Saturday, 17 July 2010

The Arsenal Paper Round: Saturday July 17, 2010


Morning.

Can you feel it? It's the excitement of our first pre-season game this afternoon. More on that later.

A quick whizz round the newspapers this morning to get you going.

Yesterday, Barcelona admitted they might not be able to sign Cesc Fabregas this summer. Their president Sandro Rosell went on television to let his supporters down gently. To cast the doubt in their mind that the great Barca won't be able to do a deal for their prodigal son.

The Guardian has a great piece on the subject by fellow Gooner Matt Scott.

Rosell, speaking to Catalan television said:

"Arsenal feel very hurt by Barça. They don't want to listen to offers or sell and they are not putting the player on the market. 

"There was a strong dispute a few months ago and they have not forgotten it. 

"He will come, even if it is not now, it will be next year. We will see. 

"One thing that is certain is that we will not be throwing the house at trying to sign him. No shareholder would pay €60m [£50.6m] or €70m [£59.1m] for him. We would only pay his value in the transfer market."

It really goes to show how much they want Cesc when their first offer is a derisory €30m [£25.3m]. I think they see him more as a political pawn rather than a player who they actually need. We all know he is worth at least twice that, if not more, considering his age, contract length and potential.

Compare that price to some of the players they've brought and sold. It is shocking.

And their public pursuit of our captain has been shameful.

Our new signing Marouane Chamakh has been speaking about how he can help us mix up our game.

He said: 'I like playing nice attractive football with short passes. But I can bring something more, too, with long balls towards me if we are struggling during a game. I'm strong in the air.'

Would be good to see him get some minutes this afternoon.

The Daily Mirror say that Arsenal will offer Jack Wilshere to Bolton if he is to go out on loan again for any part of this season.

And finally for today, congratulations to Sol Campbell who will be getting married this afternoon. The ceremony with his bride to be will take place at St Andrew's Church in Corbridge, Northumbria, at 3.30pm.

I'll post a preview of the Barnet game later. Enjoy the rest of your morning.

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