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Why the decision to keep Nasri is so significant

Arsenal look set to keep Samir Nasri after Hill-Wood was quoted as to saying

“It is possible we could lose the player on a free transfer but we are prepared to take that risk.”

This could be further evidence Cesc is Barca bound as Wenger knows losing both would have adverse effect on the team and supporter morale. The Arsenal manager has probably come to the conclusion that a team minus Fabregas to a foreign team plus 32-37m would be better than a team minus Nasri to a direct competitor for Champions League places and only 20million.

Although Cesc is a far superior player he is injury prone and that 20m from Nasri would be nothing if it costs us a place in the Champions League and the loss in revenue and players that follows. Nasri would also slot straight into his favoured position (where he looks twice the player) in the huge void left by Fabregas, behind the main striker.

Although we will be weaker in that department the money generated from the Fabregas sale ( which I expect to be announced as undisclosed but probably 32m+around 5m in performance related add-ons) would put Gary Cahill, Juan Mata and therefore silverware comfortably within our reach again. This would also give us so more strength in depth to the point where the sight of Sebastien Squillaci and Rosicky lining up for us in a crunch Premier League match would be a thing of the past (any team who names the likes of Ramsey among the subs bench are surely in for the league?)

The major risks to this all arise from the worst case scenario of us not winning anything next season. If it was to happen we would almost defiantly see Nasri going to Man Utd for nothing which would be a huge blow for the club with us being greatly weakened through losing Cesc and Nasri in the space of two years and Man Utd being greatly strengthened. It would also cause Van Persie to seriously question his future at the club as he would only have a year to run at this with his contract. Now it would be worst case scenario but should the Dutchman wish to leave it would almost certainly be the final nail in the coffin and this youth project the club embarked on all these years would have amounted to nothing but a resounding failure with us right back at the drawing board having to build another team while competing with the yids for a top 6 spot. A bit doom and gloom and extremely unlikely but something you have to take into account with decisions like this. Needless to say this could be one of the biggest decisions Arsenal ever have to make in the 2010 decade.

All in all, if this situation was to arise it represent a huge gamble from the Arsenal board that could pay off if we actually bring in the signings we need to help us go all the way this time round. Nasri has been quoted as to saying trophies are his motivation so the sight of red and white ribbons around a major trophy at the end of the season would surely prompt him to signing a new deal. At the moment it’s all “ifs” but I personally see it as the most likely scenario and shows that the board are bullish over our chances of success next season especially considering their usual minimal risk nature.

By Jack Kennedy

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Posted by on July 27, 2011 in Players, Pre Season, Transfer Rumours

 

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Contributors Post: A Gooner Gotta Dream!

Every time the footballing season comes to an end, it signals the start of transfer rumors. As usual, it is annoying for us gooners. How so u ask?

Well it’s because there are more news on players linked away from our club than those linked to us. Yes, we’ve already signed Carl Jenkinson, which is a great thing for the club’s future, as he is a young, talented, tall player. Mind you, most importantly he is English and a big gooner. We know whenever he takes the pitch he will give his all, at the moment we don’t have many of such players.

What is annoying me more is, the uncertainty of players like Nasri and Clichy, who have got just one year to go in their contract and Cesc Fabregas’s eventual return to Barcelona. To be honest, I would love if Wenger resolves Nasri’s situation soon, I seriously can’t stand united fans drooling over our French gunner.

Does Nasri deserve the wages he is asking for? Well, considering the rest of the stars at arsenal will be paid less than him, then no. He at least deserves an wage increase, we can’t loose him, and certainly not to united, it will just be disastrous. He has been fantastic this season, a little bit inconsistent but he single handedly won us games, we should keep him, we should keep our main stars.

On the other hand, Fabregas’s situation is inevitable; he will leave us sooner or later. I think by now Arsenal fans around the world have accepted that. Personally I would love it if Wenger kept him for one more season, buy well established players and aim higher next season so that we will be able to give Cesc a proper send off by winning trophies. We at least owe him that after all he has done for us.

We have to remember, transfer windows barely fulfill our expectations so it’s safe if we don’t dream big. We are used to it after all. But I feel it’s going to be different this time, this window seem different, and Wenger is under huge pressure to spend. He actually was ready to pay big for united bound Jones, that sure states intent.

Now that Carl is our first signing, we expect few more to follow. If the rumors in the papers are anything to go by, we will be signing Gervinho next week and we are in talks to sign both Samba and Cahill. Even so, we still need a DM and CF. I say sell, Nicky, Denilson, Diaby, Almunia, Clichy, Eboue and Buy De Rossi, Baines and Benzima.

Just imagine what Arsenal could be with such a strong team and it just get stronger if u take a look at the reserve team, we have Miyaichi, Wellington Silva, Lansbury, JET, Miquel and whole lot of young guns who are ready to fight for a place.

I know am just setting myself for a disappointment for dreaming big, But a gooner gotta dream, right?!

Hang in there beautiful gooners, glory day will be hear soon!

I leave u with a pic of our new recruit and a die hard gooner.

Written by Alias Astur – I’m new on the site, check out the ‘About’ tab to find out more about me.

 

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Official Confirmed Arsenal Transfer: Carl Jenkinson

I did a quick article on him about a week ago, but here’s a more detailed one since he is a confirmed signing.

The 19-year-old defender has agreed terms with the Gunners and an official announcement was released on the club’s website today. The 6ft 1in right-footer has reportedly signed a four year deal with the club and will join the club in time for the start of pre season.The versatile defender is predominately a right back, fuelling speculation that Emmanuel Eboue could be on his way of the Emirates, with QPR and Fulham interested in acquiring his services. Jenkinson would be a welcome addition to the Arsenal team as he would provide much-needed cover to the injury prone and much criticised back four as he can also play centre back and left back. He only played eight games for Charlton last season after making his first team debut in December 2010 but Wenger saw some potential in him and wasted no time in securing the player’s services, after Manchester United has previously showed interest in the player two years ago. The transfer fee has not yet been confirmed by either club, however, the figure is thought to be around 1 million pounds. This is a big move for Jenkinson, who was a boyhood supporter of Arsenal and is very excited about joining up with his teammates for pre season, “I’m grateful to the club’s academy and all the coaching staff, so I’m delighted the two clubs have come to an agreement.”. He also thanked Charlton for the support he received, “I hope supporters will understand why I can’t turn down such an opportunity, but Charlton will always have a place in my heart,” said Jenkinson.”I will always be in Charlton’s debt for the training they have given me since a young age.” This is Arsenal’s first signing of the summer and fans will be hoping there are many more to come, after another disappointing and trophy-less season.

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Posted by on June 8, 2011 in Official Transfers

 

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Transfer Rumour: Gary Cahill

The tall dominant Bolton centre back has been subject of much interest from the gunners. The England international has established himself as one of the best centre backs in the Premier League and has placed himself into the England squad, as third choice centre back. Wenger has expressed his desire for more height in the squad, due to Arsenals’ poor set piece record, and Cahill would provide this. Other transfer target Samba has recently stated that he is staying put at Blackburn so an approach for the former Villa man is look increasingly likely. However, his 15 million pound price tag may put Wenger off, but with Samba avoiding a transfer, the 25 year old may be the only option open to Wenger with Premier League experience. He would be a quality buy for the gunners who need a commanding centre back with leadership qualities, and Cahill would bring these to the Emirates.

 
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Posted by on June 3, 2011 in Transfer Rumours

 

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Transfer Rumour: Ricky Alvarez

There has been some confusion with this player. Some websites stated his contract has expired with Velez and therefore was available on a free transfer, but it turns out he still has three years left on his contract. The owner of Velez, the club Alvarez is currently at, has said he demands 10 million pounds for the player who has reportedly already agreed personal terms with Wenger’s team. The Arsenal manager has flown to South America to find some new players, hinting at Alvarez coming to The Emirates. The 6ft 2in Argentine, who also holds an Italian passport, is known for his versatility, and can play across the midfield, as well as a second striker. However this transfer hints at Nicklas Bendtner or Andrey Arshavin leaving the club, as they are unhappy at the lack of first team action with the gunners. Roma and most recently Manchester United have been linked with aiming to hijack the move, but it looks like Arsenal are still in pole position to land the player.

 
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Posted by on June 2, 2011 in Transfer Rumours

 

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