Arsenal Transfer News: Deal Or No Deal?

Joseph MillardCorrespondent IJuly 13, 2010

NELSPRUIT, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 23:  Mark Schwarzer of Australia directs his defence during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group D match between Australia and Serbia at Mbombela Stadium on June 23, 2010 in Nelspruit, South Africa.  (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)
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Good morning. The World Cup is over, a thing of the past, and now there's some serious work to get down to in order to prepare for a new season of club football. 

Arsenal still have lots to do in the transfer market, I think most fans would agree, and the return of Arsene Wenger from South Africa where he's been working as a pundit for French TV should accelerate our progress.

The Telegraph   agrees and says the boss would like to get some business done this week before the squad goes off to Austria for the usual preseason training camp.

The Telegraph speculates in that article that a deal for Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer could be reached soon. We've had one approach turned down, but that was while Roy Hodgson was still the manager there. Fulham may be more willing to business now.

Personally, I just want to see the goalkeeping situation addressed. I don't think it has to be a spectacular goalkeeper that comes in, just one that does the job with a minimum of fuss or mistakes.

That description does not fit our current number one Manual Almunia unfortunately, and in their article the Telegraph speculate he could be off to Spain this summer. Perhaps a new start would be best for all parties.

The other transfer that the Telegraph say could be done soon is that of Joe Cole, though they also say that deal is contingent on Arsenal selling another attacker, most likely Eduardo.

Personally I think Cole would be a big bonus and a great addition if we were to sign him. A decision over his future has to be coming soon so hopefully we'll know one way or the other soon.

Cesc Fabregas   has obviously been in the limelight following Spain's World Cup win. He spoke about how Arsenal have gotten him to where he is today, saying, "This is for the Arsenal players, the Arsenal fans, the manager Arsene Wenger, and all the staff...I am an Arsenal player and I am really proud to be able to give this trophy to all the fans"

A nice sentiment yes, but I'd rather not have a victory for Carles Puyol, Xavi, and Sergio Buckets dedicated to me, it's a bit...overwhelming (-ly nauseating).

Speaking of Cesc's Spanish teammates, they thought it would be hilarious during Spain's victory parade to force him into a Barcelona shirt (which he took off straight away) during the celebrations.

A hilarious joke, and never let it be said I'm not up for a laugh so here's my plan to get them back with a practical joke of my own: We wait till they're asleep, and then we hit them hard and repeatedly with both the sharp and blunt ends of an axe. Perhaps if we're really lucky we might give Puyol a long overdue nose reduction.

Finally for today, an oldie but a goodie, it appears that Fiorentina have signed Celtic goalkeeper Artur Boruc, reportedly as a replacement for Sebastien Frey, who could be leaving the club. 

I've only been writing about Arsenal for a few months so I haven't had the fun a lot of the other writers and bloggers have had with Frey being linked with us every single transfer window for the last decade or so, so I'm seizing the opportunity now. Residents of the Islington area, keep your eyes peeled for any sign of Frey leaving a Subway sandwich shop, or similar establishment!

Right then, that does it for me for this morning, back tomorrow.