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Has Wenger confirmed the Anelka interest?

456 comments June 28th, 2007

Good News: The Independent claim that Arsenal are “stepping up” their interest in Obafemi Martins.

Bad news: Their primary primary evidence for this extraordinary claim?

Last November he also made reference to Martins in his programme notes for Arsenal’s home game against Newcastle.

Great. When’s the press conference?

Seriously though, I don’t think we’ll be signing anyone this week, if only for the simple reason that Arsene is on his holidays. Ken Friar can certainly begin negotiations with clubs (and if Gilles is as close to being appointed as is being reported, then there’s no reason for him not to be involved), but for the nitty gritty of personal details we need Arsene to be on the scene.

Another reported target, Florent Malouda, seems to be on his way to Chelsea: French sportspaper L’Equipe yesterday reported that they had agreed a hefty £17m fee. Although I’d love us to buy a genuine wide player, that’s a hell of a lot of money.

Finally (and I only have this info second hand), but Xavier Rivoire, the ghostwriter of Pires’ autobiography, was interviewed by the BBC last night. He claimed he had spoken to Wenger, and gave three pretty exciting bits of info:

  • That Arsene will stay and sign a new contract
  • That the interest in Anelka is real, but United are also after him
  • That the interest in Eto’o is real, but Chelsea are also after him

Feast on that, my pretties.

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