Backpage roundup: Song officially gone, Cazorla wants more signings, Spurs target Chamakh, Sahin deal stalls and more

Barcelona Complete Song Signing

Alexandre Song is officially off Arsenal’s books as his £15 million transfer to FC Barcelona has been completed.

The 24-year-old midfielder cleared his medical test with flying colours on Monday before putting pen to paper on a five-year deal with his new club.

Ricard Pruna, the doctor, who conducted Song’s medical, told the press: “His body fat percentage is extremely low and he has good muscle quality. I don’t think he’s had muscle injuries since he was 17, and that’s really good news. He passed all the tests and he’s available to the manager.”

 

Cazorla Wants RVP and Song’s Replacements

Santi Cazorla has said that it is very important for Arsenal to sign some new talent to replace the recently-departed duo of Robin van Persie and Alexandre Song.

The Gunners played their opening game of the new season without the aforementioned pair and had to settle for just a 0-0 draw with Sunderland at Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

Cazorla is of the opinion that van Persie and Song were two of the very best performers for Arsenal last season and therefore adequate replacements should be brought in to compensate for their exits.

The Daily Mirror has quoted him as saying: “It’s clear that van Persie is a great player and obviously we would all have preferred it if he had stayed. Song has gone as well and there are still 10 days left in the transfer market. I do not know if we will sign anyone but obviously it’s important to replace players like that because they were so important for the team.”

 

Giroud Wants Time to Settle; Promises to Score Lots of Goals

Olivier Giroud has asked Arsenal fans to give him some time to settle in and has promised that he will come good despite a slow start to his Premier League career.

The 25-year-old Frenchman was guilty of missing a gilt-edged chance in Arsenal’s 0-0 draw with Sunderland on the opening day of the new season. While he accepts that he should have done better on his debut, he says that fans should be patient with him, just like they were with his predecessor Robin van Persie.

It was a game ball, but the coach told me that I had not to worry about it. This could have been the dream start, but in Montpellier, I did not score for my first game, so I am not worried. Here, I will have plenty of chances and I will score.”

“Last season was wonderful here for Robin, but before that, he took time to settle. I am just asking people to be a little patient with me. I am not here to make people forget Robin, because he has made beautiful things here, but I just want to bring something new.

“However, I am under no more pressure than that, because if I think about that when I go onto the field, I will play with the handbrake on. I know Arsenal is a great club and needs a striker ready and efficient quickly. I need games to get confidence, and it is up to me to succeed.”

 

Spurs Want Arsenal Flop

The Daily Mirror have claimed that Tottenham Hotspur have become so desperate to sign some strikers that they are even interested in Arsenal failure Marouane Chamakh.

According to the publication, Spurs have made an enquiry for the lanky Moroccan and they want to take him to the White Hart Lane on a season-long loan deal.

Apparently, they would face competition from Everton and Fiorentina, who are also keen to recruit the former Bordeaux hitman.

 

Bendtner/Mexes Exchange Deal Back On

According to The Sun, Arsenal and AC Milan are currently negotiating a swap deal involving their respective unwanted players Nicklas Bendtner and Philippe Mexes.

Bendtner is not needed at Arsenal, while Mexes has developed differences with some Milan officials, which means a straight player exchange could be beneficial for both the clubs.

 

Sahin Deal Stalls

Arsene Wenger’s plan to bring his long-term transfer target Nuri Sahin to Emirates Stadium is in jeopardy after Arsenal’s negotiations with Real Madrid for the temporary transfer of the Turkish international stalled. (The Daily Mail)

The La Liga champions want to loan Sahin just for the 2012/13 season, while Arsenal want to have an option to buy him permanently next season, and that is what’s preventing the deal from getting concluded.

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