Are Arsenal Still After Newcastle’s Oba Martins?

There is news being reported today that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is about to launch a ₤15M bid for 25 year-old Rodrigo Palacio of Boca Juniors

Rodrigo Sebastián Palacio (full name) has scored 39 goals in 79 Boca appearances over the last two seasons at Boca – and if the story is true it puts in doubt Wenger’s reported interest in Newcastle striker Oba Martins.


Oba Martins

Palacio is 5′ 9″ tall and has played 168 first class games in South America with his previous clubs including Banfield and Huracán de Tres Arroyos. During those five years he has scored a total of 63 goals. He has represented Argentina 4 times with no goals.

Of course if no ₤13M bid comes in for Oba Martins before the transfer window closes he will stay at Newcastle. But Sam Allardyce seems anxious to renegotiate Martins contract to omit the release clause and give Oba Martins a wage increase to boot.

No word yet on whether Sam even talked to Oba last Friday about his future – but we would expect something official coming out of Newcastle this week. It would be good if Oba commits his future to Newcastle. We don’t think we’ve seen the best of Oba Martins yet – much more is yet to come.

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • jeff

    Jul 16, 2007 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #1

    The thing is has Wenger actually said he is interested in Martins?If you believe Oliver in the Chronicle then apparently he is…but I think Wenger has more class than to say to the then manager Roeder “Do you plan on playing both Martins & Owen next season,if not Ill take which one you dont play”I mean come on,as if wenger would come out with a comment like that………This all seems to me like the press trying to add 2+2 and coming up with 6………..Arsenal sell Henry and martins has a clause so there you go he’s the replacement………….I’ll believe it if it happens.

  • Craig F

    Jul 16, 2007 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #2

    I’ll be over the moon if Martins stays – as happy if not happier than when Owen said he would stay for a couple of reasons:

    Firstly although at the minute Owen is still the better all round player he has lost some of what he was since his Liverpool. IMO Martins has the potential to be as good as a young Michael Owen and better than Owen now. Martins is faster stronger and more powerful than Owen ever was and although he lacks the touch and finishing and maybe some of the football brain Owen has I believe he has the ability to learn these, and where better to learn it from than Owen himself.

    Secondly Martins proved he can adapt to the premiership by scoring the goals he did last year and you just know if he went somewhere like Arsenal he would come back to haunt us time and time again.

    I have always thought it was unlikly Arsenal would take him for the simple reason that Arsene Wenger rarely buys from inside the premiership and if this Palacio story turns out to be true all the best for us!

  • Dave

    Jul 16, 2007 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #3


    I don’t think Wenger is interested in Martins. Like you say the evedence is tenuous to say the least. Managers say they like/admire players all the time, it doesn’t mean that they are going to drag several million quid out of their pockets to buy them does it?

    If I were Wenger I’d need a more mature talent than Oba to fit Henrys shoes. Henry could carry a team, the vital cog so to speak, and I don’t think Oba can do that…yet 🙂

  • jeff

    Jul 16, 2007 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #4

    dead right dave …Martins goes hiding too much

  • michael

    Jul 16, 2007 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #5

    told you. he’s not worth 13mill, or 100,000 pound a week. 12 goals thats all he scored outside of the mickey mouse teams in the uefa cup. even in the tough games like palermo he went missing.

  • James

    Jul 16, 2007 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #6

    Arsenal arent Intrested any more they are after that young argentian and so he stays and will be the best super sub in the premiership,whey

  • Nick Stafford

    Jul 16, 2007 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #7

    If Martins feels he can not fully support us this season. Get rid

  • Obafan

    Jul 16, 2007 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #8

    IMO he will stay and will get a contract without the stupid release clause in it. And if he wants to deserve more, than give it to him. It’s our fault (of Fred ‘Flinstone’ Shepperd) that those clauses are in the contracts of Owen and Martins, so if we want to keep them both; get rid of those clauses which will probably lead to better deals for the players. I think we would do the same at our work. If our boss told us that he wants an advantage in our contract be replaced or out of the contract we would ask something in return. So give it to them and let’s be honnest; our attacking part of the squad is very good. And if one of them has a bad period during the season we have a replacement who has got the same value.

    1. Martins; perhaps he has not got that magical first touch; his speed, powerfull shot and strength are good enough to be a class striker.

    2. Owen; perhaps not so good than when he played for Liverpool, but he went from one injury to another; so give him a chance to proove that he hasn’t lost his goal instinct. And I’m sure he hasn’t lost it.

    3. Viduka; perfect to hold the ball and create chances for Owen or/and Martins. He doesn’t have the speed, but he puts the ball in the nett when he gets a halve chance.

    Come on the Toon.


    Jul 16, 2007 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #9

    good news for the toon if its true about arsneal going after another striker and no mention of oba.
    i hope we get to keep oba, what a strike force the toon will have this season, we wont need any defenders if we keep our current strikers.

  • Lew Davies

    Jul 16, 2007 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #10

    CDawson – steady on there, thats what Keegan thought and we all know what happened then.
    seriously though, dont think OM going anywhere.


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