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Well the January transfer window has just 6 days left to go and as promised, Arsene Wenger hasn`t signed anyone. But they say a week is a long time in football so there is still time for an arrival or 2.

There are plenty of rumours doing the rounds (for a change) so let`s look at some of the rumours.

Ryan Babel is the latest player to be linked with Arsenal. The Ajax attacker started making a name for himself about 3 years ago and has slowly but surely become one of the hottest young talents in Europe. He has admitted that he visited Arsenal earlier in January but he insists that it was as a fan and denied meeting with any Arsenal officials. Rumours suggest a deal could be done for Babel to move to Arsenal in the summer for a fee of £7-£10M.

Gareth Bale is another player constantly linked with Arsenal in recent weeks. The 17-year-old left-back has shot onto the scene this season with a string of fantastic free kicks for Southampton as well as a series of solid defensive displays. Ladbrokes have slashed the odds of him signing for Arsenal.

They were offering 20-1 but since they found out he is very good friends with Theo Walcott and a Gooner his odds have been slashed. He`s believed to be valued at about £10Million by his employers.

Martin Caceres is apparently being targted by Arsene Wenger. Caceres, 19 has been watched by Arsene Wenger`s scouts this season.

He has put in some solid performances for his under-20 national side as well as his club - Defensor Montevideo. Juventus and AC Milan have also shown an interest in him.

Seb Larrson is on his way to Brum for £500,000 apparently. The Swede has been on loan at Birmingham since the start of the season and Steve Bruce wants to make the move permanent.

Arsene Wenger is thought to be keen on the deal too after the youngster failed to impress with the small opportunities he`s been given in an Arsenal shirt.

Aliadiere is wanted by several clubs. Boro, Reading, Monaco and PSG are all interested in him. Arsene Wenger might be willing to let the striker go after admitting he can`t give him the first team chances he deserves. A fee in the region of £4Million is thought to be enough to secure his signature.

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Writer: Nick Simmonett  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday January 25 2007

Time: 7:45PM

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I like Babel, he's an old skool Winger. Gets it down runs at people and at the Arsenal school of football he could well turn out to be a super player.
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25/01/2007 19:50:00

Aliadiere is off due to loss of RVP I think. Given the fact we are picking up a lot of injuries with Hleb the most recent (out for at least six wks) would'nt be surprised to see a change of policy regarding new players, before the end of Jan, we have a hell of a lot of games ahead and seeing our CL squad getting decimated cannot be risked, with nasty fixtures in the next week (Sp*rs/Bolton) either of which could see at least one further casualty, feel a bit of Wengerly wrangling could occur. Would love to see Bale come, and if he watched last night he'd be mad to 'Lane it'
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25/01/2007 20:01:00

are we sure that babel isn't another Helder? but I agree we need more players, especially to play wide midfield.
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25/01/2007 20:14:00

Arsene might wait till the summer to let Ali go. Who is Martin Caceres? I doubt Arsene will splurge 10M on Bale.
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25/01/2007 20:44:00

just a quick question for arsenal fans, i wasnt that impressed with theo the other night, now dont jump on my back straight away, i do think/know he has got undoubted talent, but the kid has got blistering speed, yet i think only once did he manage to run at the spurs defence. why was he not a bit more like lennon and just have a go at us, he would of caused a lot of problems??? thoughts??
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25/01/2007 20:45:00

We must be one of the few clubs having a quiet January :).
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25/01/2007 20:45:00

The other kids do not have the same weight of expectation on their shoulders as Theo does RVP11. Personally I would like to see him play on the left firstly because thats where Henry started and secondly the best Goals ive seen Theo score have been when he has drifted out wide left. A goal would help lift that weight of expectation a little so heres hoping he gets one on wednesday!
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25/01/2007 21:14:00

babel has been likened to a possible new henry. Similar build and stature. whether he has similar talent as henry had at that age i am not sure of, i have not seen enough of babel to commewnt from a point of authority, but from what i have seen, he does look good. »»Arsene Knows««
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25/01/2007 21:34:00

Do you really need new players? Fourth in the league 5 pts ahead of Bolton, champoins league Guaranteed... no point going into the market for the sake of it. Wenger is the master of the transfer coup.
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25/01/2007 22:08:00

not that we NEED anyone but I agree with gazzap there about our width. Hleb and Rosicky are more central than wingers and the people who can give us width in certain games are few (Theo, Freddie) and you can spot the young one and the off-form/injured one there. I seriously doubt that AW will buy anyone, and I have this feeling that Ribery will join us this summer, with Freddie being sold or told to forget 1st team footie. I saw his goals yesterday for Marseille, he was waltzing!
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25/01/2007 22:16:00

yes babel is good but i would pick ribery over him every single time, he burst onto the scene about 3 seasons ago and shone in the eredivisie and in the champs league particularly against juve, BUT this season and last he has been very patchy for ajax, no doubting his talent hes quick skillful and has a canonn of a shot but i think ribery would do us more good than babel, tbh
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25/01/2007 22:46:00

Dont think we'll get to see any new faces b4 the janurary window closes, even though we are picking up a few injurys i believe Arsene has faith in our squad depth. The only way I can see Bale signing is if we loan him back to southamton until the summer. 10 million is alot of cash for a 17 yr old full back.
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25/01/2007 23:12:00

I heard sochaux wants aliadiere as well. But w rvp out, will arsene sell before summer?
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26/01/2007 01:44:00

ribery would be nice in the summer but i think babel is more realistic as munich and madrid ar both after franck and he has stated his wish is to play at lyon, as well i feel next season wenger will play walcott a lot more but still as a right winger. babel has the potential to develop into a great player under wengers management and think he would be a useful edition
Ozi Gooner
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26/01/2007 04:44:00

I can't see us buying Bale as we have Clichy and Traore in the left back positions. Also Gallas can play there too, so we are well covered. I like the look of Babel though, he looks like a Wenger signing - quick good on the ball and has an eye for goal. He could be another Overmars! I really can't see us buying a lot in the summer, maybe a Goalkeeper, and a winger and that's about it.
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26/01/2007 09:07:00

Sooner or later we're gonna need a left footed left winger, so the crosses can get into the area quicker and more direct. But I'm not sure that'll guy will be bought before the summer. Of course I'm probably contradicting what I just said with the following observation, but I agree with a post above...I'd like to see Walcott on the left. He's struggled quite a bit on the right in his last couple games, while on the left he's been pretty effective. That said he's had some good games for us on the right as well, so maybe it's just a bad patch (he's only 17, he's allowed to have 'em).
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26/01/2007 09:40:00

Babel apparently came here to visit Van Persie and now he is off to sign a new contract with Ajax. 2 things are not right here: since when do Ajax players visit ex-Feyenoord players, and if he was to move to another club, why sign a new contract?
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26/01/2007 12:40:00

you sign the new contract to ensure a decent transfer fee for your current club if you do leave, and babel and van persie are van bastens two favorite dutch internationals so that might have sumthing to do with why there mates???
Ozi Gooner
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26/01/2007 13:00:00


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