Arsenal close in on £7m deal|Mass Clearout Planned.

Welcome to another day everyone. I hope the past two days have been good to you.

The picture above reminds me of how much I’ve missed the little Russian we once loved. I still love you very much, Andrei! Nothing sexual of course!

Whew! I’m glad I cleared my mind on that. So enough with the emotional talk.

Plenty Arsenal news this morning, let’s head straight into the post.

It looks like we’ll be making an early move for Ajax captain, Jan Vertonghen this summer.

Having seemingly sealed the deal for Poldi, it is believed we are trying to tie up a cut deal in the region of £7m for Vert, who has only one year left on his contract.

Apparently, Wenger has learned from his mistakes of last summer and is looking to conclude business very early this time around.

It can also be viewed as a ploy to make RVP sign on. A statement of intent, signaling to Robin that the club is serious about challenging for the title next season.

Talking Robin, there’s been talk he’ll be offered 120k to make him stay. We all know he’s not about the money, and while a pay rise will surely help, the team’s chance of competing for trophies is the determining factor.

A major clear out is expected this summer. It is believed some fringe players will be sold or released as the case may be to give space for quality players.

Daily Mail reports that Arshavin’s loan move is likely to be turned into a permanent deal. Naturally you’d expect me to be gutted if that happened.

Arsenal are also looking to make Denilson’s move to Sau Paulo permanent. The Brazilian side are however reluctant to pay him 50,000 quid weekly, something we paid him for how many years? Says a lot really.

It is also believed that players like Nik Bendtner, Vela, Squillaci and Almunia will be sold, freeing the club of up to £23m in annual wages. 23m we hope will go into signing new quality players.

One quality player who won’t be signing for us is Mario Gotze. News broke he signed a new deal with Dortmund yesterday, one which ties him down till 2016.

I won’t say I’m disappointed because I honestly didn’t think we could sign him. I mean, he’s valued at £35m or thereabout, way out of our fishing range.

So with Gotze a no-go and Podolski as good as signed. What player(s) would you love to see at the Emirates next season? In an Arsenal jersey of course!

Let me know in the comments!

Have a great day ahead!


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Posted on March 28, 2012, in News and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. American Gooner


  2. With Goetze out of reach, Eriksen or Javi Martinez are some decent options. But with Wilshere comin back i dont think not getting any of them will hinder our title challenge next season.

  3. I’d like to see Junior Hoilett, he’s free this summer I believe. Maybe M’Vila too. Wilshere’d be like a new signing on his return so we don’t need much else.

    Should we get Vert, our back line’ll be well covered to cope with a gruelling, trophy hunting season.

  4. Ok, let’s recap.
    Poldi for his attacking threat, Vert for his versality,…all that’s left is probably Hoilett for his ‘too good to pass up’ status. He’ll be free. Then M’Vila for being……M’Vila. Excellent midfield enforcer.
    That should be enough. I believe if we buy too much, we’d be under pressure to deliver & I’m still comfy with our underdog status.
    Good signs.
    Gooner for life.

  5. Vertonghen is a must. He can play at CB, LB and CM. I would love to see us get Dempsey, Hoilett, Gourcuff (for creative cover) and another top class striker

  6. Hazard, Marko Marin, Ganso,

  7. Food for thought. Next season, we can’t have more than a 25man squad as always but unlimited number of U21/homegrown players. Should the likes of Arsha, Bendtner, Vela, Squillaci, Almunia, Benayoun, Chamakh, Park, Denilson all leave, we’ll have a squad like this

    Goalkeepers : Szczesny, Fabianski, and a 3rd GK
    Defenders: Sagna, Jenkinson, Santos, Gibbs, Vermaelen, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Miquel, Djourou
    Midfielders : AOC, Coquelin, Wilshere, Song, Arteta, Rosicky, Diaby,
    Attackers: RVP, Walcott, Gervinho, Podolski

    That’s 23 players in all. But if you take out the U21 players we’ll have 18/19 players. Meaning there’s space for at least 5 signings should wenger pursue it. But don’t expect more than 3. Which is going to be Podolski, M’vila and Vertoghen. Hoiliet maybe because he’s free but I doubt the canadian would want to be behind Gervinho & Podolski. Wenger will make all his signings before the Euros. Mark my words.

  8. I will say forget eden hazard and mario gotze for they are un-neccessarily expensive.Let’s go for iker muniain,jan vertongen,yarn M’villa or javi martinez as cover for song,junior hoillet as atacking option while we push walcott to center forward.

  9. I would LOVE to see Shinji Kagawa at Arsenal! Him + Vertonghen + Podolski would be amazing. I think we should also look at two CAM’s. Eriksen would be ideal too. BUT, Wenger has spoken of the possibility of AOC taking a more central role. If not, I think we do need two and sell fringe players (Diaby, Arshavin, Vela, Chamakh, Denilson…). Also, heard Jack Butland might arrive. Would be quality and definitely one for the future along with Szczesny. So then, we’ll sell Fabianski!

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