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The Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas like he always does reiterated his commitment to Arsenal. The lad has done it time and again whenever he is being linked with a move away from the Emirates. The young Spaniard said:
“My future belongs to Arsenal and I want to be at Arsenal. I do not have to tell anyone to be relaxed or more confident that I am staying.
“This club is very special. It’s one of the best things that has ever happened to me. They have treated me amazingly, all the fans, all the club in general. But now it’s up to me and the players to pay them back for these kind of things – to make finals and make everyone happy.”
Regarding the fans repeated wishes of buying big name players the captain added:
“It doesn’t mean that because one player cost £20m, he is better than one that cost £2 – I don’t agree with that at all,” said Fabregas. “It’s been shown with the likes of Patrick Vieira, Dennis Bergkamp, Robert Pires, Thierry Henry. They are the best players in the world, have World Cups, European Championships and some players who have cost £20/£30m, they haven’t won anything.
“It doesn’t mean anything. We know what we can do, we know we are good and we just have to be positive and believe we can do it. I know the boss is the best. We just have to be united, the boss, the staff and the team all together.”
What else would one want from the best player of his team. The first two paragraphs there say it all. We are all proud to have him at Arsenal as our captain.
A few days later Adebayor did the same with quite an emotional speech of how it’s Arsenal who made him and he won’t leave the Gunners till he has helped them win trophies:
“Before signing, I can remember people telling me I had the chance to win things.
“Now I am empty-handed but I don’t have any reason for leaving until I have got trophies and what I came here for.
“Arsenal put me where I am today. They made me one of the biggest strikers in the world. I have to pay them back.
“How am I going to pay them back? Make them win trophies. That’s what I am here for and I have to fight for that. Next season, 100 per cent, I am an Arsenal footballer.
“I will do everything that it takes to come back next season and show how good I am, show character, personality and desire for this club. I have been doing my best, giving 100 per cent in every single game but don’t forget last season I played without injury. This time I got three injuries and that has made it quite difficult for me.
“But we have a good squad. We are learning things and are all young so we just want to achieve things. As soon as we have the chance to win the first trophy, I think many will follow.
“We just have to believe and keep going. We are very disappointed tonight for the fans and for the way they believed we could do it. We are very sorry for that.
“But it’s very important for the next season that we are here to play and ready to bring glory to this Club.”
Another one of our biggest players who is bound to be linked with big clubs in the summer has been silent over his future. van Persie. He had earlier in the season suggested he wants trophies and that he will have to consider his future if he feels he is not getting what he wants at Arsenal.
So the question is will he, in the coming days, follow his teammates and commit his future to Arsenal. Or does he think he is bigger than the club? What do you think?
One thing is for sure. If he goes to Barca he will warm the bench there just like Hleb.
by Zain Shahid
Arsenal’s season is turning into a battle for a Champions League spot than for the title. And if Arsenal end up 5th or below then we might be seeing a host of top players being linked heavily with a move outside the Emirates with Fabregas at the top of the list.
Actually as for Fabregas, the rumours have already started! Sports daily Marca claims Fabregas is already considering a move to Barcelona in the summer. The paper reports that the Arsenal star has had a few meetings with the Catalan club’s officials. A small extract of the article is as follows:
“The message he has sent out to all is that he is crazy for Barcelona to sign him for next season.”
Seems outrageous doesn’t it?! Well from experience I can tell never to believe stupid rumours in tabloids and all. But as for Fabregas you never know if it’s true or not because the Spaniard has repeatedly in the past expressed his desire to join Barcelona. But on the other hand he has also time and again assured the fans that he is fully committed to Arsenal and has no plans to leave the club. I thought the reason, more than anything else, for making Fabregas the captain was to keep him at the club with an extra incentive. I feel that Fabregas won’t leave Arsenal till Wenger is here. Or maybe I just hope so… It’s too early to talk much about this. Only time will tell how the situation shapes up.
by Zain Shahid
Arshavin has been shown on Sky Sports at the airport in London. The Russian was wearing bermuda shorts *laughs*. The deal was being negotiated in St. Petersburg so there was no reason for Arshavin to come to London unless the deal is 99% done. So as it seems Arshavin should be a Gunner in the next few hours. Arsene Wenger is renowned to pull off deadline day miracles and this one might be just another one of those. The recent list comprising Gallas, Diarra and Silvestre might now have another addition!
However there is a twist in the tale. Sky Sports claim Wenger has refused to accept Arshavin’s wage demands so the forward’s trip to London goes in vain. This news seems a load of crap to me. Wouldn’t Wenger know what Arshavin was demanding from the start rather than if this idiotic story is to be believed he has only been told of Arshavin’s wage demands now?!! This is worth a laugh. Why the hell would he specially come to London if Wenger seemed reluctant to give him the wages he wanted?!! So as I mentioned earlier, he wouldn’t be mad enough to come to London for no reason. The deal should ‘almost’ be completed by now and I am hoping for the big pleasant surprise within the next 5 6 hours!
Wenger meanwhile has warned Arsenal fans not to expect too much from Arshavin straight away. The Frenchman said:
“We don’t need an instant saviour. I don’t believe in them. There’s always a danger because people always want a wonder man. But I believe we have to keep going, and accept that the expectation level on him would be very high if he joins us.”
So I expect (or maybe ‘hope’) him to join and that the Sky Sports news regarding the deal being off is a piece of s***
by Zain Shahid
We might be getting worried every passing minute as the transfer window deadline draws near but Arsene Wenger is calm and confident. The Arsenal manager insists the deal over Arshavin may still be done as they are quite close to completing it. He said:
“We are not far away and we have a bit of time now until Monday night. We will see what we can do in the next 24 hours. I don’t know if I am confident or not. With the experience I have, anything can happen in a transfer.”
Arsenal’s lack of creativity has been Arsenal’s main problem as of late with a visible lack of penetration in matches has led to a lack of goals. Wenger is convinced Arshavin is the man to help them improve this aspect. The Frenchman explained:
“He can unlock defences and maybe we needed him here, but we have other players who can do that, who are not available at the moment but who could be in the next two months, like (Theo) Walcott and (Cesc) Fabregas.”
Well, it’s just one day remaining now. It’s now or never. Arsenal desperately need him and we know it, and Arsene Wenger knows it. If the deal is not done then we will have to wait for the injured Fabregas and Walcott to return to see the Arsenal we all want to see, the Arsenal which is not boring at times and is free scoring.
by Zain Shahid
Sky Sports have claimed that Arsenal have secured a work permit for Andrei Arshavin with the Russian star almost inevitable to join Arsenal. However, Arsene Wenger has entirely denied the news, saying that not only have they not secured the work permit but that they haven’t even applied for it yet.
“We have not applied for a work permit yet for anybody. Not for Arshavin and not for anybody else.”
But that does in any way mean the deal is down, Negotiations still continue and Wenger remains confident. But Zenit and Arshavin will have to accept stubborn Wenger’s terms for the transfer to take place. The Arsenal manager stated:
“Close does not have a lot of meaning. It doesn’t matter how close you are, what matters is that you agree. At the moment we have no agreement with Zenit about a transfer. We are always confident, we try our best and respect our budget and if we can find an agreement we do it. We will not overspend what we have planned to do. When you go for a player it is because you want him. That is part of the decision. After that part of the negotiation is finding an agreement. “
No new news there.
And its not only us Gooners who are sick of January tranfer window, Wenger is also sick of it! The Frenchman has always been vocal of his criticism of the timing of the January and has previously suggested that either the transfer window be open all year or just in summer. Having a transfer window makes no sense and all it does is unsettle players. Arsene has once again come out, possibly getting sick of the Arshavin saga now, and lashed out at the pointless transfer window:
“I do not like the January window. It seems to be more about players who might come in other than the ones you already have. It is not a great help. Some players are cup tied and cannot play certain competitions. If a player moves to another Premier League club, then why should he not be cup-tied in the Premier League [like he would be in Europe]? The logic [with the transfer window] is not right. It should be cut completely or be able to run freely throughout the season.”
Wenger is one of a host of managers who are against the January transfer window which is why the FA might also discuss the topic and make a decision on it.
by Zain Shahid
Arsene Wenger has finally admitted that negotiations with Zenit over Arshavin are in their final stages. So far Wenger had been tight-lipped whenever questioned about the progress on signing him, however finally the Arsenal manager accepts that Arsenal seem close to signing the Russian. Wenger said in the post Everton match interview:
“There is nothing new, because today I have been focused on the game, and I did not pick up any phone calls so nothing has happened. It was 90 per cent that I will be able to give you more in the next two days. Remember in this job the other 10 per cent can be more important than the other 90 because people can change their mind quickly.”
So as we were told by Zenit, it seems Arshavin’s wage demands are the only obstacle to the transfer. Hope he makes the right decision and agrees to Arsenal’s terms!
Meanwhile Arsenal made a great escape at Goodison Park and manage to come out with a point. It seemed Arsenal’s little unbeaten run was going to end, but the Gunners showed great character and in injury time with around a minute remaining, van Persie scored a gem of a goal. Some might say its two points dropped and some will say its a point gained. As the season progresses we might get to know how costtly these two points can be or how helpful the point may be. Right now what everyone will be looking at is that Arsenal are now 5 points outside the top four, and 8 points adrift of the leaders, who also have a game in hand. So the situation looks grave. To hope of winning the title now, seems more and more unrealistic. Lets hope we see better performances and results in the FA Cup and Champions League.
by Zain Shahid
Zenit St. Petersburg have finally accepted Arsenal’s offer, though it is less than their asking price. One would think the deal is all but done now considering Arshavin himself wanted to come to Arsenal and repeatedly showed his disgust at Zenit’s high pricing of him. Yet just when it seemed its nearing an end, another crisis shows up. Now its Arshavin’s turn to frustrate and annoy all us Gooners. Zenit claim they have told Arshavin they are now ready to sell him to Arsenal, but the Russian’s wage demands are too high; high enough not to be accepted by Arsene Wenger at least. Zenit general director Maxim Mitrofanov frowned:
“I worry the deal might not be done. I hope he can find a compromise but he wants too much money from Arsenal. I’ve told him we are ready but it is his decision. Is it his dream or is it just a question of money?”
So Arshavin has a big choice to make now as Mitrofanov says. He surely wants to leave Zenit, and I don’t think there is enough time now left in the transfer window for another club to come in and hijack the move. So either he will stay at Zenit and probably leave for another club, not Arsenal, in the summer or he will make a compromise and choose to move to Arsenal now. There is no third option for him at the moment it seems. He’d better make the choice soon.
Meanwhile Wenger insists there will be no excpetion to the club’s strict wage structure. The Frenchman sternly said:
“The players who come in here are all on our wage structure or they do not come in. It’s as simple as that. Nobody will come in above the highest level we have here.”
Now that is a strong statement for Arshavin! Wenger mentions here that nobody will come in above the highest level that we have here which is Fabregas who according to my information earns 90k. So if Arshavin agrees to this sum or even 85k, I think that should put him nearly on par with what he was earning at Zenit. He just needs to settle for round about the same what he was earning there rather than expect a huge pay rise.
The chances of the deal being completed are no doubt decreasing every passing day, but still there remains a ‘slight’ chance!
by Zain Shahid
Hours after an official statement made by Zenit claimed that a deal had nearly been agreed upon by the two clubs regarding the transfer of Andrei Arshavin, Wenger denies their claim.
Arsene Wenger known to be very silent on transfer matters, and does not accept much till the deal is 100% done has outrightly denied the news saying:
“[That is] not true. In this job ‘far’ doesn’t mean a lot. I believe that we are not close to concluding any transfer, Arshavin or anybody else. I don’t know [if it will happen] frankly. Time is getting short and at the moment I am more focused to win the game tomorrow. We know we are in front of a big game and the most important thing is to focus on that. I am only responsible for the statements we make and I cannot be responsible for the statements that other clubs make. Zenit look to have different voices coming out of the club and I’m not sure if it always the official voice. I believe what I see and what I hear directly.”
So we experience ecstasy and anguish in the same day! This is getting more and more annoying day by day. One one hand we are told the deal is almost done and on the other we are told that its nowhere near to be concluded as yet. This is is really frustrating I am sure for all Gooners. I think now we should not pay much heed to any such statements made by either side and rather wait for an official statement from Arsenal.com whenever, and if, the deal is done. Otherwise life goes on, whether he comes or not does not make too big a difference. What makes a difference is our attitude towards him not coming. If we say ok he is not coming and now we are doomed and we are not going to win anything and stuff like that then expect another trophyless season. But if we are optimistic and say it doesn’t matter if he is coming or not then just wait and see and the trophy will come! The fans attitude shapes the seasons of all teams.The point is we are playing well without him right now and so there is no reason why we can’t continue this way. Especially when Fabregas and Walcott wil return, it will be like two huge signings much better than Arshavin. So I would advise, get over Arshavin now! It doesn’t seem like he is coming.
by Zain Shahid
Ok, we have been seening such headlines for quite some time now but this time it seems more true than before! Even though the so-called deadline given by Zenit to Arsenal to accept their pricing of the player has crossed but the clubs finally seem to have reached an agreement as negotiations continued. Zenit released an official statement regarding the deal, hinting that a transfer fee has been agreed. The statement read:
“The fundamental understanding over the transfer of the player is achieved between the clubs. At the moment the basic obstacle in realisation of the transaction is Andrei Arshavin’s personal requirements.”
The fact that the transfer has nearly been agreed upon by Zenit is nearly enough to suggest that Arshavin might be a Gunner very soon considering the Russian himself has expressed his desire to join Arsenal. Hence his personal requirements should not be too big a hurdle. The club may have made this statement but Arshavin has not been imformed about it it seems as the forward waits for the decision made by his club of his future. Arshavin told Sport Express:
“I’m waiting for a final decision. The talks don’t depend on me. I haven’t been in touch with the club management, so I haven’t heard a clear ‘yes’ or ‘no’ yet.”
Never mind this. He will certainly be informed of a ‘YES!’ very soon so that he can ask for his terms for the contract.
Well, after the previous statement by Zenit, this news comes as a pleasant surprise! I was dumbfounded! All I can say is yayyyy!:D
by Zain Shahid
With rumours linking Manchester City centre half Micah Richards to Arsenal, the young Englishman has straight away come out and pledged his future to the Eastlands club. It was rumoured that Arsene Wenger will make a swoop for Richards for a lowly £7m which would have been an exceptional buy considering the guy is extremely talented and worth more than just £7m. However flattered he may be with the link, he is set to remain loyal to his current club where he has a 5 year contract. He said:
“It’s always flattering being linked with a club like Arsenal, and they have one of the best managers in the world in Arsene Wenger. However, as I said before, I’m happy at Manchester City and believe that the club is going in the right direction. We’ve had a difficult season all round, which can affect performances, but I think that I can continue my development at City and hopefully win some trophies. I’m still young and still learning, and I’m fully settled at the club and believe that Mark Hughes will help me to improve my game.”
Well, there is another rumour squashed and with it the chance of any consolation transfer as Arshavin coming to Arsenal seems like is never going to happen. But still there is a week to go and a very slight hope of a quality player coming in!
Meanwhile Arsenal have been held to a stalemate by an impressive Cardiff with the replay at the Emirates to be played now nine days later. The report, analysis and ratings tommorow!