There have been a number of reports that Arsene Wenger, the Arsenal manager, was interested in getting Cheick Tiote to the Gunners, Newcastle’s top defensive midfielder.
Cheick Tiote – in action last week against Tottenham
Arsene spoke after Arsenal’s second 0-0 draw in a row this season, this time at Stoke, and he was asked if Tiote would be a replacement for the departed Alex Song, who went to Barcelona for £15M last week.
And there was even news today in the Sunday Mirror that we covered, that said that Arsenal had already asked Newcastle United about Tiote.
But it seems that Arsene Wenger may have put an end to the speculation – we hope he has put an end to the speculation.
This is what Arsene said when he was asked about the speculation linking Tiote with the Gunners:
“Tiote is a good player, but he’s not on his way to Arsenal.”
Alan Pardew is hoping that he can keep all his players through next Saturday when the transfer window will be over, so it looks like Arsenal are not after Cheick.
That’s good news.
Since joining Newcastle from FC Twente for £3.5M in the summer of 2010, Tiote has played 53 times for Newcastle with that one fantastic goal against Arsenal eighteen months ago, which leveled the scores at 4-4, after Newcastle had been 4-0 down after 26 minutes.
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