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Arsenal update: last minute bids for Yanga-Mbiwa and Sunzu and Gourcuff on loan?

By Stefano on January 21st, 2013

Arsene Wenger said the other day that he liked to wait until the end of the window before he bid for the players he most wants. But what if other clubs move first? Well Arsene is going to have act quickly if he wants to secure the signing of Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Stoppila Sunzu both of whom are apparently on the verge of committing to other clubs.

Long-term target Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, who was excellent for Montpelier against Arsenal in the Champions League, is apparently on his way to Newcastle with the club having agreed a £6.7m fee for the French international defender.

The Daily Mirror is suggesting that Wenger will offer the player the chance to play at The Emirates and will trump the Toon’s bid. What would make Yanga-Mbiwa such great value is that he can play as a central defender, but also a right back. If, as is possible, Bacary Sagna leaves the club in the summer then he would offer competition to Carl Jenkinson while replacing Johan Djorou as a reserve centre back.

If that deals doesn’t happen then Arsene might prefer to look again at one of the first tranfers targets of the window Zambia’s Stoppila Sunzu. The Mirror reports that although a deal with Reading appears almost done, Arsene Wenger may re-activate his interst in the defender, who is on AFCON duty, who could be picked up for less than £4 million.

Finally The Mail suggests that Arsenal have been offered Lyon’s midfield playmaker Yoann Gourcuff on loan. Gourcuff has been on Wenger’s radar for a long while, but it could be argued is too similar to many players that Arsenal already have in their squad. He has also endured a difficult twelve months dogged by injuries and poor form.



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Arsenal update: Yoann Gourcuff on the cheap? Milito buzz continues. Good news about Arteta

By Stefano on January 16th, 2013

First up some good news for Gunners fans, Mikkel Arteta’s injury isn’t as bad as initially feared and he could be back in action in two weeks, maybe even in time for the crucial Premiership game against Liverpool on January 30th.

Arsenal do keep getting linked with midfielders though and the latest one who the club are allegedly mulling over is long term target Yoann Gourcuff.

Wenger made a move for the player in 2009, but was put off by his £20 million price tag. A few years on and the player has been peripheral to his current club Lyon this year, his progress dogged by injuries and off field problems.

So if Wenger fancies bringing him to The Emirates he could be available for as little as £3 million. Arsenal are also reported by a couple of papers to be still tracking West Ham’s Mohamed Diame and Étienne Capoue from Toulouse. Gourcuff might have missed his chance though as he is a creative midfielder more akin to the likes of Santi Cazorla or Aaron Ramsey and Arsenal arguably need a tough tackling box to box player.

Several papers are reporting that Wenger is still interested in Inter’s veteran Argentinian striker Diego Milito. Signing the 33 year old seems an unlikely move, but then again so did Arsenal’s interest in Barcelona’s David Villa. Milito has scored eight times this season.



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Arsenal update – Wenger tells Al Jazeera Sport he will ‘spend big’ on adding two players to the squad

By Stefano on January 15th, 2013

Oh Arsene – you are such a tease! On a comparatively quiet day for Arsenal transfer gossip we suddenly get this from the man himself.

Wenger has been talking to Al Jazeera Sport and in an interview which was conducted prior to the City game, and has been broadcast by Talk Sport today, he maintains that he will “spend big” again but continue to look to build the core of the team from within.

Tantalisingly for Arsenal fans Wenger even mentions the number of players he would like to sign.

He says

“My plan is to keep all of the players we have and then to add maybe, if possible, two new players to the squad. We will spend big (again) because we had restricted finances because we had built the stadium and had to pay that back.”

So who will those two players be then? The clever money is on a midfielder and a striker with Adrian Lopez, Yoann Gourcuff, Wilfried Zaha and Etienne Capoue the hottest names for now. Earlier today Arsenal were linked with West Ham midfielder Mohamed Diame, but Hammers boss Sam Allardyce says he hasn’t had a call from the Arsenal boss.

Referring to the way in which he managed the team during Arsenal’s lean financial years – when they were paying for the stadium – Wenger said

“We stayed at the top level, yes without winning the Premier League, but we were always at the top level. Now we have come out in a much stronger position financial again, so we can spend. But our way is a bit like Barcelona as well, to produce the core of the team from inside and add from outside the players who give really a plus.”

So will Arsene sign two players? And if so are two players enough to ensure Champions League football at The Emirates next season?




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