Inler Linked With Arsenal Again – What’s Going On?

News today, and this time it comes directly from his agent, that Gokhan Inler may indeed be moving to Arsenal.


 Gokhan Inler – Arsenal interested?

Newcastle have been linked with the player continually, but in early July, Udinese General Director Pietro Leonardi labeled the Newcastle interest as absurd, and earlier this week he said the same thing about Arsenal’s interest, and that Inler wanted to stay with the Italian club.

But only today, the Swiss International’s agent Dino Lamberti, has claimed he is due in London to hold talks with Arsenal about a proposed move for Inler.

The 24-year-old Inler has been linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium for several weeks now, since playing well for Switzerland at Euro 2008, with Newcastle United also reportedly interested in the midfielder for some time now.

However, his agent Dino Lamberti has now revealed that he is going to London to try and thrash out a deal with the Gunners for the midfielder, who started all three games for the Swiss at EURO 2008.

Lamberti told the Swiss media today:

“I’m due to go to London and take a look over everything, but no deal has been done yet with Arsenal.”

“It is difficult for us to take a decision, but Arsenal is certainly something that Gokhan needs to look at.”

“Arsene Wenger is someone who helps young players move forward.”

Inler for themjoined Udinese from Swiss side FC Zurich in 2007, and made 32 appearances for them last season, and has 15 caps for Switzerland.

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

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

Of course this may be the agent trying to get his player a move, and if Arsenal are really interested, we cannot realistically have much of a chance.

But we do understand the Tyneside club are after a creative central midfield player – which wouldn’t be surprising given Barton’s recent difficulties and potential ban – but we have no idea who that player is.

Comments welcome.

15 comments so far

  • WesToon

    Aug 1, 2008 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #1

    FFS FFS FFS FFS For F**** Sake 🙁
    will anything go right for my beloved TOON???

  • William Tell

    Aug 1, 2008 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #2

    “From what we’ve seen of Gokhan Inler, he would be a terrific signing for Newcastle”

    From what I’ve seen of him, Arsenal are welcome to him. He is shit!

  • Mitch H

    Aug 1, 2008 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #3

    Word on the streets is that Coloccini will be signed within 24.

  • Michael

    Aug 1, 2008 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #4

    He probably decided he didn’t want to leave Udinese when it was just us interested, but when a club like Arsenal is interested he changes his mind.

  • Sun'lun's Burnin'

    Aug 1, 2008 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #5

    mitch – if u aint gonna give a link to some kinf of proof or even try to back up your story……


  • valle

    Aug 1, 2008 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #6

    Ed… Click this youtube link, it will tell you exactly whats going on!… 😉

  • leeg123

    Aug 1, 2008 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #7
  • Swift nextsoccerstar

    Aug 1, 2008 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #8

    There can’t be a player out there who wouldn’t fancy playing for Wenger and Arsenal. I suspect though that he’d just be a squad player at Arsenal, possibly as understudy to Cesc. Does he really want that?

  • ToonEskimo

    Aug 1, 2008 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #9

    Hopefully we’ll get turned over in the Mickey Mouse Tournament which might embarrass all concerned to pull their collective fingers out on the transfer front…

  • hitman

    Aug 1, 2008 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #10

    king kev is in my local rag saying we will sing a player in the next 24 hours…

  • YellowBelly

    Aug 1, 2008 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #11

    We need a world class defensive midfielder more than any other position to protect the back four.

    When will fans realise the most important player on the pitch is a Defensive Midfielder.

    Frank Lampard would of never got player of the year a few years back if it was not for the un-sung hero of Makelele.
    Arse would have never been the same since P. Viera left.
    Manure ruled when they had Keane.
    Everton got fourth one year all down to Graveson.

    Ronaldo is a star, why? Because he does not have to back track he is given a licence to roam, but to compensate Rooney and Tevez have to back track. Ronaldo is what I call a luxury player and any team can only have one on pitch at a time.
    Look at us Ginola was a luxury player, Tina was also a luxury player. When we played them both we blew it! Should have been one or the other.

    We already have a luxury player in Owen. So we can not get another Ronaldo/Deco type player unless Owen goes

    We do not need a creative midfielder, ours are already good enough! Only if they are given a licence to go forward by having a world class DM behind them.

    If we can not get Inler then we should go for


    We will then finish 4th I would put money on it.

  • Michael

    Aug 1, 2008 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #12

    Yellow Belly, you are a moron.
    Michael Owen isn’t a luxury player, he works hard for the team. Yes a DM would be good, but what is the point if we have no creativity in the centre. Barton isn’t that creative, neither is Guthrie so where is the creativity coming from? The idea that with one signing our team could make top 4 is stupid. All teams in/challenging for the top 4 have a creative midfielder, we don’t so we wont even get close.

  • HeronMag

    Aug 1, 2008 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #13

    Michael Owen a luxury player!?

    Sorry mate but your talking rubbish.

  • GlenToon

    Aug 1, 2008 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #14
  • obaistheman

    Aug 1, 2008 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #15

    why do we need him so much, from what i have seen of him he doesnt seem as great as people are making him out to be. And he isnt a creative midfielder, he is a defensive one hence arsenals interest, and we have plenty of them. Stop writing so many articles about him Ed and we are not even sure we are interested in him


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