Fabregas gives Arsenal fans little hope of returning

The ex-Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas has been continually linked with a return to the Premiership since the end of a disappointing season for him, but now the Spanish international has made it clear that he has little or no intention of ever leaving his boyhood club unless they specifically tell him that he is no longer wanted.

Cesc said: “It has taken a lot for me to get where I am, and I am not thinking about throwing it all away for nothing.

“If they said that they didn’t want me, that would be another thing — but what I really want is to triumph at Barca.

“That has been dream since I was small. Barcelona is my home and I have always dreamed of winning there.”

“Some people who might not like my play but that makes me stronger to improve.

“If the fans boo me, I need to accept it. I am the first one who knew this would be the most important challenge of my life. I just want to play.”

Well it was nice to have a small dream for a while, but rigyt now it looks like we will have to concentrate on bringing in a more defensive midfielder, like Wanyama.

Arsenal won’t find it easy to buy Fellaini

With reports suggesting over the last few days that Arsenal have upped their interest in Everton and Belgium international midfielder Maroune Fellaini, could a move to the Gunners really be on the cards?

Two days ago there was a sudden mass surge of news that spread on the internet that Arsenal had activated Fellaini’s contract buy out clause with a £22 million bid but a few days on and no more has come from this story. No doubt it got a lot of people excited, and understandably because I think he would be the perfect candidate to fill that defensive midfielder role in midfield.

Fellaini has all the physical attributes you would want in a CDM and so for £22 million, I think that’s a very reasonable price in today’s football market for a top quality player with lots of Premier League experience.

Back to the reports from before and the move seems even more unlikely as the new Everton manager Roberto Martinez stated; “I don’t think it is an issue. You are not talking about a player who is out of the squad or in negotiations with another club. I won’t look to speak to him about this because there is nothing to speak about. What I want is him to be ready for the next season, to be ready to take an important role at the club and understand that it is a big season for him. As an individual, he has got an exciting year in front of him and I don’t think he is personally thinking, ‘Am I going to be here?’ I don’t think that’s in his head.”

Of course a manager will want to keep his best players at the club and Fellaini is arguably the best player at Everton but I’m afraid with the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea also looming it might be difficult for Arsenal to get him rather than Everton to keep him. I’m sure the likes of City and Spurs will also be looking at the 25 year old, as well as other clubs across Europe, so as always don’t get your hopes up too high.

Arsenal midfielder back in Euro 2012 contention

Tomas Rosicky is a relieved man. The 31-year old Czech midfielder had feared that his tournament could be over, due to an Achilles problem that he picked up against Greece a week ago. There was good news for Arsenal and the Czech Republic today, as the influential midfielder returned to training.

It will not be known until tomorrow whether he is fit enough to play against Portugal, but he will be desperate to add to his 87 caps and 20 goals. Once nicknamed “little Mozart,” Rosicky is the main playmaker for the Czech Republic.

They will need him on good form if they are to overcome a talented Portugal side, complete with Christiano Ronaldo, tomorrow night.

Another midfielder who has already been eliminated from the competition, Nigel de Jong, has stated his intention to stay at Man City and fight for his place. Arsenal had been alerted to the possibility of signing the combative midfielder for very little, as it was thought he wanted a move.

Mancini seems to have convinced the Dutchman that he still figures in the plans at the Etihad, so de Jong is happy to remain where he is.

Arsenal Face Competition For Top Midfield Target

Arsenal are due to face competition in their attempts to sign Montpellier’s attacking midfielder Younes Belhanda, as the new Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has put the Morocco international on top of his wish-list.

Arsene Wenger has been looking high and wide for a top attacking midfielder he can bring to the club, but he hasn’t had much luck until now. Ever since Fabregas and Nasri left the club the French manager has been looking to find top quality replacements for them, and found an amazing player in Mikel Arteta after bringing him from Everton, but Wilshere’s season-long injury didn’t help his cause at all.

Now Wenger has put together a transfer shortlist where it is believed that Belhanda is somewhere at the top, with the likes of Yann M’Vila, Marvin Martin and Javi Martinez. The talks for M’Vila seem to have stalled, while Javi Martinez might be a touch too expensive for Wenger’s strict transfer policy.

Arsenal have to come back in the title chase in the Premiership, and despite transferring Lukas Podolski the Gunners are probably still not strong enough to do so, and that’s mainly because at the moment they have big problems in the middle of the park, with Wilshere, Diaby and Frimpong all out.

Have Arsenal found a cheaper version of Hazard, Moura or Gotze?

Wenger Eyes Young Serbian Attacking Midfielder
Arsenal are reportedly eyeing another very talented young footballer, as MirrorFootball states that they have been keeping tabs on the 20-year-old Serbian youngster Adem Ljajic.

The talented Serbian international was very close to a move to Manchester United two seasons ago but he eventually joined Fiorentina. He did so because he couldn’t get a work permit in the UK, so he chose to go to the Italian team where he became a first team player almost instantly. The attacking midfielder managed to appear in 52 games and scored 4 goals for the Florence side.

Now after two very successful seasons in Italy, Arsenal’s French manager is ready to finally take him to the Premiership. Ljajic has managed to break into the senior national team at the age of 18 and has managed to feature in 6 games ever since.

Arsenal’s Wenger is looking for all sorts of solutions for his midfield problems, but Lille’s attacking midfielder Eden Hazard seems to be the best solution by a long way. Wenger was also keeping tabs on Monchengladbach’s Reus and Dortmund’s Gotze, but the first one signed with Borussia Dortmund, while the second one chose to extend his contract with the Bundesliga champions, so the Frenchman’s options are running scares now.

Brazilian playmaker Lucas Moura might still be an option, but it’s been said that Real Madrid are in for the attacking midfielder’s signature now which will more than likely inflate his price even more.

Despite being linked with all these big expensive stars, isn’t it more likely that Wenger will buy Ljajic?

Will Arsenal wait for M’Vila?

The Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has reached an agreement with German striker Lukas Podolski according to today’s papers, which also say that the Frenchman is now aiming for one of the best young French players.

The Rennes’ midfielder Yann M’Vila has been watched by Wenger for two whole seasons now, and despite the bid the manager sent Rennes’ way last summer, the 21-year-old has yet to make a move away from the French club.

Rennes fought to keep M’Vila at the club until this summer looking to cash in on the defensive midfielder who is highly likely to represent his country at the EURO 2012 championship, thus getting his market value higher, but at a present valuation of just 15m he is well within Wenger’s budget.

After last summers debacle when Arsenal made all their signings right at the end of the transfer window it is very doubtful that Wenger will leave it so late this time around, but can he come to an agreement with Rennes before the Euros?

Arsenal Face Competition In M’Vila Search

The Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger’s efforts to sign French defensive midfielder Yann M’Vila will have to increase if the Gunners are planning on landing the 21-year-old star because Italian giants Inter Milan have also eyed him.

At a very fragile age M’Vila managed to become Rennes’ icon and an all important player for the French senior national squad with his amazing performances. The defensive security and his excellent through balls make him one of the best on his position in the world, but despite all this he’s still playing for a small club.

Arsenal have attempted to transfer him in the summer and then again in the winter but all attempts were blocked by Rennes who wanted to sell him for more money after the EURO 2012 championship from the summer.

Now that Inter Milan are also on his trail the Frenchman will surely be sold for a lot of money but it’s going to become even harder for Wenger to convince him to join.

M’Vila’s contract is still due to run until 2015, but the French club are rumoured to be prepared to let him go for a fee of £22m in the summer. Given that the Gunners only have Song and Coquelin on the defensive midfielder role this seems like a highly probable move.

Should Wenger try and bring him to Arsenal this summer?

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Arsenal linked with top Argentinian midfielder

Arsenal are rumoured to have reignited their interest in Anderlecht’s midfielder Lucas Biglia, but with Spanish clubs Valencia and Villareal on his trail the midfielder’s transfer will be a tough nut to crack for Arsenal’s manager Arsene Wenger.

Anderlecht have already accepted the idea that they’re going to lose Biglia with so much interest coming in for him, but their biggest worry for the moment is that Arsenal’s plans are to also snatch their striker Matias Suarez.

Biglia seems like a worthy addition to the team especially given that he’s an Argentine international, but the shock he might have coming from a league like the Belgium one to the Premiership might be a big one especially thinking about the way Lukaku managed to be nothing but a bench warmer at Chelsea so far even though he was probably the league’s best player in Belgium.

After his debut for Argentina in 2011 Biglia became a first team regular and he is certainly one to follow by Arsene Wenger who really needs fresh legs in the midfield, especially after losing Frimpong to an year long injury.

European Giants Looking To Snatch Arsenal’s French Striker Target

Arsenal’s manager Arsene Wenger might miss on one of their most prized targets if he won’t make a move as soon as possible. Montpellier’s striker Olivier Giroud has become a top target for many European clubs and Bayern Munich and Napoli just declared their interest in the 25-year-old.

“We are looking for a forward and we have several names on our list. Giroud is one of them,” Bayern scout Bjorn Andersson said

“Giroud? He is an exciting player that we are following,” said Napoli sporting director Riccardo Bignon.

“At the moment we have a lot of good forwards, but we are always looking towards the future.

“Our scouts are following him (Giroud) closely and we have seen more than one of Montpellier’s matches this season.”

Arsenal’s manager Arsene Wenger also has a bigger list but Giroud and Podolski seem to be favorites of being transferred to the Emirates Stadium if everything will go according to their plans, but if the Frenchman won’t make a move soon he might be left empty handed because Podolski also has a bucket load of offers ever since he declared earlier this month that he wishes to leave Koln.

Agent Warns Arsenal Of Competition For Star Midfielder

Arsenal receives bad news from abroad as it seems that long term club target Mario Gotze is not only targeted by a lot of European clubs, but also has a huge price tag slapped on his head by Borussia Dortmund’s officials.

According to the player’s agent, United have already made an inquiry so Wenger will have a very hard time signing him in the summer if the interest from the Gunners will remain alive until then.

“I think in Europe all the top clubs are interested in Mario.

“I can confirm that I have had contact with Juventus and Manchester United, but not only them.

“I don’t know if he’ll go away after this season, you should ask Borussia. But I think that they will not let him leave for less than 40million euros.

“He still is very happy at Dortmund, though now he is injured.”

Wenger might have a smarter plan at hand than anybody expected though. After the player told newspapers that he doesn’t want to leave the club because he has a lot of friends there, the Gunners transferred one of his colleagues Thomas Eisfeld and are also expected to make an offer for the midfielder’s best friend Grosskreuts in the summer. Do you think this will motivate Gotze to join?