Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Cazorla yet to sign but deal imminent -Wenger's dig at Theo

Morning Gooners.

A day on and we're still to sign Santi Cazorla. I can't say I'm that surprised the deal hasn't been done if I'm honest. Even though Malaga have been set a deadline by the Spanish FA, they are going through a takeover process which I would imagine will see them try to claim dispensation from the league. Meaning any deadline set is irrelevant.

This takeover is bound to hold up the deal for Cazorla. Although I'm not worried in the slightest the deal won't go through. It's just a matter of time.

The Arsenal hierarchy have met with Cazorla's agent Julio Llorente who has been in London to thrash out personal terms for the midfielder according to the Daily Mirror.

Meanwhile we retain an interest in bringing Nuri Sahin to the club on a season long loan and will be watching Celtic's Celtic's 21-year-old Kenyan midfielder Victor Wanyama but I believe these are just back up plans at the minute depending on our injury situation come the final week of the transfer window>

If Jack Wilshere's return from injury is delayed further, Tomas Rosicky is out longer than expected or Abou Diaby doesn't make the progress the manager needs him to make to be involved all season you can expect him to dip back into the transfer market and pick up another midfielder.

Cazorla remains the priority and a deal is imminent. It all depends on Malaga. The player has made it known to his club he wants to come to London. Whether that will happen before the season starts remains to be seen.

Meanwhile Arsene Wenger has been speaking again about the influence of the clubs who have unlimited finances - Manchester City, Chelsea and PSG.

But an interesting quote in the story comes at the end.

Wenger says:

"We have to be ambitious but also make sure we are not getting in trouble financially. 
"It is difficult for us because the wages in some other clubs are very high. 
"But of course our players quite rightly compare themselves to the players of the other clubs."

Is this a dig at the wages Theo Walcott and Robin van P€r$i€ are demanding to stay at Arsenal? Looks like one to me.

The Sun says the manager plans to sit down with the pair this week to discuss their futures at the club.

And finally, it seems we've been able to find a club interested in taking Ju Young Park off our hands. The Daily Mirror link Blackburn with a loan move for the striker.

That's it for today. More tomorrow.

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