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New Jagielka bid, Mata movement and a work permit for Miyaichi?

by on July 28, 2011

Juan Mata’s agent spent yesterday somewhere in North London ahead of a move to Arsenal. Good times right? Depends if you believe it I suppose. The Mirror certainly believe that something is going on which could lead to Cesc Fabregas leaving for Barcelona. The Daily Mail have chimed in with a bit of chat as well saying

Arsenal are closing in on the £17.5million signing of Juan Mata from Valencia, a transfer which should clear the way for Cesc Fabregas to complete his move to Barcelona.

The deal will enable the signing of Mata, 23, whose release clause has been matched by Arsenal.

The north London club do not expect any problems to arise with the midfielder, who is keen to join them, and Wenger’s next priority will be to strengthen in central defence.

That’s not the only movement on the transfer front either. With a £12m bid rejected and Everton asking for £20m, Arsenal have done the sensible thing and offered £13m for Phil Jagielka. Meeting halfway and all that. If you were to ask me, it’s all just negotiation. I doubt anyone really thinks we’ll get him for less than around £15-16m with maybe a few add-ons. As usual, all we can do is stand around and wait to see what happens. Speaking of defenders, Chris Samba wants to move to us apparently. If you were to ask me, Samba is definitely the third choice target after Jagielka and Cahill and he’s just become a name that is repeated over and over again.

In other news, John Hartson seems strangely optimistic for the season ahead, I love the bit where he says we ‘don’t have a top, top striker’. Well done John. Also, owing to his impressive performances in pre-season, Arsenal are looking at the possibility of launching another bid to get Ryo Miyaichi a work permit so he is eligible for competitive matches this season. Should that fail, loans with various clubs have been discussed. If you haven’t already, then be sure to check out Nick’s latest column ‘Injury to Theo, Denilson’s plea for forgiveness’, top stuff as always.

That’s it for today, no more jibbering. If you don’t already, be sure to follow me @SavageGooner on twitter.

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11 Comments
  1. ifeanyi klinsmann permalink

    if this mata deal speculation is true then it will be a welcomed signing which will certainly boost our chances in epl.i hope they secure permit 4 ryo as well

  2. Millz permalink

    Love hartsons comment about a top striker. Doesn’t he know RVP’s strike rate of 18 goals in 25 games was the best goals per game ratio in the league last season. Add another 7 assists to that and I think it’s fair to say he can be put in the “world class” bracket.

    God help the rest of the teams in the league of he manages to stay injury free all season.

    • My thoughts precisely about RVP, matched the record for the second half of the season set by Henry and C. Ronaldo. No idea where the lack of a ‘top striker’ came from.

  3. Happy to hear dis dat d negotiation is still on going………..am lookimg foward to see mata onred and white jersy! Mr.wenger do everything u can to get this guy to emirate then open the door widely for fabrigas. But truly speaking we ll miss fabrisence. Up gunners

  4. gimmeg6 permalink

    Well yea i agree with rvp being a top top striker and love his passion only down side is his injury prone nature now if other gossip is true apparently benzema is on the way with mixed reports but id certainly welcome him big skillful striker with presense with mata gervinho benzema and a new face in defence cahil or samba (not too keen on jagielka) forget just the epl but wed take all the cups hell with that squad invincibles again??only wed need a dm with experiance but everythings looking sunny jus like todays weather

  5. Millz permalink

    Just had a thought, we have a world class striker in RVP, but do we have a good enough “plan b” striker? Chamakh started well last season but died off quite rapidly. Also, for me he doesn’t fit the bill of a plan b striker, although I could be wrong.

    When we had ade-barn-door he was useful when the opposition sat back and went narrow cos we could spread it put wide and aim for him. This would scare the opposition and they wouldn’t know which way we were going to attack them. Last season though I felt we didn’t really have this option (i thought bendtner might step up and do the job but he wasnt up to it) and I wondered if there was any suggestions out there about who could do the job.

    • That’s certainly an opinion that’s been going around, I suppose the problem is the formation we use. When you use a 4-3-3 with the central striker dropping deep it’s hard to then play a target man when you don’t have conventional wingers. You’re right, Bendtner never quite managed to consistently deliver on the potential he showed and Chamakh started so well but just disappeared. The worrying part is he’s yet to reappear, he’s looked poor so far in pre-season, the Emirates Cup could be a big test.

      • Millz permalink

        I agree, the current formation doesn’t suit a big fella upfront, but if after 60 minutes we’re finding difficult to carve open many chances we could switch to 4-4-2, leave wilshire and song in the middle of the park and drop RVP into the bergkamp role. Song and wilshire can help sweep up any space created by the wingers pushing further up, and RVP can be just as creative as Cesc in my opinion so would link everything up well.

        The only problem I have is who’s the lump we should play up front. A few names have been mentioned but none of them have struck a chord with me to be honest. Lukaku has been probably the most suited for this but I think he’s still a year or two away from being good enough to take this role on properly. Benzema’s an interesting one, would love to have him at arsenal, but he’s not imposing enough.

        • Good point, I suppose the need for someone who is technical as well as big and Kevin Davies-esque means that it’s hard to get someone more imposing than a Chamakh because AW will always want to go with someone who has the technique required to ‘play the Arsenal way’. Benzema, Huntelaar, etc. have all been suggested before, but won’t really add the physical presence in my opinion. I wouldn’t mind seeing us play two upfront more often though, to give the likes of Theo and Vela a chance to link up with player. Maybe a 4-3-1-2?

  6. Millz permalink

    Exactly, players with such stature who posses a good technical ability are very rare. Which is one of the reasons ibrahimovic is held in such high regard. If only AW could have convinced him to come to us when he was playing for Malmo.

    I was hoping JET might have had a chance in filling this void but clearly AW had different plans. Afobe for me has the best chance of making it through. Not yet, needs one more season on loan at a team like Cardiff or Blackpool (both ball playing teams) but in a years time this kid could be the real deal. At 6 foot now he’ll be 6″2 by the time he hits 20 so we could have a real gem on our hands.

    • You’re right, definitely looking forward to Afobe in a few years, a lot of fans holding him in high regard, just hoping he doesn’t get hyped up like most English talent.

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