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The first major rumour recently has been the transfer of Sol Campbell to Turkish club Fenerbahce for a fee reported to be in the region of 10 to 12 million Euros. Some websites, as well as papers in Britain, were reporting this transfer. They had absolutely no quotes to back it up however.

Fenerbahce quickly moved to dismiss the news, however, they did not deny that they are interested in signing the England international. Fenerbahce are one of Turkey’s richest clubs, and are in a position to offer him wages around 70,000 pounds a week, as well as matching any transfer demands Arsenal make.

The reason I feel this is rubbish is Sol Campbell himself. When he ran out his contract at Spurs, he was in negotiations with several major clubs. Only two clubs entered the final stages: Arsenal and Barcelona.


Barcelona agreed to meet his wage demands, however, the sticking point was Sol’s strange demand that he also be granted three return flights to London each week. This showed the intensity of his attachment to his hometown, and a personality like that won’t pack up and move to the ass-end of Europe simply because they’re offering him the same wages as he’s getting currently, especially at this stage of his career.

I seriously doubt this is true. If it is, it would be a departure as far as Sol’s natural tendency to stick around London is concerned.
The second major news this week is the impending arrival of Tomas Rosicky from Borussia Dortmund. The fee is quoted to be 4 to 6 million pounds, rising to 7 million pounds based on appearances and success.

The news was slipped when the Czech national team coach stated his surprise that no one knew about Rosicky’s move. According to him, Rosicky is in London with representatives to conduct a medical and thrash out final contract details. Arsenal, Rosicky and Borussia Dortmund are yet to comment on the matter.

The word from some of my contacts in London is that Rosicky’s already passed a medical and is set to sign a contract within the next few hours. If it happens, Arsenal will have acquired a player who is often quoted to be one of “Europe’s best midfielders.”

This signing really excites me. “Rosi”, as he’s known in the Czech Republic, is proven quality, on the club and international level. He started off at Sparta Praha and became (still is) the Bundesliga’s record signing at 18 million pounds when he moved to Dortmund. Three years ago, Milan had a 33 million pound (yes, THIRTY THREE MILLION POUND) bid rejected for Rosicky. He’s been a consistent performer for his national side, and considering the rubbish team he plays in right now (the decline of Dortmund following their Champions League triumph is well documented), he still has a lot more to offer.

This also means, in my opinion, that Robert Pires’ departure is just a matter of time now. Rosicky is very comfortable on the wings, as well as the creative central midfield role that Cesc Fabregas occupies. He could provide a great option for squad rotation, apart from being a starter on the left.

Like Rooney’s true talents could only be realized when he moved to a club with the ambitions to match his talent, Rosicky could blossom into the sort of player he’s promised to become since the biggest clubs in Europe trained their eyes on him. To get the record Bundesliga signing, who’s had a 33 million pound bid come his way, for a lot less than ten million pounds is a bloody great piece of business.

I must repeat that the deal is still not 100 percent confirmed, though barring any last minute intervention from a certain corrupt Russian businessman, it should go through within the next 48 hours.

More later…

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Comments (40)

  1. arsenal should buy more players likes KOMPANY,DIEGO,SAVIOLA.

  2. arsenal shouid sing a new goalkeeper and a new talented foward to replace players like dennis…

  3. arsenal should go ahead and sign saviola and one defender

  4. Carlos Salcido, a Mexican defender, is close to reaching and agreement with Arsenal.The transfer fee will be about $4.5 (4 mill euros).

  5. Arsenal should bring in BUFFON,TORRES,PUYOL,NISTELROOY AND OF THE GREAT P.VIERA

  6. arsenal should go for a world class defender

  7. Yous want a class defener well how about the romanian top defender Cristian Chivu and they should out bid real madrid for the youn romanian strike from shakter donetsk.Ciprian Marica.real offerd 15million for him

  8. I think arsenal should go on and sign one more striker and a very sharp one ofcourse and a top class defender to help the two world class defenders we already have ie Toure and Gallas.i also think that they should let Senderos go as he hasn’t help enough all through.Daddy Henry has struggled to keep up as a result of tiredness and injury so i think they will need another one of his calibre to solve our goal mouth bluntness.

  9. ARSENAL 2 GET TORRES AND D.VILLA
    VIERA AND NISTROOY AND BUFFON GETTING TOO OLD FOR ARSENAL AND WEV’E ALREDY GOT GILBERTO LEHMANN HENRY AND GALLAS ALL LEADING DIFFRENT POSTIONS
    GET NEW HENRY SUCH AS VILLA,DIEGO,TORRES AND R.BABEL
    DOWN WITH CHELSEAS MONEY SPENDING
    ARSENAL 2 GET KOMPANY AND CASSILAS.
    ASRSENE WENGER START SPENDING CASH THATS WHAT ITS THERE FOR

  10. arsenal are brilliant play great football but dont get results,we need to finish teams off. we need players who command there positions. like when we hae dennis b, adams, keown seaman and vieira. we palyers to replace them. cassilas, and torres would sort us out big time?

  11. arsenal players in SUMMER 2007 : GK : CRAIG GORDAN OR BUFFON
    lW : FRANCK RIBERY
    LWF : GOUFFRAN
    CF : SAMUEL ETO’O
    CB : CRIS (LYON)

    arsenal players out SUMMER 2007: flamini
    ljunberg
    senderos
    almunia

  12. we should get someone like ribery, eto’o and ryan babel and offcourse a defender like canavaro or something and a new keeper like buffon.

  13. arsenal ins: ribery, eto’o, babel, fabianski

    arsenal outs: flamini, ljunberg, almunia

  14. arsenal should sign malouda eto’o kompany craig gordan deigo kerlon and dani alves to have a perfect team

  15. arsenal will get david trezeguet this summer for three years as his not sighned a contract with juventus, even though his still one of the best strikers in the world

  16. i tip aserne, of his highly technic in youthing asernal team, though it’s hurt missing henry i request wenger should bring in somebody who is going to do what henryused to do,ithink that will depress the pains, i suggest oba martins and davids villa.thanks.

  17. arsenal should buy a strong defender and hussle for martins. GUNNERS FOR LIFE!

  18. we should sign , ribery mf , benzema st , sergio ramos df , robert green gk

  19. im sure arsenal fans will like this

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vt4X7zFfv4k

    lol look for TOURE around 2:20 to 2:30
    it was so funny i almost died literally

  20. Nice one. Pires’s faking was too good. You can see one spectator covering his face…………

  21. IN…..Villa and Ben Arfa
    Out…. GILBERTO LEHMANN SENDEROS and EBOUE if he’s still
    playing on MR(SAGNA is way better)

  22. any decent player would be enough, too many young players and not enough experience i think david villa would be a gr8 signing and a strong defender and hopefully more because they need more otherwise well have another unsuccesful season again.

  23. I think arsenal will be better if this club buys:
    -KOMPANY(hamburger)
    -ANTAR and MOHAMMED(a wonderful lebanese footballers playing with fc.koln)
    -QUARESMA(porto)
    -NASRI(marseille)
    -MERTESCKER(real madrid)

    I hope thar all the gooners will see my mail and will research about our lebanese footballers like antar ans mohammed.

    thanks you

  24. not interested in what arsenal buy. iz zis slave trade? wenger should be FIRED!!!!!!

  25. arsen wenger shouldn’t play by not buying experienced players like:alberto of juventus fc,yaya toure etc if really we wants cup next season.thanks, gunners 4life.

  26. prof should release more fund for the purchase of experienced players.

  27. ARSENAL SHOULD BUY GOOD PLAYERS

  28. best buy:van der vaart becoz he’s now in crisis for getting 1st eleven in real madrid,,,he;s unhappy there now

  29. arsena must bay sebastian dovinco from juvetus to replace adebayor becaus gjovinnko would be a good player like henry when he come from juvetus l thing and to bay felipe mello and aden hazard from lille defender michah richards man city and to keep players

  30. I think Arsenal should buy Viera because he is an experienced player and will be a good partner of Fabregas as well as the whole team…

  31. I love ARSENAL & All Arsenal Players & Staffs .

    IN – Viera , Villa.

    Out – Senderos ,Traore .

  32. wenger should be buying one striker specially for torres and via

  33. I love ARSENAL & All Arsenal Players & Staffs .

    IN – Henry,Viera , Villa and Tourse

    Out – Senderos ,Traore and Hlep

  34. Rosicky’s leavin arsenal will take the hell out of arsenal,he is the best midfielder around…..yeah but touch out of form rite now.

  35. If arsenal want to take trophy they must buy players or else nothing for them.

  36. Dear All

    I am happy with this in Arsenal:-

    Nasri, Ebou, Fabrigas, Clichy,Song,Jack Weilsher,Varmalean, Vito Monnone,Arshavin,Shimak(new),Rocisky,Gibs,Van parsies but not Bendtner,Sliverster (I dislike more),Fabnisky,Traore,Diaby.

    Especially, Bendtner and Slivester should out from arsenal.

  37. WE NEED AT LEAST THREE STARS IN GUNNERS

  38. Please, arsenal must return their face toward all the leagues in England. Most of his time Arsene Wenger is looking only for the premier league neglecting others like Fa cups,Champions ship, and …..

    Arsenal must look for players like
    1. Di maria(Argentina)
    2. Perez
    3. david via(spain)

    and so far

  39. arsenal are on top but one defender most be added

  40. and BE TRUE FANS PLEASE!