Friday, 20 July 2012

Ganso, Llorente, Paulinho, Rodriguez, Jovetic, Lewandowski, Afellay all linked -RVP staying home?

Morning Gooners.

Well it's quite clear from today's papers that Arsenal are trying to be active in the transfer market. Seven players have been linked with the club. What the validity of their possible moves to north London is, remains to be seen.

I think there is certainly a number of moves the manager still wants to make. But the huge problem for him is moving on members of his squad who he no longer believes in. So far just Carlos Vela has left the club this summer, apart from Manuel Almunia who was at the end of his contract, with Wenger having a list of want away stars he wants to get off the club's books.

But the huge issue he has is that no one is prepared to pay the wages Arsenal are. And why would any professional move on to another employer for less money. Yes, you can be comfy as a professional footballer for a few thousand pounds less a week. And sporting ambition might come into your decision. But it rarely happens at the top level.

So would the manager like to sign one or two of Ganso, Llorente, Paulinho, Rodriguez, Jovetic, Lewandowski or Afellay to sign? Yes of course he would, especially if he had room in his squad for them.

In one Daily Mirror article alone we are linked with five players alone. And Yann M'Vila's name cannot be seen at all today.

The Brazilians Ganso, who will be watched on Friday when Brazil take part in an Olympic warm-up match with Team GB, and Paulinho have been on the club's radar in search of a creative midfielder.  Llorente has been previously linked as a possible replacement for van P€r$i€.

Real Madrid's Rodriguez is not a name I've heard of before today. But sounds exactly the sort of Wenger signing. And as for Afellay... now that's just crazy talk and never going to happen.

The Daily Mail, as well as linking us with Llorente, also throw us the names of Jovetic and Lewandowski yet again.

It's always nice to be linked with good players, but with financial fair play coming in, the club needs to balance its books.

The manager has spoken about this in a recent interview with Time Out Hong Kong.

He said:

"We need first to see how effectively financial fair play can be enforced before we can fully understand the impact but I believe it will make for a more exciting Premier League 
"If the rules are well introduced, it will be a massive advantage to Arsenal Football Club, of course, and we will be well positioned for that. 
"I don't want to go into excuses but you want a business to be run properly and I believe that to lose £150million a year, you don't deserve a lot of credit to win a competition."
I really hope that FFP turns out to be the great thing the club hopes it will be. But I have a feeling it won't be. There will still be the Manchester City's and Chelsea's of this world. But it will hopefully mean there will be less clubs going to the wall and not fulfilling their debts.

So Man City can still afford to offer Robin £200k plus a week, even after FFP is brought in. They just have to make sure they've not got everyone on huge money.

And talking of our Dutchman, the Daily Mirror report a decision is still to be reached on whether he'll fly to Asia on Saturday suggesting that a lack of fitness may cause him to miss the trip. He's certainly not going to get any less fit by not going. I can't buy that excuse.

Elsewhere The Independent say Juventus are weighing up a decision on whether to make a bid for Robin.

Finally, the Daily Mail report Andrey Arshavin is attracting interest from Qatari side Al-Sadd.

That's it for today. More tomorrow.

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