Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Sanogo signs -Wilshere wants Higuain,Rooney and more -Wenger to up Bender bid

Morning Gooners.

We'll start with the news of Arsenal's first signing of the summer... Yaya Sanogo has joined on a long term contract after his deal expired with Auxerre.

Arsène Wenger told Arsenal.com:

"Sanogo is a good young signing for us. He has shown that he has potential with his recent performances for Auxerre and also for the France Under-20 side.
"We are looking forward to Yaya joining us and continuing his promising development."
The manager likes to take a gamble on a player who he believes has the qualities to make the grade at the very highest level. He's done that with Sanogo who has been injured and out of the team. We've signed him on a very cheap deal, so it doesn't represent a huge gamble on our part.

Whether or not Sanogo makes the first team squad for next season is another matter. He's got pre-season to prove himself and then Wenger will make a decision. My gut feeling is that he'll leave us on a season long loan to get some football.

Meanwhile, Jack Wilshere believes the manager needs to strengthen the squad so that we have quality and depth to make a serious challenge for the title.

"You look at the type of players, like Higuain, we’re trying to bring in, and you’ve got to be encouraged. 
"I think we need a few more - not to step right into the team but to add to the squad. 
"We need our squad to be as deep as United’s and City’s. They can change their back four completely and still win. 
"There’s no way United would have won the Premier League trophy with 18 players."
I think many people have believed for a long time that while our first 11 can compete for the title and beat any team on its day, we haven't had a squad capable of making a sustained challenge for trophies for some time now.

With the likes of Higuain and Rooney being linked, we've certainly have the quality added to the side if we sign players of their calibre. We just need to have the depth in the squad.

Wilshere has also been speaking about a possible deal to sign Wayne Rooney.

"If it happens, it would be amazing. 
"Just to see his name in the team brings fear to the opposition. We could do with more of that."
Rooney is said to be meeting with David Moyes today to trash out his future. If we have made a £20m bid for the England international, it's something Manchester United would have to consider if Rooney said he wanted to leave.

Elsewhere, the Daily Mirror report we've had a £19.7million bid for Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Lars Bender turned down.

My betting is that we'll go back with an improved offer for the 24-year-old Germany international.

And finally, Julio Cesar has admitted he'd like to stay in London. There can't be that many Premier League teams in London who would be appealing to the Brazilian as much as Arsenal. I think it's a case of watching this space.

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

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