Here’s a round-up of the top Arsenal stories from today..
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger confirmed that Cesc Fabregas, is due to fly to Germany for the friendly with FC Cologne.
Starsport reported that Arsenal have told Barca they have until the end of the month to make the £40m offer which would secure the signature of Fabregas. The European champs have so far only launched one official bid for just £30m for the 24-year-old midfielder, causing outbreaks from even Johan Cruff. Wenger will hold talks with the Spain international today, with Arsenal having returned from their tour of Malaysia and China.
Asked if he expected Fabregas to feature in Germany, Wenger said: “We will have to see how far he is with his injury, but normally, yes.
“He is not back in full training, he is back running on the pitch and the next step is to be back in full training.
“Of course he is in my plans for the season. The problem is we face speculation from everywhere but my target is the same, to keep the players, and my desire to fight for that is the same.”
This is an encouraging sign that Fabregas may not leave this summer, lets hope he is fully fit for the friendly and has a productive preseason so that he has minimal hamstring problems this season.
Now onto ‘The greatest striker in the world..if I played’ Nicklas Bendtner, according to The Daily Mail, Everton are weighing up a loan move for the ‘Great Dane’.
Apparently Toffee’s manager Moyes was eying up a loan move back in January, but Arsenal couldn’t risk loosing a first-team player at that stage of the season. Now with the arrival of Gervinho, Bendtner’s playing opportunities are going to be even more restricted, as he mainly featured in only Carling and FA cup matches last term.
The 23-year-old was left out of the club’s pre-season tour to Asia and has been linked with moves to Hamburg and Benfica, however neither have met Arsenal’s evaluation of £11million. As a last resort, then a loan move isn’t all that bad especially if this raises his price tag with a successful season for the Danish international.
It is understood that the Gunners will part with a fee of just under £1million for the 19-year-old forward. Campbell has made just three senior appearances for Deporivo Saprissa, one of Costa Rica’s top clubs, but has already caught the eye of many European scouts.
Juan Carlos Rojas, president of Deporivo, confirmed the agreement to DNA Radio and said the transfer would be ‘very beneficial to both Campbell and Costa Rican football’
So… another unknown youngster has apparently joined us. We are still waiting for official word from Arsenal.com to confirm this rumour.