Monday, 10 June 2013

Jovetic wants to leave -Higuain's talks with Wenger -Gazidis to reveal all?

Morning Gooners.

It's all about the strikers again today. Stevan Jovetic has reiterated his desire to leave Fiorentina and Gonzalo Higuain's on his way out of Real Madrid, but only after they appoint a new manager.

Should we find it strange that in the five big European leagues there are just a handful of top draw strikers that several clubs are chasing? Is the talent pool really that small?

Because it is not just us who wants Jovetic and Higuain. Juventus also want the pair and would probably take both of them where as we would be quite happy with one of them signing.

This time last summer we were talking strikers. It was Olivier Giroud's transfer which was making headlines. After 11 league goals and three assists in his debut Premier League campaign, I don't think we could be too disappointed with his return. Plus there have been the contributions of Lukas Podolski, Theo Walcott and Santi Cazorla.

But we do need an alternative option to Giroud. Someone who will inspire competition within our strikers. Higuain and Jovetic could both add something to our squad. They are better options than Nicklas Bendtner, Marouane Chamakh and Ju Young Park who the manager no longer has faith in.

Jovetic told La Gazzetta dello Sport:

"Last summer president Andrea Della Valle told me to stay one more year and that at the end of the season, which is now, I would be allowed to leave if I wanted to. 
"I've been at Fiorentina since 2008, it has been five intense seasons. I'm young and ambitious and it is normal to want to test myself somewhere else. I don't see anything wrong with that. 
"Fiorentina have allowed me to compete in Europe. Now I want to win in Europe. Fiorentina's request won't block a departure. There is a clause but they will help me."
It appears our interest in the Montenegro international has waned a little over the past few weeks. Our top target appears to be the more tested Higuain.

He and his father agent have already met with Arsene Wenger to discuss a move to north London. Juventus have now also held talks with the player.

But it appears the transfer is in limbo.

Juventus general manger Beppe Marotta said:
"Real Madrid can’t sell Higuain while there is no manager. When the new manager is announced, we’ll meet them again."
Hopefully the Spanish club will get their managerial appointment made sooner rather than later so we can sort out our transfer business.

Tonight CEO Ivan Gazidis holds an end of season question and answer session with members of the Arsenal Independent Supporters Association, the Arsenal Supporters Trust and shareholders at Ashburton Grove. Will he be able to enlighten us all as to how far along our summer business is? I'd hope so.

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

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