Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Guardiola wants test of £40m Suarez clause -Wilshere gives Wenger fitness boost

Morning Gooners.

Well the Luis Suarez transfer saga rumbles on. Will Arsenal offer the £40m the Uruguayan's camp believe will trigger a release clause in the player's contract or will we continue with our hunt for a big name signing elsewhere?

Personally I think the club have to continue their pursuit of Suarez. We have the Gonzalo Higuain deal on the back burner. There doesn't appear to be anyone else in the market for the Argentine international. So why not explore the possibilities of signing Suarez?

And if we've offered £30m for the Liverpool player - which would rise to £35m if conditions in his contact are met - we can go that bit further and offer £40m. And I'm guessing we will, once we've sorted out the finer details of how we're going to find the extra £5m.

Suarez's agent Pere Guardiola seems to be telling anyone who'll listen about the £40m clause. So no doubt it's just a matter of time before we go back with that offer. It is no use Ivan Gazidis telling us we have money to spend and then failing short in a one horse transfer race with ourselves for these two players.

And while he's not my favourite football columnist, it's hard to argue with Neil Ashton in the Daily Mail today. It is about time we got out from being stuck in a grove and got some business done.

Meanwhile Jack Wilshere has been speaking about the season ahead.

He told the Daily Mirror
"It’s such a big year for me - and it’s a long season as well. In a long season, you will probably have to manage it, be a bit careful, especially with the World Cup at the end of it. 
"But I feel physically good. I’m a bit behind at the moment - I wasn’t able to do much for about six weeks, but then I had a programme to follow and I feel good. 
"I think I will play some part here. I’m a player who wants to play every single game, so it’s hard for me to watch games. 
"It was tough last season, especially at the end when I picked up the other injury and I came back and wasn’t really playing like myself - like I can do. 
"I haven’t had a pre-season for two years and it’s like you’re always playing catch up."
After missing out in our game against the Indonesia Dream Team, I'm expecting Jack to get a start in this afternoon's game with Vietnam. It will be interesting to see where the manager chooses to play him. I think this season will be the one where he'll come into his own in the role behind the striker.

But he's got competition for that spot. Tomas Rosicky held it for the last quarter of the season. Santi Cazorla played there for the majority of the season. And there are others  who have their sights set on playing there.

Elsewhere, Theo Walcott has been speaking about winning the league title being a realistic aim for the season ahead.

He told
"The teams that finished above us have changed their managers. We've still got ours.
"It's always going to be tough. Every game in the Premier League is very tough and very interesting. It always comes down to the last few games. So we need to believe in ourselves.
“The way we ended the season last year, 11 games undefeated - we need to do it from the start, which I believe we can. The manager shows so much belief in us in every single game so we need to step up and I think we've got a very good chance of challenging this season."

If Theo continues to improve on his goal scoring record from last season and the other players continue to chip in, there is no doubt that we can be a force. The way we ended the campaign last season was impressive. And we've got a huge chance to build something at the start of this season.

And finally our second pre-season game of the Asia Tour is this afternoon. It's a 1pm (BST) kick off.

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

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