AVB Confident Of Defeating Arsenal
Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas is confident that his side can defeat Arsenal in the North London Derby on Sunday despite the absence of his outgoing superstar Gareth Bale.
Spurs have been extremely active in the current transfer window, strengthening their squad with seven quality players. That splurge has buoyed their Portuguese boss, who is now targetting all three points at the Emirates Stadium in tomorrow’s game. He said: “We have the quality to go there and win. I think we will set up to try to win the game and hopefully achieve the result we want.”
When asked if a clash with the Gunners is different than others, he answered: “Yes. It is a different type of proposition on Sunday but it has special ingredients of a game that is unique in English football and full of emotion. Hopefully, if we set up properly, the match for sure will be a great game, because both teams want to play, want to win, want to attack, and hopefully it can be a present for the fans.”
Theo Walcott and Arsene Wenger recently downplayed Spurs’ bolstering of their options and claimed that so many new faces may need time to adapt and gel together. Surprisingly, AVB agrees with that viewpoint and admits that his side has this disadvantage to overcome.
“Our objective is to be stronger. The advantage that they have is that they know each other very, very well from the past because they are a side that has been built together for these last years and, without having new faces, they don’t have to worry about building something. They’re already in there, the Arsenal way of playing. And we have lots of new faces and still have to build our own style of play,” he added.
Wenger Vows Not to Make ‘Panic’ Buys
Arsene Wenger has assured Arsenal fans that he will not make ‘panic’ buys a la 2010 when he made a flurry of new recruits in the final days of the summer transfer window, only to see them fall short of his required level.
Admitting that panic buying is not something he excels in, the Gunners boss told Sky Sports: “We will not panic buy, that is for sure. It’s not my strength to panic. You need good players in every position, and especially you need an attitude and way to play the game. The players here know the way we want to play and that is important. If we can add players who can integrate with that style of play we will do it.
“We work very hard on that, if we cannot we will not do anything stupid just for the sake of saying that we have done something. We do what makes sense or not, that is simple.”
But when asked if adding quality players to his squad is still on top of his agenda, he replied: “Yes. [When?] I don’t know. I am confident.”
Draxler On Arsenal’s Radar
After failing to land any of their world class transfer targets, Arsenal FC are considering bidding for Schalke starlet Julian Draxler, according to a report in The Mirror.
The Bundesliga outfit doesn’t want to sell the 19-year-old attacking midfielder, and has therefore, slapped a price tag of £60million on him to deter interest from other clubs in his services. The Gunners, however, still want to test Schalke’s resolve and are apparently willing to part with £40m for his services.
Gunners End Interest In Cabaye
Arsenal FC’s interest in Newcastle United star Yohan Cabaye has purportedly ended after they fulfilled their need of a central midfielder by signing free agent Mathieu Flamini. (The Mirror)
The Gunners had also informed the Magpies that they won’t be offering more than £12m for the Frenchman, and as a result, the deal is dead.
Arsenal in Discussions With Lille Over Kalou
Arsene Wenger is thinking about signing former Chelsea star Salomon Kalou for Arsenal, the Daily Mail have claimed.
The 28-year-old forward, who now plays his club football for Lille in France, has been a long-term target of the Gunners boss. He had been linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium on multiple occasions in his Chelsea days, and while a move never materialised then, it could now. Apparently, basic discussions have already taken place between the Gunners and Kalou’s Ligue 1 club, and a modest fee of £2.6million would be enough to secure his signature. He is expected to command weekly wages of £60,000.