Wenger Open to Using Bendtner
After reviving the career of Mathieu Flamini, it seems that coach Arsene Wenger is ready to offer the same courtesy to Nicklas Bendtner. (The Daily Mail)
The Arsenal manager’s failure to land any of his midfield targets saw him hand a three-year deal to free agent Flamini a few days ago. His efforts to bolster the club’s forward line with quality players have proved fruitless too, which is why he is now turning to the Danish striker, who is already on the club’s books but is widely accepted to lack the quality required to perform at this level.
“The chance for him [Bendtner] to leave now is very small and if he comes back well and gets fit, I will use him,” Wenger told the press recently.
It is pertinent to mention here that due to Lukas Podolski’s injury, Arsenal are short of option up front.
Wenger Discusses Tottenham’s Transfer Activity
Arsene Wenger has claimed that the imminent sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid will cause Tottenham Hotspur a whole lot more damage than the simple weakening of their footballing ability.
Speaking from personal experience, the Arsenal boss explained: “It has a negative impact when you lose your best players, always. Because you are perceived by your fans as having a lack of ambition. The rest of the squad loses strength in their team. We have gone through that process consistently and it always demands a mental adjustment to keep your ambition alive. It’s very difficult.”
The Gunners boss also seemed to suggest that Bale, who is on the verge of completing a world record move to Madrid, isn’t worth the money being paid for him.
He continued: “They [Real] are very generous. I don’t think that prices are linked with the quality of the players at all. This summer especially. The prices today are just linked with the financial power and the desire of the buyer. It’s impossible to assess a market and say that this is the normal price for this player because that is his quality. That has gone. There are very, very, very few players who economically justify or it make sense to pay over £50 million.”
When asked if he thinks Bale belongs to that select group, Wenger replied: “If you analyse what I just said, you can find your own conclusion.”
He continued talking about Spurs, whom Arsenal are scheduled to host this Sunday, this time commenting on their incredible transfer splurge that has seen them buy a number of top quality players.
“There is a technical risk when you buy more than three players because you unbalance the stability of your squad a little bit. It’s always difficult when you bring so many players in to predict how well they will do. You have to integrate more, your squad is always a balance, and there’s a bit more risk. It can work as well. It can click fantastically well. But there is a little risk in the stability of the squad and the technical consistency,” he added.
Kaka Expresses Desite to Quit Real
Arsene Wenger may have failed to sign a contemporary superstar this summer, but he could get a world class performer of the yesteryear as Real Madrid flop Kaka has openly confessed his desire to leave Santiago Bernabeu in a bid to resurrect his career.
The £56million man has been a huge disappointment in his four years at Real, and his fortunes in the Spanish capital are unlikely to improve as his club is on the verge of signing Gareth Bale. It would reduce his footballing opportunities even more, and therefore, the 2007 Ballon d’Or winner wants to switch clubs.
AS have quoted the Brazilian as saying: “I am feeling very good physically but the club know that I would like to find a solution to my situation. Things are difficult for me here, there is increasingly less room for me. I am ready every day to train and work but this is not to say that I am happy. The club know that I would like to go and that I would like them to help me find a way out. [Carlo] Ancelotti knows, Florentino [Perez] knows, everyone at the club knows and I hope that between now and Monday a solution is found.”
He ruled out a return back to his homeland, saying: “I cannot go to Brazil because the transfer market is closed there, the destination would have to be in Europe. I believe it is in the best interests of myself and the club that I leave in an amicable way, it is the right time to go. I don’t want to talk about others clubs because I have none at this stage.”
Spurs Considering Bidding for Arsenal Target
Cash-rich Tottenham Hotspur will compete with Arsenal and Liverpool for the signature of Atletico Madrid winger Arda Turan, according to The Express.
The Turkey international’s agent Ahmet Bulut recently told the press that the Gunners and the Merseysiders are interested in acquiring his client’s services, but it seems that Spurs – who recently lost Willian to Chelsea – are in the mix too.
Turan has a buyout clause of £20million in his Atletico contract, and Spanish radio station Cadena Cope claim that Spurs are mulling over triggering it.
The player’s former club Galatasaray, Chelsea and Monaco had previously shown interest in him too.
Lyon’s Grenier Staying Put
Olympique Lyonnais midfielder and rumoured Arsenal target Clement Grenier has announced that he is staying put for ‘at least one more season’ even though his club cannot offer him Champions League football this term.
Speaking after his club’s UCL exit in the qualifying round at the hands of Real Sociedad, the 22-year-old Frenchman told RMC Sport: “There is no question to ask. I will stay at least one more season. It will be complicated [when I want to leave], but then I must ask the president [Jean-Michel Aulas]. But I am happy in Lyon.”