Saturday, 18 June 2011

Arshavin wants Arsenal stay - Enrique talks open - Alverez to sign?

Morning Gooners.

As we enter the fourth weekend since the end of the season, we're still waiting for all the signs that Arsene Wenger will be "very active" as promised in the transfer market. So far we've had just one signing - that of Carl Jenkinson - and the announcement three players will leave the club once their contracts expire.

One thing's for certain, we'll need to hit the ground running following the release of next season's fixtures. We start the season at Newcastle, followed by Liverpool at home and then a trip to Old Trafford to face Manchester United. Either side of the visit of Kenny Dalglish's men is the Champions League qualifier.

Wenger will need to ensure that all his acquisitions are in place because we have no time now to ponder about who we want to buy and be decisive about our targets and going out and getting them. It's so costly that we let our league position slip as criminally as we did in the last 14 games of the season. We can't afford to have a bad start. I know many of our rivals have equally difficult starts but we have to ensure the performances are at their best and the players are in the right physical condition to give 100% for the first five games of the season before the international break at the start of September.

One thing we need to get out of the way sooner rather than later is any speculation regarding the future of Samir Nasri. Hopefully this week will be decisive in deciding his future one way or another. Arsene Wenger is due to hold talks with the player and his representatives in the coming days and once the out come of those talks are known we'll be able to get on with some of our other transfer business.

There are lots of Nasri stories around this morning but he was speaking before the end of the season to the official Arsenal magazine and to me the situation appears to have moved on since then, so I'm not reading anything into what he said about his future.

The future of the Frenchman could have an impact on whether Andrey Arshavin will be with us next season. The Russian has two years remaining on his deal but Wenger would like to move him on this summer if possible - depending on Nasri committing his future to the club by signing a new deal.

Arshavin, writing for The Times about the effect the 2018 World Cup will have on Russia, said on his future:
"Would I return to play in Russia? I am really enjoying my time at Arsenal and something extraordinary would have to happen for me to go back. 
"However, something extraordinary is about to happen. A World Cup in Russia can be the catalyst for real change, for real opportunity, a chance for sport to put Russia on the map."
With Gael Clichy also in the same situation as Nasri, along with Tomas Rosicky and Manuel Almunia, Arsenal are looking at alternatives for the left back.

The Times report the club have held talks with José Enrique's representatives. The Newcastle man has told his club he won't be signing a new deal after the year remaining on his contract runs out. That has opened the door to Arsenal signing the player because Clichy has yet to commit to a new deal.

The Express report Roma are interested in the Frenchman and considering he was nearly on his way to Italy last summer, that would be a better destination for Arsenal rather than Liverpool who have already had a £5million bid turned down.

Sporting Lisbon say they have no interest in signing Nicklas Bendtner. Whilst Owen Coyle says Gary Cahill could play for any of the Premier League's top four.

Finally, Buenos Aires based radio station Radio La Red reports say Ricky Alvarez will sign for a English club next week. Could it be Arsenal?

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