“Arsenal are interested in me and this is a club I have always liked,” Rodallega said. “There are many teams interested, it’s true. Villarreal, Sevilla, Arsenal also have some interest, Everton of England.
“There is a lot of speculation but my future at this moment is at Wigan. I have signed for one more year in Wigan but if the club decides on my sale that is no problem if the subject is positive for all parties.”
Rodallega has had a decent season, scoring 9 goals, but will he really add anything to the Arsenal lineup? With obviously RVP taking centre stage and Chamakah, Vela and maybe Bendtner pushing for starts it seems unlikely that Rodallega would move to Arsenal, he certainly wasn’t prolific as other strikers in the league.
More reports have surfaced about Stewart Downing’s future, Liverpool were in poll position for the Aston Villa winger’s signature, but according to The Daily Mail Wenger is set to spoil the party with a £15million bid for the English winger as a replacement if (or more of a case of when) Nasri leaves. For Downing, the prospect of Champions League football gives Arsenal a significant advantage over Liverpool in the race for his services, however once again will Downing add the quality that we need? Downing is not as effective as Walcott or Arshavin, or as skilled as Nasri so it seems like a waste of time really. We need to invest money in world-class players that are outstanding, such as Juan Mata or Eden Hazard rather than wasting cash on players that are overpriced and overrated, so I think it’s safe to say Wenger won’t be purchasing Downing.
Cesc Fabregas has unfortunately (and not unusually) having more hamstring problems, so he has been left in North London to mend, and has vowed to make amends for missing the pre-season tour of Asia.
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He tweeted: “Im sorry to all the fans in Asia that I wont be on the tour. After just returning from Indonesia I know how special u all r. Ill make it up.”
Speculation has naturally been intensified with Fabregas missing the flight for the tour however, Wenger has dismissed the claims Arsenal have given up hope of retaining Fabregas and told the club’s official website: “We want to keep Cesc and I will fight as hard as I can to keep him.”
Nasri has made the flight and is set to be included in Wengers plans for this season despite speculation surrounding his future too. But Fabregas’ comments come as small glimmer of hope for Gunner fans that our captain may be leading the team out in August at Newcastle.