Arsenal Set to Seal £12m Starlet Duo and Senderos Set for Celtic Move

Arsene Wenger looks to bring in talented young pair to the Emirates whilst Swiss defender appears to bringing his Gunners career to an end.

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Sports - January 09, 2008

CFR Cluj striker Lacina Traore will not be joining Arsenal until the summer at the earliest due to work permit problems, according to reports.
The 19-year-old CFR Cluj striker – dubbed the ‘new Emmanuel Adebayor’ – stands at an astonishing 6ft 8in, and has netted five times in 18 league appearances since arriving from Stade d’Abidjan.
After several eye-catching performances in Romania, Emirates Stadium supremo Arsene Wenger was believed to be ready to take a gamble on the Ivorian youngster to ease his striker crisis, teaming him up with fellow countryman Emmanuel Eboue in North London.
However, any transfer for Traore is now thought to be not possible until the end of the campaign, with work permit restrictions likely to prevent the starlet from becoming a Gunner during the January window.
“I have been in touch with one scout from Arsenal. I can confirm that it is true that they are interested in Lacina, but they will not make an offer during the January transfer window for him,” (Four Four Two)

Arsenal eye move for Sergio Canales
Racing Santander’s exciting young midfielder Sergio Canales is reportedly a target for Arsenal.

The Daily Mail claims Gelo Canales, the player’s father and agent, has met with Arsenal officials to discuss the details of a possible move to the Premier League.
Real Madrid have also expressed an interest, but Gelo Canales said: “I won’t discount any option. My son will go to a club where he will play plenty of football. That’s what interests us.”

Arsenal have coped well despite injuries to key forwards Robin van Persie and Nicklas Bendtner. And with Theo Walcott now fit to return against Bolton on Wednesday, Arsène Wenger may yet decide against making a January transfer. (Telegraph)

As Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger looks to beef up his attack they continue to be linked with all manner of striking options and Lacina Traore has been a player continuously linked with a move to the Emirates but clearly such a deal appears to be pushed to the back burner until the summer. It seems that the Gunners manager is looking for a striker this month to help ease the injury crisis that club is suffering but will probably be looking for a more established front man to help replace Robin Van Persie and Traore seems to be a target that the north London club sees as being ‘one for the future’ rather than as an immediate solution to their striking problems.

Talking of ‘ones for the future’ Sergio Canales appears to be nearing a move to the Emirates as well and the 18 year old appears to tick the right boxes for a prospective Wenger target. He is a flair player with excellent touch and vision but he may fear that he could get lost in amongst the mountains of talent at Arsene Wenger’s disposal.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed Celtic’s interest in Swiss defender Philippe Senderos.
The 24-year-old has been linked with a move to Glasgow, although no firm offer has been made.
“There is an interest from Celtic, yes,” Wenger told Arsenal TV Online. “It may happen. We have Sol Campbell and we have four centre-backs.
“Philippe needs to play. He has not played for a long time and he needs to if he wants to go to the World Cup.”
Senderos, capped 33 times for his country, began his career at Servette before joining Arsenal in 2003.

He spent last season on loan at AC Milan and was linked with another loan move, this time to Everton, last summer.
His appearances for Arsenal this season have been restricted to two League Cup ties, both of which the Gunners won.
“I am very honoured that a big club like Celtic are interested in me and a loan deal right now would suit me perfectly,” he told the Agence France Presse news agency.
“My main priority is to get back playing regular football. I really miss that.

“The World Cup this summer is a really big thing for me. I know that if I’m not playing regularly my chances of playing in South Africa will be badly affected.
“It would be my second World Cup and I want to get the best possible build-up to it.
“Unfortunately, I haven’t played a lot of football recently and that’s why I feel I have to leave Arsenal.
“Hopefully something will be in place over the next few days but I’ll wait and see.”
Celtic last week sold Gary Caldwell to Wigan, but have already signed another defender in Dutchman Jos Hooiveld, who arrived from AIK Stockholm. (BBC Sport)

You have to feel for Philippe Senderos. He tried to break into the Arsenal team but started badly and got a reputation he really didn’t deserve. He made some mistakes but was still solid and actually got a lot better. He went out on loan at AC Milan and did okay but they passed on the chance to sign the big Swiss and he came back to the Emirates and found that he didn’t really have a chance. He had a good game against Liverpool in the Carling Cup that showed that he still had the ability to make it in the Premier League. A move to Celtic, either on loan or permanent, would be a good one and I am sure Senderos could do a great job at Parkhead.

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