Thursday, 24 June 2010

The Arsenal Paper Round: Thursday June 24, 2010

I suppose the one good thing about going further into the world cup is the chance for Arsenal to negotiate with players they are tracking.

With Australia leaving the competition despite a win last night, it appears our move for the Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer is back on according to John Cross in the Mirror.

We are apparently going to up our initial bid to £3.5m for the 37-year-old.

The story also says Manuel Almunia will be allowed to go.

It appears that Schwarzer had a good game for the Aussies last night against Serbia, although I can't speak from first hand experience as I didn't see the game.

If the transfer does happen, I think it would be a good move for Arsenal. It would allow Wojciech Szczesny the time he needs to develop and perhap Lukasz Fabianski might improve as well.

Another of those who is out of the World Cup and able to sort out his future is William Gallas.

His agent has been talking and it seems like the Frenchman is keen on a move to Italy.
They have offered him a two year deal.

His agent √Čtienne Mendy said:
"I will meet them to find an agreement over his wages after having been in touch with them a few days ago.
"Juventus want Gallas and he would be happy to wear the Bianconeri shirt."
The fitness of Nicklas Bendter and whether he'll be able to shake off a groin injury in time for Denmark's must win game against Japan, is also a major talking point this morning.

In the other game in Group E, Robin Van Persie's Holland face Alex Song's Cameroon.

Carlos Vela should be fit for Mexico a ahead of their last-16 meeting with Argentina on Sunday.

Other than that there isn't too much going on this morning.

Some bloke from Barcelona is trying to tap up Cesc, but I don't think we need to go there.

As I said on Twitter yesterday, I wonder how long it will be until every member of the Barce squad has told Cesc he must come and play for them.

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