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Arshavin - Conflicting statements from his agent and Wenger

Arshavin - Conflicting statements from his agent and Wenger

Arsene Wenger has come out to address the transfer speculation surrounding Everton’s Mikel Arteta and Zenit’s Andrei Arshavin. The Arsenal manager said:

“Mikel Arteta is a very good player but we have not made any enquiry about him at all. There is no progress on [Andrei] Arshavin. If there is any progress made you will be informed, I promise you.”

He said no move has been made for Arteta but that there is ‘no progress on Arshvain’. So certainly a move has been made for him. And Arsene said a few days back that he cannot take names of the players he is negotiating with because that ends a 50% chance of signing him. So is it the reason why Wenger is saying no progress has been made on Arshavin so maybe he is hiding it to avoid ending that 50% chance of signing him because if there was no progress then Arshavin’s agent would never have come out and made the statement saying everyone would love to see Arshavin at Arsenal but wait a few days for it. Apart from that he also denied any truth in the rumour that Arsenal are looking for Shay Given. I always thought so because I never expected Arsene to be looking for a goalkeeper which is why I did not mention this rumour in my blog.

Arteta - Wenger not interested in him

Arteta - Wenger not interested in him

Wenger also addressed the issue of the credit crunch saying Arsenal have the best chance of surviving in it. And he also committed himself to the club in the wake of rumors linking him with a move to Real Madrid. He said:

“How many clubs have managed to build a new stadium, have a good financial situation and continue to play at the

top? Chelsea haven’t built a stadium and they lose £100m per year, how do you imagine you can deal with that at Arsenal without going bankrupt? We have to be responsible. The other clubs, except for Man United, lose money. This team is together getting stronger and stronger but what we need to focus on is continually developing and not live in dreamland where we are linked with players of £30 to £40 million because that’s not realistic. It is not that we don’t want to spend. We have gone for a policy that is to develop our young players and we have to show some character and strength and not listen to everybody who comes out everyday with a new name. The players who have made a massive impact here are not always the ones who have cost £30 or £40m. I can cite you players in the last 10 or 15 years who have cost £30m and have been a flop. It is not necessarily linked that you spend £30m and get a massive player. I believe I have shown my commitment to this club. I accepted when we built the new stadium to stay and to commit my long-term future to the club under restrictions. I don’t think anyone can doubt my commitment here and question my decisions and I accept that, but not my commitment.”

Well Arshavin is not for £30m or £40m! I just can’t accept any news that contradict the chances of Arshavin coming to Arsenal! Apart from that I am not an economist so I really can’t comment on the other stuff he is saying except that it seems the financial situation of Arsenal is perfectly fine.

by Zain Shahid

Peter Hill-Wood - Denies an Arsenal spending spree

Peter Hill-Wood - Denies an Arsenal spending spree

Arsenal Chairman Peter Hill-Wood has made another public appearance. This time he said that Arsenal are not going to spend big this January to ensure the business keeps running swiftly. This news comes soon after Andrei Arshavin’s agent said he might be an Arsenal player in the coming days. The Chairman of Arsenal said:

“I don’t think there is a lot of money anywhere. One has got to look ahead – in the future there is probably not going to be much more money coming in. We have got money, but I am not sure we are going to spend it. We’ve got to continue to run the business in a sensible way. It may sound boring, but we are not going to rush out and spend fortunes on people who won’t help us achieve anything better than where we are at the moment. Arsene has a lot of young, talented players at the club and I think he will probably give a chance to one or two of them.”

One thing is for sure now, Arsenal has got the money! But probably now Arshavin will be the only player coming in this January. But he said we are not going to spend on people who are not going to help us achieve anything better than we are at the moment. A quality central midfielder does not fit into this condition. So maybe we might still see Alonso or Arteta coming in. Or maybe as Hill-Wood said Arsene might give a chance to a couple of youngsters so as everyone knows Arsenal’s central midfield needs strengthening so probably Ramsey might be playing more often from now on. But I still hope either Arteta or Alonso join Arsenal along with Arshavin this month and I am sure we will then be challenging for the title, and not just the Premier League but the other two trophies too will be in Arsenal’s sight.

by Zain Shahid

Arteta - Might soon be wearing the red and white of Arsenal

Arteta - Might soon be wearing the red and white of Arsenal

Arsene Wenger is reportedly looking to make a move for Evertons Spanish midfielder Mikel Arteta for £12m. Earlier Liverpool’s Xabi Alonso was on Wenger’s wish list but maybe the high price and the fact that Rafa Benitez is highly unlikely to sell his star player to his title rivals scared Wenger off. Wenger is looking for a good central midfielder so probably there might be truth in this one. With Fabregas out Arsenal need a central midfielder of his type and Arteta and Alonso are very similar to him ( though nowhere near him when it comes to quality:-p) . Even though David Moyes would not want to sell his main player but the £12m might be enough to to convince him to sell, especially considering that Everton are lacking in the strikers department and £12m will certainly get them a good, quality striker.

Apart from that Wenger is also reportedly weighing up a £10m bid for Dynamo Kiev centre back Pape Diakhate. And reports also suggest that Kolo Toure might be on his way out this January.

Future Teammates?

Future Teammates?

Arteta will surely be a good buy if the move goes through. The fact that Wenger said he wants to buy players which can start making an immediate impact and not need settling time hints that this move might be on, or that of Alonso. However this very fact puts Diakhate out of the buying list. I’m not even sure if he is good enough for one of the best clubs of Europe. As for Kolo Toure on his way out (and that too to Manchester City) seems like a joke to me! Why would he swap a club that might well be fighting for the title in the coming months for a club that might be looking to prevent relegation! Money is a factor no doubt, but there are other factors other than money which are more important when changing clubs (which Flamini does not know!). So to sum it up only Arteta might be on his way in and no one on his way out as yet.

Toure - Unhappy At Arsenal...

Toure - Unhappy At Arsenal...