Numerous blogs, football news sites and tweets claim that Gervinho has agreed a 4 year deal and Arsenal have agreed a £10.5M fee with Lille. Let’s hope Gervinho brings something different to our attack.
GoonerBlog is reporting that Samba has also agreed a deal with Arsenal and Blackburn Rovers have agreed to sell Samba for £9M.
I trust these are just the beginning of Arsene’s transfer deals this summer, it would be great for the morale of the Arsenal fans if the club announced these signings sooner rather than later.
Other transfer titbits come from Metro.co.uk who claim that Arsenal chief Gazidis has held talks with Bolton supremo Gartside over a possible transfer of Gary Cahill. Cahill is a long-term target for Arsenal, a player we should have bought him last summer. The surprise player we are being linked with Sebastian Larsson. Wenger knows all about Larsson as he was an Arsenal player before joining Birmingham City. Larsson is a free agent, but I cannot see where he will fit into our line up. Central midfield we have Song, Wilshere, Ramsey, Diaby and possible Nasri and Fabregas if they stay. I can only see Larsson as being a squad player.
Another story that has re-emerged is Jermaine Defoe. Yes that Spurs player who looks every bit a Spurs player, there’s nothing Arsenal looking abut Defoe. He is being touted as a solution to our striker problem, yes a player who scored 5 premier league goals last season. The fee, a cool £15M. If Wenger has £15M to spend on a striker, Defoe is not the man for Arsenal, why should we give Harry Redknapp the money to go and steal our transfer targets and at the same time acquire an ageing has been striker. Wenger should steer clear of Defoe and turn his attention to Connor Wickham, this is the guy who will score goals for us that is a guarantee.
Finally, Patrick Vieira has been released by Manchester City. Wenger should sign the Arsenal legend on a player / coach contract. There is nobody better than to bring on in the last 10 minutes of a game to close out a game. How many points did we lose in the last 10-15 minutes of a game, a player of Vieira’s experience would have rallied the troops to ensure that three points remained ours.
Let’s hope that Wenger has closed two or three deals and these are announced over the week-end to give all Arsenal fans a lift.
Reports in The Guardian and Daily Mail are saying that Arsenal will finally sign Blaise Matuidi from St Etienne and possibly bring back Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira.
Matuidi is young at 22, but so what, Vieira was younger when he became a regular at Arsenal and Manchester United will be relying upon Anderson in midfield this season. Age does not matter so long as the player has the ability to protect the defence and cause mayhem. We have been searching for the new Vieira and have not found him, perhaps Matuidi, who could cost in the region of £6m, will fill that void.
In case Matuidi needs a year or so there is always Vieira! The rumour that was started by Arsenal legend Ian Wright, that Patrick Vieira will join us on a pay as you play basis. This will be a real back to the future move by Arsene, Vieira is clearly past his best and will be a bit part player, but he will bring experience to the dressing room. He will bring a calming influence.
Both of these signings will add some steel to the midfield and could see the departure of Silvestre whilst Song is moved to centre-back to add some pace to our defence.
This business will be typical Arsene Wenger, bring in nearly £50million in sales and spend less than £15million, this man should be in charge or sorting out the world financial crisis!
On 31st August 2006 at around midnight, a name crossed the Sky Sports News rolling ticker, Denilson signs for Arsenal. After that, there was silence. Who was this person? Where did he play? How good is he? How old is he? These were just some of the questions being asked by Arsenal fans.
We had to wait until the Carling Cup to see who this player was and during the first season he made some fleeting appearances, he was only 18 so we were not expecting much from him. In his first season, he made 13 starts. Last season he was unable to make any great impact and at one point he disappeared from the radar, neither being named as a substitute nor listed as injured. It must have been very hard for a youngster to leave his home and come to a foreign land where it was cold and raining most of the time, look what it did to poor Baptista!
The Arsenal coaches have high expectations for Denilson, in the same way that they expect great things from Merida and Diaby.
With the departures of Gilberto and Flamini in the summer and our failure to bring in any central midfielders, Denilson was left with the duties of playing a defensive role. This was flawed from the outset, Denilson is small in stature and will not grow more, and until he is “bulked” up and is too easily knocked off the ball. Denilson was never bought to be the “enforcer” in the team, his role is more akin to Fabregas, he is a creative player who prefers to go forward and as he has shown this season he is capable of timing his runs to score goals.
In his formative years his delivery from free kicks or corners was excellent, he also packed a mean strike from distance, we need to see more these traits from the young Brazilian.
Denilson will develop into a more forceful midfielder, he will never be a giant like Vieira, but he can turn into a Flamini type player. Flamini was not big, nor did he possess as much skill and ability as Denilson, but what he did was constantly harassing opponents. It must also be remembered that Flamini was older than Denilson and his best season at Arsenal was after being at the club for four years.
The media has not taken to Denilson primarily because we are struggling, yet Flamini was held up as our saviour and the answer to our central midfield problem. Denilson is still learning the game; he will make mistakes about positioning and tracking players, but as longer as we see improvements and progress then the fans need to get behind Denilson.
The transfer deadline has now passed, but there is still no news from Arsenal as to who they have signed, if anybody. Lots of speculation but at this moment, Wenger does not appear to have added to the squad.
Today has been overshadowed by Manchester City, their new ownership and their £34M transfer of Robinho, who they snapped up from under the noses of Chelsea, much to the annoyance of Abramovich and Kenyon. Meanwhile, Manchester United are trying to sign Berbatov who had a medical at Old Trafford and also held talks with Ferguson despite Spurs not giving permission for him to talk to Manchester United.
Spurs have bought in Pavlyuchenko and Corluka, whilst Liverpool have signed former Manchester City flop Riera from Espanyol.
These are the main signings in England, whilst one-time Liverpool target Ricardo Queresma has joined Inter Milan. Some rumours had Vieira joining Arsenal on a season-long loan. This would be a surprise move by Wenger due to Vieira’s age, but it would be a move that could appease the fans in the short-term, but does Viera still have the legs for a gruelling Premier League campaign? I doubt it and if this went through it would be with the intention of easing Diaby and Denilson through the season.