It looks as though Arsenal are in for a busy day as it is now being reported in Spain that Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain is on his way to North London after the two clubs agreed a fee of around £18 Million. It is also being reported by the local media that Higuain and his agent have agreed terms almost immediately after the fee was agreed.
I think perhaps Theo Walcott may be tempting fate by expressing his confidence right now with so many difficult fixtures coming up over the next 6 weeks, but it is good to know that the Arsenal squad are in a confident mood, helped by the battling win over Sunderland.
Although Arsenal and Tottenham are vying for favouritism on MyBettingSites.co.uk to finish in the Top Four, but with the massive North London derby coming up the result will be crucial in deciding who gets the honours.
Walcott said yesterday: “We’re very confident of finishing in the top four. We can battle through any sort of situation.”
After losing to Bradford in the League Cup quarter-final and dropping to a massive 18 points behind Manchester United in the race for the Premiership, most Arsenal fans will have practically given up on the Gunners getting anything out of this season (they are now 80/1 in the Premier League Odds), but the fact is that they still have chances of winning the FA Cup and of course the Champions League.
Former Arsenal star Robin Van Persie is delighted for being able to come back from missing a penalty, and scoring another two goals in the last game he played for Manchester United.
The Dutchman managed to score two times the amount of goals his former club Arsenal have so far in the season, certifying that the Gunners have managed to lose an incredible player when they lost him to their biggest rivals. He then declared the fact that he wouldn’t have been able to do that a couple of seasons ago when he was still at Arsenal.
Arsenal’s manager Arsene Wenger might finally be able to shake off striker Marouane Chamakh, a player who the Frenchman has been trying to sell for a long time. Turkish side Besiktas seem to be highly interested in buying the Morocco international from Arsenal in their attempts to get stronger for the new season.
Besiktas manager Samet Aybaba has admitted that the rumours are correct, and that the attempts the club has made to sign a striker may lead them to snatching Chamakh from Arsenal.
‘We have decided to push forwards in our attempts to sign a striker, there is a high possibility we sign Chamakh,’
Dutch newspaper AD claims that Arsenal are ready to bring in Ajax’s international star Gregory Van Der Wiel, who at the age of 24 has already become an instrumental player for the Netherlands international squad.
After being closely linked with a move to Chelsea throughout the summer but apparently not agreeing over personal terms, the Dutchman seems to be now close to a move to London, where Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger might be his new coach. The Frenchman has admitted earlier this summer that they will still be looking to transfer a midfielder and a defender, so AD’s supposition makes sense given the fact that Sagna isn’t yet ready for action and the Gunners are short in the right-back.
After a very successful Euro 2012 campaign, everybody was expecting Arsenal’s second string striker Nicklas Bendtner to be on his way from the London side, especially given the fact that in the last season and a half he hasn’t been getting virtually any time on the pitch.
Linked with the likes of Juventus, Galatasaray and AC Milan, Bendtner was looking to be one of the first transfers Arsenal was going to make, but for some reason that didn’t happen.
Arsenal might be close to landing French midfielder Yann M’Vila, as Rennes’ general manager Pierre Dreossi has declared that Arsene Wenger needs to find a timely replacement for the loss of Cameroon midfielder Alex Song.
According to the Rennes official, the Ligue 1 club is currently negotiating with three clubs, and Arsenal might be the destination for M’Vila this summer, after almost two whole seasons of rumours linking the London club with a move for the French defensive midfielder.
‘For the moment we have three offers.
Despite being thought that Arsenal would bring in Real Madrid’s Nuri Sahin after Alex Song’s departure, it seems that arch rivals Liverpool moved better than the Gunners on the transfer market, as their manager Brendan Rodgers has confirmed the possibility of Sahin’s move yesterday after the Europa League clash.
After narrowly winning against Hearts, Rodgers confirmed that in the next 24 hours some light will be shed on the Sahin deal, one which has been rumoured to be in the bag for Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger long ago.
“Hopefully in the next 24 hours we will get some confirmation on that,”
Amidst strong rumours that Arsenal’s manager Arsene Wenger might bring in Spanish star Jesus Navas to replace the possible outgoings of Theo Walcott and Andrey Arshavin, the 26-year-old Spaniard has declared that he’s unaware of such negotiations.
According to the newspapers, Theo Walcott isn’t willing to extend his deal with the Gunners now that Alex Song and Robin Van Persie have chosen to leave, and Arsene Wenger has been trying to address that by bringing in a powerful reinforcement in a timely manner.
‘I don’t know anything about Arsenal,’ Navas said when asked about the club’s interest.