Due to the Coventry cup tie I was riding the pine last week so here’s the headlines.
Wenger on new deals for Mertesascker and Sagna…
“We are making good progress and hopefully we can announce something soon”. Morata deal back on!
Fulham at home, two goals by Santi Cazorla, clean sheet, three points, top of the table.
New name on the striker target list; Mirko Vucinic,
Silent Stan in London, rumoured to have £24 million, four year contract in his pocket for Wenger. No Morata deal, he’s decided to stay at Real.
Wenger on Vucinic
… “I’m not particularly interested”
Nothing to report.
Wenger seen in departure lounge at Heathrow. Draxler deal in the offing?
Wenger called the Mata to Man U deal “unfair” as he would be able to play against all the main rivals, but not Chelsea. Hmm! has Arsene forgotten the sale of Lassana Diarra to Portsmouth back in 2008? They still had to play all the main rivals for the league title too, with the exception of just one, Arsenal. What goes around, comes around Arsene!
Arsene put out a strong side for the FA Cup tie against Coventry City, or the Exiles as they are coming to be known, since they play their “home” games thirty-five miles away in Northampton. The 4 – 0 scoreline was a bit flattering maybe as Coventry were the better team for the first thirty minutes of the second half, already two down to two goals by Lukas Podolski, they released the handbrake and went for it creating some good chances and rattling both Arsenal and the woodwork. Ultimately, one more each for Giroud and Cazorla saw us safely through to Sunday’s draw.
Draxler close to £36 million move to Arsenal
a source in Germany claimed the fee has been agreed with Schalke and negotiations with the player, who is reported to be “desperate” to join Arsenal, are under way. Phew! That’s a deal that will knock “Mata to Man U” off the back pages….if it goes through!
Arsene Wenger has described reports that Arsenal are closing in on a £37million move for Schalke attacking midfielder Julian Draxler as an “illusion”. “That is an illusion. There is nothing happening, honestly no,” Wenger said.
Rumours abound that the Chavs have a deal in place to sign Arsenal striker target Diego Costa in the summer or even this week.
Sunday evening’s FA Cup draw saw Arsenal given a home tie with Liverpool, a tasty morsel, the game to be played Sunday Feb. 16th at 4pm.
Wenger speaking ahead of the Southampton game said Ramsey, Arteta and Vermaelen are all fit and available but Wilshire is doubtful.
It is expected that Arsenal will shortly announce a new kit manufacturer deal with German company Puma, The deal will run for five years and is worth £150 million over that period.
Speaking at the launch of the Puma kit deal, Ivan Gazidis said “
Arsène will be extending with us and, at the right time, we will make that announcement, we have always supported Arsène, the board and Stan Kroenke have always been completely behind him. Arsène has always been committed to the club. He’s the right person to see us forward.” See my news item from Monday last week. I don’t wish to say “I told you so”, but I told you so.
Henry Winter on
Wenger the architect of glory….Arsenal employ one of the best creative footballers in the world in Mesut Özil, one of the most inspiring centre-halves in Per Mertesacker, some of the leading young English talent in Jack Wilshere, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott, a strong centre-forward in Olivier Giroud and one of the most improved goalkeepers in Europe in Wojciech Szczesny.
They nurture some of the best kids around, from Serge Gnabry and Gedion Zelalem to Dan Crowley.
They boast a great stadium, a well-equipped training ground and a colossal new kit deal.
After eight trophy-less years, things are increasingly in place for a realistic push for silverware, this season or next. The man who has guided Arsenal into this good place, Arsene Wenger will not need too much reflection ahead of that new contract.
Ten man Arsenal derailed by Southampton
Well I guess that says it all, there has been more than enough dissection of the performance, so no more needed.
Other bad news, Ramsey suffered a “set back” not likely to be available in the near future.
Draxler deal back on? Maybe!
Manchester City duly thrashed the Spuds 1 – 5 to move above Arsenal to the top of the table, it’s going to take a superhuman effort to dislodge them now…can we do it? Yes we can!
Dick Laws is reported to be in Germany tying up the loose ends of the Draxler deal, the medical will be carried out by Doctor Muller-Wohlfahrt the same doctor who did Ozil’s. Fabianski could move the other way as part of the deal.
Juventus striker Mirko Vucinic of whom Arsene said, on 21st January, “I’m not particularly interested” is to have a medical today prior to a loan deal until the end of the season.
An unhappy Lukas Podolski is to “seek talks” about his Arsenal future.
And finally, Barcelona’s 22 year old flying winger Christian Tello could be signed, as a Theo replacement, on loan until the season’s end.
Much of the transfer “news” is of course speculative but I have tried to pick out only the items that are more likely to be true.
Victoria Concordia Crescit
That’s it for another week