Arsenal Challenge Newcastle For Gokhan Inler

News in the People today that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is making a late move for Switzerland’s Euro 2008 star Gokhan Inler.


Gokhan Inler – Arsenal now after the player?

We had thought that Inler was a definite target for Newcastle during the summer, but only recently his Italian club, Udinese Calcio said the Newcastle interest was untrue.

But the People is reporting today, that Arsenal are now fighting Newcastle United for his signature.

If that is true, then we’ve waited too long, because we can hardly compete with the Champions League Football, Arsenal can offer the player.

From what we’ve seen of Gokhan Inler, he would be a terrific signing for Newcastle, but we’re not even sure we’re now after the player.

Wenger is said to have been in contact with the Udinese management, and has been informed the 6’0″attacking midfielder has a get-out clause in his contract of just over £5M.

The People is reporting also that Inler’s agent has been in talks with Newcastle United for over two weeks – so if that’s true, what’s taking so long?

But now Arsenal have come in, and which club makes the deal will depend not only one who can make the best deal, but what the club can offer the player in terms of European football next season, and Newcastle cannot offer any of that, unfortunately.

The news is that (once again) Newcastle are concerned because they thought they already had a deal, but Wenger’s interest will have submarined that it seems.

Inler is at least as capable as Gareth Barry, and so  much cheaper, and rated the most gifted player in his Swiss homeland, as he has loads of skill and good vision.

We don’t know if this story is true, but if it is it seems that it’s both good news and bad news for Newcastle.

The good news is that we are close to getting Inler, but the bad news is that Arsenal have now entered the fray.

However, if we can get him – it would be an excellent signing for the Tyneside club.

Comments welcome.

29 comments so far

  • geordiegraham

    Jul 27, 2008 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #1

    didnt fink we wud get him anyway

  • dan_from_france

    Jul 27, 2008 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #2

    cant see us getting him tho

  • DanToon

    Jul 27, 2008 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #3

    Arsenal or Newcastle?? He’s only guna go one way… Not ours!!

  • Terry

    Jul 27, 2008 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #4

    Our fault for taking so long over it, as always.

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    Jul 27, 2008 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #5

    for f sake, we dont even expect it to be true anyway from the people, do we? its the worst paper, i would love inler though.


  • Taiwantoon

    Jul 27, 2008 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #6

    If you call it challenge.

  • Wayne

    Jul 27, 2008 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #7

    We have no chance now if the gunners have entered the race, seems like we have been to slow again! Shame cos he would have been a good signing for the money.

  • Shearer#1

    Jul 27, 2008 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #8

    KK wants to keep Barton & he’s on £50k a week, doubt we’ll be getting a midfielder. Diouf’s signing for the mackems. When are we gonna get some players in?????

  • seetow

    Jul 27, 2008 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #9

    bench warmer at emirates or star player at sjp. know where i would go if i were him.. he wouldn’t have to fight with the likes of fabregas and denilson for a starting spot.. instead he would have to contend with danny guthrie for a starting spot. really kind of a no-brainer.

  • sirjasontoon

    Jul 27, 2008 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #10

    We can dream about him…no chance.

  • sirjasontoon

    Jul 27, 2008 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #11

    Seetow…it is a no brainer

    Challenging for Silverware
    Part of a rotation system (prolong his legs)
    European Football.

  • Mumle

    Jul 27, 2008 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #12

    Udinese signed the very talented Danish player Niki Zimling last week. He plays in the same position as Inler and could be seen as a direct replacement. So, it seems very likely that Udinese will allow Inler to leave.

  • The Second Coming

    Jul 27, 2008 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #13

    Could this be a reaction to the alledged enquiry about Senderos?

  • chuck

    Jul 27, 2008 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #14

    Has all the hallmarks of lets invent some news on a slow day.
    Both clubs were aware of him long ago and if we had wanted him the club would have put in a bid.
    He will go to niether club.

  • Tom_Toon

    Jul 27, 2008 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #15

    Seetow – Inler would walk into Arsenal’s first 11, they dont have a DM.

  • Johnny Condom

    Jul 27, 2008 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #16

    Why do you pretend to know it all when you so obviously know nothing. Abou Diaby is their defensive midfielder now that Gilberto has moved on.
    You play too much Footy Manager kidda!

  • Tom_Toon

    Jul 27, 2008 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #17

    Do you really think they are going to play Diaby there, no they wont, Arsenal fans complain so much about how he gives the ball away too much.

    And surely if i played footy manager, i’d know Arsenal had a DM, what a way to contradict yourself.

  • scott9

    Jul 27, 2008 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #18

    nah we wnt get him keegan said he is happy with his midfiled

  • Punk Skunk

    Jul 27, 2008 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #19

    The 2nd coming,
    it could be linked man, that’s what i thought too!..
    …Inler looks class!..Gooners are defo lackin’ in his position!..

  • toon4lyf

    Jul 27, 2008 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #20

    we should of kept emre

  • Paul

    Jul 27, 2008 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #21

    has no1 noticed the fact that we keep having alleged interest in players and deals wrapped up and then the deals fallin through….when the club has the new policy of not speaking about players until they have signed….this is because they are all stories made byt he media and then the deals have to fall through because there was not interest int he player int he first place, and even if there was…the media would know….

  • Nick

    Jul 27, 2008 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #22

    can i just ask…where does he play?!

    one article hes a dm. next article hes a am!
    none of the football websites ive been on have specific position for him. some say dm some say am.

    either way id be happy coz we need both positions filling.

  • Tom_Toon

    Jul 27, 2008 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #23

    He box-to-box really. He was an AM/St in his early days but last season he played DM because of ijuries to Udinese’s DMs such as Obodo.

  • Nick

    Jul 27, 2008 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #24

    cheers tom.

  • Johnny Condom

    Jul 27, 2008 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #25

    “He box-to-box really. He was an AM/St in his early days but last season he played DM because of ijuries to Udinese’s DMs such as Obodo.”

    You really are an obnoxious pompous twat, aren’t you ! 😀

  • Tom_Toon

    Jul 27, 2008 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #26

    How so, if i know about a player i will share it.

    You on the other hand are too scared to give your normal user name other than that you are Fernando or you could possibly be a sad voyeur who must have been watching this site for a while to make these sweeping statements about me.

  • Johnny Condom

    Jul 27, 2008 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #27

    You are only too quick to shoot down people who post facts that YOU cant deal with, like my mate who posted the link from Marca about Aimar not coming to Newcastle. You berated him for it and now when you get it back, you cannot hack it. 😀

    Now you know why I dont like you, you arrogant know it all little creep!

  • Tom_Toon

    Jul 27, 2008 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #28

    I simply advised your ‘mate’ that posting Marca link could mean nothing because that paper inst even suitable for me to wipe my ars on.


    Jul 28, 2008 at 7:31 AM

    Comment #29

    ED, why where you thinking nufc was not in talks with him? I told you already, that he was/is, becouse a swiss newspaper reported so…now that wenger (the voyeur) has thrown his hat into the race I’m not sure if we can get him…

    INLER is also very settled down in Udinese and that was the hardest part to confince him yet…I thought newcastle almost did the job – and now wenger grabs the fruit? no way!! hope he will come and we will love him, absolutely love him!


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