There is very little actual Arsenal transfer news about today, but there are lots of rumours! The main story seems to be the appearance of Cesc Fabregas at the Members Day at the Emirates. Although he was applauded by the crowd, most papers have got pictures of him looking decidedly glum and sulky at in the open training session.
Some papers are saying Arsenal have rejected yet another Barcelona offer, and one says that Wenger will threaten Barcelona with playing him in the Champions League Qualifier to get him cup-tied for Barca. I think if the deal isn’t done before then, the Gunners will have a very unhappy captain for another year….
It seems that Stoke have now emerged as a new contender for Nicklas Bendtner’s signature. Although I am not a great fan of the big-headed Dane, I feel sure he will score goals for anyone if played as a centre-forward. Perhaps buyers have been put off by his ego (and his wages!). Stoke might be the perfect match for him though as they love long balls into the box……
Chris Samba is definitely old news, and the best the papers can come up with today is that Blackburn have priced him at £12m. This price has been fluctuating all summer so I reckon that one was just a space filler, although one paper said that Spurs had offered £6m plus a player (any player?)……
The Metro reckons that Arsenal and Tottenham are both going to make a bid for Scott Parker, and Sam Allardyce is sure he will be leaving West Ham, but I can’t see Wenger taking him unless it was just for one year….
And of course, last but not least, the ever-Twittering Twit Joey Barton is continually slagging off his (ex-)club Newcastle while saying how much he loves the bland-and-white. Arsenal are one of the players linked with him, but Alan Pardew has not ruled out him staying at Newcastle for his final season.
I really can’t see Wenger paying any amount of money for such an outspoken trouble-maker. I’d rather have Parker any day. Wouldn’t you?