It’s Sunday again and there are a couple of rather stupid stories in the People and The News Of The World that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is about to raid Newcastle United.
Arsene Wenger – said to be after 3 Newcastle players
The reports say the Arsenal boss has targeted Newcastle trio Shay Given, Steven Taylor and Charles N’Zogbia in an attempt to reinvigorate the Gunners’ flagging season.
The only thing that surprises us is they haven’t added a fourth in Michael Owen, since they need somebody who can simply put the ball in the net. They tend to pass the ball around far too much when someone should just thump the ball into the back of the net.
Newcastle have a very paper-thin squad to start with, and the last thing Mike Ashley and Joe Kinnear will want to do is to lose any players in the January transfer window.
Also Shay Given has said more than once, he doesn’t want to leave Newcastle United and already has around 458 appearances for the club, and is hardly wanting to move anywhere.
22 year-old Steven Taylor, the England Under-21 captain, is back in the side with the recent injury to Habib Beye, and he has always wanted to stay with his home town club.
And then there is Charles N’Zogbia and we must admit the French lad is hard to read, because he does keep giving interviews that suggest he wants to leave Newcastle.
However if Charles leaves it will probably be in exchange for PSG’s wonder kid, 18 year-old Mamadou Sakho, who would be a terrific acquisition for Newcastle.
The NOTW has the cheek to say that sources close to Given have made it clear they believe he will be sold by the end of the transfer window, with Arsenal his preferred destination. How many times will Gievn keep being linked with Arsenal? It is just not going to happen.
These stories are basically a load of tripe – in the Newcastle vernacular, and how they can write this stuff, and keep a straight face at the same time, is beyond us.
Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has announced today he will remain at the club as owner, and has taken the club’s for sale sign down, so there should be more stability at Newcastle, which has been a bit of a shambles for four months now.
Arsene may want the Newcastle players, but there is a long way from him wanting the players, and getting the players.