Newcastle Could Pick Up Some Bargains During Arsenal Clear-Out


Arsenal will have a clear-out of their players this summer as Arsene Wenger, who will sign a two year extension to stay at the Emirates, has admitted his squad is “heavy” and they need to jettison some players in the summer.

Newcastle picked up a bargain in signing Isaac Hayden for only £2.5M  last summer and there may be a few good youngsters Rafa Benitez can pick up to help Arsene clear the decks .

27 year-old Kieran Gibbs available from Arsenal

One senior player we have been linked with at Arsenal is left back Kieran Gibbs who has had precious little playing time at the Gunners this season and was excluded from the FA Cup final squad last Saturday so his days at the north London club are definitely numbered.

Rafa needs to bring in a couple of full-backs this summer to challenge Paul Dummett at left back and American DeAndre Yedlin at right back, with Vurnon Anita about to be released at the end of next month when his contract runs out.

And it’s hard to see any future at Newcastle for Massadio Haidara, Achraf Lazaar and Jesus Gamez after the three of them rarely made the 18 man squad last season in the Championship and the Premier League is a much better league than the English second division.

The problem we have with Kieran is he seems to pick up a lot of injuries, although when fully fit the 10 times capped England International is a good left-back and he has plenty of experience in the Premier League which is what Rafa is looking for.

Paul Dummett had a good season last term, but he needs to be challenged for that position and we’re sure Rafa has full-backs lined up to come in and maybe even be the starters for next season in the Premier League.

We expect a massive turnaround of players this summer at Newcastle with lots of players being moved out and up to eight senior players being brought in.

Rafa wants the majority of the new players in at the start of pre-season – which is on Monday 3rd July – so that could be a challenge for Managing Director  Lee Charnley and the manager.

Comments welcome.



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68 comments so far

  • SPRINGY

    May 31, 2017 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #1

    Dont want gibbs to honest….hes injured a lot….wonder how many ungrateful arsenal fans whind there necks in now hes signed for another 2 years!lol

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 31, 2017 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #2

    Is Gibbs better than Anita, don’t think he is imo.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    May 31, 2017 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #3

    I wouldn’t mind Gibbs being brought in. But ain’t gonna happen as Rafa is going to be pulling a few rabbits out of his hat.

    Arsenal will prob win the EPL next season and then Wenger will walk giving those ungrateful fans the middle finger. 😀

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  • lochinvar

    May 31, 2017 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #4

    Shirebrook – don’t you mean that Arsenal will be runners up? Rafa has ambitions you know !

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  • G

    May 31, 2017 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #5

    Gibbs is a decent player, but he isn’t very robust.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    May 31, 2017 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #6

    Loch

    You’ve jinxed us now! 🙂

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  • Lost Plot

    May 31, 2017 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #7

    Suppose Ozil & Sanchez might bring a little bit of flair if need from the bench.
    And Mertersacher wasn’t a fave for the Gooners last season but seemed to be an asset in their Cup win.

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  • Lost Plot

    May 31, 2017 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #8

    Ed.
    Nice statement with the new look page ?

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  • jazzyp

    May 31, 2017 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #9

    Willems is available for the same fee

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  • hibbit

    May 31, 2017 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #10

    jazzyp
    what is the fee ????
    haven’ seen a number yet

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  • jazzyp

    May 31, 2017 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #11

    Hibbit

    It was being banded about the other day for around 6-7 mill mate.
    Not bad considering Liverpool were thinking of paying 20 mill a few years ago

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  • cyprus

    May 31, 2017 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #12

    Gibbs is an excellent player. Don’t get the Reina interest. He’s a good keeper but we have good ones already. Maybe Rafa is trying to fix the sels fiasco.

    But, we need to first concentrate on jobs 1,2,3:

    CF
    Winger
    Attacking MF

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  • jazzyp

    May 31, 2017 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #13

    Reina’ s agent has flown in to sort the goalkeepers future with the Napoli’s hierarchy,Amid fresh speculation that he may be headed to Nufc

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  • jazzyp

    May 31, 2017 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #14

    Cyprus

    That’s the problem mate. We have good keepers, But nobody who can cement the place to himself.
    I never think it bodes well when you keep swapping keepers throughout the season like we do

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  • cyprus

    May 31, 2017 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #15

    I hear you. I get Rafa too, in that he builds teams from the back. If the budget is enormous, by all means change the whole team 🙂

    But, given our financial limitations, we must be sure to buy super players where it’s obvious we have weaknesses.

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  • Rafabomb

    May 31, 2017 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #16

    Alright peoples, been following the blog for years now and I’ve enjoyed reading peoples views and opinions so i thought it was time i gave it ago and give mine without upset lol. Lets go!

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  • welshgeordie9

    May 31, 2017 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #17

    Still think we will end up with Mickey Mouse players.

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  • welshgeordie9

    May 31, 2017 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #18

    Where’s Jail and Jib these days.

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  • welshgeordie9

    May 31, 2017 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #19

    Hang on its not is it …………………………. that can’t be true surly.

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  • AncientC

    May 31, 2017 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #20

    I still cannot understand why Elliot was given a new contract whilst injured. Seems almost unheard off. Especially as his deal signed in 2014 still had plenty of years left on it. I doubt Krul or Elliot could survive a full season as first choice without picking up injuries. I am guessing, but I’d say Krul & Elliot will be cut. Sels to go out on loan. That is if Reina is signed of course. It shouldn’t be difficult moving Krul on… and Krul will accept lower wages elsewhere as he only has 1 year on his deal here. Elliot I am not so sure about.

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  • Lost Plot

    May 31, 2017 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #21

    Alreet Rafa .. Bombz – Away ??

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  • ShirebrookToon

    May 31, 2017 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #22

    Any news on when the retained list will be released?

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  • jazzyp

    May 31, 2017 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #23

    Cyprus

    That’s the thing mate. Sell Sels for 3-4 mill and that is what Reina will cost as he only has a year left on his contract.
    He’s still relatively young in goalkeeping terms, And if he is good enough for Napoli mate… Then he is good enough for Nufc

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  • ShirebrookToon

    May 31, 2017 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #24
  • ShirebrookToon

    May 31, 2017 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #25

    Jazzy
    Can see Sels and Krul being sold if Reina is bought in. But it’s all speculation at the minute.

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  • beermonkey

    May 31, 2017 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #26

    darlow is still pretty young and still has a lot to learn who would be better elliot or reina
    all elliot can teach him is where the physios room is

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  • jazzyp

    May 31, 2017 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #27

    Shirebrook

    Evening buddy.
    Apparently a massive row has broken out between Reina’s wife and the head honcho at Napoli throwing Reina’s future further in to doubt.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    May 31, 2017 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #28

    Jazzy
    Is this all from twitter mate? Be nice if we could land him. 81% pass success rate he’s had in Serie A this season.

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  • jazzyp

    May 31, 2017 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #29

    Shirebrook

    Look at all the top teams…Whether that be the PL or La liga or the Bundesliga.They all have a recognised No1 keeper, Whereas we just keep swapping and changing which I don’t think is good for the back four.
    Reina could easily be our No1 for the next 3-4 year and is a definite upgrade on what we have at the mo

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  • Mag52

    May 31, 2017 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #30

    Rafabomb,

    Welcome to the blog.
    You’ve joined at a good time when all is sweetness and light with the excitement of the transfer season building up.
    Happy blogging.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    May 31, 2017 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #31

    Jazzy
    I was thinking the same thing mate. You need that understanding and communication between the back four and keeper. We don’t have that as was evident last season!

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  • jazzyp

    May 31, 2017 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #32

    Shirebrook

    I read it on futn football bud about Reina’s wife.

    I just think for 3-4 mill and we move Sels on it’s a no brainer to bring in Reina

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  • firebug666

    May 31, 2017 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #33

    The way I see it, if we bring in Reina he will without doubt sort out the back four, very vocal with a very good command of the box. he is better than what we have that’s for sure and will be a great mentor to both of our young keepers.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    May 31, 2017 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #34

    Jazzy
    Do you not think we should move more than one keeper on if we sign Reina?

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  • ShirebrookToon

    May 31, 2017 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #35

    Firebug
    That’s what we’ve been lacking in a keeper for far too long now mate

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  • cestriasteve

    May 31, 2017 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #36

    With reference to Elliott’s contract, he is player liaison to Rafa, a position Rafa feels is uttermost important within the structure of the club.
    Reina would obviously be No.1 with Elliott and Darlow as back up, get rid of the rest.
    From Arsenal I’d take Joel Campbell if his loan deal hasn’t been made permanent. Anyone know if that’s the case?

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  • YoungMagpieFromBurnley

    May 31, 2017 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #37

    I’m not on here much anymore, but everytime I come on now it seems like the trolling has stopped. I’m really glad that this is the case if true, this blog is on the up with the new layout and stuff. Coincided with Newcastle’ on the up mentality. It’s fun being a Newcastle fan again.

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  • firebug666

    May 31, 2017 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #38

    Shirebrook

    We live in hope. Given all the players we are linked with (strategy maybe) Rafa will be in his element, Only he and the board will know who our targets are, and I have to say I’m feeling rather optimistic about it all.

    A Rafa surprise or two is just what the doctor ordered, so I won’t be surprised when a couple of big name come swanning up at the training ground in the coming weeks.

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  • lochinvar

    May 31, 2017 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #39

    I suspect that Rafa knows we need more leaders – not just one but a number around the pitch.
    Remember Colo – often isolated and too quiet.
    Reina has experience and authority so I think we’ll see Rafa rebuilt the spine of the side starting at the back to provide a powerful keeper and back four.
    Reina then new powerful CB alongside Lascalles and then Shelvey and new midfielder flanked by Ritchie and Townsend with variable options up front.
    We’ll know when we see the first team sheet

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  • martoon

    May 31, 2017 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #40

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