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With Ivan Gazidis and Arsene Wenger back in London this morning, following the tour of Asia, it would appear wheels are in motion as the Gunners look to augment their squad. There`s been a whole lot of smoke around Santi Cazorla and it`s clear the club are trying to do a deal. Malaga have debts to pay and Cazorla, along with many other Malaga players, wasn`t paid on time towards the end of last season as the nouveau riche Spanish side began to reveal curious financial problems with their mega rich Quatari owners.

The Spanish press reported that Arsenal lodged a bid on Saturday evening that will help Malaga clear down a 20m Euro debt in one fell swoop. The word today is that Cazorla and his agent will inform Malaga of the winger`s desire to move to North London today. Guardian journalist Sid Lowe is considered a very trusted source on all things La Liga and he is saying the deal could be confirmed in as little as 48 hours as Malaga have a July 31st deadline for tax year end.

Meanwhile, Arsenal are also expected to complete a loan deal for Real Madrid`s Turkish midfielder Nuri Sahin this week as well. Madrid paper Marca prematurely announced a deal on Saturday evening, but with Madrid`s pursuit of Luka Modric reaching its conclusion, Real manager Jose Mourinho has publicly told his player to find another club and Arsenal are in negotiations. Sahin was a huge part of Borussia Dortmund`s 2010-11 Bundesliga title win but has struggled to settle in Spain. Raphael Honigstein is another journalist who is treated as something of a "trusted source" and he has told ESPN that he believes Sahin will be an Arsenal player this week.

Transfer negotiations are very nuanced and complicated. It seems like a bygone era now that Arsenal can conclude a deal in secret with so many "sources" and avenues for leakage. What is clear is that we are trying to secure Cazorla and Sahin and it would appear we`re at an advanced stage with both deals. I would still urge caution with any deal not yet completed because I am certain there is wrangling to be done yet. What is positive is that we know the club are at least trying and, it would appear, that the transfer policy this summer is to secure established international class players with a good level of experience. Which can`t be a bad thing.

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The Journalist

Writer: Tim Stillman Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday July 30 2012

Time: 11:39AM

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Let's just make it happen, I can take limited solace in knowing that the club are "trying". That just doesn't cut the mustard.
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30/07/2012 11:46:00

Sure, but it can be more complicated than that. They have to try before they can achieve and it looks like they will in this case. By definition it's impossible to achieve the end result before the preliminary effort.
Little Dutch
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30/07/2012 11:49:00

All it would take is another nouveau rich club to steal Cazorla by paying more - both to Malaga and the player! More hopeful about the Sahin loan deal but am surprised that Mourinho would loan him to us. Given a choice between loaning Sahin to us or Spurs one would have thought Mourinho would recommend Spurs unless the player himself insisted on signing for us.
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30/07/2012 11:54:00

These two players players alongside Giroud and Podolski represent a quite outstanding summer of business. Get Walcott's signature on top of that and we're ready to rock. Though I wouldn't shed too many tears if we brought in some competition for Song.
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30/07/2012 12:13:00

I'll believe it when it happens. I'll never forget the Mata stories last season and how excited I got and then Chelsea signed him. I do want these deals to happen though because I get a feeling it could persuade RVP to stay. I also see there is massive smoke around our supposed 10 million bid for Celtic's Kenyan DM.
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30/07/2012 12:26:00

That Celtic player Wanyama looks very good foe DM. He is used to the rigours of British football. I somehow doupt the club will be forking out 10 + million for M'Vila or like if the Cazorla deal goes throug and Wanyama might therefore be a good addition.
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30/07/2012 12:27:00

Like I say, just *please* make it happen. We've been here too many times before and then told when it doesn't happen that we "tried". All very encouraging though.
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30/07/2012 12:30:00

I feel your pain SW, but there really is little we can do with the like of Chelsea and City around. Fortunately Chelsea seem to have conducted all their business and City are well stocked in these areas. I know little of Cazorla (but everyone else seems to think he's great) but Sahin is a player I've wanted Arsene to sign for a couple of years, I know it would only be a loan, but I doubt he's got much of a future at Real, and a decent season with us could see his move made permenant. All idle speculaion I know, but exciting nonetheless.
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30/07/2012 12:40:00

All very interesting. Fingers crossed. Pointless to say "Make it happen", though - AW/IG don't have magic wands. The selling/loaning clubs and the players themselves have a say and it will only happen if it suits all three parties in the deal. All we can do is try our best.
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30/07/2012 12:48:00

Rocky, Chelsea will sign atleast 2 players more - as if spending 65 million pounds already insn't enough. They are looking at a striker, a right winger and a right back.
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30/07/2012 12:52:00

If it suits them, and we know not what denotes that, do we. I think it's reasonable to expect deals to get done, they take our cash in May - go and spend it on top talent, and don't fark abaat.
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30/07/2012 12:54:00

LOL. I watched the Olympic game between Honduras and Brazil yesterday and Hulk is incredibly overweight. I've never seen love handles on a footballer that, ah, lovey! He'll struggle a full 90 minutes in this league.
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30/07/2012 13:09:00

problem with buying wingers is that they may not know or may never adapt to cover for our indiscipline fullbacks
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30/07/2012 13:13:00

True shewore but if the club goes after top talent its reasonable to assume that there will be competition from other rich/ big clubs as well. Giroud could have chosen Chelsea but decided to choose us. Podolski had a good offer from Schalke but wanted a fresh challenge in a new league. We were not as lucky with Mata who went for more money at Chelsea DESPITE Arsenal having an offer accepted by Valencia. The club's responsibility is to go quickly after top talent with their best offer. Whether we land the player after that is a matter of agreement with two other parties as well as luck.
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30/07/2012 13:13:00

@ shewore - Whether the club have taken our money or not is irrelevant to Malaga and Real Madrid and the players involved. They look after their own interests. Anyway, we all agree it would be v exciting, so let's not argue.
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30/07/2012 13:14:00

I hope we have 3rd 4th and 5th choice back up targets identified as I just have a feeling there is so much that could go wrong in the dealings for both of these two, sahin doesn't want to leave and cazorla has already professed his option would be to get paid in full by the northern lotto chavs so neither exactly champing at the bit to become an Arsenal player which sets alarm bells ringing instantly, factor in the whole mourinho/wenger history and the chaotic situation Malaga find themselves in and it's easy to see how both of these deals could potentially fall through.
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30/07/2012 13:17:00

Must admit id be abit worried if you managed to pull those two signings off. Especially Santi he is quality
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30/07/2012 13:20:00

Cazorla has already been paid back what he was owed. It would appear his desire is to come to Arsenal. Often journos report these sort of things so readily and so often because they have been briefed by the agent of the player. All of this press hooha around him is coming from Spain, not England. It's reasonable to think therefore that it's Cazorla's party putting the smoke signals out, which probably suggests interest from the player. Or else maybe they are trying to alert richer clubs to invite bigger offers as Mata's agent did last year.
Little Dutch
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30/07/2012 13:25:00

Niko - The only evidence that Cazorla says he wants to join City is a very poorly google translated Spanish article that offers no quotes only speculation that he does not "relish a move to Arsenal".
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30/07/2012 13:26:00

Agree with Niko. Luckily in Cazorla's case we should know by day after if we will land the player so there will be time to go after alternatives in case of a negative outcome.
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30/07/2012 13:29:00

I'm sure we do have our list of priorities drawn up and will plough through them til the position is filled, hopefully it will be these two but if not i trust other targets will be attained as going into the new season relying on Diaby maintainging fitness is tantamount to insanity. This obviously happened last year too as the list was gone through with mata, goatsy, valbuena, montolivo etc etc all falling through before we finally in a last minute panic set sights on Arteta who thankfully worked out a treat.
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30/07/2012 13:51:00

It's a well trodden path over the last few years, as soon as Arsenal are interested in your player you put it out there ASAP. Then the money boys come in and sweep up, simples
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30/07/2012 15:02:00

I'd be truly thrilled with these *potential* signings. But I'll believe when I see it!
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30/07/2012 15:31:00

I'm sure now that they know Arsenal are in for them, other clubs will be sniffing around. At least we can offer CL football. I can't see Chelsea or City wanting Cazorla. Looks like Niang will also join.
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30/07/2012 16:13:00

I am another in the 'will believe it when it is on' brigade. If we sign Cazorla and Sahin, it wouldn't surprise me if RVP decides to hang around for another year. How can that not convince him that we are going in the right direction? We will have brought in 3 excellent midfielders in the Summer. The fact that AW has spoken of the defensive deficiencies makes me believe that a defensive signing is on the agenda too. If this all happens there is no question we will be competitive next season as our squad depth will be at its best it has been for a long time.
Ned Stark
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30/07/2012 19:16:00

From the club's perspective, they are doing their job by identifying players who will add to the team. If someone else comes in (like Chelsea did for Mata), that is simply the risk of this business. I would be excited if either Sahin or Cazorla joined. I was hoping that we were in for Sahin last summer - I've seen bits of him when he was at Dortmund and he is an exciting prospect.
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30/07/2012 19:24:00

You don't try, you do it !
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30/07/2012 23:35:00

LoL...the title to this article is very misleading, it's like suggesting a 95 year old suddenly impregnated naturally
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01/08/2012 13:56:00

Go seek players are th bottom of the waste bin "gunning blanks"
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01/08/2012 13:56:00

@Mq - c***!
Scotch Eggs Rule
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01/08/2012 14:20:00

Rocky, I thought you had banned this knobhead?
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01/08/2012 16:59:00

Actually banning people is complicated (because the overall head of the Vital network has to do it) and in most cases, usueless anyway because trolls like Mq just come back with another username. What we can do is delete his posts and I've deleted a fair amount of them over the last two weeks and will continue to do so where he is not contributing to the discussion. But if you see any that are missed or that take a few hours before we can delete them, the best thing to do is just to ignore him in the meantime. He'll get bored soon enough.
Little Dutch
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02/08/2012 08:49:00

I haven't seen any trolling.....but then I have selective reading :)
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02/08/2012 22:11:00


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