Martins To Arsenal – Much Ado About Nothing


Obafemi Martins has said he would be keen to move to Arsenal, that’s the bad news for Newcastle fans this morning.

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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 something  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:

“�Arsenal is a big club that everyone wants to play for. I am thrilled and it will be nice to play for such a team.”�

“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.”

“�Is 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 it’ll be no.�”

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 £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 £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 �£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 :

“�Because 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, that’s football.�”

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?  Come to think about it that title just  about sums up most of the football stories in the Sun.

Comments welcome, but please keep them civil – thanks.



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62 comments so far

  • Toon_Ksk

    Jul 5, 2008 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #1

    Let’s just wait and see whether Adebayor will move to Barca.

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  • totsy

    Jul 5, 2008 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #2

    im getting sick of this story being regurgetated over and over again…..

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  • Mac

    Jul 5, 2008 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #3

    To be honest i don’t know how i’d feel if Martins was sold for a profit. Yes he’s a popular figure but i think there are better players out there for less money. Martins goal record isn’t great he didn’t finish top scorer last season even though he played alot while Owen was out injured he doesn’t get many assists,he never passes when he should and tends to run with his head down.

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  • Dan

    Jul 5, 2008 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #4

    bullshit

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  • Toon_Army

    Jul 5, 2008 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #5

    Let’s not forget its the Sun reporting this…

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  • Viper

    Jul 5, 2008 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #6

    Lets just hope he DOESN’T move, we all love Oba, and surely new season with KK at the helm from the start will be good for all.

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  • Luke

    Jul 5, 2008 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #7

    Be gutted if he goes. I don’t think we would or could replace him for the money we’d get. He’s still young, got blistering pace, a cracking shot, admittedly his footballing brain isn’t the best, but as KK said he offers something no one else does. Hold on, didn’t he say that about Emre? Would be a disaster in my opinion. Still terrified about the dearth of signings. We all know we need 7 or 8 decent players through the door. My kingdom for a crystal ball. Much ado oba nothing… probably.

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  • Johnnybergkamp

    Jul 5, 2008 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #8

    Must be a slow news day…

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  • craig chisholm

    Jul 5, 2008 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #9

    load of shite, the questions were engineered to get a fixed response in order to create a story.

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  • Bill F SPLASH MORE CASH ASH

    Jul 5, 2008 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #10

    Why worry we have two class players ready to step up in the shape of Shola and Smith.

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  • Pete

    Jul 5, 2008 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #11

    Of course they questions were engineered to create a story, but that doesn’t really matter. You simply reply “no comment”. You don’t say shit unless you’re actually keen on that move. Martins will move in a heartbeat if he gets the offer, don’t doubt it.

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  • Matthew

    Jul 5, 2008 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #12

    As would any of our current players, Pete.

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  • toonfan1

    Jul 5, 2008 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #13

    nice banner ed!

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  • autibo

    Jul 5, 2008 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #14

    to me this would be as bad as when we sold andy cole. not only in terms of losing a good player but what message does it send out to any potential targets…how do we persuade them we’re ambitious?? we have one player who would get close to the first XI of any of the top 4 teams and it’s oba, so we’re a selling club backed by a billionaire?!

    if this happens i’ll be telling my bank to cancel my direct debit for the following two season tickets!! i dont pay my money to watch us sell our only sell-able assets

    £15m is a joke anyway, darren bent went for £16m, andy johnson is rated and £10m+, so surely oba is worth a lot more than either of them…

    i know its only a rumour by the sun, but im worried, and sickened…and after such a great start to the week aswell

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  • micknufc

    Jul 5, 2008 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #15

    like i said yesterday on the previous thread.
    BOYCOTT IT!
    they have it in for us big style,i would go as far as saying please dont put anything else that rubbish prints on this forum ed!

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  • Bob

    Jul 5, 2008 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #16

    It’s The Sun. I don’t see why anyone would get worked up over this story.

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  • autibo

    Jul 5, 2008 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #17

    Bob, i know the sun is shit but Oba has made these comments himself mate

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  • DanToon

    Jul 5, 2008 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #18

    Even if he did go he’d only be a squad player so what’s the point. May as well stay and play every game every week.

    Sun = Tottenham C**ts!!!

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  • Mac

    Jul 5, 2008 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #19

    I have already turned my back on the Sun. I am from Newcastle but live in Liverpool. It’s a terrible paper,if they can’t find a story they make it up. They hate Newcastle and can’t stand Liverpool. Just don’t buy it keep your money. SCUM SCUM SCUM

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  • Mac

    Jul 5, 2008 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #20

    Well said Dan Toon

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  • Spyro

    Jul 5, 2008 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #21

    guys, dont be annoyed he has said this, he is just being truthful, he is loyal and will continue to play for us if we want to keep him, he is just stating that he wouldnt mind playing there if we wanted to sell him

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  • Ever seen a mackem in Milan?

    Jul 5, 2008 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #22

    If its true worrying times. If its not hey we have a great player. Martins should stay he is a loyal player and the Sun writers should be shot. When you were all talking about the Webster clause thast Gutierrez used to become a free agent i thought you were all joking. Seemed too convenient that it was a WEBster clause when we just sign Spiderman.

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  • Bakerman

    Jul 5, 2008 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #23

    @ Mac
    Martins IS a popular figure on Tyneside because he works hard, creates chances, scores goals and is damn loyal to this club. At only 23 and after only 2 seasons he is one of the highest scorers remaining at this club.
    You say that his goal record isn’t great. Did you see his goal tally the previous season? And are you aware that he was played off & on by Fat Sam?? Thats no way for a striker to be utilized!! They need a run in the team. He still managed a decent goals tally despite that AND despite plating in an overall crappy team.
    You have criticized the one shining element of our team, the one player with world-class potential that actually has his head down and is trying to fulfill that potential. Why don’t you run along and fill some sunderland forum with your sh!te!!!

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  • Bakerman

    Jul 5, 2008 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #24

    @ Mac
    Martins IS a popular figure on Tyneside because he works hard, creates chances, scores goals and is damn loyal to this club. At only 23 and after only 2 seasons he is one of the highest scorers remaining at this club.
    You say that his goal record isn’t great. Did you see his goal tally the previous season? And are you aware that he was played off & on by Fat Sam?? Thats no way for a striker to be utilized!! They need a run in the team. He still managed a decent goals tally despite that AND despite plating in an overall crappy team.
    You have criticized the one shining element of our team, the one player with world-class potential that actually has his head down and is trying to fulfill that potential. Why don’t you run along and fill some sunderland forum with your sh!te!!!

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  • Geordie Nick

    Jul 5, 2008 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #25

    all he is sayin is tht if newcastle want to sell him arsenal would be a good club to play for, wats wrong with tht?????
    im pretty sure he does still hav a 13mil buy out clause in his contract aswell but only if he requests a transfer, the new contract without the clause in was never actually signed was it???

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  • Spyro

    Jul 5, 2008 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #26

    exactly g.nick

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  • autibo

    Jul 5, 2008 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #27

    i wouldn’t be annoyed at oba – who could blame the lad? he’s given 100% every time he’s played for us and that’s all we ask. i’ll be annoyed at the club if this happens, for several reasons:

    1. as i said earlier, it means we’re a selling club, even tho we’re backed by a billionaire!!

    2. £15m is not a lot of money in todays market, and its barely a profit on what we paid for him, so where’s the incentive to sell? i could maybe understand it if someone made an offer we couldn’t refuse i.e. £20m+

    3. what quality striker can you buy with £15m?? as i mentioned earlier, darren bent cost £16m and he’s completely gash!! even that lanky bastard at anfield is gonna command at least £11m

    if oba goes, although i’ve got a nasty feeling its more a case of WHEN he goes, it would soften the blow slightly if we signed someone of the quality/pedigree of huntelaar or villa, but i can’t see that happening in all honesty

    sorry for the negativity, but i have a bad feeling about this. hope im wrong though

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  • Magpie6699

    Jul 5, 2008 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #28

    G.nick. Spot on. Papers short of news.

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  • Geordie Nick

    Jul 5, 2008 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #29

    @ mac- u really dont know wat ur talkin about do u mate, sayin martins played a lot while owen was injured and wasnt top scorer, u forget about all the games owen played whne martins was injured and at the ACN, look at the stats for last season, martins- 32 apps, 10 goals. owen 33 apps 13 goals, so he was just as prolific as owen last season wasnt he

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  • ehssi

    Jul 5, 2008 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #30

    this story is not true =)

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  • scott9

    Jul 5, 2008 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #31

    sounds like he wants to move to me as he nows that he wont get a place over owen if they play a 4 4 2

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  • Mac

    Jul 5, 2008 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #32

    Bakerman be quiet you clown. I have been a Newcastle season ticket holder for 16 years and as i’m only 29 that is not bad. This site is an opportunity for people to voice there opinion,that’s what i’ve done. Ok i’d appreciate it if you respected that.

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  • Mac

    Jul 5, 2008 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #33

    The proof is in the pudding. Players last season that scored more that Martins.Ronaldo,Adebayor,Torres,Santa Cruz,Benjani,Yakubu,Robbie Keane,Berbatov,Tevez,Carew,Rooney,Gerrard,Defoe,Agbonlahor,Owen,Anelka,Lampard,Ashton and Kitson. I’m not saying he isn’t a good player. I am saying in my opinion as our mainly fit out and out striker he doesn’t score enough goals.

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  • autibo

    Jul 5, 2008 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #34

    mac , i see what you’re saying mate but remember he was played almost as a winger for 90% of games until allardyce left. and its not just his goals either, its his blistering pace scaring defenders and creating other space which makes him unique

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  • mo_nufc

    Jul 5, 2008 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #35

    I’m sorry mac but your comments prove that you don’t know anything about football. Martins was played out of position for about 2 months was at the african nations for a month wasn’t given proper runs in the team and when he was played as a striker thanks to fat sam he wasn’t playing with any confidence (e.g. when he missed the open goal against west ham) . He is a gem and with kk he could become a world class player just look at the goals he scored towards the end of the season against spurs and reading. Another point is that you’ve mentioned players from other teams that have scored more goals than martins. The key thing here is that their form other teams who have been creating chances all season while we haven’t had a playmaker all year.

    Next time you want to post something think about it first instead of listing names of people who have scored more goals than martins.

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  • Leo

    Jul 5, 2008 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #36

    id personally be gutted if martins left the club

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  • Gareth

    Jul 5, 2008 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #37

    I think Ed should refuse to run “Martins to Arsenal” stories on the blog anymore because it gives them a credence they don’t deserve. Ludicrous tittle-tattle run once each only please!

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  • HATE PRAWN SANDWICHES

    Jul 5, 2008 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #38

    I hope Oba doesn’t go!! or will he have a choice? does MA want £15 million for Oba so He can buy 3 new players its just getting a joke!!

    Autibo as you mentioned on (26)
    as you stated £15mill is not a lot of money these days!! but MA is expecting us to buy players for £4 – 6 MILLION does that not say it all!!

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  • SwedeEric

    Jul 5, 2008 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #39

    If I was playing for Newcastle and they wanted to sell me, then I also could se my self in Arsenal…

    We have been linked with 200 players, we must be linked with someone to go away also… And it´s probly bs like always in the english papers…

    I thought about that yesterday… It came a rumor that my favorite club i Sweden wanted to buy a player from St Ettienne in the morning… Then this morning he has signed… They had a story behind them ,as usual…

    So sick of so many of the english papers here that just make stuff up out of nothing, latest the takeover just yesterday…

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  • ObaFan2

    Jul 5, 2008 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #40

    So happy to see so many Oba supporters here and can only agree with the majority of what’s been said.

    Oba had a fine first season scoring 17 goals (I believe) then fat Sham knocked his confidence and played him out of position but he still played his heart out and managed a few more goals.

    He loves this club and his play is the most entertaining@ SJP.

    Given the chance I believe he’s a 20+ league goal a season player….. something Owen has never achieved in his career…. yet 🙂

    These are Oba’s actual words, not made up by some second rate jouno… he’s had his head turned and thats not good.

    Oba is a Geordie, lets hope it remains that way.

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