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Deadline day: Hazard, M’Vila, Mertesacker, Santos and more 25

Posted on August 31, 2011 by Martin @ thegoonblog.com

A quick round-up of where we stand on various transfers as we approach the final few hours of the summer transfer window:

Ju Young Park was officially announced this afternoon, the arrival means that the exit of Nicklas Bendtner is more probable, though nothing is currently in place. That situation could change very rapidly, especially considering the players desire to leave the club. It is very unlikely at this stage that the rumours of a Marouane Chamakh loan will come to fruition.

Per Mertesacker is poised to join Andre Santos in signing for Arsenal. Though not officially announced, medicals were completed yesterday and personal terms have been agreed. Santos has been granted his work permit already and both deals look set to be announced by the club Wednesday morning.

Arsenal have made an enquiry as the availability of Owen Hargreaves recently, the perma-crock is set to sign for Man City for some unbeknown reason.

Other names mentioned are Yossi Benayoun, of whom we have made an enquiry about, we have had a reported €40m bid rejected for Mario Gotze and Dortmund are unwilling to sell at this point in time – Arsenal also inquired as the availability of Marouane Fellaini of Everton, who would sell at the right price due to financial troubles. Everton are tricky negotiators though and time would be against the move.

As well as Benayoun, Arsenal are also keeping their options open on Florent Malouda according to John Cross – it seems that there is definitely something brewing between the two clubs but nobody has no real idea of what it is. It wouldn’t be surprising if we did some business.

Armand Traore has left the club for QPR.

As things currently stand, there are no deals in place for Eden Hazard or Yann M’Vila – both clubs are demanding massive fees and there is just not enough time to really get the deals done. Both clubs would be reticent to lose players of their importance at such late notice in the window and their value is highly unlikely to drop over the period of time the transfer window is shut. These two will probably run on into January at least.

I will be live on Twitter though-out the day @thegoonblog – and on the liveblog with Chris from Gooner Talk. Details will be posted on my Twitter page.

Time of writing 00:00

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8-2: It just got worse.. 6

Posted on August 29, 2011 by Martin @ thegoonblog.com

Yes, it really happened. Oh shit.

First up, United were absolutely stunning. The majority of the goals were of the highest class. Hats off, caps doffed etc. etc.

Secondly, Arsenal were absolutely shambolic, there was no leadership, little passion or desire, and no defence what so ever. Johann Djourou has turned into just about as big a liability as Sebastian Squillaci and Armand Traore was a complete embarrassment to the club.

It is in games like this that some youngsters never recover, their confidence too shattered or belief stamped so far into the mud it never re-appears. Carl Jenkinson seems like a happy go-lucky sort of guy, I hope at 19 this game doesn’t mark the point where he stopped rising towards his progression to fulfilling his undoubted potential.

Arsene Wenger should never have put him in that position, maybe the same goes for Traore and definitely Aaron Ramsey – whilst he is obviously talented, he is pissing in the wind at the moment. There is no authority in our midfield, nobody that commands respect. We simply get over-run.

Neglect. It is a strong word that I have used before when it has come to our defence. Arsene hasn’t just neglected our defence, he has neglected our entire team.

Forgive me for not wanting to say much more right now but there will be something of greater detail later on in the week once the transfer window has shut. For now, Arsene has to get his business done, and make sure that it is the ‘super quality’ players he is forever banging on about whilst loading the squad with Chamakh’s, Silvestre’s and Squillaci’s.

The superb away fans deserve better, and have done for some time now. We aren’t asking for miracles. Get it sorted.

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Park Chu-Young fee agreed – medical imminent 41

Posted on August 27, 2011 by Martin @ thegoonblog.com

Arsenal have hi-jacked Lille’s deal to sign Monaco striker Park Chu-Young.

Park was due to undergo the second part of a medical with Lille after completing the first part yesterday, the thing is during that time Arsenal seem to have had a bid accepted by Monaco and they in turn granted Wenger permission to speak to the player.

The player is now in London and set to undergo a medical, as BBC Sport report.

Park shouldn’t cost a great deal of money at all, Le-Equippe claim that it could be as low as €3m with an added €2m in add-ons, the player wages were speculated to be at about €47,000 a week.

It is a surprise, there has been no big build up or long-running saga and shows that Arsenal are serious about getting their business done – a bargain is a bargain and lets hope that this one is more along the lines of a Bacary Sagna type rather than the Squillaci type bargain.

Quite honestly I don’t have much knowledge of this player at all, the most important question is: Can he play?

I care little about any other details.

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