Arsenal After Newcastle Trio – Best Of Luck!

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.

No chance.

26 comments so far

  • Rich Y

    Dec 28, 2008 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #1

    breaking news!

    Toon is NOT for sale anymore…


  • JonnyNUFC

    Dec 28, 2008 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #2

    Dont be suprised if Ashley lets go any of those players.

  • Dennis Twice

    Dec 28, 2008 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #3

    Given 25.000.000£
    Zoggy 30.000.000£
    Taylor 20.000.000£

    Special offer for Man.City

  • Dennis Twice

    Dec 28, 2008 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #4

    Given 25.000.000£
    Zoggy 30.000.000£
    Taylor 20.000.000£

    Special offer, best price for you Man.City

  • steve

    Dec 28, 2008 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #5

    Told you weeks ago that Zogs would end up in London in jan – Spurs are also ready to make a bid.
    Now we’ll find out if Ashley really wants to take the cub forward or if he just wants to sell off toons best assets.

  • Daniel

    Dec 28, 2008 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #6

    Anything over 5m for Taylor would be decent, wouldn’t want rid of Given for under 10m, and don’t want to lose N’Zogbia at all.

  • beyethegreat

    Dec 28, 2008 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #7

    accordinf to NOTW’ score nicky butt is our star man hahahahhahah

  • Drunken Steve

    Dec 28, 2008 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #8

    Poo Poo!

  • Nick 69

    Dec 28, 2008 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #9

    what makes u so sure these stories are a load of tripe and are never going to happen, you know no more than any of us, nobody knows whats going on and it wud not suprise me if a couple of our better players are sold

  • Partizan

    Dec 28, 2008 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #10

    32 mill for 3 of them could do the trick.

    Harper will replace Given
    Sakho will replace Taylor
    McGeady for Zoggy

    And we could still have around 16 mill for more players + release some of the dead wood:Viduka
    Smith,Geremi,Cacapa….thats should give us 5mill more + 12 mill from Mike,we could have a completely brand new squad by the end of January.

  • beyethegreat

    Dec 28, 2008 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #11
  • neeraj

    Dec 28, 2008 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #12

    gallas – psg
    taylor- arsenal
    sakho- Newcastle….

    this could possibly happen……
    all players would have same price tag….

  • Guinea Mag

    Dec 28, 2008 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #13

    Shay Given leaving would not be a disaster as we have Harper, Krull, etc in reserve.

    Would prefer we keep Taylor and N’Zogbia as they represent our future although many fans on this blog believe Taylor a liability; sorry guys, I don’t!

    We need to sell/release the likes of Smith, Cacapa, Geremi, Viduka , maybe Ameobi and bring in quality replacements to move the club forward….

  • xfer

    Dec 28, 2008 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #14

    I would take that.

  • Ericles

    Dec 28, 2008 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #15

    More press sabotage. Unsettling for players and fans. Trouble is Ashley will sell players as he cannot sell club. That fat tycoon has sovereigns for balls and we had not forget it.

  • ObaFan2

    Dec 28, 2008 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #16

    What, he doesn’t want Oba anymore? GOOD.

    Shay will stay imo but I wouldn’t blame him if he did leave to go to a top club.

  • Turkish Magpie

    Dec 28, 2008 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #17

    yes and we want Xabi Alonso, Ronaldo, Gerrard and Fabregas

    but we’re not going to get them!

  • toon-dog

    Dec 28, 2008 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #18

    n’zogbia is going to tottenham hes a close family friend and he is going people who dnt believe me dont! but remember this when he does its a pitty hes mint but hes unhappy.

  • ginkoh

    Dec 28, 2008 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #19

    Let them go and we will relegation. that’s fact.

  • Dr. Zelig

    Dec 28, 2008 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #20

    I would only want to keep Given.

    Taylor is way overrated and so is Zoggy.

    Lets try and get some decent Cash for Taylor and Zoggy.

  • oga

    Dec 28, 2008 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #21

    I would take Eboue off of them.

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 28, 2008 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #22

    Eboue is useless when not at RB.

  • zico martin

    Dec 28, 2008 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #23

    i can’t believe any of you’s would even think of what price people would have to pay for given.

    he does not want to leave and has said so many times.
    and even at 10m he shouldn’t go it would have been 12-1 to liverpool without him today.
    wenger wouldn’t sign taylor yes i think he’d lay his life on the line for the toon and has had some great games but he makes to many mistakes at center half.
    and charlie ? who knows whats going through that lads head one minute wants to stay the next he wants to go .
    bottom line is we cant let any one go the squads far to small and needs additions in every dept apart from goal keeper.

    over to you mr ashley

  • Davieeeee

    Dec 28, 2008 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #24

    we do not have a team at the minute only some gifted individuals (at varying degrees)
    so if we have a sale and get rid of players with potential which has never come to fruition it may not be as bad as people fear £10m for zogy would be good business
    however after today’s display Given had reinforced his position as the no 1 in the premiership we can not afford to loose the most consistent player in the team this season and as long as I can remember if he is sold we need £10m+
    as for taylor who can say prior to the recent injuries he never looked like breaking into the team as the back 4 were clicking but don’t forget we need a squad not a team but if he is sold we need £7.5m+
    if we do sell any players we to replace straight away with better

  • Anis

    Dec 29, 2008 at 6:52 AM

    Comment #25

    our boy Shay is the most loyal footballer i have ever seen, but we can all agree that it would be nice and well deserved to see him win a trophy. he should move to a club capable of winning silverware like Milan, Inter or even Bayern Munich. all these clubs have horrendous goalies.

  • heavyhitters

    Dec 29, 2008 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #26

    Surely none of the top 4 would even think about buying Taylor even on a free. He would single handedly cost anyone of these the title.


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