Thursday, 23 August 2012

Sahin's deal sticks -Cazorla's BIG impression -Navas: the truth -Eduardo wants return?

Morning Gooners.

Well after a flurry of activity over the past few days, both on and off the pitch, it appears to be very quiet today so far.

The deal to bring Nuro Sahin to the club is moving closer to completion. Jose Mourinho has confirmed he will join us, Liverpool or Spurs. But from the information I've had, we are clearly in the driving seat being able to offer the player Champions League football.

The stumbling block has been the option to buy clause Arsenal want in the deal and how much that is set at. After all, there is no point having a player on loan, developing your game around them and investing time and effort into them for them to leave after a season. This loan will be a season long trial.

Mourinho said:
"The Premier League is a good place for players to pick up certain characteristics which he does not have. 
"It is all the same to me, though, which club he goes to. I just hope that it happens soon for him, as it is best for him. Liverpool, Arsenal or Spurs - I have no preference."

Whatever happens it will be good to get the deal done before the weekend. Just to know we've got one more piece of the jigsaw puzzle in place.

Our newest of our new signings Santi Cazorla has been speaking about killing off the stereotypes of English football and says that small technical players like himself can make it big in the Premier League.

The Spaniard said:

"It’s overstated, the idea that smaller, technical players can’t do well here. We have powerful players in Spain, too. 
"Being tall isn’t what makes you a good footballer and I don’t think that’s the defining factor in English football at all."
One of the things I was most impressed with on Saturday was the fact that Cazorla wasn't afraid to get stuck in. When the team lost the ball, he wasn't adverse to tracking back and fighting to win it back. Nor was he intimidated when he had three players around him trying to win the ball off of him. He kept his head and most importantly the ball.

Cazorla looked good in his first game on the hottest day I've ever experienced at the Grove. However will he be able to cope with the conditions on a cold December night at Craven Cottage.... I jest.

Early impressions are that he has all the attributes to do well in the Premier League. He's begun his English lessons and has the support mechanisms the club puts in place when a new player signs to make adapting to life in England an easier process.

Robert Pires believes Cazorla's going to be a hit, so why should I be the one to disagree with Bobby?

Elsewhere there is no further news on Theo Walcott's contract situation with the club. There were planned talks this week but no news as to what has gone on.

The Daily Express and Daily Star (who share the same Sports Desk managers) are running a story which claims we're interested in signing Jesus Navas from Seville.

There is no denying that Navas is a quality player. But can I see him signing for Arsenal? Not in a million years. He suffers from chronic homesickness and that is a problem which he doesn't seem to be able to get over. Even if Arsenal did sign him today, he'd be back in Spain before the weekend. No amount of money could cure this problem.

And remember the lengths Jose Antonio Reyes went to, attempting to acclimatize to life in England? His house was warmer than a sauna and all the Orange trees in the world couldn't make London feel like Spain.

If we are looking at replacements for Walcott, Navas is a complete non starter.

Elsewhere, the Daily Telegraph report Arsene Wenger has told off Andre Santos for being arrested. And the BBC have run an interview with Eduardo, where the former Gunner has hinted of a return.

We know the manager has been looking at strikers as well as midfielders and defender but it's highly unlikely he'd make a move to re-sign the Croatia international.

That's it for today. More tomorrow.

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