Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Cazorla's a £12m bargain! -Wenger cools Sahin interest but more arrivals expected

Morning Gooners.

The deal is done. Santi has been announced and straight away he's showing how good a player he is at Arsenal's training camp in Germany.

And what a bargain signing he is. Arsenal are briefing the media that Cazorla has only cost us an initial £12m. That is an extraordinary piece of business for a player heading into his prime at 27-years-old and who has won the European Championship with Spain twice.

From watching the interview with Cazorla on Arsenal Player it's clear he really wanted to come to the club. The fact that Robert Pires and Cesc Fabregas encouraged him to make the move to north London makes the move even better for me.

When fans were encouraging the club to spend some money at the end of the 2010/11 season, I'm sure they weren't expecting Wenger to go out and sign three quality players for around £35m. I think you'd easily be able to describe the signings of Podolski, Giroud and Cazorla as the "super, super quality" which will enhance our squad which Wenger has been looking for.

And from what I hear the manager hasn't stopped with the signing of the Spaniard.

However talk of us bringing in Real Madrid midfielder Nuri Sahin has been downplayed by the club. We're certainly interested in the 23-year-old Turkish international, but it appears that Wenger's move for him depends on the future of Alex Song.

The Guardian report Song has been encouraged by his advisors (who include former Arsenal vice chairman David Dein's son Darren) to listen to offers from other clubs who include Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

Song's under contact at Arsenal until 2015 so the club are in no rush to sell him. They've been looking to extend the Cameroon international's contract but so far that has proved to be unsuccessful.

It would be a loss to see Song move on but it wouldn't be a disaster in my opinion. He was a great creative asset last season but his defensive discipline was missing on a number of occasions. We need him to be more like Gilberto rather than Cesc Fabregas.

And perhaps the signing of Cazorla will allow him to drop back and protect the defence more. If Song were to leave Wenger has a number of options. As well as Sahin, we've been scouting Yann M'Vila heavily and made an offer for him last summer which was turned down. The Sun report we're scouting the 22-year-old Senegal’s midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate.

Another midfielder being monitored is Celtic's South Korea international Ki Sung-yeung, according to the Daily Mail.

Meanwhile the Daily Mirror report Wenger is on the look out for a versatile defender to join before the start of the season.

They say he wants someone who is comfortable playing at both right back and in the heart of the defence. Ajax's Dutch international Gregory van der Wiel has already been linked with a move to north London and a new name can be added to that list. Marseille's Nicolas N'Koulou is also being looked at.

And finally Benik Afobe has started his Bolton loan spell with a bang, scoring a hattrick on his first start for the club.

That's it for today. More tomorrow.

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