Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Third place key to signing M'Vila, Vertonghen and players of their calibre

Morning Gooners.

The signing of Lukas Podolski is a great piece of business by the club and to do the deal even though we are yet to guarantee ourselves Champions League football yet  for next season makes it more outstanding.

However, Norwich at home this weekend and West Brom away are vital fixtures if we are to sign more player of Podolski's calibre.

The likes of Yann M'Vila and Jan Vertonghen are on our list of targets. But unlike Podolski's move to north London, are not as far down the line. One of the reasons being is that both want to play Champions League football next season.

Vertonghen - for example - is waiting until the end of the season to make up his mind. Arsene is interested in him but he's not the only manager looking at the Beligum defender. Vertonghen is being courted by other Premier League clubs. At this moment in time he's been made a very good financial offer by one of our rivals - which he might take up if they can offer him football in Europe's elite competition.

M'Vila also wants to play in next season's big ears trophy. He's our first choice central midfielder signing this summer but as with all top quality prospects is being tracked by other big clubs. That's why Wenger has looked at two back-up options if we fail again to sign the Frenchman for a second summer running.

I would very much doubt that any other signings will be announced prior to the end of the campaign.

The big and final push of the season has to be to get us into the Champions League by finishing third. Anything less would make it very difficult to do the business we want to do this summer. That has to start with three points at the Grove on Saturday.

Elsewhere, on a not directly related Arsenal topic... I wanted to praise Jack Wilshere for being the first senior England international to come out and support Roy Hodgson's appointment. Personally I don't care much for international football, but I hope Hodgson does well with England. I think he should be given a chance.

Hodgson is a much better choice in my opinion than Harry Redknapp would have been. He's got bags of experience and seems like a genuinely nice man.

Short post today as there isn't too much going on. Back with more tomorrow.

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