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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Arsenal Transfer News - Eboue to Follow Toure

Arsenal's coffers could be swollen by as much as £25m in the next week with Emmanuel Eboue poised to follow Kolo Toure out of the Emirates.

Toure's transfer to Man City is near completion with the defender scheduled to undergo a medical in the north-west later today. According to The Sun, Arsenal will receive £17m for the 28-year-old.

Meanwhile, The Times reports that 'Fiorentina have agreed a five-year contract with Emmanuel EbouĂ©, but the Italian club's £5.2 million offer for the midfield player is some way short of Arsenal's £8.6 million valuation.'

If the Gunners' negotiations are successful then Arsene Wenger will have raised approximately £50m in three weeks following the £25m departure of Emmanuel Adebayor to City earlier this month. It is surely no coincidence that the three Africans have been described as a close-knit unit in the Arsenal dressing-room or that Wenger has tolerated their departures ahead of a season that will be interrupted by the African Nations Cup in January.

It does, though, remain unknown just how much of the money recouped in transfer fees will be put at Wenger's disposal for new additions.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Latest Arsenal Transfer News - Kolo Toure Fee Agreed. Whats Wenger Thinking??

The morning reports are rather unsettling as they state that Arsenal and Machester City have agreed a 15 Million pound sale for Kolo Toure. What the fuck is wrong with Arsenal/Arsene? I mean really now!

The "In Wenger We Trust" brigade must seething in anger at this bit of news. The Arsenal board have apparently been feuding on the sale of Emmanuel Adebayor and although in truth many fans were too see him leave including yours trully, the sale of Toure is unmitigated. If last week Manchester City weren't a threat to Arsenal, this week they are.

The problem is not that Arsene Wenger/Arsenal are selling players. It is instead the opposite of that. They are not buying anything. As I watch the careless deconstruction of my favorite club by my favotite manager in my favotite league, I have to wonder if Arsenal have given up hope on challenging for anything. Arsenal only brought Thomas Vermeulen and even that was not a sigining to bring relief to fans.

Sir Alex Ferguson, in his infamous "small club" interview stated that Arsenal of the "big four" face a bigger challenge this season. While Robin Van Persie was agititated with the team's lack of signing. How True. How sad.

Arsenal and particularly Arsene Wenger have been too quite in the transfer dealings. No word on bidding or negotiations, no hint of movement inside to the club. Arsenal lost Melo, then decided not bid and buy Cana who went to Sunderland instead. All the while the only talk we hear is one of players moving OUT of the club. Apparently some Italians teams are sniffing around Ashburton Grove looking to entice Eboue and Gallas away.

I hope I am wrong and Wenger surprises us, but I am not holding my breath.

Though this might not happen since Toure is leaving. But can we certain of that. I believe i speak for most fans when I say, "Wenger say something, Anthing Damnit".

Bleacher Report!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Arsenal Transfer News - Toure to Go

The Sunday Times claim that Manchester City want to sign Kolo Toure and 'expect' to recruit Arsenal defender, Joleon Lescott and John Terry before the transfer window closes next month.

According to the newspaper, 'Occasional Arsenal captain Toure has been seduced by City's standard double-your-money offer and following a season in which he was not consistently Arsene Wenger's first choice should be sold for around £15m.'

Toure's future at Arsenal has been in doubt for some time, with the defender understood to have handed in - and then withdrawn - a transfer request in January. More recently, he said he was back in love with the club. "People know I love the club, nobody can say I don't. I believe you can only truly love one club in your career and my club is Arsenal," he told The Daily Mail in May. On Thursday, his brother Yaya predicted he would stay at the Emirates.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Ashley Cole Should Just Shut Up

Ashley Cole hopes Manchester City force his former club Arsenal out of the top four of the Premier League.

The Chelsea and England defender angered Gunners fans when he moved to their fierce capital rivals in 2006.

Cole has now admitted that he would rather see City, who have spent heavily on a host of stars over the summer, finish above his ex-employers.

"I have friends at City and I hope they do really well - and that they finish above Arsenal," said the full-back.

"I think it's going to be hard for City but they could do it. They may click straight away and it's magic. I hope they do."

Cashely Cole is a loser, shut up!!!!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Good riddance to bad rubbish - ADEBAYOR TALKING TERMS - REPORT

Emmanuel Adebayor is reportedly in Manchester discussing terms on his £25m move to City from Arsenal.

The Guardian online claim that the Gunners have agreed to sell the Togo striker, who is 'discussing terms on a five-year contract worth between £150,000-170,000 a week'.

News broke on Monday afternoon that City had opened talks with Arsenal about Adebayor, who has reputedly had a difficult relationship with Arsene Wenger since angling for a move last summer.

Adebayor would become the ninth striker on City's books and comes hot on the heels of the signings of Carlos Tevez and Roque Santa Cruz.

Adebayoh to Sign For Man City

Manchester City are reputedly determined to push through the transfer of Emmanuel Adebayor by offering the Arsenal striker a double-your-money deal at Eastlands.

Just over 48 hours after City announced they were no longer pursuing Samuel Eto'o, it is understood that talks between Arsenal and City over Adebayor opened on Monday afternoon. Neither club has yet to comment on the speculation but it's believed that City have offered £20m for the Togo striker.

Determined to hold out for £25m, Arsenal are mindful of AC Milan's interest in Adebayor and one complication in the proposed deal may be the player's reputed preference for moving to Italy. Whether that would remain the case in view of the wages apparently on offer in Manchester remains to be seen. According to The Daily Mail, 'The Togo forward is expected to open talks on a five-year deal worth £170,000 a week' and 'the deal could even be completed today'.

If those figures are correct then the total cost of the deal would be in excess of £70m - a staggering outlay given that the club have already spent over £100m in transfer fees alone this year after completing the purchase of Carlos Tevez on Monday.

The newspaper goes on to speculate that Arsene Wenger is willing to sell because 'has grown tired of what he perceives to be Adebayor's poor attitude'. It is more likely that Wenger is willing to cash in on Adebayor in order to fund further redevelopment of the Gunners' rearguard while pursuing Bordeaux's Morocco striker Marouane Chamakh.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

AC Milan To Offer £20m Plus Mathieu Flamini For Emmanuel Adebayor - Report

Despite reports suggesting that Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor was set to reject a move to AC Milan, the Italian club still seem ready to make an offer for the player, according to The Mirror.

The Serie A club are now, according to the British tabloid, ready to offer £20 million in cash as well as defensive midfielder Mathieu Flamini in exchange for the Togolese striker.

The offer, if made, would no doubt interest Gunners boss Arsene Wenger, who is in desperate need of a battling central midfielder, and could welcome Frenchman Flamini back to the club.

The Gunners however, have reportedly tabled an offer for Fiorentina midfielder Felipe Melo, who impressed during Brazil's Confederations Cup triumph in South Africa.

The future of the Brazilian midfielder has been in the balance for a long time following his impressive displays for both club and country, and it is believed that Europe's major sides are trailing him, with Arsenal and Juventus reportedly the front runners.

Flamini meanwhile has found life hard since leaving the Emirates Stadium, struggling to establish himself in the Milan first team until the second half of the season, and only getting his opportunity when other players have been injured.

The 25-year-old might be interested in a move back to north London to work once again with the man who discovered him, and in turn, could be exactly the player Arsenal fans want at the club.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Now What's Freddie Ljungberg Saying? Eish...

Former Arsenal star Freddie Ljungberg has admitted that he is concerned about his old club and that the Gunners’ results over the last few years have made him sad.

The former Swedish international, who now plys his trade in the MLS with the Seattle Sounders, has told the Sunday Mirror that their financial situation is a worry.

“The feeling I get is the financial situation is a bit tight - what is the state of the club?” said Ljungberg.

“Nobody's come out and said why they're not spending. Everyone is asking that.

“I get sad just to look at the results in the last few years.”

The 32-year-old enjoyed phenomenal success during his nine years in north London, winning two Premier League titles and three FA Cups.

Indeed, the Swede was part of the 2005 FA Cup winning side, which was the last trophy Arsenal won.Having now gone four years without any silverware, Ljungberg insisted this was not good enough for a club of Arsenal’s stature.

"When I played there, they always said if you don't win a trophy every year then it was not good enough,” he explained.

“I hope they turn it around.”