Arsenal hope to complete the signing of Barcelona starlet Julio Pleguezuelo Selva at the end of the season – even though it will anger the Catalan club. Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has a rich habit of poaching top talents from Barcelona in recent years, with the likes of Jon Toral, Hector Bellerin and even Cesc Fabregas all heading to north London from the Spanish club. But despite a long-running feud developing, Arsenal have moved in again this time for exciting central defender Selva. The youngster, who has been compared to Carles Puyol, is seen as a top talent and is in demand across Europe with Manchester United also keen. Barcelona are desperate to keep the player, but under Spanish law they are unable to offer him a contract until next year, allowing the big guns to swoop. As well as the bonus of securing this transfer, Arsenal could also be in line for a betting bonus come the end of the season. Arsenal are hopeful the transfer will be completed shortly, with a £200,000 compensation fee set to change hands.
Kyle Ebecilio has revealed he turned down moves to PSV and Anderlecht to join FC Twente from Arsenal last week. The Holland Under-19 midfielder has agreed to return to his homeland with Twente at the end of the season, with the Gunners opting not to stand in his way. And according to the player himself, Ebecilio had a choice of different options. 'The first team I spoke to was PSV,' he told Twente's website. 'Then I spoke with Twente and Anderlecht. Last week I took the plunge - FC Twente was the one for me.'
So the Champions League final is upon us. The greatest club competition in the world is almost over, and the Road to the Final is nearly complete. Bayern Munich will play Borussia Dortmund in the first ever all-German final to be held at Wembley. I for one, cannot wait. The Champions League inspires memories of the best players, the biggest clubs and the most amazing matches. And as a venue, Wembley is a perfect choice.
They’re two of the most famous clubs in world football, and both have a reputation for playing patient, attacking football. However, fans of Arsenal have more than a few complaints about the amount of money they’re being charged for the privilege of watching their team and it’s easy to see why when looking at the stats.
Arsenal were expected to be quiet on transfer deadline day, and up until the final hours they were. But the £8.5million arrival of Nacho Monreal from Malaga will at satisify those who demanded Arsene Wenger did some business. The Malaga left-back will add competition to the likes of Kieran Gibbs, Andre Santos and Jernade Meade, with the latter likely to move on-loan having found first-team chances limited.
Arsenal have been a regular fixture in the Champions League for over a decade although their place at the European top table is seriously under threat this season, with the Gunners now off the pace when it comes to a place in the Premier League top four. The team’s 2-0 reverse at home to Manchester City meant they were six points behind north London rivals Tottenham, with Thomas Vermaelen calling for his side to stay strong and pick up some valuable points in the same way that they did when reeling in Spurs last season to claim a top four spo
Arsenal have completed their summer reshuffle of the coaching staff this week, with the appointment of Pat Holland as the club’s new Under-18′s coach. After Steve Bould and Neil Banfield were promoted to first-team coaching duty at the end of the season, Arsenal have been looking for experience to fill the voids of reserves and Under-18′s head coaches. Former Gunner Terry Burton has arrived to work with the reserves, and after a protracted search, I’m told 61-year-old West Ham legend Holland will take charge of the academy team.
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