Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Santos arrested! -Sahin to sign today -Arshavin to leave? -M'Vila on radar

Morning Gooners.

Well it's not a good start for the day, especially if you're Arsene Wenger waking up to see the front page of The Sun, which has a story about Andre Santos being arrested for dangerous driving and failing to stop after leading police on a 130mph car chase.

The cuddly Brazilian was stopped 500 meters from London Colney last week and could face up to two years in jail should he be found guilty of the offenses, the newspaper reports.

He has bailed until next month by when a decision will be made whether to charge him or not. In the meantime he's an innocent man and can continue to play football for us. But it will be a concern to Arsene Wenger who may now have to start looking at left back alternatives should he be without Santos for any period of time.

The manager has already stated he's been looking for a defender, but many believed it was a defender who could play right back and in the heart of the defence. With these developments, the manager might be forced to readjust his sights for a player who can also play left back - a total utility player.

There is good news elsewhere as the club will today be able to announce the signing of Nuri Sahin on a season long loan after agreeing a fixed £14m fee with Real Madrid should they want to buy the midfielder after the end of his loan period.

The Daily Mail say both clubs have reached a compromise over the fee for the Turkish international which will allow Arsenal to announce Sahin's capture.

The same newspaper claim the club will reach agreement with Zenit St Petersburg over a deal for Andrey Arshavin in order to get the Russian's £70k a week wages off our books.

I still believe the club will look at signing Yann M'Vila in the last nine days of the transfer window and reach an agreement which would allow the France international to move to north London. I'm sure the reason why Arsene Wenger has waited this long is to lower the asking price. We all know how the manager likes to get value for money.

I would imagine that a deal could be done for around £12m.

Anyway, that's it for today. More tomorrow.

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