Rosicky Needs 25 matches to Stay Another Year, Song Still Loves Arsenal, Milan’s Abate Wanted at Emirates, Ugandan Gooner Loses Home…

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Rosicky Needs 25 matches to Stay Another Year – Report

Arsenal FC will have to offer a one-year extension to Tomas Rosicky if he makes at least 25 first-team appearances for the club this season. (Goal.com)

The Czech midfielder, who was signed from Borussia Dortmund in 2006, struggled for several years in North London due to fitness issues but has overcome those problems in the past few seasons and is now regarded as a valuable part of the club’s midfield.

The 33-year-old’s current deal with the club is set to expire at the end of this season, and as is the custom at Arsenal for players over the age of 30, he will be offered just a single year deal, and that too, if he triggers a clause in his existing deal by playing 25 times for the club this term.

The Little Mozart’s match count already stands at 11 for the season, which means it is quite likely that the Gooners will see him ply his trade at the Emirates Stadium until at least the summer of 2015.

 

Song Still Loves Arsenal But Wants Barca Stay

Alexandre Song has once again admitted that he still loves his former club Arsenal but is content with remaining at FC Barcelona despite limited first-team opportunities.

The Cameroon international left the Gunners for the Catalans last year in a £15million deal to add some steel to the La Liga champions’ midfield. But he has so far failed to dislodge the likes of Sergio Busquets, Xavi and Cesc Fabregas – all of whom are ahead of him in the pecking order for midfield places. He rarely gets to start a game for the Cules, which has led to speculation that he might want to return back to the Emirates, but the player says he wants to stay.

In an interview with BBC Sports, Song said: “I was very happy to be at Arsenal, I spent seven years there. But at the moment I’m not looking that way. I am very happy here. I have four years left on my contact. I don’t know what will happen in four years’ time when I finish here. But today I am very happy here.”

Song, 26, still has a lot of love and respect for Arsenal, whom he wishes best of luck for the rest of the season.

When I left Arsenal two years ago I know they had very good players and every season there was just one thing missing,” he added. “I think this year with the players that have come in, I think they have started very well. They are strong in the league and I’ve watched every game.

“I hope this season they will do very well, hopefully they don’t get any players injured because when key players are injured it becomes very difficult for them. But this season hopefully, they will win the league, for me I would love to see them win something.”

 

Gunners Want Milan’s Abate

AC Milan right-back Ignazio Abate is a transfer target for Arsenal FC, according to a report published by The Express.

Apparently, the Gunners want the 27-year-old Italian to replace Bacary Sagna, who is widely expected to leave the North London club when his contract expires next summer.

Abate – who has 14 senior caps for Italy and is known for his pacy wing play on the right flank – could be allowed to leave, if the Rossoneri succeed in signing a like-for-like replacement themselves. Newcastle United full-back Davide Santon is rumoured to be the man they want as Abate’s successor.

 

And El Shaarawy Too

Another AC Milan star that Arsene Wenger has set his sights on is striker Stephan El Shaarawy. (The Express)

The newspaper claim that Arsenal have joined the race to sign the talented 21-year-old Italian, who has apparently slipped down the pecking order at San Siro this term, as the Rossoneri boss Massimo Allegri prefers the physical partnership of Mario Balotelli and Alessandro Matri up front.

The player wants to stay and fight for his place at the club, but even if he becomes available, signing him won’t be easy as the Premier League quartet of Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham are also monitoring his situation.

 

Arsenal Fan Loses Home Over United Defeat

Last weekend’s 1-0 defeat to Manchester United must have disappointed Arsenal fans, but that league setback did much more worse to an unlucky Gooner in the African country of Uganda. (Metro)

A story published by the Ugandan Observer reveals that Henry Dhabasani, an Arsenal fan, had staked his house on a bet with his friend Rashid Yiga, who supports the Red Devils.

Had the Gunners won, Dhabasani would have received Yiga’s Toyota Premio car and also his wife. But the result of the game means that Mr. Dhabasani and his family – which has three wives and five children – are now homeless.