Arsenal closing in on £16m deal & Paulinho the ideal signing to replace RVP – Best of AFC

Another week and the Robin Van Persie saga continues to rumble on with no discernible end in sight. Just what is it with the Gunners and the transfer window? Each year, without fail, they become embroiled in a summer long hullabaloo concluding with Arsene Wenger losing a star player and cutting a forlorn figure for the first half of the season. And whilst he continues to hope for a Van Persie U-turn the Frenchman appears to have learned from his past mistakes. In Oliver Giroud and Lukas Podolski he has two strikers highly-regarded around Europe acquired at a rock-bottom combined price of £22 million. It’s also emerged in the last seven days that Spain international Santi Cazorla is primed for a move to the Emirates Stadium further strengthening Wenger’s attacking options and proving that he see’s life after Van Persie, who’s exit continues to look inevitable as three of the continents leading clubs battle for his signature. It could be said that in this period of transition letting the Holland forward leave is a necessary step that the club must take in order to remain on the evolutionary path.

This week on FFC should Thomas Vermaelen be named the new Gunners captain and which Arsenal old boy fancies a return to the Emirates.

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Best of WEB

Ambitions – The Life And Death Of A Football Club – A Cultured Left Foot

Are we ever going to get rid of him? – Gunnersphere

Am I a fan or a Muppet? – Online Gooner

An obvious observation? – Gunnersphere

Dan! Dan! Dan! Dan! Daaaaan! Dan! Dan! – Arseblog

Cazorla deal nearing a close | Robin training with a good attitude | Would you relegate Spurs given the chance? – Le Grove

Defender signs! Midfielder Next? Wenger to sign Malaysian player & New Coach set to join…. – Highbury House

Will Arsene Really Replace With Fernando & Trigger £28M Release Clause? – Transfer Tavern

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He is a world class player and we do not want to give him away. If he is determined to leave then that is up to him, but giving him away is not on our agenda.

“To be honest I do not understand him at all. I understood Cesc Fabregas wanting to go home to Barcelona last summer. I had sympathy with that. But I thought Robin was happy at Arsenal. Especially after the season that he had with us.” Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood wants Robin Van Persie’s suitors that he won’t be sold below his valuation

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