Jan 152013

Newcastle winger Hatem Ben Arfa has declared he wants a move to Chelsea, Arsenal or Liverpool, as well as declaring his love for dream-club Paris Saint-Germain.

The Frenchman has been an important player for Newcastle since his arrival from Marseille in 2010, and has become the club penalty taker.

Ben Arfa revealed their was previous contact with Chelsea over the summer, but at that time his wishes were to stay put.

“I am interested in Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool. Today, these clubs are above Newcastle,” said Ben Arfa.

“During the summer, there was contact with Chelsea. But I wanted to stay in Newcastle. When you’ve tasted England, it’s hard to go elsewhere. There is everything to make you happy here.”

He continued with his view that Loic Remy would set the Premier League alight, ahead of his protracted move to Newcastle, adding: “Remy is right to come here. This is a player who has shown that when he is confident he can be a great striker. He will like it here and I, along with other French players, will help him. He will explode.”

Ben Arfa also admitted he would like to join PSG one day.

“Today, my goal is to stay in England,” he added. “Paris St. Germain, why not? This is the club of my dreams.”

The Frenchman is a good player, but I’m not sure if he would fit into our plans anymore. He would be coming to challenge Eden Hazard for a place on our left wing, a fight I don’t believe he would win. Do you see place for him in our squad?

Dec 302012

Chelsea have emerged as favourites to sign Newcastle United’s Demba Ba, who is available for a bargain fee of £7.5million.

Chelsea are widely expected to sign two strikers in January, with Daniel Sturridge leaving the Blues to join Liverpool.

Ba scored twice against potential suitors Arsenal yesterday in Newcastle’s 7-3 loss, with Demba levelling the score just before half-time to make it 1-1 with a deflected free-kick, then netting Newcastle’s third to equalise in the 69th minute before the Gunners took control with 4 more goals.

The French-born star has been linked with Chelsea, Arsenal and Spurs of late, with Arsene Wenger hinting he will not be bidding for the striker ahead of yesterday’s game against the striker at the Emirates.

The Senegal international has 13 Premier League goals so far this term, and always seems to score those all important goals.

Demba Ba has been in incredible form since his arrival at St James Park 18 months ago, scoring 29 goals in his 54 PL appearances.

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is still hopeful that Ba will sign a new contract with the Magpie’s, changing his current minimum fee buy-out clause from £7.5M to a more reasonable £20M+.

Chelsea have been linked with almost every striker in Europe in the past few months, but Demba and Falcao would have to be my top 2. The strong Senegalese forward has been scoring when his team had been struggling, and has impressed me since his arrival in the PL with West Ham. Not to mention the fact he is a bargain £7.5M…

Dec 082012

Theo Walcott has put a host of clubs on alert after failing to agree an extension of his contract, which is due to run out next summer.

The Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, is to plead with the board not to sell the youngster in January, in the hope that Theo will decide to sign an extension before the summer.

The board is rumoured to have other ideas on the subject, with the club not willing to risk losing the 23 year-old on a free. They will be hoping to recoup some of the £9million paid to Southampton for his signature.

With no reported talks set to take place between Theo and Arsenal before the January window opens, the England international will be allowed to talk to foreign clubs about a possible free-transfer from January 1.

English clubs such as Chelsea would be able to talk to the Ex-Southampton striker a month before his current deal runs out, should he have failed to agree a contract in the mean-time.

Speaking yesterday, Wenger said: ‘I am frustrated, honestly. If you ask me will we sell Theo in January, no. I have always been hopeful he will sign.’

Wenger made similar overtures to the Gunners board during the Samir Nasri and Robin van Persie sagas, yet both were sold as they entered the final 12 months of their contracts.

Chelsea are keen on the striker/winger, and I believe he would be a good signing for the club. Theo would fit in well with our young ambitious squad, and has impressed me with his performances this season. Theo to Chelsea?

Nov 112012

Men behind the scenes at Chelsea are keeping a keen eye on the Theo Walcott contract saga, with a possible January bid lined up, to take the Arsenal speedster away from the Emirates.

The Arsenal forward has been out of favour with Arsene Wenger this season, starting only his second Premier League game yesterday, setting up all three Arsenal goals, and certainly impressing me with his deft passing and crossing, taking Arsenal´s corner kicks, erasing the ´cant cross a ball´ tag which had stuck with him for some while.

The 23 year old´s only other starts this season came in the Capital One Cup including against Reading, in which Arsenal found themselves 4-0 down, only for Theo to get a hat-trick of goals and get them back into the game and save them from elimination and humiliation.

Even that trio of goals was not enough to earn him a start in the arsenal side against Manchester United and still has no new contract signed, with his current deal due to run out in the coming summer.

I´m sure Chelsea will continue to keep tabs on the situation, with a cut-price deal looking to be available in January, with no contract currently looking to be signed. WATCH THIS SPACE!

Dec 162009

The Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti has warned Arsenal that Aston Villa could be a danger to their place in the top three in the Premiership, and thinks that the Midlands side has got such a great record against the top clubs this season that they could even challenge for the title!

“Aston Villa are a very dangerous team,” said Ancelotti. “They won against Chelsea and Manchester United. I think Martin O’Neill is doing a fantastic job with this team. Maybe we have to pay attention to them because nobody spoke about Aston Villa in the top four but now we have to pay attention to this team. I think Arsenal have to pay attention to them.”

Aston Villa shocked Chelsea by beating them at Villa Park, but last weekend caused an even bigger shock by winning at Old Trafford. After last nights win against Sunderland they have now moved into third place for the time being, just five points behind Chelsea and Manchester United.

As Arsenal could leapfrog Villa into third place with a win tonight, just three points behind United with a game in hand, maybe Chelsea and United should start watching out for Arsenal!


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