Arsenal Try To Beat Out Newcastle For Ecuadorian Striker

According to the web-site – CaughtOffside – Arsenal are ready to go after Newcastle forward target Enner Valencia, who is the joint top scorer in the World Cup so far in Brazil, and has certainly looked very sharp in front of goal.

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Enner Valencia – Arsenal have entered race for him?

There has been a lot of news this week that Newcastle United are in the lead to sign a striker, and certainly we need to sign at least two top strikers this summer, and the sooner the better.

And Arsenal need strikers too, and if anything the top London club this summer has been linked with more strikers than even Newcastle, including Loic Remy, who was on loan at Newcastle for last season, but wants to join a more ambitious club in the Champion League this summer.

The report suggests that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been tracking Valencia for more than a year now, and has had him watched playing for his Mexican club Pachuca, where he scored 18 goals in 23 games last season and was the top scorer in the Mexican League.

The news is that Wenger is ready to bid £15M for the Ecuadorian to get him to the Emirates Stadium – and that fee is about double what has been reported in the last few weeks.

Bur we don’t know how valid this report is, certainly the fee seems to be out of whack, and only in the last few days there have been reports that Arsenal want to bring top Italian striker Mario Balotelli to Arsenal from AC Milan.

Mario is a wonderful player, but he’s also a bit hard to handle, but if any manager can get the best out of Mario – it is Arsene Wenger, who knows how to treat the big personalities in football.

Wenger also has Costa Rican striker Joel Campbell at the club, and the 21 year-old has looked very sharp in this tournament, so Arsenal have a number of options to fill their striker requirements this summer.

We’d love to see Newcastle wrap up a deal for Valencia, but Newcastle recently have had trouble getting their targets to Tyneside, as players and agents are realizing the club has very little ambition under English Billionaire owner Mike Ashley.

Comments welcome.

8 comments so far

  • Sheikh MagToon

    Jun 22, 2014 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #1

    Hope Arsenal sign him. That way, Remy’s options are more limited so more chance we’ll keep him.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 22, 2014 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #2

    It matters not, he’ll go where ever they’re offering 80K a week.

  • Bambams

    Jun 22, 2014 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #3

    If Remy wanted to play for us in my opinion he would have already signed a contract. You cannot blame players for looking elsewhere. Our chairman just sees them as an item to make a profit not building a team.

  • lesh

    Jun 22, 2014 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #4

    Sheikh, don’t talk tripe man – Remy’d only sign for us if he had no alternative than to work for a living!

    As far as other strikers are concerned, I’m curious why it is we’re in a situation where we’re watching the biggest footballing show on earth along with billions of other folk, to assess targets?

    They should have been wrapped up weeks ago offering enough
    to get em in instead of pi$$Ing about. Of course that might involve paying their wages in the close season!

    Oh and while we’re looking at potential signings and supposedly focusing on strikers, presumably Charnley’s tying up others.

    After all, we need additional. midfielders and a CB – adding a RB and keeper to replace or add to Debuchy and Krul.

    Maybe he could get the bus to Hexham and get Fraser Foster to sign on the dotted line?

    Ah, a snag – that involves a strategy which we don’t apparently do.


  • Go toon gooooo

    Jun 22, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #5

    Good luck for Newcastle United about signing of magician Loic Remy.If Arsenal wants to buy Enner Valencia then they will need to buy at least half Equadorian squad because Equador are strong as a team not as individual players.Something like useless Diego Costa in Spanish National team and great football star in Atletico Madrid.

  • Lee Dodd

    Jun 22, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #6

    We have 2 Hopes of getting This Guy Bob Hope and No Hope .. Remy Will Sign For Us Only if he Gets No Deal Elswere He is a Mercinary Who if we do get him will be of in January or Next Summer !!!

  • toonluvva

    Jun 22, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #7

    I think that Mr Ashley’s first order of business is to sell of as many our world cup players as soon as is possible.

    He’ll bank the proceeds and tell P45due and Mr Charnley to try and convince the loyal NUFC fans that despite serious efforts we couldn’t get anyone “over the line “.

    Once again we’ll start the season with a depleted squad but a much improved bank balance.

    P45due will insist that the squad is good enough, well he has to in order to keep his boss happy.

  • musomag

    Jun 22, 2014 at 11:45 PM

    Comment #8

    Remy can p/$$ off as far as I’m concerned


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