Mr Consistent wants to finish career at Arsenal…

Monreal wants a contract extension at Arsenal!

Whilst the club seems to be surrounded by transfer speculation of potential incoming players, one player who already plays for the Arsenal has announced he wants a new contract to stay longer with the Gunners!

Nacho Monreal has improved massively these past two seasons and is now known as Arsenal’s Mr Consistent. Monreal has commanded the left back position so impressively that Gibbs, who was supposed to be the next Ashley Cole for Arsenal, no longer gets a look in at all. Monreal has improved so much in his time at the club, since joining from La Liga side Malaga in January 2013 and is now surely one of the first names on the teamsheet.

At 30 years old, Monreal is looking at his last big professional contract before his career begins to wind down and understandably he therefore wants to commit his future sooner rather than later. The good news is that he wants to commit his future to the Arsenal and in a recent interview with Spanish media outlet, Marca, he spoke of his intentions to remain at Arsenal. The report was picked up by the Daily Express in which Monreal stated:
“I came from doing some impressive seasons in Spain and here at first it was hard. I was not even in the line-up. I had to adapt to the English football but in the end the hard work paid off. (Now) I am very happy here, playing in one of the best clubs in England. I am very happy with my team mates, with the club… The idea is to continue here. I’m not planning to go anywhere but to stay here and then, when the contract expires [in 2019], we will see how the body reacts and which level I can give at 32-33-years-old. Then, let’s see if I get the opportunity to continue here and if find myself in a good shape I am sure I will continue here.”

Monreal has greatly improved the Arsenal defence since he arrived in 2013, and is now a part of a back line that fans can have more confidence in. Originally Monreal took his time to adapt to the English game but now a back four that includes Monreal, Bellerin and Koscienly, currently looks very strong for the Gunners and it is partly due to the experience of the defence, of which includes an experienced Nacho Monreal. Monreal is currently peaking in his career at Arsenal and we are certainly seeing the best years he will offer professionally, but when his current contract runs out in 2019, will Arsenal be willing to offer him another extension at 32-33 years old, as he quotes?

As Monreal states it will depend on his fitness in a few years time but if he continues in the form that he has for the past two years then I don’t see why the club wouldn’t be pleased with Monreal committing his long term future to the Arsenal. It seems as if Kieren Gibbs’ career with the Gunners may not be revived for a little while longer, if it ever does at all!

La Liga star heading to Arsenal after DEMANDING transfer?

Arsenal were strongly linked with this Mexico international last summer after he impressed Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal scouting team with his performances during the World Cup finals in Brazil. But the talented keeper Guillermo Ochoa ended up completing a transfer from French club Ájaccio to Malaga in Spain´s La Liga while Arsenal snapped up David Ospina who had also caught the eye with Costa Rica during the tournament.

But we could soon have both keepers at the Emirates according to a Metro report. Ochoa has not settled at Malaga and has only played six times for them all season and that has led him to demand a transfer away in the summer.

The Spanish club are even considering cancelling his contract so things are obviously not good between player and manager but that also means that he will be available to Arsenal for very little. One Gunner who should be a bit worried about this latest Arsenal transfer rumour is Wojciech Szczesny who is already behind Ospina in the pecking order. Could he be set to drop even further back if Arsenal are interested in Ochoa?

Arsenal still chasing transfer target Gamez from Malaga?

When it comes to Arsenal and transfer targets it’s often difficult to pick out the true from the false because quite simply Arsenal are linked with probably at least 3 different players every day, which believe me amounts to quite a lot of players by the end of the transfer window.

One name that has stuck around a lot over the last few days is the 28-year old Spaniard Jesus Gamez, who is a defender for Arsenal’s new provider club Malaga in Spain. I am of course joking on Malaga being Arsenal’s provider club but after signing Santi Cazorla and Nacho Monreal from there last season, I suppose any players coming to the Emirates from that part of sunny Spain this time around, would mean they are no different to what we have recently been to Barcelona and Man City.

Anyway back to the topic of Jesus Gamez and the reason for why the right sided defender and Malaga captain has been linked with the Gunners is because he has been supposedly been part of talks between Arsenal and Malaga regarding the transfer of Nicklas Bendtner. Bendtner is wanted by Malaga and although the Danish striker is only worth around £2.5 million in valuation, its understood that Arsenal were willing to offer cash plus Bendtner for Gamez.

Gamez himself then came out yesterday to speak on his future, saying, “In the coming days my agent will speak with Malaga and we’ll both decide what is the best way forward. I will listen to Malaga first, then think about my options.”

It seems to me as if Gamez has a few options waiting for him, so Arsenal may not be alone and I personally am stuck on whether we really need him or not. I think it’s vital we bring in another defender, however he is predominantly a right back and so the only means I can see possible is that Gamez goes to right back and Sagna takes a centre back spot. Overall I just find it difficult to see where he would fit in and I’m not sure if my idea above would actually be effective.

At the moment it’s all rumours and there isn’t any concrete information however with them very keen on Bendtner, I also think this deal would be highly plausible if the Dane would just lower his wage demands.

Could Denmark help Arsenal to offload Bendtner?

An announcement that is set to infuriate Arsenal about want-away striker Nicklas Bendtner even more is that the 25 year old has been left out of the Denmark national team squad ahead of their next game. The decision supposedly solely comes so Bendtner can ‘find a new club’, however I feel that the national side may also be fed up with the striker’s antics, not to mention his form isn’t exactly the best either, having struggled massively over the last 2-3 years.

It isn’t the first time the Denmark national side management have had their say on Bendtner with manager Morton Olsen previously stating that the striker should stop demanding the money and just join a team that could offer regular playing time, and so I suppose Olsen’s latest comments could also be a reflection about the fact there has been no progress since then.

Olsen said, “I don’t know, hopefully there will be something relating to his club situation and we hope that everything will come together for him”

Arsenal officials and fans alike will no doubt be as desperate to move Bendtner on as he says he is to leave, however the problem is it seems he will only move to a champions league team that can offer big money wages AND regular game time at the same time. The unfortunate thing for Bendtner and Arsenal is that isn’t going to happen. The Danish striker has had plenty of offers and at the moment Spanish side Malaga seem to be the club in the front running for him at the moment, however we’ve also seen him reject around 8 clubs already this summer, in most of which he would have been a key player.

I really don’t know what Bendtner is up to anymore because if you’re as desperate to leave Arsenal as he says then surely you’d accept the first reasonable offer away and I believe he has had several suitable clubs come in for him. It’s clear that his hype has got to his head and that he’s become nothing but a cocky yet sulky player, who at the moment seems to be concentrating on his jewellery business far more than his professional footballing career. Hopefully the decision by his national team might finally make him realise his real situation.

Will Bighead Bendtner ruin another great deal for Arsenal?

It is being reported that we could be offloading Nicklas Bendtner to Spanish side Malaga and getting their captain Jesus Gamez thrown in for free. This sounds like a crazy story because I would bite their arms off for this deal, or get Luis Suarez to do it for me.

Firstly, for those of you stopping right here to comment `why would we want him`? let me tell you why I want him. He is one of the very few players I have noticed who fights hard for 90 minutes for his team relentlessly. He is a man who will allow himself to be burnt out of energy for the entire time until his next match. A lot of players these days give up at a certain point in a game and start thinking about what they are going to say on twitter later or something like that. Gamez is 100% committed to the game and to his team.

My second point to consider is the fact that anybody would happily give away Bendtner right now. It’s a big bonus that we get a player for free who can be a major boost to us. Bendtner’s negotiations with German clubs who wanted him are over after he stuck to his `best striker in the world` routine (which he needs to see a psychiatrist about immediately) and refusing to lower his wage demands, cost him his move to the land of sausage. Even if Gamez turns out to be a waste of time, which I doubt, we still get rid of the big Danish drain on the Arsenal wage bill and replace him with a much lower cost player with less potential problems.

The next point is that may give us an excuse to get rid of Bacary Sagna, or cover us in case the French international changes his mind about staying. The Frenchman was expected to leave the club earlier this summer but looks to be staying now. He is well past his prime and we need to move on from him sooner or later. Bringing Gamez in means we can sell Sagna and make a bit of cash while allowing Carl Jenkinson a proper opportunity in the team while being rotated with our new signing. It would also give Arsenal right back cover in case Sagna was needed at centre back while Vermaelen is injured.

The last point is that he is Spanish and from Malaga. Doesn’t sound like a good point you say? Well he has plenty of experience playing with Nacho Monreal and Santi Cazorla which is a major boost for any player in the same situation. He will arrive at the club with friends waiting for him and that can only help him fit into the system as if he has been here for years.

This is a no-brainer if it is true. Get rid of the deadwood king and bring in a committed player who can help move the club forward. The problem is Bendtner, as usual. Malaga will need him to accept a much smaller wage than he is on now. It will be good for his career to play, but not so good for his wallet.

Arsenal facing serious competition for Olivier Giroud

Spanish La Liga side Malaga was bought in June 2010 by Sheikh Al Thani, a member of the Qatari royal family, so they are not struggling for money. His spending power has seen the club rise up the Spanish league, and they claimed a spot in next season’s champion’s league competition.

Malaga need a new front man to partner Julio Baptista since Dutch striker Ruud van Nistelrooy retired from football. Arsenal should beware, because the man they have selected for the job is Montpellier star Olivier Giroud, according to Talksport.

Giroud scored 25 goals from his 43 appearances for Montpellier as they pipped PSG to the title. He has a contract with Montpellier until 2014, so the club will want to get as much as possible for the hit man. It is believed that the player himself has told the club that he wants to move on to a bigger club.

Arsenal were hoping to sign the striker for a cut-rate price of £10 million, but with super rich Malaga in the frame they may have to stump up a lot more. Giroud has told the press that he will not do anything about his future until after Euro 2012.

Giroud has only made five appearances for France but he will be hoping to add to that this summer and earn himself a big move. Keep your eyes out for him.