Cazorla Desperate For Move To Aresenal?

Cash strapped Malaga’s Qatari owners are in talks with Albanian oil magnate Rezart Taci over the possible sale of the club but Santi Cazorla is determined to push through his move to the Emirates.

In June 2010, amid growing financial problems, Sheikh Abdullah Al-Thani completed his takeover of the La Liga club and immediate influx of cash ensued. Likes of Ruud Van Nistelrooy, Martin Demichelis and Santi Cazorla all arrived for big money transfers and under the managerial leadership of Manuel Pellegrini, they qualified for the Champions League last season.

However, the club still has outstanding debt to settle in terms of unpaid wages, transfer fees, texes and the Spanish Football Federation has urged the club to pay up by the 1st of August. The increasing complexity in the financial conditions of the club has forced Al-Thani to hold talks over a possible takeover with Albanian oil tycoon Taci who was once linked with a takeover bid of AC Milan.

With £40m outstanding, Arsenal’s £18m bid for Santi Cazorla could prove handy to clear all dues although the club maintains that they would not need to sell off their stars to make outstanding payments.

Wenger – We Are Not Ready Yet!

Gunners’ boss Arsene Wenger has admitted that his team might not be adequately prepared for the start of the new season.

Arsenal young and almost a second string squad which visited Asia for their pre season tour, flew back home after a disappointing draw in their final game against Kitchee. Coach Wenger had left a dozen of his first team players at home for various fitness and commitment issues and is worried about his squad’s readiness ahead of the new season.

The Frenchman announced that the trio of Nicklas Bendtner, Sebastian Squillaci and Ju Young Park will be on their way out but is set to hold talks with Andrei Arshavin after his move to Zenit fell through.

‘Bendtner, Squillaci and Park will be on their way to go somewhere,’ said Wenger on Sunday. ‘Arshavin, it depends. We have to sit together and talks. He could still have a future at the club.’

The Gunners’ continue to have injury woes as Wilshere has been ruled out till October while Bacary Sagna continues to recover from the broken leg that he suffered in the final stages of last season.

‘Sagna will be short for the start of the season and Rosicky will not be back until September, in my opinion.

‘Rosicky did fantastically well for us at the end of the season, so it is a big blow. The injury he has got comes from the European Championships.

‘Podolski and Giroud may take longer than expected. I cannot play them in pre-season, so I will ease them in the Premier League.’

The new recruits of Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud will just have one game to familiarize themselves to the Arsenal style of football when they face Cologne FC on August 12.

Wenger said: ‘The players who were out here will have had enough games but some players will have only one game.

‘I decided to have one game behind closed doors to try and get a good opponent but at the moment it will be behind closed doors against ourselves.

‘I have organised a training camp in Germany ahead of the Cologne game. It is a little bit unusual for us.’

The pre season tour of Asia has been a disappointing one for the Londoners as their young defenders proved that they are yet to reach the standards of the Premier League. Young German Thomas Eisfeld who scored twice in the tour impressed and earned rave reviews from his boss.

‘He is composed, intelligent, mobile and he makes the game come alive,” said Wenger. ‘Every time he came on you could see something straight away.

‘He has an impact on the game. He makes himself available and his passing is intelligent and he is good in the box. You cannot teach a player that. He earns maximum points on this trip.’





Wenger reacts strongly to RVP rumours

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger once again confirmed that there have been no further offers for want away striker Robin Van Persie.

Van Persie has been persistently linked with a move away from the Emirates after refusing to sign a contract extension earlier this summer with the likes of Manchester United, City and Juventus all interested in the Dutch forward. Juventus recently claimed to have given up on the striker as they see less value in the deal proposed by Arsenal while Manchester clubs silently monitor the situation here.

However, Arsene Wenger reacted strongly to probing over his captain’s future and announced he would not be talking any more about him.

‘We have talked about van Persie. I have talked about van Persie and I’m not talking about that question any more,’ the Frenchman was quoted as saying.

United and City already have had their bids rejected as the Gunners’ are believed to holding up for an offer close to £25m. City boss Roberto Mancini responded rather coyly to Wenger’s remarks and accepted that it would be difficult to prize away the 28 year old from Arsenal.

‘If [Wenger] said this, I think it’s true. Van Persie is one of the best strikers so it’s difficult to buy him,’ Mancini said.




Walcott certain of staying at Arsenal?

England international Theo Walcott has squashed rumors of a move away from Arsenal and revealed that his agent is in talks with the club over a new contract.

The 23 year old has been expected to follow club captain Robin Van Persie out after initial talks over a contract extension broke down. Premier League rivals Chelsea and Liverpool have been keenly studying the situation with a view to sign the winger for cheap should he want out. With just a year remaining on his contract, the Londoners would not be in a position to bargain hard over his price and risk losing him for nothing at the end of next season.

The young winger, who came off age last season putting in consistent performances over the course of season, isn’t too much bothered about the speculation over his future and is confident that a new contract will be agreed upon very soon.

‘The club and my agent are talking but it is a slow process and my last contract took six months to agree – but it will come,’ he told the Daily Star Sunday.

‘We’ll see what happens but I am not too bothered about it.’




Wenger confirms that there are no offers for RVP

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insists that talismanic striker Robin Van Persie is nowhere close to departure as neither of the Manchester clubs have made a proposal.

The 28 year old Dutch forward has been linked with a move away from the Emirates after refusing to sign a contract extension which is set to end at the end of next season. Apparently the reigning Golden Boot winner of the Premier League is keen on a salary close to £200,000 a week, which the Gunners are highly unlikely to offer.

Serie A giants Juventus were also believed to be in the race for his signature but the extraordinary demands of the London club has forced them to cool off their interest. The Manchester clubs remain in the reckoning but Le Professor confirms that none of them are yet to make an offer.

“At the moment I must say that the Van Persie case has not crossed too much my mind,” said Wenger.

“We have no offers, so he is our player. That is it. We have not had any more contact from City or United about him at all.

“I have talked about that, I am not talking about that anymore. Do you understand?

“We must prepare for the season. It is about more than one player.”