Obafemi Martins has said he would be keen to move to Arsenal, that’s the bad news for Newcastle fans this morning.
Oba Martins – what a great photo of Oba this is! – yes – he just scored
But wait, the good news is that it’s reported in the Sun, and it wouldn’t be the first time the paper had completely made somethingÂ up.
The Sun is reporting that the Nigerian striker is ready to move to the Emirates Stadium, if the two clubs can agree a deal.
Martins, who is still only 23, said:
“ï¿½Arsenal is a big club that everyone wants to play for. I am thrilled and it will be nice to play for such a team.”ï¿½
“But, now that I am a Newcastle player, there is nothing much to say. If it is true, both clubs would have to reach an agreement.”
“ï¿½Is Arsenal a good club? Yes. Would I love to play there? “
“Probably, if Newcastle are ready to listen to them. But if Newcastle says no then itâ€™ll be no.ï¿½”
What Martins is saying he would probably be interested in going to Arsenal, but only if Newcastle want to sell him, and if the clubs can agree a price, then he’ll go. Wouldn’t that be what any player would say in those circumstances?
And if Newcastle decide not to sell Oba then he’s happy to stay at Newcastle.
That hardly sounds like he’s dying to leave, and the context of the discussion was probably centered around the rumors last week, which we refuted, that the Tyneside club would be ready to sell, if they could get around Â£15M for Oba.
We know Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been a long-time admirer of the Nigerian, but Wenger doesn’t like to pay over the odds for any player, and he thinks Oba’s worth around Â£11M.
And this is just not going to happen at all, if Emmanuel Adebayor does not leave the club this summer, and we’re sure Arsene has other strikers, like Bafe Gomis, whose French, to go after to replace the Togo player, should he elect to move.
Martins does not have a ï¿½Â£13M buy-out clause in his contract, but the Sun insists on reporting that still. They also report that Martins would be happy to stay at Newcastle because he’s happy on Tyneside.
Oba, on holiday in Nigeria, added finally :
“ï¿½Because I still have a contract, I expect the club to speak to me when I get back.”
“I am not saying I want to go but, if anything happens, thatâ€™s football.ï¿½”
This is some news that has been created by asking Martins about the latest news last week that Newcastle wanted to sell him.
If that’s true it will cause an uproar with Newcastle fans, that’s for sure, because Martins is very popular at St. James’ Park, and has looked great since Kevin Keegan arrived back at the club..
And it’s something that Shakespeare knew a lot about when he titled one of his plays Much Ado About Nothing – and that was a comedy first published in 1600.
Things haven’t changed much have they?Â Come to think about it that title justÂ about sums up most of the football stories in the Sun.
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