Fran Merida Leeds | Whites boss Thomas Christiansen eyes former Arsenal midfielder

Leeds United boss Thomas Christiansen is reportedly weighing up a move for former Arsenal medio Fran Merida. The Spaniard was once tipped by Arsene Wenger to be the next Cesc Fabregas, but hasn’t quite fulfilled his potential and after spells with the Gunners, Atleti, Hercules, Atletico Paranaense and Huesca, is currently plying his trade with Osasuna in the Spanish second tie. The club, despite Merida’s best efforts, were relegated from La Liga last season.

Leeds are currently joint top of the Championship table, having beaten Ipswich 3-2 over the weekend, but Christiansen has earmarked several targets to strengthen his squad in the winter, with the club having narrowly missed out on the playoffs last season after finishing 7th.

The Whites are currently in Wales preparing for a midweek Championship fixture against Cardiff City.

Wellington Silva Arsenal 2015- Brazilian starlet finally gets Spanish nationality

Wellington Silva, the Brazilian forward Arsenal signed from Fluminense way back in 2011, will finally get to represent the Gunners four years after signing for the North London club. The youngster, born in 1993, originally signed for the Gunners in 2009, but the transfer was delayed to 2011 owing to his young age.

At the time of his signing, Wellington was unable to get a work permit, and was farmed out to various Spanish clubs on loan. He is currently at Almeria, and has previously had loan spells at Levante, Alcoyano, Murcia and Ponferradina.

Wellington tweeted of his delight at getting a new Spanish passport, which makes him eligible to play for the Gunners in the forthcoming 2015/16 season without having to go through the hassles of a work permit Continue reading “Wellington Silva Arsenal 2015- Brazilian starlet finally gets Spanish nationality”

Podolski a better player thanks to Arsenal move, says Germany boss Low

Joachim Low believes Lukas Podolski has become a better player as a result of his move to Arsenal, ESPN has reported. The Germany Coach added that Podolski was now one of the first names on his team sheet due to the start he has made in the Premier League.

Podolski has passed the 100-cap mark for Germany but ESPN notes his future in the national team was thought to be under threat, thanks to the proliferation of young attacking talent making its way through the ranks. Low however has moved to dismiss such speculation, insisting that Podolski has an important role to play – thanks in large part to his summer transfer to the Gunners.

Low said: “I have always been able to count on him for many years. That makes him indispensable for us. Even if he did not always start games, I always rated him very highly.

I think the progress he is making at Arsenal is very positive. He always has such a positive energy about him and is benefiting from his experiences with Arsenal.

Podolski has made nine appearances for Arsenal so far this season, scoring four times, including two goals in the Champions League in as many games. The 27-year-old was previously with FC Koln, and also spent time at Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich.

Arsenal get good news in chase for M'Vila

Arsenal have received good news in their pursuit of Rennes defensive midfielder Yann M’Vila.

Talking to clubcall, M’Vila’s agent, Werner Baader, revealed: “We had contact with Bayern Munich. He is not the kind of player they are looking for at Bayern. They are looking for someone in this position, but they want somebody with different abilities.

The Gunners have long been linked with the France international, who is currently on international duty at Euro 2012, where he has played against Sweden and Ukraine, being injured for the clash with England.

 

Sebastien Squillaci to depart Arsenal?

Arsenal have received a bid for French defender Sebastien Squillaci. The big stopper has been out of favour for both club and country recently and would be looking for a move that could see him playing regular football again.

The Sun reports that newly promoted side, Bastia, want him to return the Lique 1. The 31 year old has previous experience in the French league, playing for both Monaco and Lyon. He was part of the Lyon double winning side in season 2007/08. He also won the Copa Del Rey with Spanish side Sevilla in 2010 before signing a 3 year deal with Premiership side, Arsenal.

Sebastien Squillaci’s 2 years at Arsenal has seen him play 38 games in all competitions, scoring 2 goals. He has 21 caps for France and also qualifies to play for non-FIFA affiliated team Corsica.

 

Arsenal's striker hunt continues

Arsenal are continuing their search for another striker after revelations that Arsene Wenger is tracking the Euro 2012 Russian sensation, Alan Dzagoev.

The Daily Star claims that German newspaper Bild, reported that Arsenal are ready to make a £13m bid to acquire the player who currently plays for CSKA Moscow. Dzagoev’s contract ends in December making it more likely that the Russian club would accept the offer.

Alan Dzagoev has sparked interest from Europe’s top clubs after his great start to Euro 2012. He’s scored 3 goals in his first 2 games in the tournament as he helps Russia progress. The 21 year old has scored 26 goals for CSKA Moscow since joining them in 2008.

Arsenal are looking to strengthen their squad with the signing of German striker Lukas Podolski already complete and Oliver Giroud in the pipeline.

 

 

Arsenal chase French Striker

According to the BBC, Arsenal could announce the arrival of French Striker Olivier Giroud as early as this week. Giroud is currently with the French squad for Euro 2012. 

The Frenchman’s manager at Montpellier, Rene Girard, was quoted on RMC, a French radio station, saying “Arsenal are very interested and Giroud wants to play in England, if Arsene agrees with the president, he will sign for them.”

It is understood that Arsene Wenger wants Giroud to partner both new acquisition, Lukas Podolski and crowd favourite Robin Van Persie to form a new front line at the Emirates.

Giroud scored 21 goals from 36 appearances for Montpellier last season, including 2 hat-tricks in the French Lique 1.

The deal is believed to be around £12m.

Nasri taunts Arsenal over dream City start

Samir Nasri has said he has already won trophies in one season at Manchester City that Arsenal can only dream about, according to the Daily Mail.

The France international moved from the Emirates Stadium to the Etihad Stadium in summer 2011 after stalling over signing a new contract with the Gunners. Nasri was criticised for the perception that he made the switch for reasons of finances, rather than football, but the 24-year-old pointed to City’s success in the Premier League as evidence he left Arsenal for the right reasons.

I’m glad I left because City are far more competitive and are winning titles, not dreaming about it,” Nasri said, adding: “I have said 300 times I did not leave Arsenal for money, only for sporting aspirations and if people don’t believe me that’s their problem.

Nasri made 46 appearances in all competitions for City last season, scoring seven goals, as Roberto Mancini’s side edged out Manchester United at the top of the Premier League table. City were eventually crowned champions by a margin of eight goals after the two sides finished level on points. The midfielder is also expected to line up for France when they meet England in their opening match of Euro 2012 on Monday. See what the expert tipsters at OLBG are tipping on England v France

 

Interest grows as Van Persie and Arsenal stall contract talks

Arsenal fans have been told to prepare themselves for another summer of uncertainty after chief executive Ivan Gazidis has warned that Robin Van Persie’s contract issues are far from over. The Daily Mirror report that Arsene Wenger wanted to tie up the Dutch international’s contract before the European Championships but after weeks of negotiations Gazidis has claimed a solution is ‘weeks away’.

This comes just a day after the 30-year-old was quoted in The Sun praising Serie A side, Juventus. It is thought that the Italian champions are favourites to sign Van Persie and this latest development is sure to alert them. Reports last week suggested Manchester City were keen to make the PFA player of the year their fifth Arsenal signing in 3 years.