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0 felipe melo fiorentina barcelonaThere were rumours today stating Arsenal have missed out on the signing of Melo as Juventus have bought the Brazilian international. Those rumours are false for now, but soon they will be a reality according to Juve’s president Giovanni Cobolli Gigli.

Giovanni Cobolli Gigli explained that there are still some terms in the contract remaining before Melo will be officially unveiled as a Juventus player:

“Melo is not yet a Juve player. The negotiations are still ongoing.

“We still need to define certain terms to officially confirm his signing.”

So that is another possible target gone. Probably Fiorentina asking for Eboue in the deal put Arsene Wenger off as the Arsenal manager is a known admirer of the Ivorian international.

Arsenal could now turn their attention to Marseille’s Lorik Cana who should come very cheap indeed at just £6.5m. Or St. Ettiene’s Blaise Matuidi is another option as he himself wants a move to Arsenal. My choice would be Cana but it’s Wenger’s choice that matters.

cana2502268369_92057ac656Marseille captain Lorik Cana was heavily linked with a move to Arsenal at the start of this year’s summer transfer window but as the Vermaelen speculation increased, that of Cana disappeared.

But now that Vermaelen deal seems to be nearly completed as his agent confirmed so Arsene Wenger can now turn his attention to a holding midfielder now; and Cana is a good option. The Albanian international stated that he has not decided whether to stay or leave as yet but in case he moves England or Germany would be his preferred destination.

“I will talk with my family and my representatives. It will then depend on what I want to do. I believe that if I want to leave, everyone at this club will respect my decision.

“It is not certain that I will be terminating my contract though. I am in no rush.

“Of the possible destinations in the future, England and Germany are the two leagues that attract me the most.”

By Gunner Anto

Possible additions to the squad

Possible additions to the squad

The Summer Transfer Window is here, and it is a difficult choice to see who is the right player(s) to join Arsenal FC.

Now, Arsenal surely do not need any young players as we have enough of those and see all the them advance in their way of playing football and professionalism.

If Arsenal were to get someone young, it has to be someone with great potential, someone with almost the same potential as Henry or Anelka had when they joined. It has to be someone with a great future. We do not really need attackers, as Arsenal’s weakness is it’s central defence and defensive midfield. Fabregas is a world class central midfielder but he has an attacking mentality, so we need someone to cover for him. Song has done a wonderful job doing so this season, but we need someone that is stronger and more experienced than him. He will be a great player in two to three years from now for sure, but for now, we need someone who can do the job, until Song is ready to be a starter.

It is safe too say that we have a great attacking force, Arshavin, Robin Van Persie, Adebayor, Walcott, Eduardo, Nasri, Vela, and Bendtner. If i was Wegner I would not worry too much about attacking players. Although, it wouldn’t be a negative for them to join. We have been linked to some players such as, Yaya Toure (he’s always linked with us), Lorik Cana, Xabi Alonso, Thomas Vermaelen, Blaise Matuidi, and Edin Dzeko. For Xabi Alonso, it looks like it will not happen. Garreth Barry already went to Manchester City, were he is getting paid 100k a week. The people who will be a plus for Arsenal are, Lorik Cana, because he is a strong, big holding midfielder and is not scared to tackle; Blaise Matuidi because he looks like a younger version of Michael Essien, Yaya Toure because he can play almost any defensive role you give him, Thoman Vermaelen, although he is still a raw talent, he can grow into a great center back and Edin Dzeko because he can net many goals and can be a great replacement for Adebayor, who seems quite likely to depart this summer.

Now I have given my opinion, Lets hear yours!
Cheers!  Gunner Anto

cana21Arsenal fans might be hoping Lorik Cana is bought but the Marseille holding midfielder has pledged his future to his current club. The Albanian international said:

“I love this club so much that I want to reach the heights with it and to make them champions. We have to fight to the end. We will have to fight for the title each year now that the club has stepped up a level.”

That is the case now. The French season isn’t over yet. Cana might win his first Ligue 1 title with Marseille, and that too as their captain. After that, if Wenger is actually interested in him, I am sure he will reconsider his future.

Talking a bit off topic now. I came accross a very surprising fact regarding Cana. In his four seasons at Marseille he has only been sent off once! Just once! Having a look at the videos of him, it is quite astonishing to know he has only got the red once. But then I guess the referees in Ligue 1 are very lenient compared to those of the Premier League.