YES! Arsenal in transfer talks with World Cup winning striker!

It looks like Arsene Wenger might just agree with his former Arsenal protege and star striker Thierry Henry after all. The former France international ruffled a few feathers, including those of our current centre forward Olivier Giroud, when he suggested in his role as a TV pundit that the Gunners could not win the Premier League with the forward line we have.

Wenger disagreed at the time but according to a Metro report, he is now looking to sign another striker in the summer transfer window. According to the report, the player is Pedro Rodriguez who has won almost everything going for his club Barcelona and on the international stage with Spain.

The report claims that Arsenal have already opened talks with the speedy and prolific front man, who is said to be ready to leave the Nou Camp due to his lack of game time behind Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez.

Bellerin contract shows Arsenal Youth Policy still works….

Hector Bellerin may or may not be a player you’ve ever heard of and you may not of been aware he was amongst the Arsenal ranks, but the Spanish under 19 international has been a very effective player for Arsenal under 21 and reserves over the past two seasons and his performances last season especially have been recognised through the offer of a new contract.

The contract is only being reported as a long term deal and no wages are of course involved in the news however this is a promising move by Arsenal. You may not see any relevance in reading this news however there is something more substantial to this agreement than you may think.

Arsenal secured the Spanish youngster along with fellow Spaniard Jon Toral, both from European dominators FC Barcelona. Arsenal and Barcelona seem to be one of the most transferable teams in recent history with both clubs seeming being involved in at least one transfer at season. Unfortunately its usually players leaving the Gunners for the Liga BBVA Champions and in the past 10 years or so we’ve seen the likes of Slyvinho, Overmars, Hleb, King Thierry Henry, Cesc Fabregas and Alex Song all switch England for Spain. But Arsenal also get their fair share of Barca players, it’s just our signings from the Catalan club never seem to be over the age of 20.

We have signed the likes of Fran Merida, Cesc Fabregas, Ignasi Miquel, Hector Bellerin and Jon Toral. Some have made it on the big scale, some haven’t but the fact remains that Wenger seems to be pretty good in spotting a young talent from Barcelona when he sees one and I think we’ve got a very good and promising player in Bellerin.

Although not featuring for Arsenal in the first team he seems to be on the brink of being a first team squad player and after a very successful time at Arsenal making 52 appearances and scoring 5 goals from the Right Back position, Bellerin certainly looks set to be a promising player who in my opinion could challenge Carl Jenkinson for the number one right back spot in a few years time.

Rumours of Julio Cesar to Arsenal pick up once again

Why is it always Arsenal that seem to be involved in these never ending transfer fiascos? Normally its endless speculation on players leaving the club, such as Fabregas, Nasri and Van Persie. Whilst we also experience the odd piece of speculation that persistently links a player with Arsenal, only for us to miss out to one of our rivals, Juan Mata anyone? And this summer looks set to be no different, despite Arsenal’s change in attitude.
It’s being reported once again that Arsenal are set to step up their interests and sign QPR goalkeeper Julio Cesar once he returns from the Confederations Cup tournament in Brazil. But how many times have we read this report, it’s becoming annoying rather than exciting. To be fair he has been away on International duty and so this would of hampered any potential deal that was in the process for the time being, however the persistent links do not help the transfer go through, all it seems to do is get a lot of Arsenal fans excited, only to be let down when the transfer never comes off.

“Julio Cesar will move on,” Harry Redknapp said. “He’s a top class goalkeeper, Brazil’s No.1. He’s been in great for Brazil and I presume there’s a big club out there for him.

“He won’t want to play in the Championship, he’s a goalkeeper for a big club.”

I cannot confirm nor deny that a deal has been struck for the 33 year old and to be honest very little people actually know so take everything you read on the internet with a pinch of salt. Let’s face it the majority of rumours are made up either by the media to sell their product, or by ‘trolls’ just looking for a laugh.

To be honest, despite the consistent reports I don’t expect Cesar to sign. And the fact we have almost sold Vito Mannone doesn’t change anything because I realistically think Wenger will promote Martinez.

Now I’m not saying that Cesar won’t sign for Arsenal this summer and hey perhaps the media are right in saying that he will sign after this weekend’s final. However it’s extremely likely that this deal isn’t where people state it is when they say “it’s all completed, just waiting official confirmation”.

But now that Cesar has finished playing (and winning) at the Confederations Cup, at least we will know one way or the other very shortly.

Is Valdes the right keeper for Arsenal?

It is being reported today in most of the major Spanish media outlets that Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes is on his way to Arsenal this summer after telling Barcelona that he is leaving. Barcelona are thought to have a goalkeeper lined up to replace him although they are keeping their mouths shut on just who that will be.

It has been reported at different times over the last few months that Valdes is unhappy at Barcelona and Barcelona are unhappy with him because of numerous attempts to agree a new contract for the Spaniard that have gone wrong and resulted in the possible transfer.

Valdes is one of the longest serving players at the club along with legends such as Carles Puyol and Xavi. It would be strange to see a different man between the sticks at the club because he has been there all the way through the club’s period of amazing success.

Valdes has never been credited as a great goalkeeper but he is good enough to help Barcelona to all the trophies they have won in recent years. He has only a couple of caps for Spain and has always been the deputy to both Iker Casillas and Pepe Reina during international spells.

Arsenal have also been reportedly looking for a new keeper in the last few months. I personally think this is a waste of time and money because Szczesny is a good keeper. Just last week Arsenal had a bid rejected for Sporting Lisbon goalkeeper Rui Patricio but they may now go back to their original target Victor Valdes.

Arsenal could get Valdes as cheap as £5 Million because Barcelona are keen to get rid of him but the deal could be off the table faster than it was on if Valdes can agree to the deal that he has been stubbornly rejecting for months.

Samir Nasri shows he’s a good loser (NOT!) with four-letter rant!

The ex-Arsenal traitor Samir Nasri has shown the world that he still hasn’t grown up despite being saying at the end of last season: “I’ve matured, I’m now a champion in England and can handle these pressure situations,”

Nasri became a figure of hate for Arsenal fans after he forced Arsene Wenger to sell him to Man City and then followed it up by many anti-Arsenal comments during the season.

He proved he was still a pain in the a*se when he was asked for his post-match reactions after France’s defeat to Spain last night. He was reported as responding that “you journalists are always looking for s—,” while also shouting at the media crowd to “go f— yourselves, you sons of b—-es; now you can go write that I was poorly raised.”

Well I don’t know about being poorly raised, but I do know he is an overpaid idiot with an over-inflated ego who will never get a job as a diplomat!

Wenger thinks Giroud is already at Arsenal

Arsene Wenger gave an interview to Tf1, the French TV station, in which he spoke about Montpellier and France striker Olivier Giroud as if he was already a gunner.

“I think he has exceptional potential and will integrate very well in our collective and our way of playing.”

Arsenal and Wenger in particular are known for playing their cards close to their chest, so this is the surest sign yet that the completion of the transfer is just a formality.The manager himself described the deal as “90 percent.”

He was also giving his opinion on Lukas Podolski’s performances for Germany in Euro 2012, and he has been pleased with what he saw. Podolski was awarded the man of the match award for his display against Denmark, and Wenger remarked “he has superb team work…I am very happy with what I’ve seen from him.”

Giroud has had little chance to impress so far at the tournament. France play Spain on Saturday night and may well be needing a goal late on in the game. Hopefully, us Gooners will get a decent look at Giroud before ha puts on an Arsenal shirt.

Hopefully Chamakh and Bendtner will be gone before he arrives just in case whatever they have got is contagious.

Top Arsenal and Tottenham striker target admits Premiership desire

The prolific Spanish striker Fernando Llorente has been instrumental in helping Athletico Bilbao overachieve this season by reaching the Finals of the Europa League and the Copa Del Rey, which has made many Premiership teams step up and take notice.

Both Arsenal and Tottenham have been strongly linked wth a move for the giant 27 year-old after he managed to knock in 29 goals in 53 appearances for Bilbao this season, and he has told reporters that he is tempted by a move to the Premier League.

Llorente said: “I might end up playing in England, who knows? At the moment I’m at Athletic Bilbao, but who knows later.

“Xabi Alonso and Fernando Torres have told me about the immense respect that the fans have for their players there.”

Llorente has already scored seven goals for Spain and with David Villa injured he could get a big chance to impress further at the up-coming Euros. If Robin Van Persie finally decides to leave the Emirates then surely Llorente would be a more than able replacement?