal as a scholar in 2006 and made his first team debut a few months after signing for the Gunners, coming on as a substitute in a 2-0 victory against West Bromwich Albion in the Carling Cup.
Not many Arsenal fans will have heard of the young Osasuna defender Cesar Azpilicueta, but it seems today that Arsenal have been showing an interest in the 20 year-old Spaniard.
Although largely unknown, he has shown a lot of promise for his tender years. He has already made 70 appearances for the Primera League club, after coming through the youth ranks, and he made his debut back in 2007, when he was just 18, in a 2-0 defeat by Real Madrid.
Last season he only missed two games for Osasuna in the whole season.