Friday, 8 March 2013

Hill-Wood out of the loop? -Wenger snapping up the next Nicolas Anelka?

Morning Gooners.

Well unsurprisingly this is the quietest day of the week so far from an Arsenal point of view. With us not being in action this weekend, there is no press conference with the manager to look forward to and little in the way of real news going on.

The chairman has revealed that he is in the dark as everyone else with regards to this Middle Eastern consortium who are supposedly interested in buying the club from Stan Kroenke and Alisher Usmanov.

He told the Daily Star after lunch at his Kent mansion:

"I have heard nothing and I don’t think anybody knows anything about it at the club. 
"It all seems a bit of a waste of time. 
"If there is this consortium, they can’t make any progress unless they attempt to get in touch. 
"So I can’t say if there is anything to it or not. 
"But even if they did make an approach, my understanding is our two major shareholders do not want to sell."
What the chairman has said is of no surprise. As I wrote on Sunday, I don't believe there is such a consortium who are bidding for the club. I think it is totally fictional. I don't doubt the original journalist's credibility but it appears he's been sold a load of rubbish.

And even if there was a credible consortium out there, it appears that Stan Kroenke is in it for the long haul. Even if he's able to double his money now, he knows that when the stadium debt is paid off the club will be worth much more than it is now. But it will be only worth more if the club starts winning trophies again.

It appears Arsene Wenger is preparing the ground for the summer with news he's been in Paris with Gilles Grimandi discussing a possible move for France Under-21 international striker Yaya Sanogo.

The 20-year-old plays for Ligue 2 side Auxerre but has been in impressive form this season banging in eight goals in seven appearances including four in one game last month against Laval and in his next game a week later against Tours bagging a hattrick. It appears he's a hot prospect.

Quite how Arsene Wenger sees him fit into our plans is an interesting one. We've got Joel Campbell out on loan at Real Betis - scoring three times in 23 appearances. Then we've got the undesirables: Nicklas Bendtner, Ju Young Park and Marouane Chamakh.

We've certainly got space in our squad for another striker. Lets hope if we do sign up Sanogo he's as prolific in front of goal as Nicolas Anelka when he was at the club.

That's it for today. Back with more tomorrow.

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