Sunday, 11 July 2010

The Arsenal Paper Round: Sunday July 11, 2010

The World Cup comes to an end today and at least there is some Arsenal involvement in the final game.

Robin van Persie will line up for Holland and Cesc Fabregas will probably start from the bench for Spain.

And having given Fabregas' views an airing yesterday, it is Robin's turn to speak today.

He hasn't spoken much about Arsenal, however there is a nice piece in the Mail on Sunday.

I will certainly be watching this one. I have been lucky enough to watch most of the games for some periods and I have been thoroughly depressed by most of the football I've seen.

So lets hope the tournament ends on a high today.

There isn't too much firm news on the meeting Barcelona want to arrange with Arsene Wenger.

Apparently it is supposed to today prior to the final. I personally see no point in meeting with them.

We've made our position perfectly clear.

And according to The Sunday Times, Cesc is househunting in St Albans. They say our captain is about to buy a £2m house on a leafy road in a prime part of the Hertfordshire city.

Whilst news of this possible meeting has sent the Daily Star Sunday into a frenzy. Their sister paper the Daily Star suggested we'll make a £20m bid for Mesut Ozil earlier this week.

Now their Sunday stable suggest that we'll go for Yoann Gourcuff.

I wonder how many suitcases with £20m the Star newspapers think we've got.

I heard prior to the World Cup that we'd made a bid for Gourcuff. But not a whisper since.

The People have a line that Manuel Almunia could be a target for Atletico Madrid. The paper suggest that Mark Schwarzer will sign this week as well.

Talking of keepers, the News of The World suggest that Portugal shot stopper Eduardo turned down a move to north London to move to Genoa.

In the piece the suggestion is we moved too late to scupper the deal to the Italians. But the quote from his agent is interesting.

To think a player would rather play for a mid table Italian side compared with a top four English team who have qualified for the Champions League is a little worrying.

The News of The World report that Jack Wilshere will speak with Arsene Wenger on his return from South Africa about what he has in his plans for our teenage midfielder this season.

He obviously is wanted by Bolton and I think it would be good for him to get the first team experience he has been getting at Bolton but there are a lot of variables. You would expect any decision to be made closer to the end of the summer transfer window than prior to the season starting.

A bit of a transfer round up:

The Sunday Express say we'll make a move for 18-year-old Real Zaragoza defender Diego Torrellas.

The Daily Star Sunday reports we're battling it out with Manchester City to sign Ghana midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah, 21.

Asamoah's agent Claudio Vagheggi said:
"There is interest from a number of clubs. A move to the Premier League is possible but he has four years left on his contract with Udinese."
Also in the Daily Star Sunday is news that Greek side Olympiacos have joined Aston Villa in showing interest in Arsenal striker Eduardo.

While the People have a story regarding Jay Simpson who they say has attracted interest from Leicester City who want to take the player on a year's loan.

And a look at some former Arsneal players:

The Sunday Express say Robert Pires has offers from West Ham and Birmingham. What ever happened to his move to Leicester City?

The People say Sunderland and Aston Villa are looking at signing Alexander Hleb from Barcelona.

And the News of The World reveal that Thierry Henry is set to join The New York Red Bulls on Thursday

Finally for today, I want to wish Gio van Bronckhorst the best for tonight. After playing in the World Cup final, he'll hang up his football boots for good.

And that's your lot. If there is anything to talk about during the day, you'll find me doing so on Twitter.
Have a great day!

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