Spurs Hold the Key to Arsenal’s Pursuit Of Real Pair
The success of Arsenal’s pursuit of Real Madrid stars Angel di Maria and Mesut Ozil depends directly on Tottenham Hotspur ace Gareth Bale’s proposed transfer to the Madrid giants. (The Telegraph)
Apparently, Real are prepared to let the aforementioned duo go in order to make space for Bale and finance another big-money move for Liverpool striker Luis Suarez. What’s even better is that the Gunners are prepared to match their asking price of £60million for the pair. However, the Spaniards would sanction the double-deal only after bagging Bale, whose protracted world record transfer is expected to go through in the next few days.
Spurs, themselves, are looking to buy some quality replacements for their departing Welshman, which is why they have stalled his transfer. Whether this delay would cost Arsenal the signings of Di Maria and Ozil remains to be seen.
Chief Negotiator’s Arrival at HQ Hints Of Major Transfer Activity
Arsenal FC have called their chief contract negotiator Richard Law to their London Colney headquarter in anticipation of the frenzied transfer activity that would take place between now and September 2, the last day of the summer transfer window. (The Daily Mail)
Coach Arsene Wenger has yet to dip into the club’s rumoured transfer kitty of £70million, and young striker Yaya Sanogo remains his only new signing of the summer. Despite only a week remaining before all transfer activity gets suspended until January 2014, the Gunners are confident of splashing all or even more than the aforementioned figure, and therefore, they have brought Law to the HQ, where all the contract talks with potential recruits take place.
Wenger Confident of Landing ‘Special’ Players
Arsene Wenger has refused to divulge the exact number of players he wants to buy in the final week of the summer transfer window but has made it clear that he is in the market for ‘special’ players only.
With Arsenal being linked with late moves for high quality players such as Karim Benzema, Mesut Ozil and Angel di Maria, their manager is confident that whoever arrives at the club would capture the imagination of the fans.
In a recent interview, he said: “I still am optimistic and I hope I will not disappoint you. We have not a fixed number [of signings in mind]. I just think we are a bit short at the moment. I’m guided by my conscience to do as well as I can for this club and by the vision of the game I want to play. I feel with the players I have I can play the football we want to play. I’m a great admirer of the spirit, the attitude of these players. They are special and if I want to add something it has to be special.”
When pressed to reveal the identities of his targets, he replied: “I will not give you any names, because it would be unfair for the players who play at another club. It could, as well, create some wrong hopes. You could see that many of the disputes you have all over the country is because the coaches or the managers speak about the players.
“In our job, just be discreet and try to make things happen. That’s what we try to do. You can come back to me and say ‘yes, but you don’t make things happen’. But it’s still only most important in our job is what happens on the football pitch and how well you play football. The rest we work very hard on.”
Koscielny Declared Fit
Laurent Koscielny has been added to Arsenal’s 18-man squad that will host Fernebahce at Emirates Stadium later tonight in the second leg of their UEFA Champions League qualifier. (The Telegraph)
The France international had copped Fener striker Pierre Webo’s kick to his face in the first leg in Istanbul last week and subsequently missed the weekend’s 3-1 win over Fulham. But he has now been passed fit and is free to take part in the return fixture.
Arsenal lead the tie 3-0 against the rowdy Istanbul-based side.
Gunners Set to Up Their Offer to £17M for Cabaye
Arsenal FC are set to launch a second, more improved bid of £17million for Newcastle United midfielder Yohan Cabaye, according to a report published by The Express.
The Gunners failed with an initial £10m offer for the former Lille playmaker last week, but it was enough to turn the player’s head, who then immediately started pushing for a move to the Emirates Stadium. The North Londoners are now expected to return with a follow-up offer in the next 24 hours, and if the said numbers are accurate, it is likely to get accepted by the Magpies.
Soldado Can’t Wait For North London Derby
Tottenham Hotspur’s summer signing Roberto Soldado has revealed that he has already been enlightened by his new teammates about the importance of their club’s rivalry with Arsenal, and he can’t wait to be a part of the ‘beautiful’ North London Derby.
The Gunners and Spurs are set to clash at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday, and ahead of that crucial encounter, the £26million man said: “Yes, my team-mates have told me what the derby means. Tottenham against Arsenal is one of the most beautiful games for the club and everyone who has come in from outside will want to play in it. It’s the game with the biggest rivalry for Tottenham and I cannot wait to play in this environment and I hope we can get the three points.”