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Silly Season Begins: Arfa / Nasri / Toure & More

Silly Season Begins: Arfa / Nasri / Toure & More

It's usually at the end of the season that the crazy transfer rumours start, but with the departure of Matty Flamini and the possibility of Hleb joining him looming over our heads, the rumour mill is working over time.

The transfer speculation at this time of year usually consists of Arsenal's best player being linked with Barcelona and/or Real Madrid, AC Milan, Inter and Juventus, and whilst this hasn't changed much in 2008, rumours of players coming in have reached fever pitch.

Ben Arfa Seems to be the most popular transfer story, with some sources stating the deal has already been done. With Arsene Wenger already stating that not only is does he have his sights on a creative player but has his targets in mind and is looking to seal the deals before the end of May, this one could be a real possibility.

Next on the list is Yaya Toure. Many football transfer rumours sites and blogs have picked up on this easy story. Barcelona have once again failed in the league and Europe, their manager looks set to be on his way out as do half the players, Arsenal have just lost their powerhouse midfielder, and Yaya's brother is already a Gooner ..... outcome? You guessed it.

Portsmouth's Niko Kranjcar is another player apparently in Arsene Wenger's crosshairs after the player's dad said that Le Boss tracked him when he was playing in Croatia and claims he would be the perfect foil for the departing Hleb.

Hamburg defender Vincent Kompany is a player has only recently reappeared at the rumour mill after being an apparent target a season or two ago. He would certainly go some way to suring up the defence.

Papers are also printing stories that the Gunners are preparing a £12 Million bid for Marseille's 20 year old whizzkid, Samir Nasri

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry was linked with a sensational move back to North London (And even more laughably, Spurs) but the great man quickly put paid to that one saying he's staying at Barca.

With all these stories circulating, which of the rumours do you wish would come true? Are there any not on the list you'd like to see coming in?

Let silly season commence!!!

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Date:Sunday May 11 2008
Time: 10:53AM


lol am almost afraid of wading into this but considering i have already spent most of my morning googling "news" on our beloved team when i should be concentrating on an impending java programming exam, i may as well throw in an opinion! Ben Arfa, Kranjcar and Kompany all sound like extremely exciting prospects for next season. And IMO they all bring something we need into the current team. Kompany is known as a tough tackling player with an excellent touch. Kranjcar has proven he is capable of devlivering performances in the league and could have himself a nice FA cup medal this season and Ben Arfa is a young flair/goalscoring winger who i believe plays on the left... just what the doctor ordered methinks! Nasri i know v little about, rumour is he would replace Ben Arfa at Lyon if he goes. TH14.. love the guy but cant see it happening. As for Yaya i would guess he will be too expensive to justify buying, could be wrong tho!
11/05/2008 11:06:00
I think Wenger will go for Diaby as first-choice in the CM position to replace Flamini, with Denilson and Gilberto as back-up. He's talked about a creative player and that could be someone who can give Cesc a rest, because although Rosicky can be and was a centre mid player, I don't think he'd be up for the physical/defensive side of the job as much. I think Micah Richards would be a great signing for Arsenal - he's only 19 as well. Does anyone else agree with me that we should all we can to buy him?
11/05/2008 12:08:00
yea i dont think we are gonna see a new defensive mid come in this summer either. I could actually see Gilberto reassess his situation and perhaps fight his way back into the team. Richards would be a superb buy, hes strong, fast and can score goals. I dont see wenger paying 20 odd million for him though. Apparently Dunne is being linked with us again today. Sayin that tho i wont believe any of it until i see them being marched around emirates in a red n white jersey!
11/05/2008 12:48:00
Milan lost to Napoli today and Fiorentina won to go into 4th place, the final Champs League spot. What price that AC Milan now won't make the Champs Lge next season and Flamini will play in the UEFA Cup?
11/05/2008 17:26:00
Wow, great news for flamini already, even b4 he start for the new team. COngrats Flamini for playing in Eufa cup. You've got to see the silly reason he gave regarding signing for Milan. It seems the pain in losing the title to MU made him sign for Milan. What a bunch of lie. You deserve it.
11/05/2008 19:21:00
Diaby if playing a more defensive role to complement Fabregas should be able to fill the void left by Flamini. We desperately need wingers who can provide crosses with precision since now we have 2 big centre forwards who could actually head a ball decently since Alan Smith. It's ironic that I always mispelled Rocisky as Ro'sicky'. He style is very much like Hleb's and both are not crossing enough and scoring enough. They can take on defenders very well but their style of dribbling diagonally and halting right outside of the penalty box to pass the ball away usually leads us to no where. Eboue could cross decently sometimes. Those were the 'sometimes' when he looked brilliant, whereas 'the rest of the time' I rather not mention. Alternatively, we should have wingers who could score enough if we were to challenge for titles. Remember those days when we have likes of Overmars, Pires & Ljungberg? Walcott finally looks ready to step up. Maybe we would be in for a pleasant surprise if Vela returns. He plays a bit like Walcott, dribbles with pace and quite lethal in front of goals too. Keeping my fingers crossed
11/05/2008 19:34:00
I have an issue with Diaby becoming the new "DM".. he's alot like Vieira.. and Vieira wasn't exactly a holding midfielder.. also, Diaby in the middle somehow loses his ball retention skills, which is why Wenger has stuck him out on the left, so that even if we do lose the ball there, it wont be as costly as it would be in the middle. Plus he has these erratic challenges - so I'm really not too sure about Diaby.. Flamini has to be replaced, like for like in my opinion.
11/05/2008 20:33:00
With regards to 1. Ben Arfa might well move soon.. 2. Apparently Pep Guardiola doesn't want Yaya there.. (i wonder why) 3. Niko Kranjcar won't move, I'm quite sure of that.. he's over priced 4. Komany is some one we were interested in 2 years back.. so renewal of interest.. possibility 6. I'm not too sure about Nasri moving with Ben Arfa.. 7. No way.. it seems at least right now.. funnier things have happened though!
11/05/2008 20:36:00
You can have all of em, just stay away from Super Mario Gomez. The only club for Gomez is Chelsea.
11/05/2008 23:03:00
three good englishmen arsenal should sign is lescott, young, and barry, i think they would fit in at arsenal very well!
12/05/2008 01:01:00
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