Emirates boss apparently set for busy summer of wheeling and dealing.
Nice striker Loic Remy has sent out a strong message to Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger announcing that he is eager to form a partnership with the Gunners’ other new forward Marouane Chamakh. It’s well known that Chamakh’s former club Bordeaux would like to snap up the 23-year-old Remy as a replacement for their departed hitman. But Remy would rather be one step further along the conveyor belt in London. The Frenchman told France Football: “I love the atmosphere and stadiums [of the Premier League], I’ve always loved watching the English league and I particularly like Arsenal.”
Remy is under contract with Nice for two more years but the club is rumoured to be ready to sell if the offer is big enough. Arsenal boss Wenger is said to be keen and Remy finished his interview with France Football by saying: “There are proposals, we’ll see what happens.”
Algerian centre-back Madjid Bougherra has said he might also be on his way to the Emirates. Currently with Glasgow Rangers, the 27-year-old defender told the Sun: “I heard that Hamburg and Arsenal are interested [in me] through the papers, but there is nothing official as yet.” Apparently, Wenger has indeed been casting an eye over Bougherra, who was a member of the Algeria back-four that blunted England’s attack during the World Cup, and is reported to be weighing up a £4m offer for the player. (First Post)
Aston Villa are believed to be interested in bringing Arsenal striker Eduardo into their fold.
The Croatia international had a relatively difficult season with the Gunners last term, and had consequently maintained that he was “disappointed” by his exploits at north London last campaign.
Much of his slump in form has been attributed to a career threatening injury he suffered in 2008, which saw the forward break a leg and dislocate his ankle. And following a protracted period on the sidelines, critics have for some time maintained that the Dinamo Zagreb has been unable to hit the kind of form he showed prior to the injury.
In the meantime, previous reports indicate that the 27-year-old may favour a move away from Ashburton Grove for the betterment of his career, owing in particular to the arrival of Marouane Chamakh from Girondins de Bordeaux. (Goal.com)
So we are once again linked with Loic Remy, a solid but by no means spectacularly impressive striker, and unsurprisingly he would love to make a move to the Emirates but its a deal that will probably never happen and his agent seems to know this to be the case as he instead links his Nice striker to lesser Premier League outfits such as West Ham and Stoke City!
We have a number of attacking options at the club and with Marouane Chamakh added to that collection we really do not need to invest in the striking third of the field this summer. Nor too do we need to invest in average no nonsense performers like Madjid Bougherra. The Rangers man has also found his name uttered in the same sentence as Arsenal. Another deal that would seem to make little or no sense, the Algerian is a decent player but not top four Premier League worthy in my view. However this is at least an area we do need to strengthen so well done to the tabloids for at least being in the right ball park on that one.
Eduardo has once again been linked with Aston Villa. The Croatian has failed to make an impact at the club but has undoubted ability but at 27 will not want to waste away on the bench waiting for his chance. In many ways if we were to allow him to leave a move to Villa Park would not be a bad one. Martin O’Neill may well be preparing to appease the club’s support as they look set to lose the likes of James Milner this summer.
The vexed issue of a new keeper is also high on the agenda as is the ongoing will he/won’t he Laurent Koscielny deal which be all accounts is now finally done and it seems that Mark Schwarzer will follow, and whilst the Fulham man is clearly not a long term solution to the keeping problem, he will do for a season or so by which time the likes of Vito Mannone and Wojciech Szcz?sny will be primed and ready.