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Saturday, August 13, 2011

Wenger looks to France as Arsenal spending spree continues

The Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger promised the fans a “busy summer” and it looked like being anything of the sort until now.

But Wenger has now brought in Gervinho, Carl Jenkinson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joel Campbell, and with the myriad departures (no names mentioned!) it certainly HAS been a busy summer. but according to the Arsenal rumours around it looks like it is far from over.

FranceFootball today reckons that Arsenal are still interested in the Sochaux midfielder Marvin Martin and are going to return with a second bid to fortify the weakened Arsenal midfield. They also say that the Gunners have made a bid for the Marseille striker Andre Ayew, who has a 13m euro buy-out clause in his contract, but Wenger will have to pay the full amount to get their man.

To make things worse, Marseille are currently trying to give Ayew, who was Marseille’s Player-of-the-Season last year, a new improved contract with a bigger buy-out clause to head of any further interest from Arsenal.

The 21 year-old has already amassed 29 caps for Ghana and is certainly set to be worth a lot more than 13m if he continues progressing, and he underlined that fact with a hat-trick against Lille last week, despite Marseille losing the match 5-4.

Marvin Martin may be easier to get as he has already stated that he is keen on a move to the Premier League, but Sochaux are loathe to let him go and have rejected Arsenal’s first bid. FF say that they expect the Gunners to return with a second bid shortly.

If Wenger managed to buy both of these then Arsenal really would have a formidable squad to challenge for the title this season….

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