Saturday, 11 August 2012

Song's £20.8m offer -Vermaelen hails Cazorla and Bould's influence -RVP handed reprieve

Morning Gooners.

Well there was good news last night from the Olympics as Ju Young Park won a bronze medal with his South Korea team mates with a solo goal to open the scoring in a 2-0 victory over Japan.

I didn't see the game but from the reports I've read he put himself firmly in the shop window with his performance and set up his country's second goal as well. However I'm not sure it will be enough to see him get ahead of Robin van P€r$i€ in the pecking order.

The Arsenal captain is being considered for a role in tomorrow's final pre-season friendly with Cologne. And it seems as though he could be an Arsenal player when the season starts seven days from no, as the Daily Mirror reports we've progressed no further with Manchester United with his sale.

It seems as though Alex Song could be the next to leave the club as the Daily Star report he's agreed personal terms with Barcelona - a five year deal worth £80k a week.

Personally I don't believe we're prepared to sell Song - who has a contract until 2015 - for anything less than £20m. And at £80k a week, that's not too much more than what he's on at the moment. His people are certainly putting feelers out to find out if there is interest in him, but I don't think at this stage of the summer Arsene Wenger will want to sell one of his key players unless an amazing offer came in.

Meanwhile vice-captain Thomas Vermaelen has hailed the signing of Santi Cazorla.

He said:
"Cazorla has trained two or three times and he fits in really well with the Arsenal philosophy and how we want to play. He is a great signing."
The central defender has admitted he wants to improve on his performances of last season, where he wasn't Arsenal's most consistent defender.

He said:
"At the beginning of last season I was injured with the same problem I had before. For the rest of the season I played quite a lot of games so I was quite pleased with that, but of course I want to do better this year. I want to perform better as well."
Last season Laurent Koscielny was by far our most consistent defender. Vermaelen wasn't at his best but maybe that was because he was forced to play so many games on his first season back after being injured the previous season. The injury to Per Mertesacker in February and the inconsistent performances of Johan Djourou saw the Belgium international called into action in virtually every game.

He'll be able to cope with that pressure more this season and hopefully with the influence of Steve Bould be able to work on his positional issues which saw him caught out last term.

And Vermaelen talks about the new assistant manager's influence in this interview with the official site.

Elsewhere, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have been called up for England's meaningless friendly on Wednesday.

Finally the club confirmed the sale of two players yesterday. Mexican international Carlos Vela has signed for Real Sociedad for an undisclosed fee. While 19-year-old midfielder Oguzhan Ozyakup completed a move to Besiktas.

That's it for today. More tomorrow.

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