Sunday, 17 June 2012

Bidding for M'Vila -Walcott stalls on new deal -Giroud's transfer -Thieving Tottenham!

Morning Gooners.

Well who would have predicted Russia and Poland being the first teams being eliminated from Euro 2012? Not me. I thought they had two of the strongest sides on paper and should do well. But it just goes to show that anything can happen in a knockout competition and when you're only playing for a draw, do you sit back and soak up all the pressure trying to get that one point or go all out for a win.

It proved last night that attacking football is paying off. Russia should have attempted to win the game from the off - that would have seen them through. But because of their game plan from the off, they couldn't up their momentum once the Greeks had scored.

It means that Andrey Arshavin and Wojeciech Szczesny get to pack their bags and head off on their summer holidays. The Poland goalkeeper didn't even play in his team's defeat to the Czech Republic - dropped because of his sending off in the opening game against Greece.

You hope both player is able to pick themselves up for next season after this huge disappointment. There is a very strong expectation that Arshavin won't be in north London next term. But if his return to Russia doesn't happen, we need to have him mentally in the right place to be able to perform for us.

Czech Republic captain Tomas Rosicky didn't play his country's victory because of injury. Hopefully he can recover in time for next Thursday's match with the runner up from Group B which could be Portugal, Denmark or the Netherlands.

Tonight sees Arsenal players in action for Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands.



Robin van Persie looks set to lead the line for the Dutch with news breaking in this morning's Sunday Mirror that Arsenal are prepared to sell him if a club bids £30m for him. Not really an unsurprising move from the club's point of view. Robin will be 29 in August so Arsenal are quite right to put a price on his head.

It's sending out a message that if he has had his head turned by Manchester City, they're going to have to pay top wack for him.

Elsewhere The Sun say that Theo Walcott is stalling on a new deal because he wants to know where Robin is playing next season. Walcott initially had talks with Arsenal back in the autumn and pull his representatives out of further discussions, citing he wanted the wait until the end of the season.

Now at the end of the season he wants to wait until Robin makes up his mind. It couldn't be down to Walcott wanting more money than Arsenal were offering and him waiting to see what offers he gets this summer?

Elsewhere, Yann M'Vila has issued a come and get me plea.

He said:
"I have heard Arsenal are interested in me. I like Arsenal and I like the Premier League. 
"I don’t know what is happening with the clubs, but yes, I would be interested in the Premier League and Arsenal."
Unfortunately for M'Vila we've yet to put a bid in for him. It seems we're not prepared to meet Rennes valuation for him. It seems nothing will be sorted until after the Euro's here.

And the same can be said for any deal for Olivier Giroud. We're waiting until France either win the thing or are knocked out to tie up the transfer of the Montpellier striker.

And finally Spurs it seems were trying to pinch our chief scout Steve Rowley from under our noses. Luckily he knows where his loyalty will be rewarded.

That's it for today. More tomorrow.

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