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Arsenal open talks with Montpellier over Spahić


Written by Chris Wheatley

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Montpellier defender Emir Spahić has revealed that talks with Arsenal have “gone as planned” and admitted that a move could be “completed soon”.

The Bosnia centre back captained his national team during an impressive World Cup qualifying campaign, which saw them narrowly miss out on an appearance in South Africa.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is a known admirer of Spahic, who enjoyed three seasons at Lokomotiv Moscow before moving to Montpellier last summer. He was a rock-solid presence as the Ligue 1 side qualified for the Europa League and also scored two goals during the campaign.

Speaking to Bosnian sports portal SC Sport, he said:

“The most important thing is that so far the negotiations go as planned and that the transfer could be completed soon. Arsenal is a great club, I’m an admirer of Arsene Wenger and I hope that Montpellier will cooperate,” said Spahic.

Meanwhile, the 29-year-old said that Christian Leutrum is not his agent, insisting that Sport.co.uk’s interview with him from yesterday is false.

“I do not know the guy [Leutrum]. I do not know where he is,” he confirmed.

Many thanks to ‘Me’ from the comments section for posting the link.


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Rock
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Rock

lol…Pascal Cygan part deux here we come.

Josh
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Josh

Psssht. Won’t believe it till he actually signs for us. Is way too average for Arsenal.

I mean he could be just stirring things up and trying to raise interest in him and his profile; I mean Hugo Rodellega said we were interested in him and had bid and we can all see how false that was.

arsenal4ever
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arsenal4ever

hope Mertesacker will come in, too!!!! This Spahic guy cant start with Verminator together.

Andrew
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Andrew

Without knowing how good he is how can any of you start crying about pascal cygan?
do I need to write the players we have signed in the past couple of years to prove we are heading in the right direction

J-Man
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J-Man

I’ve never heard of him before. Whats he like gooner chris? do you think he’s good enough for us? i also remember you saying that he can play centre back and left back, that would be quite useful to us. One other question which is important does he have pace? thanks

Eoin_Gunner
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Eoin_Gunner

Spahic is not avergae!! montpellier finished 5th last year, and spahic played a major part in this. He was in a lot of peoples team of the year, and was one of the best CB’s last year in ligue 1.

Rock
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Rock

I kinda hope you’re right josh but he is captain of is national team so he must have some pedigree.

If Wenger really has pushed for him this quickly rather than waiting for deals i.e kompany, cahill or jags I suppose he must’ve seen some quality from the lad. He’d bring experience if anything and left back cover to boot.

Still hope it’s not true as there are surely quicker, stronger defenders with proven premiership experience out there who could be bought.

Vanmoulds
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Vanmoulds

Ha, the Igor and Oleg of 2010.

Boy Better Know
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Boy Better Know

great,another nobody,wenger out.where’s the goalkeeper

Erichero
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Erichero

I do wonder how many clubs would be willing to release top centrebacks at this stage? Especially at a realistic price.

If this rumour is true, I’d imagine that Wenger is looking for some experience to back up his three young prospects (TV, Djou and Kos).

damstar
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damstar

am not happy reading this at all. unless arsene want to bring in two cb. him and mertesarker will be good and i will be satisfied. but just him alone will not be cool at all and he wont win us nothing come the end of the season..

Rock
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Rock

Andrew, do one will ya I was only playing, only one crying is you. Uptight Git.

Ofcourse Arsenal are heading in the right direction, but you can’t blame fans for being a bit skeptical over this guy.

Oh and I suppose you’re referring to the super signing that was Silvestre.

TopGunPires
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TopGunPires

He’s left footed so chances are he will be Tommy V’s backup. He’s captain of his country so he must have some decent leadership skills and experience and certainly doesnt look as though he lacks physical presence.

I think he’d be a welcome addition.

Griff
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Griff

I love the ‘have not heard of player = not good enough’ mentality which appears on these blogs.

This guy is an experienced player who captains his National side. I’d say he’s exactly the type of player Arsenal need to stengthen the squad.

Or would we all rather Sylvestre re-signs?

Andrew
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Andrew

@Rock:
no i was referring to vermaelen, sagna, kos, arshavin, nasri, chamak and even SOL

the only one crying about is you

ensa
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ensa

agree with eoin gunner,he is better player than kos and jd so he will be good signing

arshav
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arshav

I am just happy that we are signing someone.

edmorris
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edmorris

Smart choice for Arsenal … I see the most of you guys have no idea how good Spahic is. You gonna get some speed,authority and jump in your defense. The only thing that bothers me about Spahic is short temper. But at the end he is not the type of the guy that’s gonna let you dawn in important games.

ka4209
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ka4209

let’s trust wenger and his deals but per will be a good person for us because of his height.

BosnianGooner
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BosnianGooner

@TopGunPires: He can play with both feet actually.

David
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David

Apparently this guy beat Vidic in a fight but lost to Skrtel, no-one beats Skrtel..

Ricky
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Ricky

WHO!?

Chris or someone please give me some honest info on this guy… Is he what we need to win something this season?

Cocumber
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Cocumber

He is totally sh*t, I saw him in games for Lokomotiv Moscow and Shinnik Yaroslavl.

I am from Russia.

Erichero
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Erichero

If true, it’s fascinating to see Wenger buy another captain. With all his talk about “fighting” and “fighters”, clearly Wenger wants players with backbone who can get stuck in. Obviously there isn’t a single Gooner who would disagree with that.

As ever, let’s see it confirmed first, but the quotes look realistic.

Rock
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Rock

lol…You’re obviously not the sharpest tool in the box andrew, bless you.

Nobody is denying those signings were good, and if the rumour is true then this guy might not turn out to be a cygan or a silvestre, was said tongue in cheek.

I doubt it’s true personally because Kos will need time to adapt and can’t be thrown in right away, hence the need for a proven centre back, and we all know Weng doesn’t go for two left footed centre backs to start together.

Still think we’ll get Jagielka as long as he’s got over his injury setback.

BosnianGooner
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BosnianGooner

@Cocumber: Oh wait, how many years ago was that? Right, atleat 2 years ago. Have you heard of a player that has developed his game, oh wait, i’m being over-ironic.

This guy is a fighter and leader. We need him more than he needs us.

TommyG
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TommyG

If he does come he should be welcomed,international experience and experience in a good league should not be sniffed at, bound to be a better bench man than silvestre! However i am still waiting for a keeper!

Bala
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I think its a good move by arsene considering his age.He has experience and also he wont stand in the way of Bartley or Nordtveit or even Djourou

schlacker
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schlacker

Jagielka, hahahaha. There’s only the small matter of £15m.
Good one Rock.

Rock
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Rock

Erichero is spot on, Wenger seems to be going for players who fight for the team this summer as he saw the lack of fight costing us last year. Great shout.

Btw anyone else heard the rumour that Barcelona have consulted quickquid.co.uk in a last ditch attempt to raise Fab cash?

Cocumber
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Cocumber

@BosnianGooner: I repeat – he is totally shit. This is not a level Arsenal and PL

Boy Better Know
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Boy Better Know

yeah vermaelen was a great signing,how many goals did we concede again.as for koscielny that is a joke of a signing.

John
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John

He was in the Ligue 1 team of the year.

Hes fast and strong but hes only 6ft surely we need a taller defender. But at 30 and with nordvetie coming through it looks a good deal

TommyG
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TommyG

@Rock: I heard they asked the players to bring in all their jewellery to the nou camp tomorrow to pitch in cos Dale Winton will be around to give them cash for their gold!

jesus casanova
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jesus casanova

personally i’ve never heard of him, but that does’nt mean he’s not good. i’d never heard of thomas vermaelen before we signed him. both are, in some ways, similar, both are captain for there countrys and both narrowly missed out on the world cup. wenger said that he was looking for AT LEAST 1 more defender so mertesacker could still be on his way, hope so anyway.

Erichero
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Erichero

Sagna was the last player we signed that was in the Ligue 1 team of the year. He hit the ground running, and apart from his crossing has been superb for Arsenal.

I know there are cynics about, but I have a hard time believing that Wenger would have lumped for someone useless when he had a whole continent to choose from.

What is also clear is that not many Gooners watch the French league 🙂 Hands up, I confess.

Rock
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Rock

schlacker, true but Wenger did say he wont be afraid to spend the money for the right player this summer. We need a top centre back, they cost money.

You never know we might throw in a player in exchange as Everton enquired about Rosicky who is as indirect as you can get, can’t make a telling pass or unlock any defence, and with absolutely no threat to the opposing goal. He’s a liability and I’d take that deal any day.

AshGoon
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AshGoon

why the hell have so many people got such a hard on for mertesacker?? the guys turns about as fast as the titanic. he’d be useless playing for arsenal with the high line we play, we need someone who has a good turn of foot, not just someone like mert/hangeland who are great at defending high balls. people just don’t seem to understand this – we don’t buy a player just because he’s supposed to be good, he has to fit in with the way we play too.. this guys a left footer, so he is going to be TV’s… Read more »

edmorris
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edmorris

@John He is not extraordinary tall but i can assure you he is gonna be your highest jumper. The guy is very athletic , he can score too. All these years i have been wandering when he is going to sign some big teams. Last year Montpeille signed him as a free player for cheap price without any big expectations but he turned out to be ,if not, best defense player in France this year. He is 30 but i don’t even remember last time when he was injured. But Wenger has to teach him to handle Spahic short temper… Read more »

Gooner4life&beyond
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Gooner4life&beyond

From what I’ve seen of him, he seems to have solid technique, strength, while being calm in possession. Never watched him in a proper game, so this is just from first impressions. He could be crap, or he could be great. Let’s wait and see. Chamakh is a great player, when I bet many of you thought otherwise, though he may still end up doing poorly for us. You never know till they start playing.

thenry
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thenry

saphic is a reliable defender who has CL experience with spartak moscow. as a back up he is an excellent choice, if you watch any of bosnias WC games you will see he is very composed and very hard in the tackle. he is also very good at reading the game. its nice to know that the so called fans at Arsenal know more about football and players then Wenger and the coaching and scouting staff at Arsenal. LOL! if this roumer comes true i will be very happy as friends of mine in France say he is a very… Read more »

top
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top

se all his touches in a friendly vs ghana this april.

Erichero
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Erichero

I just did a check … he wasn’t in the Ligue 1 team of the year.

09/10 – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2009%E2%80%9310_Ligue_1
08/09 – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2008%E2%80%9309_Ligue_1

John Brandon
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John Brandon

Age is rather high to be interesting Wenger – although he has signed a few back up centre backs in this age bracket in the past. Sounds like an experienced backup who will not be expected to feature in too many games if the rumour has any substance.

jacob
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jacob

All arsene has to do is get micahh richards frm city he wld be the beta vertisile playa because he is young,english and an arsenal fan, some dat can partner vermeline wen we need strength,power and speed 2 deal with the like of drogba away from home, he can also play full back and even midfrield.. I also think we need 2 pay big money 4 joe heart as it wld be worth it a playa who loves the big occation!

damstar
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damstar

if we get this guy, i believe we should sign an experienced player as well who can cover at the right side of the central defence and right back just to balanced the defence out. then finally we can get a goalie..

John
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John

Edmorris its arsenal average height.

we have alot of short players so every time there is a set piece we rely on our centre backs heavily.

Teams like man utd, chelsea have got the likes of ballack, lampard, mikel and fletcher, carrick, to defend as well.

I just feel arsenal could do with some extra help and help our defence out.

Ceejay Nigeria
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Ceejay Nigeria

I dnt just understand wenger. Arsenal need a English in dat defence. Even italian or German man will be o.k. I dnt knw why wenger like buyin player from france. Jst take a look at arsenal team, almost all is from france or france ligue. Mark my words today, wenger will not sign a goalkeeper.

simms21
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simms21

@Rock , Rosicky can’t make a pass?! What are you on?! He’s one of the most creative and talented players on the team and can take shots from range.

AshGoon
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AshGoon

Actually he was NOT in the ligue 1 team of the yr.. Goalkeeper France Hugo Lloris Lyon Defender France Rod Fanni Rennes Defender Senegal Souleymane Diawara Marseille Defender France Michaël Ciani Bordeaux Defender France Benoît Trémoulinas Bordeaux Midfielder France Benoît Cheyrou Marseille Midfielder France Yoann Gourcuff Bordeaux Midfielder Belgium Eden Hazard Lille Forward Senegal Mamadou Niang Marseille Forward Argentina Lisandro López Lyon Forward Morocco Marouane Chamakh Bordeaux Interesting to note diawara was in the team of the yr 2 yrs running – with 2 different teams who both won the title!! maybe worth a punt on him??!! and he’s played… Read more »

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