Sunday, 22 May 2011

Rivals £58m Fabregas offer - Wenger names targets - Senegalese striker linked

Morning Gooners.

It's the final day of the season. Back in August we looked forward with so much hope and optimism and today we're left hoping we can win against Fulham this afternoon and hope Bolton do us a favour by beating Manchester City.

After the run of games we've gone through, expecting a win against Mark Hughes' side is something I'm not to hopeful of. Our form has been awful. I can only hope Arsene Wenger can lift the team into one last winning performance to send us all away on our summer holidays that bit happier.

By 6pm we'll know whether we'll be facing a Champions League qualifier or be able to not worry about European competition until September.

The team news we know is that Cesc Fabregas won't be involved. There are doubts over Abou Diaby, Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy who have all undergone fitness tests yesterday. I don't expect any of the trio to play.

There are also doubts over Johan Djourou, Laurent Koscielny and Tomas Rosicky who all missed last Sunday's defeat to Aston Villa.

Today is a must win game for us and whether we finish third or fourth will slight impact on our transfer activity this summer. However I don't think finishing fourth will effect players who want to play for us.

There are more rumours around today concerning the future of our captain Cesc Fabregas. The Sunday Mirror say we're prepared to sell him to Barcelona for £50m. Whilst their sister paper The People suggest Manchester City could offer £58m.

Whatever happens this summer, if Cesc leaves the price has got to reflect the fact he's a world class star. There can be no repeat of last summer when Barcelona made quite derisory offers of under £30m for a player who has won both the World Cup and the European Championship with Spain.

If Manchester City are interested in our captain that would offer us the chance to start a bidding war, if Arsene Wenger has decided to allow Fabregas to move on. Personally, I don't think the manager is at all keen on letting a player of the quality of Fabregas leave and will fight to keep him.

Personaly I don't think he'll leave this summer but if a crazy offer came in, Arsene Wenger would certainly consider it.



The manager has admitted the club will spend and has cagily named his targets: players one, two and three. I've never heard of them and they aren't available on YouTube. Wenger must be trusting his scouts heavily on their reports of these three.

Wenger said:
"We will work on strengthening the team and I will spend what is needed to spend. We are definitely in the market for new players, that is for sure.
"We have lists of transfer targets – numbers one, two and three – and we will try to achieve them.
"I have said in the past that the inflation for English players is always very high.
"I like English players, they are good, but they are always a lot of money. However, if we have to spend we will do it."
With the on going situations with Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy yet to be resolved - although they should be by this time next week one way or another - the manager has to plot his recruitment policy wisely. He can't spend all of his £40m transfer kitty on three players and them leave himself exposed with Nasri and Clichy leaving.

He'll also have to act quickly because if we're interested in a player no doubt other clubs are as well. Manchester City are the latest club to have set a marker against the name of Leighton Baines. And the News of the World (£) report Mancini has agreed an £8m deal with Ajax for defender Jan Vertonghen - someone we've been linked with for quite some time.

Phil Jones of Blackburn has been touted as a possible answer to our defensive midfield short comings. If Rovers are relegated today that could help us secure his services.

The Sunday Mirror rehash their story about us following the progress of Mario Gotze, the 18-year-old German international who plays for Borussia Dortmund.

Whilst The People say we're keeping tabs on Lille and Senegal forward Moussa Sow, 25, who is the top scorer in France this season.

And finally, it appears someone at the Football Association has seen sense and Jack Wilshere won't be going to the European under-21 Championships in Denmark. I think it's good news for Wilshere, Arsenal and England he's not been picked to play this summer.

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