Cesc Fabregas has demanded some consistency among Premier League referees after Arsenal were denied a last-minute penalty against Wigan, according to The Press Association.
Fabregas felt the incident was identical to one in the north London derby against Spurs which saw the Spaniard giving away the spot kick, in this instance James MacArthur seemingly handling a Samir Nasri free kick inside the area.
Fabregas took to Twitter to ask: “What’s the difference between this handball and my one versus Spurs? Referees don’t want us to complain about them but they make life difficult for themselves. I’m not complaining at all, I’m just saying why on the same thing some refs say it’s a penalty and some not. Is it a rule or just what they feel?”
Arsene Wenger admitted to not seeing the incident, but did state that Nasri himself felt it was a stonewall penalty.
Vela to be sold.
Goal.com is reporting that Arsenal will indeed be offering Carlos Vela to continental clubs at the end of the season – citing a £6m price tag to sell the Mexican star to Valencia as the most likely deal to be concluded.
Reports recently suggested Espanyol were in the frame to capture the player’s signature but these were refuted yesterday. It now appears that Los Che have targeted Vela and see the £6m price tag as well within their budget as they rebuild their squad.
Gunners join Kasumovic race.
Arsenal and Chelsea have emerged as favourites in the race to land Hannover’s teenage starlet Almir Kasumovic, according to Goal.com.
The 16-year-old’s contract at the AWD-Arena is due to expire in the summer, and Kasumovic, who is yet to make an appearance for Die Roten’s first team, appears to be heading to the Premier League.
The 6ft striker has reportedly been compared to Edwin Dzeko, who was recently linked with a big-money move to Manchester City. Hannover’s fellow Bundesliga clubs Hoffenheim and Hamburg have also been monitoring the youngster’s progress, but it is felt that the Gunners and the Blues are currently leading the chase.