Monday, 19 July 2010

The Arsenal Paper Round: Monday July 19, 2010


We'll start with the story which broke yesterday afternoon, that of the possible transfer transfer of Eduardo to Shakhtar Donetsk.

I wrote a post yesterday about this story. Not much has changed since.

The Daily Mail has a few extra details, like the wage deal which could be offered to the Croatia striker, £50,000 a week.

They also add that Eduardo's signing could go 'some way' to convincing the club captain Darijo Srna staying with the club.

I'm sure this story will either come to conclusion or disappear by the end of the week.

If he's not on the flight to Austria today, can we read something into this. I think so.

Arsene will no doubt be asked about this transfer on Wednesday after the friendly against SK Sturm Graz - if the press are allowed to talk to the manager.

One thing the boss has been talking about is the new Premier League 'home grown' quota.

All Premier League clubs signed up to having a squad of only 25 players aged over the aged of 21-years-old, of whom at least eight need to be 'home grown'

Home grown player are described as players who have been trained in England or Wales for 36 months before the end of the season in which they became 21.

The Daily Mail say we have a squad containing 14 foreign players over 21 and six player who are eligible for the 'home grown' quota. None of our 'home grown' players are English.

They are:

Home-grown over-21s: 6 Bendtner, Fabregas, Djourou, Denilson, Mannone, Clichy 

Foreigner over-21s: 14 Almunia, Arshavin, Chamakh, Koscielny, Nasri, Rosicky, Sagna, Song, Vermaelen, Van Persie

"I'm not too much for rules. What is important is quality.
"The Premier League is the most watched league in the world and you only get that if you focus on quality."
"I do not believe the fact that England did not win the World Cup is linked with that."

The Daily Mirror say Jay Simpson is being given one last chance to prove to Arsene Wenger that he has what it takes to make it at Arsenal.

He will travel to Austria after scoring a brace at Barnet on Saturday.

He played for QPR last season on loan and the previous season he played at West Brom.

He signed a new 'long term' contract with Arsenal in December 2008 which thee Mirror say has only 12 months to run.

It will be interesting to see how much time he gets in the rest of pre-season. I think he will move on though. I'm not sure he's got what it takes to displace Robin Van Persie, Nicklas Bendtner or new signing Marouane Chamakh.

However with the new home grown rule, I wouldn't like to second guess Arsene Wenger.

A quick round up of the transfer speculation making the papers this morning.

The Daily Mail say Mesut Ozil is available for a fee of around £20million after Werder Bremen hinted they are open to offers for the 21-year-old German international.

Told you it was quick!

And finally for today, spare a thought for Francis Jeffers who's career went downhill after he joined Arsenal.

The Daily Mirror say he is going on trial at newly promoted Blackpool after being released by Sheffield Wednesday at the end of last season.

And that's it. If there is anything to talk about throughout the day, you'll find me doing it on Twitter.

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