Arsenal have named Marseille star Lucho Gonzalez as a priority signing after failing to land Real Madrid’s Kaka on loan, talkSPORT has revealed.
Arsene Wenger is looking to bolster his midfield after losing both Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas this summer and the Gunners boss was hoping to bring the Brazilian playmaker to the club on a season-long loan but the 29-year-old’s £200,000 per-week wages are too high and the deal has fallen through.
Now, the Frenchman is looking to bring Argentine midfielder Gonzalez to the Emirates on loan for the duration of the season as Wenger is reluctant to sign the 30-year-old on a permanent basis due to his age.
Wenger is also tracking 23-year-old attacking midfielder Willian from Shaktar Donetsk but they face competition from city rivals Tottenham for the signature of the Brazillian, should he be made available.
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Cahill bid rejected.
Arsenal have failed in their latest bid to bring Gary Cahill to the Emirates after Bolton rejected their offer, according to ESPN.co.uk.
Arsene Wenger has been looking to reinvest in his squad following the sale of Gael Clichy, Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas this summer, starting with his backline which has needed strengthening since last season.
Cahill has been top of the Frenchman’s wanted list since January and Bolton boss Owen Coyle has stated that he would allow the defender, who is in the last year of his contract, to leave the club if he wished, but Cahill has thus far shown no desire to leave Bolton this season.
Phil Gartside, the Trotters’ chairman, took to his Twitter account to slam the North London club, stating that their £6m offer was inadequate.
Vermaelen: Too early to talk title.
Thomas Vermaelen believes it is too early in the season to start talking about the title and for Arsenal’s clash with Manchester United this weekend to have any effect on the championship, reports Sky Sports.
Arsenal have got off to a poor start to the season with a scoreless draw against Newcastle United in their opening game of the campaign, followed by a 2-0 defeat to Liverpool, whereas United have collected six points from their opening two games.
If Arsene Wenger’s side lose to United this weekend they will find themselves eight points behind the champions after three games. But centre-back Vermaelen is not concerned by the Gunners’ shaky start to the season and he believes there is plenty of time for the side to recover and mount a serious title challenge.
The former Ajax star said: “If you’re going to talk already about the title, it’s a little bit early.
“We’re only two games started and it’s a long, long way to the end of the season, so I don’t think you have to talk about the title. If you look at the last few games, of course the results were not great but you could see each game has its own story.
“If you look at the Newcastle game, if you look at the Liverpool game, we got red cards in both. If you play 11 against 11, I think the result is different. You see now the results are less but it doesn’t mean the boss deserves that criticism.”