Martins Likey To Leave Newcastle for Arsenal Soon

The Independent is reporting today that Arsenal are poised to make a ₤13M move for Newcastle United striker Oba Martins later this week.

The Newcastle squad returns today from their week long training camp in Austria and it’s reported that Martins still has to make up his mind on his Newcastle future.

We’ll take a look at this story and what it potentially means to Newcastle.


Oba Martins

It’s was reported yesterday in the Journal that Sam Allardyce has held one-on-one talks with Martins but that Oba has yet to decide on whether he will stay at Newcastle. We would expect Oba and Sam have agreed on a date this week when Oba will make a decision one way or the other.

It does look like Arsenal will bid the ₤13M necessary to take Matins from Newcastle to Arsenal – and if the deal goes ahead then at least we’ll have made a ₤3M profit on the deal – and that’ll be a change.

What’s a little more disturbing is that it’s also being reported that if Oba’s contract is renegotiated at Newcastle to remove the release clause – he wants more wages then his current ₤60K/week – and closer to the ₤100K/week Michael Owen is getting. If that’s true we find that greedy – although he did have a good season last season before Newcastle just fell apart in the last 10 games of the season – he is hardly due a big rise because of his performances. To us it seems he’s got Newcastle in a precarious position (because of their own fault as it turns out) and is trying to get as much out of the club as possible. Newcastle are unlikely to accede to these demands and maybe that is what Martins is looking for – but he certainly will not get those wages at Arsenal either.

Sam Allardyce has still said he wants to keep Oba and unless Martins comes out with a strong statement saying he wants to stay at Newcastle we think he’ll be on his way – probably at the end of this week. Then Sam can look to bring another striker in and Barcelona’s Gudjohnsen would probably be the favorite and also maybe Raul from Real Madrid or Alan Smith from Manchester United.

Arsenal have not done much in the transfer market yet. Thierry Henry left for £16M and they have added the £8M purchase of Croatian striker Eduardo da Silva as Arsène Wenger tries to remake his attack. This lack of activity has made William Gallas unhappy at Arsenal and it looks like he will leave the London club. Wouldn’t it be great if we could get him as part of the deal for Martins – it’s worth a try – but we think we have little chance because Gallas has already stated he wants to join one of the big Spanish or Italian clubs.

Well – we should know one way or the other on Oba Martins this week – and if he goes at least Sam will have every chance to bring in a new striker before the season starts on August 11th. We think Eidur Gudjohnsen would be a great acquisition for the club – a proven Premiership player who can score goals and also play central midfield if required.

Comments welcome.

45 comments so far

  • Doctapaul

    Jul 10, 2007 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #1

    IMO If Oba wants out, make sure he puts it in writing, and take ALL the money.

    Ask fo Gallas in part ex?

  • rich

    Jul 10, 2007 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #2

    same old story

  • Tony_D

    Jul 10, 2007 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #3

    If he gets the pay rise and stays then we should make sure the get out clause is removed from his contract, and that it is extended to make it more expensive for other clubs to buy him.

  • Graham

    Jul 10, 2007 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #4

    The words “you reap what you sow” come to mind! Why should he take something out of his contract and not expect something in return? Yes 60k a week is obscene but would any of us remove a clause in our own work contracts that could benefit us without wanting something back in return.

    The only good thing to come out of this is that this was probably Freddy’s last major cock up at NUFC (apart from the “Newcastle is an impossible club to buy” statement)

  • Graham

    Jul 10, 2007 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #5

    Oh sorry – forgot “i’ll carry him back to Liverpool for 9 million!”

  • Djameel

    Jul 10, 2007 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #6

    fu*k off if you think gallas gonna come to ur sh*t club… 🙂
    despite spending maybe four times more than arsenal in the transfer market, you cant even break into the top 6!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

  • Aussie Toon

    Jul 10, 2007 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #7

    If he does not want to play for us bank the money and let him go. In regard to Gallas if he is willing to leave Arsenal after only one season that is not what we need. We need tough players mentally to build this club with Big Sam 🙂

  • Matt

    Jul 10, 2007 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #8

    I will try to be a little more objective than the previous idiot!

    As an Arsenal fan, i just wanted to ask – how good do you guys think Martin’s is?
    He seems OK to me, but nothing more?
    Also – what is he attitude like – he seems a little disruptive?
    Regarding Gallas – his latest comments are nothing unusual, so i wouldnt bet too much on him leaving – and if he does, it will be overseas.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 10, 2007 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #9

    Djameel – but it doesn’t stop us now trying to make Newcastle great again – what’s wrong with that? The past has gone and it’s water under the bridge – nothing we can do about that – and the fans are not too happy with the last several years – including all the nonsense signings we have made.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 10, 2007 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #10

    Aussie Toon – good point.


    Jul 10, 2007 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #11


  • Doctapaul

    Jul 10, 2007 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #12

    thank you Djameel. I shall do as you bid and wish you well.

  • Geordiepower

    Jul 10, 2007 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #13

    We should offload the(I was shot at by robbers while I was asleep at my mam’s) liar,take the money and invest in a player who actually wants to play for the Toon.

  • jeff

    Jul 10, 2007 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #14

    If martins wants to leave let him go we’ll make 3 million in a season…..He’s not a world class striker yet and if he never learns to control a ball then he never will be…..dont get me wrong though,he is good but we could replace him easily…..As for his contract yeah renew it taking out the clause instead of a massive pay rise per week why not give him a one off payment….Another thing though who’s to say he hasnt already said to sam that he wants to stay….its all paper talk yet again until something happens…The thing is the local press(Chronicle) is crap and the national press (cockney) never like the strikers we have,they think we are too small a club for the like’s of Owen and martins thats why they try and unsettle players up here cos they think all players should be in the sowf………..tossers!!

  • Matthew (Gooner)

    Jul 10, 2007 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #15

    Actually it’s William Gallas, not “Michael Gallas”. Sorry to be pedantic, but….. Or maybe I am missing an “in” joke? 🙂

    Anyway, as an Arsenal fan I would rather we didn;t buy Martins – I’m not convinced that he is really that good. It’s a lot of bread for someone who’s still largely unproven. Even more concerning is the apparent mercenary attitude he displays. Last thing we need is a money grabber. If he’s treating the Toon fans (and the club) with such contempt then he’ll do the same at his next club. Same with Gallas, but the other way. He’s a persistent whiner and last thing you want is him. He’s a great player (when he’s fit) but you get the feeling that when the sh*t hits the fan and it’s time to stand up and be counted he’ll be handing in his transfer request.

    Frankly, I’d prefer Gudjohnsen – He was always a threat whenever he played against us. Ignore Djameel, by the way. Clearly an illiterate moron.

  • Daveyboy the mag

    Jul 10, 2007 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #16

    Only one question to this – why?

    Why would martins want to go to a club that is on the downward spiral?

    Its looking like fabregas is away, gallas now wants to go and the signings he has made wouldn’t fill me with confidence if I was an arsenal fan.

    Don’t get me wrong arsenal are a great team, and wenger is one if not the best manager in the premiership but I think he is being lead by the board, the same board that let deine go and started the rot that looks likely to continue!!

    If I was martins I would be inclined to stick with newcastle as they are moving forward unlike the gunners!

  • ian

    Jul 10, 2007 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #17

    would be a good buy for arsenal – a proven finisher.. good luck too them

  • Matt

    Jul 10, 2007 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #18

    LOL – silly comments – Fabregas has said today that he is not going to leave.

  • Rob Kirton

    Jul 10, 2007 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #19

    Personally I don’t know whether or not we should keep Martins. He is an out and out goal scorer, though not the best of footballers.

    It’s for Sam to Choose. If he REALLY wants him to stay offering him say £100k per week on a new 5 year deal or whatever shouldn’t really be a problem. I suspect that in a couple of years such a salary is far more commonplace as the players suck all of the extra money out of the game – directly into their bank accounts.

    Mind you if he was offered such a long deal I’d dedfinately want to know his real age 22 or 28?

  • Bigarse

    Jul 10, 2007 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #20

    Daveyboy – youre a toon mug!

    Arsenal – downward spiral!! Did you not see the carling cup final – Arsenal bossed around Chelsea for most of the game and got done for experience late.
    They have an excpetional group of young players who are now free from the contrainst of Henry. The Croatian is a top finished, just coz the sun hasnt told you hes great and you have never heard of him means nothing. Ask Terry, Rio, Cole and Caragher how trickey he is to play against!

    Wenger tells the borard, not vice versa and if you need anymore proof to see how dumb your post was read the below.

    Real Madrid transfer target Cesc Fabregas says he doesn’t want to leave Arsenal.

    Real president Ramon Calderon is a long-term admirer of the young Spanish midfielder.

    And on Monday new Bernabeu coach Bernd Schuster confirmed he’d love to take the former Barcelona prodigy to the Spanish capital.

    Losing Fabregas now would be a disaster for the Gunners, with talisman Thierry Henry already having left for the Nou Camp.

    But the midfielder himself told The Daily Star he’s in no rush to leave the Emirates Stadium.

    He said: “Everyone wants the best for me but I’m happy in London and I haven’t made any plans to go.

    “Seeing people of all ages, young and old, wearing the shirt with my name on it in London is an honour and gives me a lift. Last season I was the Arsenal player who sold most shirts and that makes me proud.

    “I could play every game, the fans were on my side and that means you’re doing things well.”

  • arse&nose

    Jul 10, 2007 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #21

    who is micheal gallas?

    you mean william gallas?

    but if there is a twin brother of his out there who talks less and plays more than i wouldnt mind swapping.

  • Dan

    Jul 10, 2007 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #22

    Would like to keep Oba but i dont like to see the club being held to ransom (even if it is our fault!!), so if he goes make it quick so we can get Defoe (whom i think is a better striker in any case) and Gudjohnson. Also i think if wenger stays then arsenal certainly wont be on the decline, he s a very talented manager and has a good amount of cash to strengthen further.

  • Bigarse

    Jul 10, 2007 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #23

    BTW, the original article writer is alos a mug


  • Bigarse

    Jul 10, 2007 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #24

    BTW would love to have OBA at Arsenal, hes a very good striker and wasted at Toontown. How many years is it since you actually won anything?

    Even when you get the chance your tema let you down 98 and 99 cup finals spring to mind!

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 10, 2007 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #25

    Of course it’s William Gallas – I corrected it – sorry about that 😀

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 10, 2007 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #26

    Bigarse – it’s 38 years since we won anything (1969). That’s why we’re trying hard to break that drought ! Hey – what was the score in the 1952 cup final?

  • AndyT

    Jul 10, 2007 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #27

    Hmmm – So another story in a paper links a player at newcastle with a release clause in their contract with a switch to one of the top 4 clubs. None of the top 4 clubs have yet tabled such an offer, and yet the clamour is for the player – who in this instance already has stated that he is happy at newcastle and wants to stay next season – to come out and state what is hapening one way or another. Not to mention the clamour for them to remove something from their contract in return for….. what? I tell you what lets go tell them all they should be happy to pull on the shirt for three square meals a day and the satifaction of knowing they have made a million Geordies happy – we’ll see how successfull we are then. I reckon in 10 years we’d be garunteed a top 4 position – it would just be in the Rymans league!

  • Lull

    Jul 10, 2007 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #28

    The Arse-nal fans are lot rude if compare to other clubs fans. I wonder why? Are they under a lot of stress lately. Anyway, i’m sorry to hear about Henry.

  • Danish Gooner

    Jul 10, 2007 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #29

    Dont worry toon fans………………I guarentee you all that wenger will not be signing oba.If he had any interest in him he would have done so long long ago

  • Fergie

    Jul 10, 2007 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #30

    Give him the wages. At least he’ll earn them on the pitch, rather than in the treatment room. Martins is better than Owen and is the future of this club.

  • cooldj

    Jul 10, 2007 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #31

    if martins really is only 22 then surely we should do everything to keep him. he had a really bad start to the season and still scored shed loads of goals. BIG SAM PLEASE KEEP HIM

  • Adam

    Jul 10, 2007 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #32

    Yes, if Arsenal do offer the 13M it is good business for us, though we’d have to work quikly to get a new striker in. Even so, we’d still have 4 fit strikers compared to 3 last seasin (without Martins).
    If Martins does go, I wish we wouldn’t flap about with small offers for players. Simply put down 8 million for Gudjohnsen if he’d come, or look for a striker who can play naturally on the LEFT of attack because that is perhaps where Sam intended to play Martins if in a 4-3-3?

    Another point: Martins leaving would give us justification to go for that “stunning” player it’s rumoured M.A would like us to buy

  • femi martins

    Jul 10, 2007 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #33

    i hope can come to arsenal and acheive great things like henry and others did and also playing under arsene will surely improve is game pls oba will gunners are waiting for you…..gunner 4 life

  • Gooner_GallasHasToGo

    Jul 10, 2007 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #34

    I would personally welcome Gallas to go to Newcastle. Especially if we are going to get Martins. But Gallas is a waste of time. He’s been complaining more than Cashley Cole, and to be honest isn’t as good as he thinks he is. Typical Defender who thinks he’s the best player at the club.

    As for Newcastle, I’d welcome them into the top 6, and Big Sam is going to be a great influence for you guys! Let’s face it, he did a good job at Bolton, and now he has more money, a better team to start with and better supporters.

  • Pierre

    Jul 10, 2007 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #35

    Martins will be a bench warmer this year, so £13 Mill would be a great deal for someone with no control.

  • Tony

    Jul 10, 2007 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #36

    £13m for a player who can’t even keep his first touch in the same postal code! £110k a week!! On a par with Owen!!!

    Oba, if that’s really what you think, grab your kit and f**k off we have no need for your type at Newcastle.

    Arsenal supporters, believe me when I say that Martins has the makings of a good striker, rather than a great one.

  • Tony

    Jul 10, 2007 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #37

    …and another thing, Arsenal fans.

    This is a blog to cogently discuss the topics of the day, not for some of the morons we’ve had on here today carrying out your pathetic little points scoring exercises……which have very little effect on supporters like myself.

    You see Gooners, having spent time, effort and money supporting the Mags when they really were sh*te and languishing in the old 2nd division. Everything since 1992/93 season has been a bonus for the likes of us and your chuntering on about not having won a cup since 1969 (obviously not including the famous Texaco Cup victory in the 70’s!) really falls on deaf ears.

    Best of luck in the coming season, I actually don’t mind Arsenal (born of a childhood hatred of Spurs), but I would prefer you spending your energy supporting your own time and realising how fortunate you are that you aren’t a Leeds Utd supporter, for example, rather than mouthing off about to other clubs fans about how great you are and how sh*te they are.

    Here endeth the lesson…

  • Djameel

    Jul 10, 2007 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #38

    well sorry 4 my comments at the very start, but frankly speaking, i ddnt want to even think of another star of arsenal going in one season…. sorry

    to the newcastle fans, i think with sam as your new manager, in a short span of time you’ll start enjoyng success, i really rate sam a lot…
    but nevertheless, your football not gonna be that pretty, much a defending side, judging by his signings and past experience, bt who cares, when you are winning!!
    4 martins, well he’s a gud striker, bt not special
    wenger wont sign hm i fnk because mainly 13m is quite expensive consifering our finance and also he’ll be off to the african cup of nation…
    bt sure he can provide some sparks and chill when wiz the ball.

    i really like newcastle fans and liverpool fans because they back their team a lot whatever happens to them!!!
    as an arsenal fan i admit that we have a been struck by the genius and successs of wenger and r now moaning a bit, forgetting from where he took us and where he’s trying his best to bring us…

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 10, 2007 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #39

    OK lads (and lasses) – we like to argue various points on this site- but we also try to keep it civil – everybody is entitled to their opinion – as long as we don’t start being personal about things – it actually works very well generally – and we welcome other fans to join the arguments and don’t really expect them to agree with us – well not all the time 😀

  • Cathal

    Jul 10, 2007 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #40

    gudjohnson wudnt b a bad replacement if he does go! but im not sure about the wages figures that are quoted above, sky sports news has said dat martins is demanding to INCREASE his wages TO £60,000 a week if arsenal want him which wud suggest hes on around £40,000 at the mo! i reckon we shud keep him but if we lost him OR owen it wudnt b d end of the world! we only need one of them!


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