Friday, 20 August 2010

Schwarzer bid snubbed, Squillaci interest official, Frimpong injured, Simpson off,

Morning Gooners.

In terms of Arsenal news it certainly kicked off in the past 24 hours. So much  happened I'm going to find it hard to remember it all and squeeze it in to one blog post, but here goes.

I'll start at the back and news in the goalkeeping department.

Yesterday it was revealed that we've had a second bid knocked back by Fulham. The Sun report it was exactly the same offer we made - around £2million - back in May. You can kind of understand Arsenal's decision to go back and offer the same money. The player has put in a transfer request. Might that alter Fulham's thinking? On this occasion it appears not.

The Guardian tell us that Schwarzer's deal has another two years to run, so upping the bid now seems the only way we're going to get our man.

No news on the Shay Given front other than that he was an unused substitute in Manchester City's 1-0 win at FC Timisoara last night.

And into defence we move and our bid for France international and Seville centre-half Sebastien Squillaci was confirmed by his club yesterday in an official statement on their website.

It appears we have offered in the region of £4.5million for the player.

Seville sporting director Ramon Rodriguez told the Daily Star
"For the moment, we believe the offer is insufficient and Squillaci is still a Seville player. Sebastien Squillaci's future is in the air."
According to media reports, the Seville board were due to discuss Arsenal's offer at an emergency meeting yesterday.

It doesn't seem like this one will happen quickly. Seville are after more money, so no doubt have to compromise with the Spaniards, which may well take some time.

No further update either on Armand Traore's move to Benfica. Although the sum I reported a couple of days ago seems to be less than what has been negotiated. It now appears it will be around £3.5million, according to the Daily Mail.

Into midfield we go and we've suffered another injury blow with the news that youngster Emmanuel Frimpong will be out for six to nine months after injuring his cruciate knee ligaments in training. The news was broken by YoungGunsBlog prior to an official announcement by the club.

Its a shame but these things happen. I know he had a strong pre-season but you could see him starting games in the league. The best he could have hoped for was substitute appearances and a run in the Carling Cup side. Anyway, I wish him a speedy recovery. I'm sure he'll come back a stronger player and more determined than ever.

Attacking news sees one of our youngsters leave the club. Jay Simpson's protracted move to Hull City was completed yesterday. I wish him all the best. Never really given a first team chance at Arsenal and didn't seem to kick on from his performance in the Carling Cup. But as a fox in the box type player I'm sure he'll score lots of goals and if a bigger club does come calling, we'll have a nice sell on fee to enjoy.

Last night Arsenal reserves beat Manchester United reserves 2-1 in Dublin. Full report on YoungGunsBlog. Our goals scored by Jay Emmanuel-Thomas and Wellington Silva.

In an injury update prior to this weekend's game with Blackpool, Arsene Wenger has said Alex Song, Johan Djourou, Cesc Fabregas and Robin van Persie could all feature.

And our old friend Gerard Pique has opened his mouth and spouted his normal nonsense about Cesc Fabregas. If you feel so inclined, read more of his whimpering for our captain in The Sun.

Finally for today, it seems our old mucker William Gallas will be heading down the Seven Sisters Road to join Tottenham. There is some uncertainty over the length of the deal with Harry Redknapp's The Sun reporting a one year deal, whilst the Daily Mirror report it will be two. 

Whatever the length of the contract Harry has said that Gallas' demands have not been "greedy" at all. Despite Spurs having a wage cap of £65k a week, Gallas looks set to earn £90k. His team mates will be happy.

Arsene Wenger will host his pre-match press conference later, so we'll get more of an insight as to who will play against Blackpool, plus his usual stonewalling of any questions transfer related.

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1 comment:

  1. Asene Wenger is an ECONOMIST. I was laughing my HEAD off when I heard about the second offer. He knows the value of the guy and the investment after. He realised that after 2yrs this guy will worth nothing.. Why pay 4million for smthing that will yield u nothing in 2yrs time when u can get smthing for 6 - 8million and will give u better investment... I LOVE ARSENE WENGER.