Wenger set for £6.5m bid & Arsenal to play transfer hardball? – Best of AFC

What a defining summer this could be at Arsenal. 12-months ago the club was deeply embroiled in two separate transfer sagas sending panic levels soaring around North London. The eventual sale of Cesc Faberags and Samir Nasri left Arsene Wenger with a monumental bank balance but little time to sufficiently purchase replacements. The consequences were severely detrimental during the seasons opening weeks as the Gunners struggled to get over the hangover of losing two key players. From the looks of things this time around the Frenchman has seen the error of his ways and is conducting his transfer business as early and quickly as possible. The swift £10 million capture of Lukas Podolski from Cologne could be turn out to be a very shrewd move especially if he has a prosperous Euro 2012 campaign with Germany. Bringing some big names to the Emirates Stadium will also aid Wenger’s attempts to tie captain Robin Van Persie down to a new long-term contract. The Dutchman has held talks with the club over an extension but the fear that he will leave to boost his chances winning trophies remains.

This week on FFC which prolific French international striker is Wenger chasing and do Arsenal need to start paying close attention to the salaries they’re handing out to average players as the financial fair play rulings loom.

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The Great Arsenal Summer Clearout – A Cultured Left Foot

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Here comes the summer – Arseblog

Arsene, if you want to buy in the chav bargain basement, buy the right ones. – Le Grove

Wenger to go cheap – again? Bendtner & Arshavin on their way & Welcome Bould, go find us a Beckham! – Highbury House

If Baines Wants Out, It’s Arsenal He Should Sign For, Not United… – Transfer Tavern


Quote of the Week

“It is more than excitement, it is an absolute privilege and an honour.I know I have some big boots to fill with Pat having spent 44 years at the club and that is going to be the hard part.

“I will be learning on the job a little bit but myself and Neil Banfield are more than excited.” Steve Bould talks about replacing the immortal Pat Rice as Arsene Wenger’s assistant.


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