With only three days to go before the transfer window slams shut you just knew the press would bring up an Oba Martins move to Arsenal ….. again.
Even though Martins has said he is committed to Newcastle United, despite interest from Arsenal, the press will not leave it alone.
Now the story being spread around is that Sam will need to sell Martins before bringing in defensive reinforcements this week.
Please – give me a break.
Oba Martins – scoring against Bolton – he’s going nowhere
The other ridiculous news filling the news pages is that Arsenal are said to be bidding only â‚¤9M because they think Newcastle will do a quick deal â€“ even though Oba’s release clause is set at â‚¤13M. If that’s true Newcastle can simply turn down the offer that’s made.
So we think this is all paper talk and we’d like to shoot it down in flames. Martins, who is still only 22 years-old, when asked if he was flattered by Arsenal’s reported interest told the Sun this morning:
“Flattered? Well, maybe, you must be doing something nice to be linked with a club like Arsenal.
“If it’s true, I must say it was a good thing to have interested a club like Arsenal. But I have a club, which I am happy about.”
“I am committed to the Newcastle cause.”
“I am employed by Newcastle and I owe them my dedication and that is it.” “I am ready to fight for a place.”
Despite competition from Michael Owen and Mark Viduka, Martins wants to sign a new long-term deal on Tyne-side, maybe for up to six years. Good for you Oba.
Newcastle United boss Sam Allardyce has shrugged off Obafemi Martins’ frustrations of Sunday, when he was substituted by Michael Owen in the second half. Martins made it clear he was unhappy at being substituted for the third game in a row when he trooped off to be replaced by Owen. He was also reported to be the first United player on the team bus and when it was pointed out to Sam Allardyce that the Nigerian striker did not look too happy, Sam told the Newcastle Evening Chronicle:
“That’s probably because I brought him off.”
Sam has that ability to get straight to the core of the matter doesn’t he?Â Â Â Â Â
End of story – Oba and out.