Saturday, 4 August 2012

Cazorla signs paperwork -van P€r$i€'s saving face -Wenger closes in on Sahin

Morning Gooners.

Santi Cazorla is an Arsenal player. Yesterday he signed a contract to play with us for the next four season on  a deal worth £70k a week. He joined up with his new team mates at the training ground on Thursday when he had his medical and then went back to London Colney yesterday to do all the usual stuff - find a peg in the dressing room, make sure Vic Akers knows what size shirt and shorts he needs, tell Rob the Chef his allergies and so on.

Of course I jinxed the announcement of his signing. But we all know how Arsenal are sticklers for the finer details in player's contracts and transfer agreements. However he has signed - the paper work on the players part was completed yesterday and as I said in yesterday's post, it was always going to be hard finding a executive at Malaga to sign off the deal.

Cazorla has to leave the country under UK law before officially being allowed to start work as an Arsenal player so cannot be involved in the training match today at London Colney. But he'll meet up with the squad in Germany for our training camp prior to the friendly with Cologne on Sunday week.

Of course it's good news. Now all everyone is holding out for is the official announcement. Will that be made before the squad fly out on Monday? You'd have to think it might but as I've previously stated, the deal is being delayed at the Malaga end.

Away from the Cazorla transfer, it seems like we are closing in on the capture of Nuri Sahin as José Mourinho has said he won't be part of his plans for the forthcoming season.

Wenger wants the 23-year-old midfielder on loan for the forthcoming campaign with the option to buy at the end of it. All the signs are that the 48-hour window the deal would happen in earlier in the week are out of the window.

Whether or not Sahin will join up with the squad in Germany is not a major concern at the moment. Ideally he would, but if he's an Arsenal player before the start of the season, I'd settle for that.

Elsewhere there is a report in the Daily Star about Robin van P€r$i€ being impressed with the moves we've made in the transfer market - enough to see him being persuded to stay at the club for the forthcoming season.

Personally I don't believe a word of it. It seems like he's trying to save face if he is forced to stay at Arsenal because not one of the three clubs interested in signing him are prepared to match our valuation for him.

The Times report Juventus are prepared to pull out of the race for van P€r$i€ if Manchester City are prepared to do a deal with them over Edin Dzeko.

On the loan front, Benik Afobe's move to Bolton has been confirmed by the club. Meanwhile the Daily Mirror report Ryo Miyaichi could be heading to Wigan for the season.

That's all there is to be had today. More tomorrow.

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