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Santi Coming To Town

Santi Coming To Town

The murmur from the grapevine has progressed from a gentle hum over the week, but it now appears to have turned into a bloody great rave with the suggestion that the signing of Spanish international Santi Cazorla is very, very close. Negotiations have taken place this week with Cazorla`s suddenly cash strapped club Malaga and resolution seems to be at hand.

Cazorla was not at training with his Malaga teammates this morning and photos have surfaced of Santi at Barcelona airport late this morning. (In fairness, that photograph could have been taken a few weeks ago for all we know). @AFCAMDEN on twitter broke the story of our interest in Cazorla just days after Spain`s Euro 2012 victory- well in advance of any media outlet- due to a well placed source on the training ground. He tweeted this afternoon that Cazorla is booked in for a medical today. It seems we`re close to another international signing.

Comments from Malaga defender Weligton seem to hint at the departure of a top player too, "We know the difficult situation the club are in. We are about to close the sale of one player and with this money part of the problem that we have can be solved." Arsenal tried to sign the Spanish winger last summer but were beaten to the punch by Malaga and their Qatari owners, but funds have since dried up and the club are desperate to pay debts in order to avoid levies such as expulsion from La Liga and their Champions League qualifier.

The fee has been reproted as anywhere between £12m-£18m. Reports are also suggesting the Gunners are in the final stages of a deal to take Real Madrid`s Turkish midfielder Nuri Sahin on loan.

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Writer:Tim Stillman
Date:Thursday August 2 2012
Time: 2:55PM

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Comments

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I know how most Arsenal fans will react if we sign these two players but I wonder what RVP is thinking about it all? Surely it would make his statement look even more ridiculous.
Professor Calculus
02/08/2012 15:05:00
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Sorry LD but I will refrain from becoming exsited until this is announced on Arsenal.com...........................YEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSS
Armory
02/08/2012 15:19:00
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excited*Look what this has done to me now....can't even spell:P
Armory
02/08/2012 15:22:00
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I'd love to keep Robin as well. Maybe he could issue an apolog (doubtful). Regardless of that situation, this summer will still be positive if we can bring in these signings.
gunnerkid107
02/08/2012 15:23:00
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The signs do look good but we have been down that road before so not going to say anything till any transfer is official. Glad that the club are aiming high in the market in line with our resources and reputation.
Deltaforce
02/08/2012 15:35:00
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http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/11670/7957564/Cazorla-sale-would-help-Malaga Another telltale sign this deal is imminent, but I agree with DF, need to be a bit cautious until the announcement is illuminated in bright lights on the arsenal.com homepage. RVP are you watching? Lack of ambition my arse!
Ned Stark
02/08/2012 16:50:00
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According to Goal.com/en RVP had a different mood yesterday after all the players heard about Carzola. Would that change is mind? Not sure because of power of Money. That ***** can mess the thinking up. Also heard the Sahin deal is on hold until Tiny tots make up their mind.
Arseniger
02/08/2012 17:44:00
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How about the homegrown rules. Are we going to meet the quota?
Arseniger
02/08/2012 17:45:00
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would he track back to cover for our attacking fullback?
Joe_@**
02/08/2012 18:15:00
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@lunchbreak more time on hand - AFC has a total of 36 players for 2012/13. Here are the numbers 5 - Supplimentary squad players (Ox, Ryo, Jack, Frimpong and Jenkinson) 12 - Homegrown which includes players Bendtner, Vela, Lansbury 19 - Non-homegrown which includes the likes of Carzola, Sahin, RVP, Chamakh, Squillaci, Park. How do we get 25 with atleast 8 homegrown?
Arseniger
02/08/2012 18:31:00
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