Wednesday, 30 June 2010

The Arsenal Paper Round: Wednesday June 30, 2010


It's pretty much as you were then in  terms of Arsenal news this morning. With the development yesterday that Laurent Koscielny is on his way from Lorient, our attention is being drawn to another centre back.
The Daily Star reports we're running the rule over Algeria's Rafik Halliche. He's 23 years-old and plays for Benfica.
We've turned our attention to Halliche rather than his international team-mate Madjid Bougherra because of Rangers £5m asking price.
Halliche is available for £1.5m.
Sol Campbell has flown to Scotland to discuss a two year deal with Celtic according to reports.
He's been offered £30,000 a week.
It would be sad to see him go because he did offer the squad something but I understand Arsene's position about not offering over 30's more than a one year deal.

In John Cross' piece he also says William Gallas will sign for Juventus - but I thought Gallas said no to the Italian club last week?
The Daily Telegraph report that now the Koscielny deal is almost complete, we'll turn our attention to Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer.
Nothing new there then.
Whilst many of this morning's papers are reporting that Aston Villa are set to make a bid to sign striker Eduardo.
After Sunday's report that the striker spoke with Arsene Wenger about his future at the end of the season and wants more playing time.
You can understand his predicament. He's 27 and hardly got a game last season.
I said at the back end of last season that both he and Tomas Rosicky would enjoy a better 2010-11 season than the previous campaign because they would have the benefit of a full pre-season and have both been injury free.
It would be sad to see him go, but you can understand it. I think he would be better off going to Italy or Spain rather than another Premier League club.

In the World Cup yesterday, Arsenal's only representative was Cesc Fabregas for Spain as they beat Portugal 1-0. Cesc didn't get a second on the pitch. What does he have to do to get a game for his country?
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