- Miguel Veloso
Plays as a Central defensive Midfield.
Value:- £12million approx.
Top Arsenal target.
Possibility of the Deal :- Very High
- Felipe Melo
Plays as a Central Defensive Mid.
Top Arsenal target.
Possibility of the deal:- Very Very High as Arsenal need a strong back line
- Karim Benzema
Plays as a Striker.
Value:- £30million approx.
Possibility of the Deal :- Moderate considering Wenger who doesn't spend much.
- Marouane Chamakh
Plays as a Striker
Possibility of the Deal:- Very Very High if Ade leaves and Wenger is unable to sign Benzema
- Arshavin wants to play for Barca.
- Adebayor leaving for AC Milan for £23million
- Kolo Toure to Manchester City for £12mn
- Marouane Chamakh coming to Arsenal for £5mn
Usmanov, who is considered the second-largest shareholder at Arsenal, addressed the Board in writing to put forth a suggestion that would help to reduce the club’s GBP 400 million debt load.
In addition, Usmanov claims that the exercise would also assist manager Arsene Wenger with transfer opportunities this summer.
However, Board members appear to be hesitant to see the plan through, based on the possibility that Usmanov could assume more power.
Although the board members appear to present viable concerns, a chance remains that Usmanov could obtain a greater share following a dissolution of other investors’ holdings.
Hopefully ARSENAL FC have funds to spend
Will be back with more News soon!!!!!!!!!!!
Last Season: 17th
Pre-Season Expectations: Avoid Relegation
IN: John Pantsil and Bobby Zamora (£6.3m)
Zoltan Gera (free)
Mark Schwarzer (free)
OUT: Dejan Stefanovic (undisclosed)
Ricardo Batista (undisclosed)
Carlos Bocanegra (free)
Brian McBride (free)
Final Position: 7th
A dream season for Fulham! The fans and the club alike would have never even dreamt of achieving a 7th position in the league at the start of the season. It must have been magical for the Fulham supporters. Last season, Fulham had done the unthinkable by avoiding relegation by the scruff of their neck. All thanks to the 1-0 wins they cropped up at the end of 07-08 season. This season too, they did the unthinkable. Nobody would have thought that Fulham would finish 7th come the end of the season. Not even the Fulham fans! They did so and thereby qualified for the Europa League(new name for the UEFA Cup).
The success at this club this season was majorly because of their defence. Brede Hangeland proved to be rock in the Fulham defence. He was very well complimented by his fellow defenders. Fulham had become very tough to break down. They achieved very good results against the top four clubs at home collecting 7 points out of a possible 12. Fulham neither conceded many goals, nor scored many. They proved time and again that they were a consistent team which reflects on the position they achieved this season.
The future certainly looks exciting for this club. They now have another competition to play in, the Europa League. If they can hold onto Brede Hangeland in the summer, their defence certainly looks stable and balanced. With expectations from Fulham now higher than ever, lets see how they cope with the pressure!
Pre-Season Expectations: Qualify for UEFA Cup
IN: Steve Sidwell (£5m)
Curtis Davies (undisclosed)
Brad Friedel (£2m)
Emile Heskey(£3.5m) --> January
OUT: Thomas Sorensen (released)
Patrik Berger (free)
Luke Moore (£3m)
Final Position: 6th
Before the season, not many expected Aston Villa to do what they did this season. Last season, they were unlucky not to qualify for the UEFA Cup due to Tottenham and Portsmouth winning the 2 domestic cups and Everton securing the 5th place. But this season, they earned their place in the UEFA Cup by finishing 6th again. Infact, Villa almost managed to break into the top four with only 19 players used in the season. But the poor form they showed after 25 BPL matches proved vital. They were in the top four for major part of the season. They even climbed above Chelsea to 3rd place for a while. They were now the serious contenders to break into the top four. But a poor run of matches with only 1 win in 10 matches came at the wrong time for them. Arsenal capitalised on their mistake and climbed above Villa into 4th place. It now seemed that the honeymoon was over for Villa. Thier poor run continued and even Everton overtook them and they fell into 6th place. They somehow managed to maintain their 6th spot for an automatic qualification into the Europa League.
With a very good manager in Martin O'Neill, Aston Villa fans are sure to have a good future. But with club captain Gareth Barry gone to City now, the spine of thier team is lost. Unless a suitable replacement for Barry is found, they are sure to have a mid-table spot next season.
IN: Jo (loan) --> January
OUT: Lee Carsley (free)
Stefan Wessels (free)
Final Position: 5th
A marvellous achievement by David Moyes and his side considering the resources Everton had! Many pundits had predicted this season that Everton would occupy the mid-table anonymity. Looking at the first-half of the season, it seemed so that the pundits had got it right once again. But after that, the form showed by Mikel Arteta, Tim Cahill, Steven Piennar and Jolean Lescott helped Everton to perform consistently. Everton played as a team which was the key to their success. They never relied on one or two individuals heavily. Hats off to David Moyes!! He even earned the praise of Sir Alex Ferguson and Rafa Benitez for his work. Everton thoroughly deserved this position and once again qualified for the Europa League.
With the quality that Everton has throughout the side and with a manager like David Moyes, it would be tough to go against Everton. With a couple of good signings in the summer, they would certainly be capable of breaking into the top four.
Pre-Season Expectations:Avoid Relegation
Final Position: 15th
Blackburn Rovers will be looking to get a mid-table position next season.They will hope to get Sam's bargain buys with the money recieved by selling Santa Cruz.
Pre-Season Expectations:Avoid Relegation
Bolton should look to get a safe mid-table position next season.
Pre-Season Expectations:Relegation Candidates
Stoke will be looking to avoid relegation next season and try to get the best out of Rory Delap.
Last Season: 9th
Pre-Season Expectations: Mid-table
Final Position: 10th
Pre-Season Expectations:Top Half
Pre-Season Expectations:UEFA Cup
English Premier League Season Review: Part 4
According to latest reports Liverpool have emerged as favourites to sign Portsmouth fullback Glen Johnson in a deal worth £17m. The 24 year old left Chelsea two years ago to join Portsmouth for just £4m. After an impressive season at Fratton Park last year, Johnson has attracted interest from a host of English and European clubs. Chelsea and Manchester City were also interested in the Pompey fullback and reports suggested that Chelsea were on the brink of signing the England international for £18m but it seems that Anfield is his preferred destination. With the financial turmoil at the club, Benitez has a very tight transfer kitty to operate with this term. The deal with Portsmouth in this respect seems to be relevant as Pompey are yet to pay an approximate of £7m from the Peter Crouch deal - that would nullify a good chunk of the transfer amount to be paid. The rest of the funds would be raised by selling Spanish fullback Alvaro Arbeloa and Italian Andrea Dossena with Real Madrid and Juventus the interested parties.
With all the big money transfers that Real have made, signing two of the best players in Kaká and Ronaldo in a span of 5 days, almost a done deal with David Villa, tracking Liverpool's Alonso, Bayern's superstar Ribery and only Perez and God know how many more!
Real ended their season miserably last term losing 4-0 to Liverpool and a 6-2 thrashing by Barcelona. They conceded goals for fun. So, obviously, the main problem lies with their defence and not their attacking side. To add to Madrid's woes, Barcelona became the first ever Spanish club to win a Treble. So what has Florentino Perez done to rectify this problem?? Buy Kaká, Ronaldo and go for Villa,Alonso an Ribery. Spot a defender!
Real president Florentino Perez and Ronaldo have the same philosophy of life. God created this world so that it could revolve around their outrageously boated egos! Its a marriage made in Heaven or maybe Hell. I don't know. Perez got lucky the first time when he signed Zidane, Figo and Ronaldo. When he tried to replace these men by Beckham, Owen and Robinho, he failed miserably. Hence his resignation. When you see his signings, you begin to wonder whether he is a football man at all. Or just a show man looking for advertisements and big money from the merchandising from his big-name signings. He is surely a man filled with enormous ego. And the only way he knows to avoid defeat, is to sign the world's best players. I mean, what a psycho!
In his previous era, Perez built his Galacticos team in a span of 3 years. Now, he promises to do the same in a year to overtake Barcelona. Can you see it happening? Atleast, I can't. Its said that strikers win you matches but defenders win you tournaments. So, with no defender signed uptil now, I can't see a star-studded Madrid squad winning anything next season. Maybe teams will be scared seeing the Mad-rid line-up, but if they target their defence, they can make a mockery of Real. And how I hope this happens! This time around, there will be no letter on Perez's table demanding his resignation. But he will find that this world will be too small to hide his arrogant face!
PS: If you find anything wrong in what I just said, please post a comment! I want to see how many friends has Perez made here!
Well, being a ManUtd fan, its sad to see the world's best player leave your team, but its not so gloomy for me. And nor should it be for the other United supporters. He always wanted to play for Real Madrid and its now a dream come true for him. He's had his wish. United have got their money. Its a deal afterall !!
Ronaldo had stated last season that he wanted to go to Real Madrid. But Sir Alex thought that it was too early for Ronaldo to leave. But still Ronaldo's desire to play for Madrid left many of the United supporters disgruntled. It was the wrong time when Cristiano stated his desire to move to Spain. Just 2 days after winning the Champion's League! It felt disrespectful and showed lack of commitment to the club. Yet the fans were happy to see Cristiano back in action after overcoming his ankle injury in the summer. All ManUtd fans cheered for Ronaldo. But I think, those cheers were not the same as the previous season's. Somewhere, Ronaldo had hurt United supporters by not committing himself to the club.
Eventually, he stayed at United for season 08-09 but couldn't repeat his form of the previous season. And it would have been a remarkable achievement if he would have. Ronaldo wasn't poor this term, but had far less impact. But still, United managed to win three trophies, reaching the finals and semi-finals of the othe two. That showed what strength in depth United has. So with Ronaldo gone, it's not so bad a base to build upon. And Sir Alex is the perfect man to rely upon now. Also, with £80m added into the transfer kitty, he has enough money to reshape and rebuild his squad.
Ofcourse, not just the United fans, but all the Premier League fans will definitely miss his free-kicks, his showboating, his tantrums, his ego and much more. Its comparable to José Mourinho's departure. How much do we miss José's comments, his arrogance, his amazing personality and above all his managerial capabilities! With Ronaldo headed to Madrid, the United fans will surely miss him. Not sure about the other fans. Probably, they'll be relieved that every defender's nightmare, Ronaldo, is gone.
This summer, there have not been any big transfer sagas until now unlike last season. Thank God that Ronaldo's gone without any dramas. Its been all well uptill now. Now, Sir Alex can put forward a realistic bid in for Franck Ribery. With Bayern putting a £65m tag on him, United are sure to meet those demands. With the United board giving Sir Alex an annual 20m to spend, still £35m left. Karim Benzema can fit in as well if Tevez isn't signed. With the Ronaldo deal almost done, the papers are going berserk by linking United to all star players like Eto'o, Valencia's David Silva, Barcá's Yaya Toure and Sevilla's Luis Fabiano. It would be glorious to see any of these stars come to United.
Sir Alex says that the United bus is always moving and doesn't wait for anyone. So for all the memories you've given us Ronny, a big Thank You! Cheers!
We have seen this season the sacking of a lot of managers as we always do every season!! One of the casualty..was ofcourse Juande Ramos! I have nothing but sympathy for this man...who was not given enough time to build his team as Spurs wanted quick results!
Well, Juande Ramos...the great former manager of Sevilla...who helped them succeed in Europe...won two back-to-back UEFA Cups...qualified for the Champions League...built a good team in Sevilla. Then he joined Tottenham!! And why?? Because Spurs were supposedly on the brink of breaking into the so called ' Top Four ' and he wanted to take up this challenge. He joined Tottenham in mid-season of 2007-2008 after they sacked Martin Jol for performing poorly! He did fairly well as the manager of Spurs...and during the latter stages of the Premier League, Tottenham showed glimpses of great football led by Robbie Keane and Dimitar Berbatov! But when Spurs were down trailing in matches.. they could never show character and come back into the match!! Why?? How he could manage this in Spain with Sevilla?? Well,I think the problem...howmuchever wierd it may seem..was with his English...he couldn't give the motivation needed for a fightback during half-time team-talks. There was Gus Poyet..but when the manager says something...and when his assistant says something...it makes a world of difference!! During the summer,he made two huge mistakes: by selling Keane and Berbatov,their two most influential leaders last season, to Liverpool and ManUtd respectively! The spine of the team was lost!! To add to that..he made wholesale changes to his squad with changing more than 10 players in his team..!
The players he brought in were also amazing...Modric, Bentley, Bale ,Hutton(considered as one of the best right backs in Europe). But the team chemistry which was there last season was lost..he had to then again start from scratch!! While on the other hand, with the arrival of big name players...the expectations from Tottenham had reached a new peak!
I think this stage was the beginning of the end of the Juande Ramos era!! He failed to deliver what was expected of him...lost the big matches again...lost against the minnows as well!! This was certainly not liked by the fans as well as the board and he was sacked in mid- season as he failed to even pull Tottenham back from the relegation zone!! Certainly not what the fans had expected from their team this season! He couldn't motivate his players to perform!
The Board had to sack him!
But I still feel for Juande...being such a great manager in Sevilla..having won so much with Sevilla..but couldn't deliver it with Spurs due to lack of time and faith from the board!! He then went to Real Madrid(The Most Unstable Club). Now he's sacked from there as well! Well, he couldn't reproduce the magic of Sevilla with his next clubs! I wouldn't bet against him coming to Sevilla again! What say??
Though Dossena made substitute appearances in the later half of the season and scored some remarkable goals , most memorable being against Real Madrid and Manchester United, he didn't look synchronised with the team. Dossena has recently voiced his desire to move back to Italy and Juventus are interested to sign the Left back. Rafa may well consider the oppurtunity to sell him so as to increase the small transfer kitty the Americans provided him with.
G DOS SANTOS became G WHO IS SANTOS ???
Wasted his spell at Tottenham and lately is on loan to lower division side Ipswich town!
BUT WHY DO YOU BUY HIM ?????
MAN CITY Goals : 15 Assaults: 150
NEWCASTLE Goals : 2 Assaults: 20
The four tome Bulgarian player of the year DIDN'T LEAVE A CHOICE for Sir Alex on who is going to start alongside Rooney: HIM OR TEVEZ. As a result the very hardworking Argentine was left warming the benches on cold English afternoons. Tevez clearly showed his displeasure but Sir Alex is no Mourinho to sell his most pricely catch( Shevchenko) for a few million less!
Had a wonderful season with Blackburn , he and Pedersen provided tempting balls to the strikers. Transferred when Tottenham needed a winger, Bentley would have been that perfect one !!! But no he just wanted to be a FLOP and no one except him is to blame. Has great potentials and comes with a hefty price tag . He had to give away his position to Lennon who just took snatched the chance and was a regular afterwards.
Coincides his surname with famous car manufactures BENTLEY CARS but not the quality that the cars come with!!!!!!! WHATS IN A NAME ????
Nobody wants to debate on the this move.
Moved by Rafa into Anfield in order to provide a dream partner for El Nino but things didn't quite work out and soon the astounding dream partnership was to be over when Gerrard's new role being a striker was a perfect hit.
Steven Gerrard combined well with Torres and they scored many goals between them - that meant end of the road for Keane's Anfield dreams.
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Pre-Season Expectations : Mid-Table
Last Season : 3rd (Championship)
Pre-Season Expectations : Relegation Candidates
Come November they were losing matches just like they were winning before. Hull City won only two more games in the remainder of the season. They won only one in the whole of 2009.
Kevin Kilbane (Undisc)
Read more: English Premier League Season Review : Part 3
Nemanja Vidic has been the best central defender in Europe for two seasons running and 2008-2009 was once again a great year for the Manchester United star. His worst games in the season were against Liverpool at Old Trafford in the Premier League and Barcelona in the Champions League when he was torn to pieces. But barring those two failures, the Serbian had a perfect season for the Premier League champions.
Giorgio Chiellini is arguably the best Italian centre-back at the moment and is one of the best in Europe in his position. The 24-year-old Chiellini is a player to watch and has been an outstanding player in an otherwise slightly better than average Juventus side. Arsenal are currently interested in him.
He is similar to Daniel Alves. He is still lacking in his attacking talent compared to Alves, but his defensive solidarity has made him this position. He's performed well all season,never let his team down,truly deserves this position!
( This is a tough one!!! )
(Wolfsburg striker with 28 goals)
This has been a tough decision, but thats the way it goes...there are only eleven to choose!!
This is my TEAM OF THE SEASON and I hope most of 'em are in your team as well!!