Thursday, 20 June 2013

Higuain personal terms agreed -Wenger cools over £10m Williams -Podolski wants Lewandowski

Morning Gooners.

The deal is nearing completion... Gonzalo Higuain to Arsenal that is. Well it's what every British newspaper would have you believe. The Daily Telegraph are going strong with the news today that the £22m deal is edging nearer.

They understand Higuain has agreed personal terms of around £130k a week.

So it seems the Argentina international will be on his way to north London once the fee has been agreed with Real Madrid.

The Daily Mirror also want a piece of the Higuain action and report that the player wants to move to London after being impressed with Arsene Wenger after two rounds of talks.

Meanwhile our interest in Ashley Williams is believed to have cooled over Swansea's insistence we pay £10m for the Wales international, according to The Sun.

It is believed that Arsene Wenger would be prepared to go to £8m for the 28-year-old. 

In my view I think the manager's stance is correct. Williams wouldn't be first choice. He'd be fighting with Thomas Vermaelen for the third central defender spot. And although we've got cash sitting in the bank, we've got to be careful how we invest it.

Meanwhile Gervinho has been speaking about his future.

"Marseille are one of the biggest clubs in France. If I want to leave Arsenal, there won’t be a shortage of interest."
I want us to keep him. He's had two seasons of English football both of which were interrupted for the African Nations Cup. He offers us something none of our other players have in terms of creation. Hopefully in his third season he can show us the form which made him stand out in Arsene Wenger's eyes. 

And Bacary Sagna has been talking about his future.

He said:
"I truly believe we can be champions or else I wouldn't be playing football. I would have gone already. I truly believe we can succeed with the team we have.  
"I strongly believe we have the quality to be the best in the Premier League. 
"Look at the end of last season, when we got 26 points from a possible 30. Not a lot of teams can do this and this is what makes me believe we can beat anyone. 
"What we managed last season can be done only by a true team with a great team spirit. I believe we can achieve a lot more."
It appears that the French international will see out the final year of his contract - he says talks continue about a new deal. And I think we'll be stronger for keeping him at the club rather than trying to make a few million for him.

While there is no doubting that Carl Jenkinson will get more games next term, Sagna offers the experience that the Englishman doesn't have. If we were to cash in on Sagna, the manager would also have to purchase another right back and that would eat into his transfer budget for this summer when there are other areas of the team we need to strengthen as a priority.

Meanwhile, not happy with reading his team mate Wojciech Szczesny has been partying with Robert Lewandowski, Lukas Podolski wants a piece of the action.

Lewandowski and Podolski played in Germany at the same time and our man has urged one of Europe's hottest prospects to sign for us.

Podolski told Polish newspaper Polska The Times:
"He would fit ideally into our team."
Go sign him up Arsene!

And finally, one of the most crazy headlines I've read in a while from this morning's Daily Star. "Guns no to £60m Andy".

Apparently we made tentative enquiry about how much Andy Carroll would cost. I'm sure if the price was cheap enough Arsene might have taken a punt. But not for £16m.

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

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