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Arsenal Make Contact Over Llorente

By on November 8, 2012

Despite the transfer window being closed, there is always transfer gossip doing the rounds in the papers and we’ll keep you up-to-date with the latest news during the coming months. Today, Arsenal step up their interest in Fernando Llorente.

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Arsenal have stepped up their interest in Fernando Llorente after Arsene Wenger made contact with Athletic Bilbao regarding the striker, accordin to talkSPORT.

Llorente is in the final year of his current contract and has so far refused to sign an extension with Bilbao. The 27-year-old bagged 29 goals as Athletic reached the Europa League final last year but his contract situation has lead to him being frozen out of the first team, making just one start this season.

The Spaniards are reluctant to lose him for nothing in the summer and are expected to cash in when the transfer window re-opens this January, with a host of European clubs credited with interest. talkSPORT report that Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has spoken with Athletico and asked to be kept informed about the strikers situation, and wants to know if any developments occur over the coming weeks.

The Frenchman is said to be keen on strengthening his front-line this winter with his only recognised striker – Olivier Giroud – taking time to settle in the Premier League, and Moroccan Marouane Chamakh seemingly no longer in Wenger’s first team plans.

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It seems likely that Chamakh will move on in January, with former club Bordeaux admitting recently that they will be keen to take him back on loan, leaving a hole to be filled in the Arsenal squad. The addition of Llorente would certainly improve the Gunners attacking options, which has been firing blanks so far this season.

 Would Arsenal fans like to see Llorente come to the Emirates? Get involved in the comments section.

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35 Comments

  1. Kunle

    November 8, 2012 at 8:56 am

    He will be a great addition to d club,i just wish we go 4 him.We can pair him to giroud upfront.

    • Jonny

      November 8, 2012 at 9:37 am

      We NEED wingers. Walcott is NOT a winger… Podolski is NOT a winger, Gervinho is NOT a winger… Ramsey is NOT a winger. We get bad performances from these players as they are out of position. Maybe Podolski and Walcott would perform better I. Their right positions

      • the king

        November 8, 2012 at 10:37 am

        he me are missing a few attacking players

        1. new left back
        2. new striker
        3. fast winger.

        if we get 3 of them players and sell the dead wood should do us good.

      • Goonerboyo

        November 8, 2012 at 11:09 am

        Gnabry…..we have one, give him time.

        • Sahne

          November 8, 2012 at 5:48 pm

          Time!!…. Thats at a premium

  2. anthony

    November 8, 2012 at 9:09 am

    Pls wenger go for him..he is a good strick and he can score very well when u join us i believe that

  3. Famo

    November 8, 2012 at 9:10 am

    Dis selfish wenger & board r nt buying any player,so do not b deceive.

  4. Reagon

    November 8, 2012 at 9:15 am

    Dont get your hopes up, knowing Wenger he’ll be signing Taraabt and double the price

  5. Laughter

    November 8, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Despite avin 2 lique 1 highest goal scorers- Chamack nd Girould,stil found it hard 2 score 4 arsenal incl.gervinho nd podolski

    • dboy

      November 8, 2012 at 6:11 pm

      Maybe he should look at signing skillful wingerswho can go forward and defend, that would help create goal-scoring opportunities. As we know our strike force is starved. Well try telling Wenger this he sees nothing wrong.

  6. ade

    November 8, 2012 at 9:23 am

    dont lose this one again. get him immediately before another club snatches him.

  7. TDS

    November 8, 2012 at 9:24 am

    just rumours Ok, do not take this article seriously.

  8. Thiery

    November 8, 2012 at 9:56 am

    Dis is nt real, just fake news

  9. Chris

    November 8, 2012 at 10:25 am

    Hello gunners fans wenger is a disever 4 7years now wenger& d board should leave arsena 4 person like usmaves to come in and buy player 4 us

  10. Goonerboyo

    November 8, 2012 at 11:16 am

    Why on earth would he choose Arsenal?
    He will have the pick of top clubs who can seriously challenge for domestic and European honours.
    Stop whinging and complaining, how would you present our club as the place to come?
    Players need to be tempted and persuaded so what do we offer Llorente? I don’t know.

  11. Arsenal fan

    November 8, 2012 at 11:22 am

    Redfaced is laughing all the way to the epl trophy. RVP is 29. As afr as I know Wenger refueses to buy players 28 plus.That’swhy he did not get the US guy currently playing for Spurs.
    Until he changes his stance on this and stop getting wckids,the gunners have ceased to be a threat to the top three.

  12. sunday

    November 8, 2012 at 11:24 am

    fernando llorente will be a great addition to the arsenal squad pls sign him to improve arsenal attact.and also to be a threat to the rivals

  13. fadzil

    November 8, 2012 at 11:41 am

    Llorente will be the perfect replacement for Van Persi as giroud very slow to adapt with Premier Leage. Pls wenger sign him and dont wait as other club also interested him.

  14. sube

    November 8, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Too good for Arsenal.
    He would rather go to Juventus where a trophy is almost guaranteed.

  15. Zubi

    November 8, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    It will be a good development,if they sign him

  16. ABDUL

    November 8, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    i don’t believe in rumour if wenger is seriuos, let him step up and get him unless he is deceiving us again

  17. Somteee

    November 8, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    29 goals last season including goals against Barca,Real at the santiago and Man U home and away.Imagine there is a player that knows how to score against a team we struggle to score against i.e Man U and we are waisting precious time

  18. askay

    November 8, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    i think arsenal should sign guadiola & giv arsene wenger a position in arsenal board, i think that should be a better option

  19. kavan

    November 8, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    dont buy him he’s over rated go for some one like bojan or pedro or even papa cisse

  20. sha

    November 8, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    All i keep hearing is how this player isnt this position this players isnt this position etc !! boring !!
    Gervinho is a winger fact he likes it out wide he has the tricks needed just needs to learn to release the ball faster and expect the return he doesnt use one two quickly enough !!his crossing needs work …
    a REAL FOOTBALLER CAN PLAY ANYWHERE !!
    we just dont seem to buy these players anymore !!

  21. tommyt

    November 9, 2012 at 12:46 am

    This annoys me. If Wenger is willing to break his rule and sign someone over 26 then why is he not going for players like Falcao? We can afford him even if it’s £30m! We’ve made nearly that just on VP. Bloody tiny transfer fees keep coming back to bite us in the ass apart from one in ten are a Cazorla. Not good enough, I wont keep paying to go to games if they won’t start spending the money I give them.

  22. john

    November 9, 2012 at 7:16 am

    The only problem with Arsenal is that the board members are very corrupt, Wenger is the highest paid manager in league, but there can’t pay players like van prise.

  23. Carzola Otur

    November 9, 2012 at 7:22 am

    Signing that never be! lets continue losing n arsenal club continue getting profit.

  24. Ogori

    November 9, 2012 at 7:37 am

    He will be a great addition to arsenal squad if arsene wenger can buy f edreno liorente in januray .

  25. Luka emmanuel

    November 9, 2012 at 8:08 am

    I agreed with askay. Let them sign gadiuola nd gv wenger appoitment at d top managers

  26. manu

    November 9, 2012 at 9:38 am

    what we want and need is not the board,director,share owners ana the manager wanted. they dont want trophy and big players… what the want is balancing their checkbook and make interest out of the club… i can see any improvement at this level what we will see is suffering and being domenated by big clubs and even a smaller clubs… fuck off stan .

  27. hilarioh ph.D

    November 9, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    indeed Llorente is a 9ice striker, bt nt one of d best.since wenger cnt go 4 d best, i think we can accommodate him………up gunners till mikel score hat trick

  28. hamisuabdullahi

    November 9, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    Wenger, u suffost 2 sign good players if u want take d trophy,

  29. mashagyiko

    November 12, 2012 at 11:21 am

    The departmanet that needs serious attention is the COACHING Bench. There is a need to sell WENGER as soon as the January Window opens. There after the other departments can be looked into.

  30. nkemgodwin

    November 14, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    AW sign top class players?tells by moonlight

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