There have been a number of reports over the last few days suggesting that Arsenal have agreed terms with Gonzalo Higuain over his potential transfer to the Emirates from Real Madrid. It was also thought that the transfer fee had been settled at around £20 million. Whether this is is true or not, we don’t know, but even if it is true, that does not mean the transfer will definitely happen.
Why Giroud will not become a world class striker by KJ
I’ve been analysing yesterday’s game (Arsenal vs Everton) and have paid special attention to Giroud. He has been very inconsistent this season and although some may feel he’s finally coming good, I have my doubts.
He came to Arsenal on the back of winning the French title with Montpellier. He’s a late bloomer and hence you’d expect his peak years to come a little later than others. However, I feel like his peak years won’t even compare to the likes of Van Persie or Falcao.
Arsene Wenger has stated that he only intends to sign “Special Special Special” players if they become available, and according to the Guardian Arsenal have made an £18m offer for Man City’s hotshot striker Edin Dzeko. They don’t state their source but they have made a headline out of it so they must be pretty convinced it is true.
The Bosnian international arrived at the Etihad in a fanfare from Germany last year, and despite scoring 17 goals in 44 games for City he has found first team opportunities few and far between last season, and now that the prodigal son Carlos Tevez has been welcomed back to the fold he is even going to be further down the pecking order.
Unless something drastic happens next week, then Arsenal’s new signing Lukas Podolski will get his wish and play alongside Robin van Persie in the Arsenal team.
The Dutch striker will return to Arsenal for pre-season training on Monday and, barring injury or a rapid development on his transfer, he will be jetting out with Arsenal for the tour of Asia next weekend.
Podolski says “All I can say is van Persie had an amazing record last season and hopefully there is a way he can stay with Arsenal.”
The Gunners could still be approached with a decent bid for the striker, but despite interest from both Manchester clubs and Juventus, there has not been an offer anywhere near the amount required.
It has been revealed today that Sami Nasri, who is arguably Arsenal most improved player this season, has been included in a six-man shortlist for the PFA Player-of-the-Year award.
There is no doubt that Jack Wilshere will be one of the favourites for the Young Player Of The Year, but Nasri’s opponents for the top trophy are:
Gareth Bale – The young Tottenham star has put in some fantastic performances in the Champions League
Carlos Tevez – He has had a turbulent season but still keeps knocking them in for Man City
Nemanja Vidic – It’s hard to score against Man Utd, but when he plays its even harder!
Despite losing Johan Djourou for six months, Arsenal have some good news ahead of the big game against unbeaten Man City at the Eastlands this Saturday.
The official club website have announced that Theo Walcott will return to the first team squad in time for the match. The statement said: “Walcott missed his country’s matches in September and is expected to return soon after the international break.”
Cesc Fabregas came through 20 minutes of Spain’s 5-0 win over Belgium at the weekend and should be able to start for Arsenal.
With no proper football around this weekend I have been thinking about Arsenal’s next next game, away at Man City, and i just had a peek at the early odds from Paddy Power.
Arsenal are 6/4 for the away win, and favourites, while Man City are 7/4 to win and it is 21/10 for the draw.
Man City fans might think that their team deserve to be favourites considering they have won three out of three so far, and with an investment of £120m over the summer, they may think they are now ready to compete with the best (i.e. Arsenal!), but are they?