This has been quite a day, especially with England's U-21 team getting knocked out and the media criticizing not Stuart Peace, but Jack Wilshere. As many of you already know, Jack Wilshere withdrew himself due to fatigue after a long season, which I agree with and understand.
Now, because he chose to keep his talent and ability on the sidelines, he's being unfairly blamed for England's exit, which is ridiculous. Put simply, England's U-21 aren't good enough, and there is work that needs to be done. Also, Stuart Pearce's player selections and tactics needs to be called into question.
Anyways, despite the elimination of England's U-21 being the main headline, there are some interesting transfer rumors, gossip, news, speculation surrounding the Gunners. Without further ado, here is the Arsenal Transfer News Roundup.
Arsenal Eyeing Up Jurado As Fabregas Replacement
Jurado...as a replacement for Fabregas?
Several media reports are stating and suggesting that the Gunners are eyeing and considering signing, Schalke star Jurado, as a replacement for Fabregas. Jurado, signed last season for Schalke from Atletico Madrid for around 11 million pounds. The report states that Schalke are having debt problems and are looking to offload some players, and Jurado could be one of them. In my opinion, Jurado is a young, talented player who has great technique and passing range, along with an excellent right foot. He might not be a bad replacement for Cesc Fabregas, but there are better options.
Link to the article: http://www.clubcall.com/arsenal/jurado-the-man-in-wengers-plan-1228362.html
Here is a video displaying his talents:
Arsenal Planning On Making a Bid For Barton
Barton...Arsenal are considering making an offer for him
This is quite a shocker as several reports are suggesting that the Gunners are considering making a 1.5 million pound bid for Newcastle's Joey Barton, who's in the last year of his contract. Barton, who is notorious for his off-field problems and run-ins with the law, as well as his reckless challenges on the pitch. Barton had an excellent season with Newcastle, with some suggesting that he should be called up for England.
I don't doubt his ability, he is a good passer and an excellent set piece taker, but as an Arsenal fan and after what he did to Diaby last season and other incidents involving Arsenal players over the years (Nasri, Fabregas, etc.) I'm really not keen on seeing him as a Gunner and I doubt Wenger would go for him.
Link to the article: http://justarsenal.com/arsenal-to-make-1-5m-bid-for-joey-barton/8502
What do you think? Is Jurado a good replacement for Fabregas, if he leaves? Should the Gunners go for Barton? Please share your thoughts and opinions.
Cheers and take care,