Did Martins Snub Arsenal to Stay at Newcastle?

Obafemi Martins has reportedly turned down a £13M switch to Arsenal to stay at Newcastle United.

Nigerian striker Martins was said to be a target of manager Arsene Wenger after Thierry Henry moved to Barcelona. The likelihood of a move increased when it emerged Martins has a £13M get-out clause in his Newcastle contract.

The news that Martins has rejected a move to Arsenal has been reported by at least Sky Sports and the Daily Express – but was not too widely reported. We wonder if there is any truth to this report?


Oba Martins

This week a source said to be close to Martins revealed the striker loves life at St James’ Park – and is determined to stay.

He said:

“Oba is going nowhere. He will be staying at Newcastle for at least this coming season and possibly the next.”

Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce had said earlier this week:

“I have not spoken to Oba himself, only his representatives, who assure me there is nothing in it.“

“But while the window is open and when somebody has a get-out clause like he does, there is always a chance you might lose him. “You hope that is not going to be the case, but you have to just keep your fingers crossed and hope it does not happen.”

We’re not sure how true this story is – but what does seem to be true is that Arsenal are not too interested in Martins. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is said to have launched a ₤15M bid for 25 year-old Rodrigo Palacio of Boca Juniors – although from what we know now – that may not be true either.

We’ve thought that Oba Martins was happy at Newcastle – because he has said so a number of times. It certainly seems like Oba does not want to leave Newcastle and we’re fairly sure that no bid has been made by Arsenal – even though that has been reported.

Maybe that will be the end of the matter (we hope so) and we can now look forward to how many goals Martins will score for Newcastle next season -to go with the 17 he scored in his first season in the Premiership.

Comments welcome.

24 comments so far

  • Kash

    Jul 19, 2007 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #1

    Maybe Wenger put a bid in, but his offer of salary didn’t match or increase what he’s getting from us. I mean he’s on £60k here, but they don’t pay wages like that at Arsenal. Unless you’re Thierry Henry!

  • TOON1

    Jul 19, 2007 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #2

    Not really bothered if he has turned the gunners down,just as long as he stays at the toon.I saw enough from him last season as virtually a lone striker ,to say along with fully fit owen ,vid,and shola we have a vey impressive strike force for the coming season.Also i think oba is very interested to see big sams plans [players coming in]and i believe he wants to be part of that.Remove the ridiculous CLAUSES in the contracts.He 22 yrs old and can only get better.

  • Scooch

    Jul 19, 2007 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #3

    Think you should always be wary of any comments coming from “a source close to…”. That’s really paper-speak for “we don’t have anything to report, but at least we can’t be proved wrong if we say a story has come from a source close to….”.

    Anyway I’m a Gooner and I’d love to see Oba come and join us, though I doubt that’ll happen. From what I saw last season he’s a great player.

    By the way the Palacio bid was a load of balls that was started on a Boca Juniors blog site and picked up by teh very lazy media who has nothing to write about….

    Good luck next season (except against us), I like Newcastle, shame about your fat walrus of a manager tho!!!

  • P.collins

    Jul 19, 2007 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #4

    In which paper or news report have you actully heard Arsenal have come out and made a bid for Martins none that iv’e seen or heard, it’s all media speculation because it’s gone quite.But that does’nt mean no teams will approach either of our strikers between now and when the window closes anything could happen.When it finally closes the Manager and board should sit down with the pair and dispose of both clauses and new contracts should be drawn up, that will show of how keen the pair are to stay,that’s if they have’nt gone elsewere by then of course

  • mjc

    Jul 19, 2007 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #5

    Sol Campbell, William Gallas & Freddie Ljungberg all receive (or received) wages in excess of £60k/week at Arsenal.

  • t-g-w

    Jul 19, 2007 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #6

    I reckon reporters have been jumping to conclusions – the fact that Martins declared he wanted to stay at Newcastle was a sort of indirecct snub to Arsenal, rather than it being a case of them making a bid and Oba saying “Nope”.

    Interesting that this is the only piece of transfer news relating to Newcastle today – that one of the players we already have is staying. Given that Sam is rather open about who he is after, the lack of rumours is quite worrying. Although rumours don’t mean that everyine mentioned is a target of ours, when there have been so many this summer, to have no new names flinging around seems strange. Are we in transfer limbo at the moment?

  • les

    Jul 19, 2007 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #7

    Arsene Wenger is said to have launched a ₤15M bid for 25 year-old Rodrigo Palacio of Boca Juniors……..Actually, this is untrue, as a boca blogger put it up as a joke, and us gooner bloggers and the greatness that is ‘the sun’ suggested it was to……..

  • spudhater

    Jul 19, 2007 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #8

    He’s staying at the Toon because nobody has bothered to come in for him. So he’s decided to issue a statement saying he’d prefer stay where he is

  • gaya

    Jul 19, 2007 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #9

    Do u honestly think Martin or Owen would not love to play for arsenal or in the champions league? when no offer comes in then players would pledge their loyalty to their present clubs.

  • martins fan

    Jul 19, 2007 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #10

    some close sources said that both clubs have reached agreement as Arsenal tabled 15m pound for Martins. Apparently, will be unveiled on Friday.

  • col

    Jul 19, 2007 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #11

    i’m glad he turned down a move, if it’s true. i rekon the best is yet to come from oba as far as newcastle are concerned. however, the window is far from closed, and as we all know much can change, even in the space of a few days. but lets hope he stays put and committed and i’m sure we will see a good few goals from him, and his team mates in the season to come.

  • JSS

    Jul 19, 2007 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #12

    Has it not crossed anyone’s mind that these players might not signed for us if they didnt have the clauses in the contract?
    I agree its not good for us and we should do without them, but as we have not been that successful of late, we dont have some of the things that atrtact top players, like Europe.
    It not just as simple as saying no clause, they might have insisted on that or no deal. Question then is whether Owen or Martins with a clause is better than a lesser player?
    Any, things are looking up so no more clauses in the future…

  • Gary

    Jul 19, 2007 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #13

    I think Oba can only get better, 17 in his first year isn’t bad going considering he playing alongside no one. I would like to think we can keep a hold of him and build a formidable partnership with owen, can’t forget viduka and shola though. Sounds quite promising although we do need a couple more defenders to stand a chance against the man utd’s and chelsea’s. Come on boys get us back where we belong.

  • Kash

    Jul 19, 2007 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #14

    Has anyone noticed that there is hardly any transfer news going round. Rubbish!!!!

  • Dumers

    Jul 19, 2007 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #15

    Im a through and through Newcastle fan but i dont think that Oba Martins is anything Special..he scored a few goals last season but ive seen him play and the amount of sitters that the guy missed were shockinh..i was embarrassed for the club!! he has the potential to be great but i would rather have viduka and owen upfront…so i think we should keep him for a season and then sell him for about 15/16 million…maybe ill be proved wrong but i personally believe that all this hype about him isnt necessary and i would be happy to get 13 million for a player that is in my opinion no better than half our current squad!!

  • Sue

    Jul 19, 2007 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #16

    Sources close to Arsenal have suggested that NO bid was made for Martins.
    In all honesty I cant see where Martins would fit in at The Arsenal we have enough players that are able to play up front.

  • Rich

    Jul 19, 2007 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #17

    people assume that players would prefer to play for Arsenal than NUFC.

    I beg to differ, why would a player like Owen or Oba want to join a team that hasnt made a major signing in god knows how many seasons, a club whos manager wont sign a new contract and his existing one runs out in less than 12 months? i think both players would prefer and what looks like a stable toon with new billonaire owners & proven premiership manager.

    its the same old story, all that has came out of Owen & Obas mouths is that ‘I am happy at NUFC and cant wait to get cracking next season’ yet the press assumes that we arent big enough to harness players like these and they must move to one of the prems top 4 clubs, their will always be speculation from the lazy media who cant be bothered reporting on real facts so they just make assumptions based on their outlook of the premiership hierarchy…. and funnily enough they are all shocked to the core when players like Owen, Oba say they want to stay at NUFC, exactly like when Shearer turned down Man Utd twice, Juventus & Barca.

  • alf15

    Jul 19, 2007 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #18

    The fact is that Sir Wenger isnt interested in him at all! If Arsenal wanted him they would have him and he would jump at the chance to play for Arsenal, simple as that…Reports saying that he snubbed Arsenal, is him just trying to make himself look more important and for the newcastle fans to adore him even more that he “fake-turned down” Arsenal!!

  • Pedro

    Jul 19, 2007 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #19

    “Source close to” tends to be newspaper talk for the individual in question.

    Can we buy a couple of full backs please?

  • Jacob

    Jul 19, 2007 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #20

    Ozzy Osbourne once wisely said ” While you’re at the top – always treat those beneath you with respect , cos’ your paths will cross again on your way back down.” Arsenal fans take heed: Whilst I respect the past achievements of the Gooners, the key word here is past. Arsenal are now playing catch-up to the big four of Man U, Chelski, Liverpool and Spurs…just like the rest of us.

  • Rich

    Jul 19, 2007 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #21

    Jacob said it right, Arsenal had their moment and did well unlike when we screwed up in 96.

    as i said the Gooners havent made a major signing in ages, their Manager is about to jump ship just like their star player and they are gutted they cant even entice any of our star players down to the ‘fashionable’ town called London.

    i dont think Oba would want to go to Arsenal, i admit teams like Man Utd & CHelski might be able to entice him but not the Gooners.

    for startes they would have to snap their wage structure in half to sign the big nigerian.

  • Sue

    Jul 19, 2007 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #22

    Rich and Jacob I beg to differ. The Arsenal don’t have to sign big names; we make players just in case you haven’t noticed. To say that we have had our moment is to treat us with contempt.
    Jacob to class Spurs as one of the big four is really laughable. I think you need to check a few facts before you start spouting. It has been 46 years since Spurs have done anything to talk about.
    Rich our manager is not about to jump ship as you put it, and we are definitely not gutted in not being able to get anything Toon has to offer.

    I suggest the pair of you give up reading the Sun, they never print the truth anyway!

  • ende

    Jul 19, 2007 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #23

    I heard Martins rejected Arsenal cause it’s closer to Nigeria than Newcastle, and he’s afraid of assassins.

  • Callum

    Jul 20, 2007 at 8:02 AM

    Comment #24

    Good point ende 😀


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