Arsenal Transfer Speculation – Latest Updates

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Who’s coming and who’s leaving? 

With the English Premier League only one round away from completion, transfer rumours have inevitably begun to run rife around the Arsenal Football Club this week. I thought it would be appropriate – before things get out of hand – to do a quick assessment of the probable futures of the players who are strongly tipped to be joining or leaving Arsenal in the summer.

Julio BaptistaJulio Baptista (Prediction – will sign on with Arsenal permanently)

There has been much criticism of ‘The Beast’ in his first on-loan season with the club. I am one of the few who actually wants Baptista to sign on for Arsenal as I believe he will find his feet in the Premiership if given enough time to adapt, a la Didier Drogba. All things considered, there is a fairly even chance of Baptista either leaving or staying, and much depends on the decisions made with regards to Jose Antonio Reyes. Although Baptista himself has previously remarked that he is struggling with life in London I believe Wenger sees value in the big Brazilian and will push for him to sign on permanently.

Jose Antonio ReyesJose Antonio Reyes (Prediction – will leave Arsenal permanently)

Despite his miserable year on-loan at the Bernabeu with Real Madrid, Reyes has made it clear that he does not want to return to Arsenal. Whilst Wenger has said that he would welcome him back, I just can not see this happening. I believe that if Reyes did return to the English Premier League with Arsenal, skilfull as he may be, it would be like hitting the reset button; he would need another season to toughen up again and this is something that cannot be afforded. And whilst Atletico Madrid has turned down his services, Reyes talents will not go unnoticed for too long. Several clubs in Spain will soon be buzzing for his signature.

Lukasz FabianskiLukasz Fabianski (Prediction – will join Arsenal)

According to most reports, Polish 22-year-old goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski looks almost certain to join Arsenal with the intention of becoming first-choice goalkeeper at the club within a season. A great move – if it eventuates – which should see pressure being placed on Jens Lehmann.

Franck RiberyFranck Ribery (Prediction – will join Arsenal*)

*If his current club Marseille fail to qualify for the Champions League. Ribery has a clause in his contract that stipulates that if Marseille fail to qualify for the UEFA Champions League he is allowed to move on. His comments, “I just want to play, I don’t want to change my club just to stay on the bench” seem to fit with a move to Arsenal rather than Manchester United or Chelsea, the other reported options. I see Ribery’s signature as the most important that Arsenal could sign in the transfer window and I believe Wenger will go all out to acquire it. Ribery boasts the key ability that Wenger has been lacking in his wingers – directness. There’s just the problem of that pesky clause preventing this from being close to a certainty.

For the last time, Henry will not be joining Barcelona!Henry to Barcelona?

When transfer rumours get a little out-of-hand, it is sometimes important to take a reality check and remember that some headlines are utter bollocks. Whilst the news will no doubt say otherwise, I’ve refused to include such ridiculous rumours like the possibility of Thierry Henry moving to Barcelona or Gilberto Silva heading over to Juventus. As I mentioned in the previous post, William Gallas will not be moving onto Real Madrid and neither with Cesc Fabregas. Neither will Arsenal be signing Samuel Eto’o. Football journalists (can we even call them that?) begin to circulate these sort of rumours around this time of the year because there is little football to discuss and they have to make their money somehow.

In the words of the Arctic Monkeys, “Don’t believe the hype.”

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79 thoughts on “Arsenal Transfer Speculation – Latest Updates

  1. please my lovely team can you tell us exactly what is going on with henry and wenger at the monent?

  2. Ochaka Wilfred – I’m not sure I understand the query. Wenger and Henry are most definitely staying with the club next season. Henry has committed to the Gunners and Wenger has said that he “guarantees” Henry won’t be leaving.

    The rumours about Henry going to Barcelona are completely false.

    I hope that answers your question.

  3. arsenal to win 2007/08 premiership and the champion league titles,if arsenal sign this players Franck Ribery,Micheal Richards,Stephen Appiah,Samuel Eto’o and Abidal.Bet and see?

  4. I hope you’re right. Eto’o and Appiah are unlikely transfers but Ribery, Richards and Abidal are all possibilities. I think Wenger will only grab one of those though. Even with only one I still see Arsenal being incredibly competitive next season.

  5. Arsenal to win the champion league title next season if they are able to sign some of this players,Daniel Alves,Yago Fernandez,Garath Bale,Jan Huntelaar,Ryan Babel,Franck Ribery,Lukasz Fabianski,David Nugent,Miroslav Klose,Samuel Eto’o,Eric Abidal,Micah Richards,Rio Mavuba,Stephen Appiah and Robinho.Bet and see?

  6. Interesting. I personally think our strikeforce is OK – Henry and van Persie have shown to be world class and I am a big fan of Adebayor. If Baptista stays and can improve and Bendtner competes like is expected then we have four-five strikers already. Owen is very injury prone and would be a risk – although he could do well if given the chance. I think a central defender and wide midfielder are the priorities.

  7. Ithink Arsenal need Ribery,Mavuba,Abidal.Mikal Richards to be the team to beat next season.

  8. To repeat what I said above:):

    “I hope you’re right. Eto’o and Appiah are unlikely transfers but Ribery, Richards and Abidal are all possibilities. I think Wenger will only grab one of those though. Even with only one I still see Arsenal being incredibly competitive next season.”

  9. je pense que arsenal peut faire tout les possibilites d,amener Eto CARLOS TEVEZ Jonathan Woodgate les 2 deffenseurs les pus haute et un buteur comme D DROGBA

  10. BREAKING NEWS.
    Arsenal will suprise us all by signing Eto’o from Barca with Henry going an opposite direction,Also Ribery,Robinho,Micah Richards,and Klose heading to Arsenal.

  11. wenger should please not make next season for we arsenal fans without a trophy,i strongly neede of hinm to sign players like;Ribery,Malouda,Klose,and probably samueletoo whomisrongly believe will not like toplay for liverpool.

  12. Nworgu & raymond – The likelihood of Eto’o coming to Arsenal is very, very low. Read here for more details. As for Malouda, I think he should be our top priority and you can read my thoughts here. Ribery is a possibility but it appears he is on his way to Bayern and Klose is not someone I think we need at the moment.

  13. I am appealing to Manager Wenger to purchase some players that will replace Kolo Toure,Emmanuel Adebayor and Emmanuel Eboue, while they are away for the 2008 African Nations Cup. I also Suggest
    that he buys some attackers preferable Brazilians.

    Thanks

    Robert Duyen (USA)

  14. Robert – I think that apart from maybe one signing (maybe Florent Malouda) there is unlikely to be many changes. We have cover for Toure and Eboue with the likes of Djourou, Senderos and Hoyte so it will not be a disaster when they leave. Don’t panic!
    patriot – Henry won’t be going anywhere. Trust me on this 🙂

  15. i just want to beg henry to stay at arsenal cos arsenal future lies on is hands cos many players and clubs are admiring him and if we (arsenal) happens to miss henry it will be a big blow for arsenal again just like that of patrick vieira,doe is a nice idea for a big club like AC MILAN and BARCELONA TO have interest in our geat striker and legend, and i want arsene wenger to sign more experience old players to inpact more experience on d young guns.please dont to overwhelm by d departure of vice chairman david dein i kno next season will be a thrilling one if arsenal sign more old experiences like that of AC MILAN to the team i know arsene wenger believe in yong guns.

  16. I feel good as an Arsenal fun. I realy want Thiery Henry to stay at Arsenal. Our dear manager bring in Malouda, Fernando Toress, Stephen Appiah, Antonio Reyes also to persuade him for an return at emirates stadium, Ryan Babel, Jan Hantelaar that we shall do get good results if those players are welcomed to our fanciful spectacular Arsenal Football. I respect Arsenal style of passing the ball, so if we can have such an addition to our arsenal we will leave the world to chose the best team in the world.
    FROM KAMPALA, UGANDA

  17. Sekagya Vincent – Good to hear from you. If you check out some more recent articles you will be able to see what’s been happening in the transfer market. Just to let you know, I don’t think Reyes will be returning from Madrid because he has said he wants to remain in Spain next season.

  18. pls WENGER,I really want you to bring in frank ribery cos i love him and every football fun will do becouse he played with interest, determination, and with his whole ability. so pls bring him so that we will secure all the trophies in england next season pls.

  19. Arsenal has been the best club of all to me so it will be very painful to lose Henry in my special club.Arsenal should remind enry of what he siad that he will not leave the club unless Wenger leaves and e should learn to keep to his words for i love him so much and i cherish his play just as envy Barcelona.Keeeeeeep HeeeeeeRy.

  20. arsenal is the best team in the world and in my own view i think they need to sign some world class players and get rid of this believe in your stars.this must be done in other for them to win titles

  21. hi i am an arsenal fan,i would like arsene wenger to buy 5 good players who can match the likes of chelsea and man utd so that we can trophy this season.

  22. i really hope that the move of to barca should bring the re quired change in arsenals squad.i believe that FA CUP,CARLING CUP,PREMIERSHIP and CHAMPION LEAGUE,if we learn to play tiptap and strike shot from distance.i love arsenal and wenger pls increase our signings.GUNNERS 4 LIFE

  23. it is of prime importance to wenger and his squad to recognise supporters’ feeling while we still in love with team.3 strikers will be a boost to the club and its supporters like i

  24. Our great coach(Asene Wenger),do not disappoint us next season.Do your best and leave the rest.May God continue to see you through.

  25. I believe it was time Wenger released Thierry. Despite all that he did for the team, it was time to let him go such that he gives a breathe to the new breed. I believe that what Wenger has signed, add on what he has at hand, he can still play a big part in both the domestic and European competitions.

    I also suggest that there is need for him to buy atleast one extra mature world class player.

    THE DOUBTORS WILL STOP

    bataazemusa@yahoo.com

  26. D EXIT OF VAN. NISTELROOY GIVE MAN UTD. D PREMIERSHIP TROPHY AFTA YRS OF INACTIVITY IN D PRIEMIERSHIP.SO D EXIT OF CAPT. HENRY IS ONLY GIVEN WAY 4 OUR TITLEMENT NXT SEASON,SO FELLOW GUNNERS,DNT WORRY COS HENRY ONLY LEFT WIT OUR HARD LUCK AS DID DAT OF V.NISTELROOY 4ROM MAN UTD. GUNNERA 4 LIFE. CHINCHILA.

  27. dear wenger last season we were fed of pressure time and again we were lossing games due unexprienced players.now that we are in the transfer window,wenger go out in the market and for the best player as mostly strikers and buy such that we fans of the club also feel happy.talk to other directors get and buy players.

  28. the absence of henry will not hammer arsenal becoz honestly henry was now fading and its actually a bless to other players like adebayor to show and prove that they can handle the pressure even without henry

  29. The likes of Adebayor can not bring us a glimp of hapiness the funs!arsnal needs to have players who are completely hangry as if one is chessing a billion dollar in the middle of a bussy crazy city,
    Mainly african nationals after wage increase tend to be satified and do forget that the carreer has just commenced to grow to stars like those admired allover the world like kaka, ronaldo,and messi champions of today.Realy by hook or crook we need cups from arsenal clubs otherwise, alot of people will continue to hang especially the recent example here in kenya after loosing to mau united champion semi finals.

  30. The likes of Adebayor can not bring us a glimp of hapiness the to funs! arsnal needs to have players who are completely hangry as if one is chessing a billion dollar in the middle of a bussy crazy city,
    Mainly african nationals after wage increase tend to be satified and do forget that the carreer has just commenced to grow to stars like those admired allover the world like kaka, ronaldo,and messi champions of today.Realy by hook or crook we need cups from arsenal clubs otherwise, alot of people will continue to hang especially the recent example here in kenya after loosing to mau united champion semi finals.

  31. A comment by Cesc Fabregas that Arsenal is impotent,first i would like to refute his comment as being vague.The more reason Arsenal went trophieless last season lies not on our overview of confidence but due to our luck of experienced players who are not prone to injuries all season long,look for example at Rosicky what a mayheim he served the club.We need to rely our emphasis on fighting with words but a play of wits.Bravo Arsenal club

  32. happiness will prevail on the faces of arsenal supporters if manager arsene wenger puts in much effort in signing more two key players in midfield and defence.the likes of melo,yaya toure and sako.

  33. i think we should sell adebayor to ac milan for £20 million + mattheui flamini then with the £20 million use it to buy a great player possibly another midfielder then we could have flamini + fabregas + (someone else) in midfield and
    robin van persie + andrey arshavin up front

  34. why should not sign samuel etoo
    we need agreat strikers, midfield as well as great defender.
    why should arsen wenger not to sign pato of ac milan.

  35. Am an Arsenal fun and i do prefer the way it plays to others.
    and my suggestion is that as Arsenal as a good manager ,sure he thinks well and he makes his decission well and i comment that as Kolo Toure left the club, let the manager sigh for the club another defend before the season begins , sure Arsenal lacks some one now who can be positioned in the place of KOLO TOURE. Thus it .

  36. I want 2 say that we are definetely in need of players like huntelar,obafemi,yaya toure and also me 2 make this season a great one for all gunner fans. thanks John fr Nigeria

  37. The way wenger run the club is like he is the owner of the club, what he need to arsenal? i think we need to change the system otherwise we will not won any cup

  38. to all arsenal fans, lets just accept what we have @ the moment, coz if u give birth to a lem child it doesnt mn u kil him, just love ur team the the way it is, even man c, needs trophz, hz qualityz than Arsenal bt stil never qualif,d for champs. pliz dont loos hp lov it. love u all arsenal fanz

  39. please ARSENAL fun late see what will happen , i started since 1995 at the time berckamp comes, let give chance for Csex fab to go & keep nasri to hold his position . belive me willsier & ramsay will surprise us.
    please wenger there others to leave my club almuniya, diaby, rososky ( have no luck) , former sivilla defender,

    nasri will be the capitain & willsher is my feverite

  40. i think if arsenal signs Diego Folan n Ribery the club will definately do well next season,these players have a winning mentality which we luck in most players at arsenal.

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