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Saturday, February 16, 2008

Arsenal News

Arsenal offering Cesc stunning £33M deal

Arsenal are ready to hand star midfielder Cesc Fabregas a deal worth a whopping £33 million. The Sun says Gunners boss Arsene Wenger wants the Spaniard, 20, to commit until 2016 by signing a two-year extension to his current contract.Fab, whose pay will go from £50,000 to £80,000 a week, said: "I have a contract until 2014 but I have been speaking to Arsenal and they want to renegotiate it."The new deal will put Fab in line with the likes of star defender William Gallas, who took the captain's armband at the start of the season

Arsenal boss Wenger denies Cesc contract talks

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has denied the Gunners have opened negotiations over a new contract with star midfielder Cesc Fabregas.Fabregas, whose current deal with the Gunners expires in 2014, revealed that the club has sought talks over fresh terms.But Wenger insists the Spain playmaker was simply voicing his commitment to the club in response to speculation over renewed interest from hometown club Barcelona.

"At the moment there are no talks. What he wanted to say is that he is committed to the future here," said the Frenchman. "He was interviewed by Spanish radio and that's all he wanted to say."

Usmanov ups stake in Arsenal

Billionaire Alisher Usmanov has increased his stake in Arsenal - five months after last buying shares in the club, reports the Daily Mail. On the eve of the Gunners' FA Cup tie with Manchester United, Red and White Holdings, the Russian businessman's investment vehicle, announced it now holds more than 24 per cent in Arsenal Holdings PLC.
Usmanov's group has held 23 per cent since last September, which made it the second biggest individual shareholder behind Danny Fiszman, who has 24.11 per cent.
Under London Stock Exchange rules, Red and White would be required to launch a takeover for the club once it has 30 per cent of the shares.

The company, jointly owned by Usmanov and Iran-born Farhad Moshiri, has been gradually increasing its stake in the club but received a frosty reception from Arsenal's board, who have said they do not need a billionaire backer. Liverpool join Arsenal interest in Thuram
Liverpool have joined Arsenal in their interest in Barcelona defender Lilian Thuram.Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has been linked with offering the French veteran a player-coaching role next season, however DiarioSport says the defender is also interesting Liverpool's Rafa Benitez.

Arsenal boss Wenger: I can go for another 20 years

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says he could go on for another 20 years! "One morning, maybe, I will get up and think 'I don't want to do this today' but it hasn't happened yet.
"My life has been football, football, football. I couldn't change. I've had opportunities in the past to consider other things, to go into television, for example, but each time I realised that I couldn't live without football."My spirit and enthusiasm is exactly as it was 20 years ago. It might be the same 20 years from now. What I do accept is that you need fitness and energy to do the job I do. That's not guaranteed for anyone.

"I also realise you need a kind of animal force. To motivate people you need the hunter's animal instinct. You must want to win. When you're a young manager your animal instinct is strong but your knowledge is small."With age the balance changes - the animal instinct shrinks and the wisdom becomes dominant."Then you get to the stage when you have only wisdom. That's when you have to say goodbye. Then, of course, you might lose wisdom also. When that happens you have a problem!"

Arsenal's Adebayor: I'd force Henry, Eto'o to bench

Arsenal ace Emmanuel Adebayor has declared himself better than former teammate Thierry Henry and Samuel Eto'o, the Barcelona strikers. "With me on the field," Adebayor told Tuttosport, "Henry and Eto'o would have to be on the bench."

Arsenal step closer to landing AC Milan's Gourcuff

Arsenal are keeping tabs on Yoan Gourcuff's deteriorating situation at AC Milan.Tuttosport says Gourcuff has informed Milan directors his intentions to leave at the end of the season after he was not included in Carlo Ancelotti's squad for last week's victory over Siena.A return to France has been mooted, however Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been linked with a £12 million bid for the midfielder.

Vela: My dream is to play for Arsenal

Arsenal striker Carlos Vela admits he wants a move to London at the end of the season.The Mexico international is currently on-loan at Osasuna and told Marca: "After two years I would like to go to the club which trusted in me. "Arsenal is a great team and it would be a dream to play for them"