No new rumours for you to get your teeth into – just updates on previous rumours.
Firstly, we’ve been linked again with Shakhtar Donetsk winger Willian. Denilson wanted us to sign him a while back, despite being on his way out of the club, and from what I’ve seen of him he’s a decent player. Apparently he’s only valued at £5 million, while other news outlets report a fee in the region of £15 million. Somewhere in between would probably be about right.
Personally, I’m desperate for us to sign a winger. I think it’s an area in which we could use more depth – Nasri and Arshavin are our only natural wingers in my opinion, as Walcott often struggles. He has good games, but sometimes gets forced out of a game by his full back. I think Willian would be a decent option on the flank, but it depends on a few things. Personally, I can’t see Wenger going for him, but we’ll see.
Jose Mourinho has commented on the Benzema & Higuain rumours. He says they’re both “intransferable”, so it looks like both of those rumours are dead in the water at the moment. I doubt we’ll see that situation change, so right now they’re just pipe dreams.
Further fuel has been added to the “Odemwingie to Arsenal” fire, this time with a few major news outlets reporting that we’ve bid £4 million for the West Brom striker. This all came from wearethenorthbank’s exclusive about us being interested in Odemwingie, and I doubt there’s much else to it.
According to givemefootball, Arsenal & Chelsea target Romelu Lukaku will join one of the two soon. I can’t see him coming to Arsenal, he has Chelsea written all over him. It’s sad, because I think he’s going to be an absolute beast. In fact, at 6ft5, he already is. He’ll probably end up like Drogba, our nemesis, always scoring against us, which is a shame.
That’s about it for today, although if there’s anything worth reporting later on it might be up. Until then, I have to learn my German script. Auf wiedersehen…
(update: apparently Manchester United were scouting our target Ricky Alvarez last night. Hands off!)
You can probably guess which are which.
Firstly, sorry for my lack of posts over the last couple of days. On Monday I went to the play-off final (in the Swansea end) and since then I’ve barely been back home.
Now, the three latest rumours with the most to them have been involving Gervinho, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Peter Odemwingie. Lille striker Gervinho looks set to announce his next club within the coming week. Apparently Arsenal, Liverpool and Newcastle are the clubs jostling for the signature of the £9.5 million man.
I also read somewhere that he’s told close friends that he’s coming to the Emirates. I’d be surprised if he went elsewhere – he’s being offered Champions League football at Lille, and out of the three clubs mentioned we’re the only ones also competing in Europe’s premier competition. Being my usual optimistic self, I’d probably say the transfer will be wrapped up by the end of this week – unlike Arsenal, seeing as we like to drag things out.
The second transfer that looks likely to be completed soon is that of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. His father, Mark, has encouraged him to join Arsenal ‘as soon as possible’. In life, usually you listen to your parents (unless you’re Mario Balotelli) and I think a young guy (yeah I know, he’s older than me) like Oxlade-Chamberlain will be no different. I’m looking forward to seeing him play more often, which I’ll be doing next season whatever happens. He seems a good player with a lot of potential.
Finally, the in-the-know wearethenorthbank have some more inside info, this time pertaining to the possible transfer of West Brom striker Peter Odemwingie. Apparently the 29-year-old is a target of Arsenal, although having said that, we target a lot of players. I thought he was a little younger than 29, so I’m not sure if we’d go for him, seeing as he’d have no resale value. But Arsene’s surprised us in the past.
That’s all for today’s update, seeing as it’s half term and I’ve also got a lot of revision to be doing, I doubt there’ll be another unless we sign anyone. Still, keep your eyes peeled…