Friday Arsenal links: Henry, Adebayor + Nordtveit

I’m absolutely bloody knackered today and – it being a Friday afternoon – I’m going to keep things very, very short.

It’s bullet-point time:

  • Thierry Henry thinks Arsenal can win the Premier League this season. I know he says it every year but I still love hearing it come from him, it shows how much he still loves the club. Hopefully we will win it and his Barcelona side can deny Cristiano Ronaldo and Co any sort of trophy in Spain. 
  • Emmanuel Adebayor has claimed that he never wanted to leave Arsenal and was sold by Arsene Wenger because our club “needed the money”. I’m not sure I believe him but to be perfectly honest I don’t really want talk about Adebayor any more. He’s gone and don’t want to think about him until we play Manchester City and I boo ’til I can’t boo no more.
  • Young Norwegian defender Havard Nordtveit has indicated that he is open to a move to Germany. He’s currently on loan in Norway but Nordveit is rated very highly by Arsenal and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him given some experience in a tougher league.

I’ll leave it there for now because I’ve just been handed a Hahn Superdry by Alan Goat and it’s time to let loose.

Cheerio and enjoy your weekend!

Have your say on Henry, Adebayor or Nordveit by leaving a comment.

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63 Responses to “Friday Arsenal links: Henry, Adebayor + Nordtveit”

  1. MYWAY
    July 24, 2009 at 5:38 pm #

    I recorded Thierry’s interview on Sky and I kept rewinding it endlessly.The Dude’s HEART is still 1000% Arsenal which I am really proud of. Ade-Buy-Or wants world sympathy and recognitions that is why he is talking. Huntelaar is rumored to be linked to Arsenal,he will sure be a wonderful add-up.

  2. andy
    July 24, 2009 at 6:01 pm #

    ade is so stupid i dont care about milan and barca wanting him after the 30goal season it was his attitude towards us and his lazyness that pissed everyone off

  3. billy
    July 24, 2009 at 6:38 pm #

    so whats happening with the sighning of chamakh? any news on that? contaqct me. fmitchell@telkomsa.net

  4. Dally
    July 24, 2009 at 6:42 pm #

    @SF

    I am thinking on a topic for guest presenter and have just joined facebook. Can you tell me how to send a message through this media?

  5. Seany Boy Lockwood
    July 24, 2009 at 6:45 pm #

    Greetings from the UK sunshine. Just signed up to the blog and enjoying it already.

    The english papers are reporting that Ade said:

    – “Every yr, Barca come in for Cesc, yet he doesn’t get booed, so why when Milan came for me, did the fans turn on me?”

    Very simple answer there son. Every year, little Cesc says time and time again that he is committed to the red and white and he loves this club. What he doesn’t do is compare Barcelona to Beyonce. Cesc also gives 110% every match, sadly mate, you only gave 50% in the last half of last season. THIS is way you got booed fella.

    Now I dont like booing any players (Ashley Cole aside), but Ade is no muppet. He knows the english press, he knows how they work and he’s exploited this to have a last parting shot at the faithful.

    Thanks for the goals Ade, enjoy Manchester……..well, saying enjoy Manchester is kinda like saying enjoy this rusty nail shoved under your toenail, but hey, good things come to those who wait……or chase the $$$.

    Seany Boy

  6. tina
    July 24, 2009 at 7:02 pm #

    Don’t we all love Henry?He still has belief in the gunners,as for Ade-byeee,we will put him where he belongs.I don’t know why i get this feeling that he will warm the bench.He should ask Hleb,being on the bench is rather devastating.It’s like going with ua wife to watch a gunners game,Gallas scores and ua wife shouts'”OO Gallas i love u baibe” lol!!!

  7. km1980
    July 24, 2009 at 7:21 pm #

    Spanish, I’m very dissapointed with you… Hahn is awful!! At least get some Little Creatures or something 🙂

  8. Gooner
    July 24, 2009 at 7:23 pm #

    ——–Yaya———
    —Xavi—–Iniesta–
    -Messi———Henry–
    ——Ibrahimovic—–

    What a line-up. I don’t think that even Ronaldo, Kaka, Benzema and whoever else Real but can compete with that. Good luck King Henry

  9. Atiku Saki Mansoor
    July 24, 2009 at 8:10 pm #

    I have been following this promising Norwegian Havard Nordveit for some time.I strongly believe that his experience in top football will do us a lot and next season he should be ready to play in our first team.
    Keep it up Nordveit.

  10. Seany Boy Lockwood
    July 24, 2009 at 8:16 pm #

    @ Atiku Saki Mansoor

    Whilst Harry is a promising young lad, he is one of many in our current youth set up, and for me, he is not in the top 3. Thats not taking anything away from him, more an indication of just how promoising these batch of youngsters are.

    I get to underhill an awful lot to watch reserve and youth games. Kyle Bartley has improved 10 fold last season and is definitley the CB to breakl the first team before anyone else. I cant see Harry breaking the 1st team next season, unless we are extrememly unlucky with injuries yet again.

    For me, the top 3 youngsters that are on the edge of breaking that 1st team are

    J Em Thomas
    K Bartley
    J Wilshere

    G Sunu deserves a shout as well…..

  11. carole osako
    July 24, 2009 at 8:48 pm #

    Sincerely speaking I dont know anything about this Norwegian fella. Kindly hint me. I’ve always believed Henry left Arsenal to win the Champions League but his heart is still 100% Arsenal. For Adebayor, some things are better left unsaid.

  12. satanisagooner
    July 24, 2009 at 9:17 pm #

    A friend of a friend who knows a family member has said that Adebayor didnt want to leave once he realised that Milan were not interested. The reason for the delay when he said he was thinking about Man City offer was he was actually seeing Wenger and begging him to let him stay. Wenger basically told him it had gone too far. So Adebayor is now bitter and will be saying all sorts a crap to the media now.

  13. Kris
    July 24, 2009 at 9:29 pm #

    Since the gunners have finaly sell our top striker ade’i tink we need a replacement;a sharpshooter like the dutchman :huntelaar:i tink with him there is a hope.

  14. Seany Boy Lockwood
    July 24, 2009 at 9:32 pm #

    @ satanisagooner

    Yes, I’ve heard similar rumours. I know he was spotted at Arsenal HQ on the wednesday going in at 8am and not emerging until 4pm. The other players were training.

    ANyhoo – enough of Ade. He’s gone and although he is a great player, he was never “Arsenal”. Some players bleed arsenal, Cesc, Bergkamp, Henry, Toure etc. To play for Arsenal you have to love the club. Ade loves money. Simples

  15. shambogunner
    July 24, 2009 at 9:49 pm #

    SF couple a people asked me to post the sales/buys since 03/04, hope its not a prob actually makes for interesting reading….
    03/04
    IN OUT
    cesc free luzhny free
    senderos 2.5 m volz nominal
    lehman signed jer thomas 10g
    clichy 250,000 gio v B signed
    reyes 10.5m
    RvP 2.75m
    lupoli signed

    TOTAL 16.5M TOTAL NIL

    04/05
    IN OUT
    almunia signed keown free
    flamini free parlour free
    eboue 1m kanu free
    edu free
    wiltord free
    stepanovs signed
    shabaan free
    jeffers 2.6m

    TOTAL 1M TOTAL 2.6M

    05/06
    IN OUT
    bendtner signed s taylor free
    mannone 350,000 vieira 13.7m
    traore signed pennant signed
    hleb 11.2m bentley signed
    diaby 2m pires free
    adebayor 7m quincy signed
    theo 5m
    poom signed
    rosicky 6.8m

    TOTAL 32.4 TOTAL 13.7

    06/07
    IN OUT
    merida free sol C free
    song 1m cygan 2m
    gallas swap cashley swap + 5m
    denilson 3.4m stokes 2m
    fabianski signed lauren 500,000
    barazite signed seb larson 1m
    eduardo 7.5m muamba 4m
    poom free
    aliadiare 2m
    henry 16.1m
    lupoli free

    TOTAL 11.9m TOTAL 32.6m

    07/08
    IN OUT
    sagna 6m freddie 3m
    L. diarra 2m reyes signed
    L diarra 5.5m
    m connelly 1m
    lehman free

    TOTAL 8M 9.5M

    08/09
    IN OUT
    nasri 15.8 flamini free
    bischoff free hleb 11.8
    silvestre 700g gilberto 1m
    ramsey 5m j hoyte 3m

    TOTAL 21.5M 15.8M

    09/10
    IN OUT
    vermaelen 10m adebayor 25m

    TOTAL 10M TOTAL 25M

    SUB TOTALS FROM 03/04 TO PRESENT
    Spent 101.3 recouped 99.2

    ps am not sure wot the ‘signed’ players fees represent are maybe undisclosed fees but thats as they were on the site iv sourced from

  16. shambogunner
    July 24, 2009 at 9:53 pm #

    shit dat wasnt supposed to come out that long apologies SF

  17. Filipino Dan
    July 24, 2009 at 9:57 pm #

    shambogunner – what about our record signing?

  18. Wafula Ezekiel
    July 24, 2009 at 10:04 pm #

    lets Arsene Wenger buy more players if we are to win one of the trophies this season.he should buy atleast two full backs, one midfielder and two experienced stikers

  19. jd_
    July 24, 2009 at 10:05 pm #

    lol

  20. shambogunner
    July 24, 2009 at 10:22 pm #

    was that not reyes dan?hes there i got this all off another site il post it up later
    lol that was some waste of time,it came out all over the gaffe,maybe SF cud do it better i think it wud be a great topic… not just on our infrequent spending or investment in proven quality but also how wev lost some serious dough thru free transfers and picked up 1m for the likes of gilberto who is still a brazilian international
    apologies again SF for that monstrosity of a post

  21. Spanish Fry
    July 24, 2009 at 10:31 pm #

    @ km1980 – She handed me the beer, I didn’t choose. Even so I still like it thought.

  22. Spanish Fry
    July 24, 2009 at 10:33 pm #

    @ shambo – Don’t apologise for quality stuff. It’s all good.

  23. Filipino Dan
    July 24, 2009 at 10:59 pm #

    @ Shambogunner – sorry mate I was meaning Arshavin

  24. GunnerBoss
    July 24, 2009 at 11:13 pm #

    @Spanish – See what I said earlier about HUNTELLAR seems to be true

  25. shambogunner
    July 24, 2009 at 11:15 pm #

    @ dan good point it wasnt on that site cos i jotted everythin down and then typed it,badly, here so dats another 14-18mil in the outgoings..for any1 wanting to get a clear idea of the transfers its at http://www.blogcatalog.com/blogs/arsenal-fans-blog/posts/tag/transfer+history

  26. MexicanGunner
    July 24, 2009 at 11:32 pm #

    Hey shambogunner that was interesting to read.

  27. steviej
    July 25, 2009 at 1:29 am #

    Henry is the best example of a dedicated and loyal Arsenal player you could possibly ask for. If Ade had been even half the stature of Henry, and shown the same Passion, ability and Loyalty he would never have been booed. All any fan wants to see is a player sweating blood and tears for the team. Ade didn’t do it last season, and was a passenger, glad to see him go!
    I watched Henry the Legend last night, some of the things he did in an Arsenal shirt still send shivers up and down my spine. Along with Brady,Bergkamp the best ever Arsenal player.

  28. rocknrolljesus1
    July 25, 2009 at 2:04 am #

    henry will allways be with us!!!!

    nordtveit could be promoted to the first team this season or be loan as sayd to a strong league.

    the returning of henry to arsenal is a dream of every gooner. barcelona signed ibrahimovic (will sign), they were looking this season for a winger (ribery, david silva, arshavin!!!!). i think we can bring henry back. henry will surely wan’t to return, barba will i think allowe him.

    but arsenal will sign huntelaar, as mentioned 1000times on this blog.

    ARSENAL CAN WIN THE LEAGUE!!! WE HAVE TO BUY 2 STRONG PLAYERS (DEFENDER AND DEF.MIDFIELDER OR DEFENSIVE MIDFIELDER AND STRIKER OR ALL 3).

    MAMADOU DIARRA IS IDEAL!!!

    HUNTELAAR IS IDEAL!!!

    TOURE OUT FOR RICHARDS AND 3 MIL- NOT SO GREAT

    MARQUEZ, MARCHENA, UPSON, GABRIEL MILITO, HANGELAND… ARE IDEAL

    ARSENAL CAN DO WITHOUT SILVESTRE, SENDEROS AND EBOUE NEXT SEASON

    WE CAN DO IT!!!!!

  29. rocknrolljesus1
    July 25, 2009 at 2:06 am #

    WE WILL HAVE TO SPLASH A LOT OF CASH FOR THE MENTIONED PLAYERS. BUT IF THE MENTIONED LEAVE AND THE MENTIONED COME, IT WILL HAPPEN

  30. theicehammer
    July 25, 2009 at 2:24 am #

    Satan, Ade was not wanted by Wenger because he, Wenger, was looking for ways to cutting the clubs wage bill in order to keep a few other youngsters from the youth and to increase RVP’s new deal. Thats the vibes doing the rounds in the academy.

  31. theicehammer
    July 25, 2009 at 2:29 am #

    Wafula, why would the squad require more full backs. Do you me in the old fashion sense, meaning non attacking or overlapping, or getting crosses in?

  32. theicehammer
    July 25, 2009 at 2:36 am #

    Shambo, was there any future extras depending on how many first team or national appearances was made by some of the young players. For example the full cost of Theo can reach 15m.

  33. wachara
    July 25, 2009 at 2:46 am #

    good bye ade! Attitude and commitment are key in any profession and soccer is no exception. My friend you lacked all these.

  34. ALGunner
    July 25, 2009 at 5:34 am #

    Good to see such great stats about arsenal FC. From all the transferred player i think were are still not able to replace Vieira,Sultan Henry. What an intimidating player he was even though he was not scoring goals but he created fear against the opposition what good days that we for arsenal. Still remember that day were arsenal torned apart Mcity 6-0 that to at home of city. In those day arsenal were scoring goals a will. Mainly bcz of Sultan Henry. I Miss you both in my arsenal squad. As far as Ade is concern the matter is over he is nothing to us now just leave him. Don’t want to hear any explanation. I still believe the money should be utilized in Midfield but one CDM and one Winger especially RWM. Walcott to me is an ST not an Winger. My Arsenal Team this season

    Alumunia

    Sagna Toure/TV Gallas Clichy

    NewCDM
    Fabregas
    Arsavin RVP Walcott
    Eduardo

  35. georgetown gooner
    July 25, 2009 at 6:12 am #

    sunderland signed cana today for 5 million what were we waiting for could have bought him ages ago!!!!!!

  36. MYWAY
    July 25, 2009 at 6:29 am #

    I think AW has lost it again with such news. “Marseille midfielder Lorik Cana has completed a surprise move to English Premier League side Sunderland, who have apparently beaten off competition from Everton and Arsenal to land the Albanian for over €5.7 million on a four year deal” Its a shame. Same happened with PALACIOS, MODRIC LUKAS. who knows what next?

  37. shambogunner
    July 25, 2009 at 6:36 am #

    are u serious georgetown?if thats true im gonna go cry somewhere 4 a while…..and for 5m.
    i just dont know anymore…did steve bruce get a tip straight from AW like he did for palacios????y didnt AW keep him when he was on trial?
    becos he doesnt rate or value holding mid players methinks….am seriously depressed SF i need some of your words of optimism now cos i dont know wot our manager is thinking…seriously like some name a team dat wil challenge utd,pool and chelsea come september

  38. georgetown gooner
    July 25, 2009 at 7:16 am #

    th14 an absolute legend who will never be forgotten good to hear him say good things about us.great stats shambogunner 100 odd mill spent and 100 odd mill in sales since 03/04 just shows what wenger has achieved keeping us in champ league position every year.

  39. Gibbs
    July 25, 2009 at 8:10 am #

    *sighs* I cant believe we missed out on Cana to Sunderland for £5m. What the hell is wrong with AW? Im very disappointed.

    Song and Denilson for DM again next season then.

  40. butterfingers
    July 25, 2009 at 9:41 am #

    I’m really pissed that we missed canna as he is what we needed and not all the melo crap that went on. He wanted to play in england and signed for the 1st club that showed real interest as it wasn’t about the money and huntlar sounds like another ade I’m off to stuggart but I’ll get my agent to make more money so tought me everywhere and if that fails I’ll go to stuggart and I’m glad they pulled the plug. I’m going to give up jumping on the pc 1st thing every morning to see if we have signed someone as it’s not going to happen.

  41. deeprespiration
    July 25, 2009 at 9:44 am #

    http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story?id=662786&sec=transfers&campaign=rss&source=soccernet&cc=5901

    check this article. apparently Ade’s blaming us for leaving.

    our fault?! our fault?!?!

  42. jay-jay
    July 25, 2009 at 10:07 am #

    Cana……5 million…….SUNDERLAND. What were we doing. This man could have sorted us out and for 5 million would have been an absolute bargain. But no, in the end he signed for Sunderland. I really dont get it. M.Diarra, Veloso, Melo (bit too expensive), Cana. I believe none of these would have joined us / will join us because AW doesnt seem to do simple transfers! We will either get some dude no-one has ever heard of or AW will say Song and Deni are good enough, and we will go on to another trophyless season. And to think the transfer period started off soo well. Come On AW, Get a good DM in. We are the arsenal, we can bring top talent to our club.

  43. Hey Nonny Mouse
    July 25, 2009 at 11:08 am #

    Thanks for posting that list shambogunner.

    @rocknrolljesus1 – sorry to have a go – but I think you need to calm the **** down a bit, mate. A few days ago you wanted to buy Viera back, now you want to buy Henry back. So next it’s Pires I suppose and after that…David Seaman?

  44. ALGunner
    July 25, 2009 at 1:46 pm #

    Just can’t understand AW sometimes and we gunners feel frustrated. Cana for 5 mil it is just errgg. I have no words. If AW wenger thinks he will buy him the next season sorry boss it would be as high as 15 Mil if he is an hit. Can’t understand why we left him. All I know is he was thinking was he was going to be our next gilberto mold player. Now gone. Now what. We need two midfielder at least one in CDM and one an winger.

  45. Xabier
    July 25, 2009 at 4:23 pm #

    Sunderland are notorious for failed signings. Cana will fail. AW knows.

  46. ALGunner
    July 25, 2009 at 6:27 pm #

    @Xabier Sunderland are but not steve bruce. He is an exceptional manager. He is regarded in high esteem. And Cana is an ready made EPL material. Still feeling disappointed

  47. Xabier
    July 25, 2009 at 8:23 pm #

    @ALGunner: Sorry dude, I’m a Bordeaux fan, and I’ve watched enough Ligue 1 games to know he’s good but definitely not an improvement over the players we have already. I’m fairly sure Wenger and Grimandi will have looked at him and decided he isn’t the correct mould of player whether it be technically or mentally, and I’d value their opinions.

    I also don’t want Huntelaar, he’s a mercenary, the type of player would go to Mercenary Citeh in a heartbeat.

  48. ALGunner
    July 26, 2009 at 3:45 am #

    Nothing happening in the transfer market for us. @xabier i would would also not want huntelaar in arsenal squad he is an fox in the box. We need the pacy forward we miss the pace in the forward line as it suits our forward line. I still think martins from N.castle is available for fair enough price or would be tempted for AV Gabriel Agbonlahor. I would also be again tempted to sign Young again from AV. I would be dreaming again if we would be signing all three of them.Arsenal mentality say we wont sign any one of them.
    Notice people who are not aware of the rule for CL here it is
    http://www.uefa.com/multimediafiles/download/regulations/uefa/others/70/22/60/702260_download.pdf

    It has some really interesting point which you can go through like the club have to pay an entry fee of EUR 200. Some thing about the player registration which i was not able to understand. SF would you or any one the blogger help me out. As i wanted to know about the new CL rules for 2009/2010

  49. butterfingers
    July 26, 2009 at 7:03 pm #

    Hey spanish are you doing a league in the fantasy team this year?

  50. Spanish Fry
    July 26, 2009 at 7:06 pm #

    @ butterfingers – There will be a fantasy competition running this season, yes. I’ll talk to you more about it as it develops.

  51. jay-jay
    July 26, 2009 at 11:22 pm #

    Three new rumours out today. Arsenal are planning to bid 7 million for Salomon Kalou of Chelsea, 15 million for Klaas-Jan Huntelaar of R Madrid and 10 million for Lee Catermole of Wigan.

  52. rocknrolljesus1
    July 26, 2009 at 11:57 pm #

    HOPE WE GET SOME NEW COMMENT MATERIAL SOON.

    IS ARSENAL BROKE OR DO THEY JUST HATE SPENDING THE CASH???

  53. Johno
    July 27, 2009 at 3:22 am #

    Kolo Toure has agreed personal terms on a £15 million deal with Manchester City. Wenger is interested in Chelsea’s Kalou and some kid, called Wellington, to put in the nursery class at the Academy.

    Give us a tough holding midfielder, we’ve now got £40 million to spend, don’t waste it on someone who can’t get a regular start for Chelsea, we don’t need anymore lightweight midfielders.

  54. MexicanGunner
    July 27, 2009 at 6:59 am #

    Hey guys just to inform you that Vela scored today in the final of the golden cup. Of course it was his classic chip-shot.

  55. butterfingers
    July 27, 2009 at 8:12 am #

    Also had 2 assists and only played 45 mins. I really hope he plays more this year as he’s the closest thing to replacing henry that we currently have.

  56. shambogunner
    July 27, 2009 at 8:41 am #

    am too depressed to even try make an intelligent comment or insight into what AW is thinking or who wil be coming or going cos only god knows after we missed cana for 5mil…if we now pay 10mil for cattermole or 7mil for kalou from chelsea i will literally weep

  57. Spanish Fry
    July 27, 2009 at 10:22 am #

    @ shambo – There is no way Wenger is going for either Kalour or Cattermole, just like he never had any interest in Cana. It’s pointless to get sucked in by fabricated rumours – you’ll be a lot happier if you just ignore it all.

  58. White Ox
    July 27, 2009 at 11:56 am #

    If Cana was deemed requisite quality he’d be at Arsenal. That, good friends, is where I believe the discussions begins and ends.

    We are waiting tho Arsene…

  59. GunnerBoss
    July 27, 2009 at 11:42 pm #

    I just hope the HUNTELLAR deal goes thru, that’ll be the sign of real intent this season.

  60. Hugh
    July 28, 2009 at 6:40 am #

    Jay Emmanuel Thomas has been playing a lot in these friendlies. I’d like to see more of him, Nacer Barazite, and Jay Simpson

    What about Thomas Cruise (the defender)?

    THE GUNNER BLOG
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  61. Arizona 4rm sapele
    July 28, 2009 at 3:02 pm #

    AW….IF U LIKE SIGN OR NOT NA GOD GO BLESS U 4 LETING CANA GO 4RM US….E BE LIKE NA UR UNBORN SON U WON SIGN 4 WE AS MD PLS I LOVE GUNNERS SIGN O MAKE U PEOPEL HELP ME BEG WA.GUNNERS 4 LIFE GO NO WERE WITOUT GUNNERS.ARIZONA ARINZE

  62. vicky
    July 28, 2009 at 4:07 pm #

    arsenal must buy chamackh to replace adebayor

  63. Dylan
    July 28, 2009 at 4:18 pm #

    VERSUS EVERTON-ALUMUNIA,VERMALEAN,CLICHY,
    TOURE,SAGNA,FABREGAS,
    ARSHAVIN,ROSICKY,NASRI,
    VAN PERSIE,EDUARDO
    SUBS:BENTNER,RAMSEY,SONG,
    GIBSON,MANNONE.
    4-4-2

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