Aug 28

Reports – AS Saint-Étienne's Matuidi Close To Gunners Move

Arsenal are reportedly closing in on the signing of Saint Etienne’s deep-lying playmaker Blaise Matuidi according to Sky Sports News.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has been linked with a number of midfielder’s this summer since declaring that he was looking to bring one quality player in midfield to the Emirates Stadium earlier this summer.

Liverpool’s Xabi Alonso, along with Everton targets Jonathan De Guzman and Stephane Mbia have all been reportedly targets for Wenger, who has lost key midfielder’s Mathieu Flamini, Gilberto Silva and Alexander Hleb during this transfer window.

Arsenal’s French-based scout Gilles Grimandi has seen the Matuidi in action for Les Verts and Arsene Wenger is also a known admirer of the Tolouse-born star.

However, it has now emerged that it is 21-year-old Matuidi that is set to join the Gunners, with it not known how advanced talks are between St Etienne and Arsenal.

French Under-21 International Matuidi joined Etienne from Troyes last summer, making 36 appearances for the Ligue 1 team last season and is one of France’s most sought-after prospects.


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65 Responses to “Reports – AS Saint-Étienne's Matuidi Close To Gunners Move”

  1. Koller says:

    Just give us a player we've heard of before, not Messi och Kaka, but Silva, Alonso or someone that's known outside of his place of birth… please…

  2. sean says:

    NO u need english team spirit for the premiership because when u go up to places like bolton, balckburn u need to fight physical battles which si what enlgish players are good at. They are not technically good but they give 100 percent and will fight to the very end ie gerrard vs middlesbourough?

  3. Ricky says:

    He has the money to buy but cant afford some players wage demands..

    Tbh i'd rather pass on this guy as i cant see him comming in & making a big impact like barry or alonso could have.

  4. JoeTodd says:

    Wenger's said he's rotating the squad a little bit for the Newcastle game.. It means that Ade and Toure will start this time instead of being dropped.
    I think it will look like this:
    Sagna – Toure – Gallas – Clichy
    Walcott – Cesc – Song – Nasri
    Adebayor – Van Persie/Bendtner

  5. ahassan100 says:

    Youngguns say there has been no contact yet. Is this news more recent? He will definitely cost a lot. What about the guy Perrin?

  6. Tom14 says:

    I want Djourou, Song and Bendtner to start in place of Toure, Denilson and Adebayor.

  7. JoeTodd says:

    Wenger added: “We are out to look, if we find the right players we will do it, one or two.”

    Great news

  8. ahassan100 says:

    JoeTodd- Where and when did u here this?

  9. Danish Gooner says:

    Matuidi is twice the player Gareth Barry is.

  10. stu says:

    Just but someone and get it over with already. Wenger is gonna wait til the 11th hour so he can try get them on the cheap.

  11. Rob C says:

    all Gooners I am fed up with us being linked with half the midfieders on the planet and nothing happening. Matuidi sounds like he would be very good for Arsenal but we also need the experience of either Barry or Alonso. Lets just buy someone to bolster the squad both in numbers and belief.

  12. gooner 4 lyf says:

    u say dat but wen england were in a real battle on a rainy day against croata the english team spirit wilted under pressure and for me as long as the boy is good enough den get him in

  13. josh says:

    anyone else think coquelin will be the new flamini in a year or 2?

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