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Montpellier: "There has been no contact at present"

French Ligue 1 side Montpellier has denied that there has been any contact with Arsenal over the possible transfer of defender Emir Spahic, via a statement on their official site.

Reports emanating out of Spahic’s homeland Bosnia yesterday suggested that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was close to securing a deal for the 29-year-old. However, his club have quickly come out to rebuff their player’s quotes.

“Following the Associated Football Press’ articles this morning indicating that negotiations have begun between Montpellier and Arsenal over Emir Spahic, Montpellier denies having had any contact with the Gunners’ about him at present.”

Wenger has been linked with a string of defenders this summer after the exits of Sol Campbell, Mikael Silvestre and William Gallas from the Emirates.

New signing Laurent Koscielny impressed during the recent Emirates Cup tournament alongside Thomas Vermaelen, and the addition of Spahić would provide depth in a position that seemed to be a problem area in north London a few weeks back.

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athlon
athlon
10 years ago

We’ll see. If we can reach an agreement with the player, I think there will be no obstacle on his way to Arsenal… once Gazidis starts to deal with Spahic’§s transfer with Montpellier.

Arse&Nose
Arse&Nose
10 years ago

Once Gazidis returns from barbados on August 31st he can get the transfer done.
We’ll probably hear about it at 11.59pm on the 31st.

biscuit
biscuit
10 years ago

lol @ Arse&Nose

NJ
NJ
10 years ago

chris i thought your article confirmed this was on the verge of a deal? does this mean arsenal have agreed deal with player before agreeing with montpellier ? whats thwe score with this ???? what are the french papers saying ?

DeiseGooner
DeiseGooner
10 years ago

thank f**k for that – we dont want him here

damstar
damstar
10 years ago

to be honest, this guy is not the type of player we need. he might be a good player but i think arsene shouold look into getting someone who is english, who knows about the premier league. we need at least one stong, tall, experienced english player as our backbone in that defence no matter how expensive he might be. some may not like him but i think gary cahill can do it for us. cahill vermaeleen partnership should flourish well IMO. then we will have djourou kosielny as the back up.

Ali
Ali
10 years ago

who are we going to get then?.A week and a half left till liverpool have we only have koscielny vermaelen and djourou ffs sort it out.

damstar
damstar
10 years ago

as for the goalkeeper, am suspecting arsene is waiting till the end of the window to see what will happen with shay given in man city.

Gooner
Gooner
10 years ago

wtf??? it looks like there wont be anymore signings 🙁

damstar
damstar
10 years ago

@gooner, am absolutely sure arsene wont go into the new season with 3 cb. we still goona get 2 players coming in at least. 1 cb and 1 gk. i wont be surprise if he brings in 2 cb.

gregory
10 years ago

Hi guys, First, Spahic is a good player, rated on french top 10 last season, he helped montpellier a lot. Though 183 cm for 77 kgs is a bit light for the EPL, mind you, one or 2 season with Arsenal’s technical staff and the guys takes 10 kgs in muscles. Anyway, You ask for players but no one here is giving any name, it’s nice to hear that Metersacker or Tasci or any other players might come in but the question is: DO we need those players? I mean do they fit in Arsenal line up? Metersacker for exemple… Read more »

Galviniho
Galviniho
10 years ago

We should have bought Godin. He just signed for Atletico for £6.6m. Bargain

Chris
Chris
10 years ago

Zapata!!!

American Gooner
American Gooner
10 years ago

Damstar, Arsenal does not need a cb who is English. Check the WC and realty, English players are not necessarily better, especially center backs. Vidic is not English, he seems to do just fine in the Premier League. Same with Vermaelen, Carvalho, Skrtl, etc. If Spahic is good enough, who cares if he is Bosnian or Bohemian.

salu
10 years ago

i think arsene is not going to sign a keeper and spahic will come

alf15
alf15
10 years ago

If they are saying we havent contacted them about Spahic, then how the hell have “talks gone as planned”…we must be tapping him up!

WillyG
WillyG
10 years ago

All we can do is wait and be patient…I`m sure Wenger will sign a defender….I hope we can sign a GK too but i`m not sure..

WillyG
WillyG
10 years ago

A strong rumour going around in Turkey tonight that Tomas Rosicky is about to sign for Galatasaray….I would like Rosicky to stay we need depth…Hope its rubbish like the Sol Campbell years ago..

jimmy
jimmy
10 years ago

thank god! really hope we dont sign this player. we are not a second rate team and he is not what we need. obvious we need adefender but he certainly isnt it!

American Gooner
American Gooner
10 years ago

@jimmy:

Jimmy, you have no clue what you are talking about. You have probably never heard of this player and you go by the ratings on Football Manager. Take it from the Bosnians and French League followers who have already posted on this site that he is a good player.

damstar
damstar
10 years ago

@american gooner: i understand you. but why do arsene always go for french players? this is not a french league man. he has to be fair enough to the english game. i know we do have alot of young english players coming up the ranks. but IMO i believe we should have at least 3 of them in our starting 11. why french players all the time?? i kno the answer, bcos arsene is CHEAP.. and thats is why we havnt be able to win a trophy for the last 5 years.not even a carling cup….What am trying to say… Read more »

ilya
ilya
10 years ago

damstar: waaaaaahh, cry about it. I feel like we have the whineiest fans on the internet. “stop being cheap arsene and spend $18 mil on cahill or jagielka!” oh wait, jag has a horrible injury record and cahill, well basically sucks for the money, so why would we buy them? Just to make some english fans happy? no thanks, I like hearing them whineing incessantly every day instead.

American Gooner
American Gooner
10 years ago

damstar i understand and agree that arsene is frustrating. i would like him to spend more, certainly. however, i do trust his eye for talent when he does sack up and spend the money. and he rightly has been hesitant to spend money on english players. spahic is not a french player, he is in a french league. top players come out of the french league every year (drogba, essien, ribery just to name a few), and only rarely do the cygans of the world land here.

damstar
damstar
10 years ago

@ american gooner, yea agreed man. but those clubs that wins trophies like man.u, chelsea, barca, real madrid, bayern always spend money. they dont spend sign players like koscieny and stuff. they sign quality well proven players and they win things. I can bet you that man city will be winning trophies too soon enuff. I am sure there is money for wenger to sign players but he just dont like spending it thats all. If he want to buy players, buy someone that is proven enough to win us trophies. we are barca develop players from our academy but… Read more »

damstar
damstar
10 years ago

@ american gooner, yea agreed man. but those clubs that wins trophies like man.u, chelsea, barca, real madrid, inter, bayern always spend money. they dont sign players like koscieny and stuff. they sign quality well proven players and they win things. I can bet you that man city will be winning trophies too soon enuff. I am sure there is money for wenger to sign players but he just dont like spending it thats all. If he want to buy players, buy someone that is proven enough to win us trophies. we and barca develop players from our academy but… Read more »

jimmy
jimmy
10 years ago

@American Gooner: ok do you watch him play week in and week out? i doubt you have even heard of him before now! mayb you should do your research before you believe everything you hear. y would we want a short 6 foot player that is either very injury prone or just not good a player(he has played 174 league games in 10 years). he wont solve our main problem, defence, particularly in defending set pieces. you probably watched a vid of him on youtube and now u think he is great, but sory youtube can do that to anyone.… Read more »

jimmy
jimmy
10 years ago

@damstar:

agree completely

jimmy
jimmy
10 years ago

@ilya:

can you honestly say you are happy with wengers spending? the players dont have to be english but bout time we got a top player

The Left Hand Of HENRY
The Left Hand Of HENRY
10 years ago

i am from islington and have lived here all my life. my hometown club is Arsenal and u are sayin that me and damstar should support other teams even if they are our hometown clubs

ilya
ilya
10 years ago

guys we need to listen to the people that are either bosnian or consistently watch french league to get an accurate analysis on the guy, and so far I’ve heard really good things from the people that actually seem to know what they’re talking about. I’m the 1st to admit that I have no idea who he is, but I’m open-minded enough to give the guy a chance, not just because knowledgable bloggers said so but also because I have great respect for wenger’s scouting. The era of england having the best defenders has been over since ferdinand turned 28;… Read more »

George
George
10 years ago

Wenger has came out and said he will get at least another defensive signing, and i am pretty sure he will stick to his word. He is working really hard and the problem is that most defenders we linked to are now overpriced. 15m to 18m for either jagielka or cahill? Wenger will only sign players that he sees as value for money and that should be the way things should be carried out in the transfer market. And he is also working really hard to get a keeper in, just that that Hughes is really making things difficult. But… Read more »

Ricky
Ricky
10 years ago

Good news!

damstar
damstar
10 years ago

@ george; am sure you will be part of those that will be criticizing wenger come the end of another trophyless season mark my word. we know wenger is trying but he is not trying enuff by adding big star players with the team he is building. he always settle for less all the time in the transfer window and that aint gonna win us any title. If he buys an unproven player that didnt cost you shit, spend big by adding a proven star player and by doing that i can bet that we will be winning trophies again… Read more »

jimmy
jimmy
10 years ago

@ilya:

well said. will wait n see who wenger brings in. only time will tell

biscuit
biscuit
10 years ago

@Gooner Chris: Montpellier president Loulou Nicollin has moved to dismiss speculation defender Emir Spahic could join Arsenal. GettyImages Emir Spahic: Set for the Emirates? Bosnia captain Spahic, 29, was quoted as saying he was in talks with Arsenal, but Nicollin has described the claims as “a hoax”. “(Montepellier boss) Rene Girard got Wenger and (Arsenal scout Gilles) Grimandi on the telephone,” he told L’Equipe. “They said they have not ticked his name on their list of targets.” Nicollin said, though, that should a suitable bid materialise, they will not hold the player against his will. “If he wants to leave,… Read more »

tc
tc
10 years ago

We should buy john terry or rio ferdinand..what say gooner chris???

tc
tc
10 years ago

they are better than emir

ilya
ilya
10 years ago

tc thats a joke right? yea we’re gonna buy terry & ferdinand the same day that we spend $150 million on messi lol

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