Arsenal Readying Casillas Offer
Arsenal FC are purportedly plotting a sensational move for Real Madrid legend Iker Casillas and would install him as their first-choice goalkeeper if this chase proves successful.
The 32-year-old Spaniard lost his place in the Madrid starting line-up under Jose Mourinho last season but was expected to regain his status as the automatic starter after the appointment of new manager Carlo Ancelotti. However, in the new Primera Division season’s first game on Sunday, he found himself sitting on the bench again, fuelling speculation that his time in the Spanish capital might have run its course.
Coach Arsene Wenger is fed up with his inconsistent glovemen Wojciech Szczesny and Lukasz Fabianski and would jump at the opportunity to sign a World Class custodian like Casillas. However, as is the case in almost every Arsenal transfer, the money involved could fail this deal as the Gunners wouldn’t be willing to offer more than £8million for a 32-year-old while Real are unlikely to settle for anything less than £15m for a player who will surely go down as one of the greatest goalies the game has ever seen.
Ox Says He’d ‘Be Back Playing In Three Months
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s knee injury will keep him away from football for the next three months, the Arsenal winger himself has revealed.
The 20-year-old Gunner damaged a knee ligament in his club’s opening day 3-1 defeat to Aston Villa on Saturday. It was initially thought he could be out for as many as six months, but coach Arsene Wenger calmed those fears by telling the press on Tuesday that he expects Ox’s injury hiatus to be ‘at least’ six-week-long.
“He will be out for at least six weeks. He has a posterior cruciate problem, a ligament which is stretched,” the Frenchman said.
And now Oxlade-Chamberlain has come forward to deliver his own version, according to which, he’d be back sometime in November.
“Gutted I’m injured so early in the season. But I’m going to be working hard to hopefully be back playing in three months,” he tweeted.
Adams Wants Wenger’s Job After He Leaves
Tony Adams has claimed that Arsene Wenger will soon leave Arsenal, and when it happens, he says he would like to take the Frenchman’s job. (The Daily Mail)
While the retired Gunner has respect for what his former mentor has done at the club, he wants to be in the hot seat himself although he isn’t sure he could do any better than Wenger with the current crop of Arsenal players.
Zapsports.com have quoted Adams as saying: “To keep hitting the top four and qualifying for the Champions League is great and Arsene has done such a great job. But there is going to come a day, and that won’t be far away, when Arsene leaves. One hundred per cent I’d like to be Arsenal manager. Of course my heart says, ‘Yes, yes, yes’, but my head says, ‘Can I win with this current team?’ My answer is no, I can’t and I am not sure anyone can.”
PSG to Rival Arsenal In Cabaye Battle
Arsenal’s interest in Newcastle United midfielder Yohan Cabaye will also prove fruitless if the latest reports are to be believed. Apparently, Paris Saint-Germain are also keen to sign the Frenchman, and as expected, are willing to offer far more money than the Gunners can.
Coach Arsene Wenger’s opening £12million offer was rebuffed by the Magpies, but they are expected to come back with a better one. However, the rich Ligue 1 outfit are readying a £20m offer of their own for the former Lille star. It goes without saying who’d be the favourites in this transfer battle. Sky Sports’ sources have claimed that Cabaye wants to join Arsenal though.
Gunners to Offer £17m for Valencia Goalie
Arsenal FC are interested in signing Valencia vice-captain Vicente Guaita and have reportedly sent a club official to Spain to discuss the transfer for the shotstopper. (Goal)
Guaita, 26, plays second-fiddle to Brazilian goalie Diego Alves at the Mestalla, and even though he recently expressed his desire to stay and fight for his position, it is believed that he would jump at the opportunity to switch clubs. So keen are the Gunners to recruit him that they assigned their chief negotiator Dick Law the task of conveying their offer of £17million to Los Che.
The reported figure seems quite exorbitant considering the Gunners’ historic liking for prudence and the fact that they recently bid as low as £12m for Yohan Cabaye, an outfielder.