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REPORTS: Spurs Blocking Arsenal’s Bid To Sign Juan Mata

Some very interesting news coming from Spain today, as newspaper Marca are claiming Arsenal are on the verge of signing Valencia’s Juan Mata.

Marca claim the deal is in place but two rival bids, one believed to be from Tottenham, are holding up the transfer as the  players representitives weight up all the offers on the table.

The article can be found here, but this is an extract taken using Google translator so apologies if it doesn’t read well:

“Juan Mata is very close to being Arsenal. If the transaction has not closed definitely still is because other two English clubs, one of which Tottenham have submitted in recent days pathways offers that are interesting enough for the player’s father, then a representative, is analyzing all the pros and cons of each.”

It has been suggested that if Mata does join the Gunners he will be a replacement for Cesc Fabregas, who is still odds-on to join Barcelona this summer. Mata would most likely take up a position on the left flank with Samir Nasri taking Fabregas’s role in the middle.



  1. saju T

    July 27, 2011 at 9:53 am

    Now way, he should sign for Tottenham…he will suit Arsenal style of play & is a perfect replacement for Cesc.
    PS..Pls stop the cesc transfer saga its really annoying now, sell him to barca asap

  2. aminu m sani

    July 27, 2011 at 9:56 am


  3. Chido

    July 27, 2011 at 10:03 am

    Juan mata join ARSENAL………….

  4. stu

    July 27, 2011 at 10:08 am

    champions league football (hopefully subject to qualifing!) or europa league

    playing in front of 60,000 people at home or in front 35,000 people

    training at a world class training facility or training in essex!!!


    • sheikh352

      July 27, 2011 at 10:12 am

      Go to Arsenal and BE their star, or come to Spurs and warm our bench…

    • Spurfect

      July 27, 2011 at 11:02 am

      Haha ‘or training in Essex’ like Essex is some sort of bad place. Grow up. Have you actually SEEN the Spurs new training in facility which will be ready at the end of the year?? IT’ll be the best in Europe. Fact.
      60,000 people who are quiet as a mouse, or 35,000 who rock the house every week.
      Would be a good signing for either team but I’d imaging being a Spanish boy he’d want to hold out for Barca or Real next season.

      • jeremy

        July 27, 2011 at 12:42 pm

        ha ha ha, do players sign because clubs have new training facilities? thats a new one….. only a spud can reason like a spud.

        Essex is Essex…..ha ha ha. how can you make it sound any better?

        • Jeremy Smum

          July 27, 2011 at 1:15 pm

          Why would he want to sign on at the immigrants for a bunch of trophyless mugs who refuse to spend money and whose motto is ‘ next season ‘ . You can poke your ‘ state of the art stadium ‘ cos since you’ve been in it you’ve won f#ck all , charge ridiculous prices for the privelage ( gone up 6% again for next season ) & have started to get turned over on your own patch by your north london rivals . Jeremy ( great name by the way ) YOU are a bellwipe my son

          • Kashmaster

            July 27, 2011 at 3:39 pm

            Shutup, Fact of the matter is that Arsenal is better than Tottenham and will ALWAYS be better than you spur fans. We will always win trophies. Fact. You guys get excited over your micky mouse cup, I dont mind. Arsenal will always tango with the Big boys whilst totenham will always flirt with the mid table.

  5. dor-g

    July 27, 2011 at 10:18 am

    I feel mata style of ply will suit arsenal rather than Tot. for plz mata join arsenal im sure u,ll b star.

  6. Ewaleifoh austine

    July 27, 2011 at 10:27 am

    Wenger pls try buy .samba&cahill,mata

  7. Tanimu gusau

    July 27, 2011 at 10:28 am

    mata pls sign 4 bcos we need u in our squad

  8. joe

    July 27, 2011 at 10:40 am

    mata, go and play for d gunners

  9. jacob

    July 27, 2011 at 10:45 am

    doesn’t look bad in style of play… Arsenal fits ur style… sign for them

  10. igeto

    July 27, 2011 at 10:54 am

    mata if u go to arsenal will not lift any trophy in ur career, but if go to spur u may lift d likes of fa cup,carling cup,if possible uefa eropa cup.mata am warning pls don’t sign for arsenal

  11. ibezimako josemaria

    July 27, 2011 at 11:28 am

    Is it the same mata that refuted reports that he will not b going anywhere? If his agent is using this speculation as means to request for increase in wages then it will b a futile attempt if none of the club comes through wit their bids. Mata is a tempting proposition with d ability to play across the final third but I see him moving within spain not to england

  12. abc

    July 27, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    Song, Wilshire, Ramsey, Martinez, Thiago, Mata, Frimpong, Rosicky and Lansbury. These will be Arsenal’s central midfield players for next season.

    Walcott, Gervinho, Affelay, Campbell, Lukaku, Chamakh, Vela, Van Persie, Miyaichi – Our Striker’s & Winger’s

    Sagna, Jenkinson, Squillaci, Djourou, Vermaelen, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Bartley, Miquel, Gibbs, Traore, Enrique. – Our defence

    Szcesney, Fabianski, Mannone, Martinez -our keepers

    Still to be sold – Almunia, Bendtner, Eboue, Arshavin, Diaby, Cesc and Nasri

    Galatasary will unveil – Eboue, Arshavin and Almunia very soon

    Werder Bremen will unveil – Bendtner

    Man City – Nasri

    Barca – Fabregas

    Fenerbache – Diaby

    • Judith Le'Strange

      July 27, 2011 at 12:56 pm

      Are you Is it wishful thinking that these players you mention will leave Arsenal. Eboue has apparently agreed terms with Galatasary but as for the others no one has actually come in for them because they know they are rubbish & won’t spend money of them, whereas Wenger will spend money on useless players.

    • Acton_Yid

      July 27, 2011 at 1:32 pm

      Mata is a winger dipstick..

  13. Judith Le'Strange

    July 27, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    The reason Tottenham have come in for him is because Wenger is dithering instead of making an out and out offer when he first became interested in the player so obviously now he has a choice of possible CL games or Europa leage games with Tottenham. Wenger should just go ahead and buy him whether or not Fabregas goes or stays

  14. Boss

    July 27, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    The real question is have tottenham not realised that they have giovanni dos santos?

    • Acton_Yid

      July 27, 2011 at 1:33 pm

      Ahh, yes the “I’m late for training from last night’s clubbing and drinking” man…yeah, we know all about Johnny “2 Saints”…

  15. Amr

    July 27, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    tottenham are a long ball team.

  16. Legoon

    July 27, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    Acton yid fancy a meet you scum mug

  17. Arsenal1Again

    July 27, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    No way is Mata able to play in Cesc’s way with him being a winger and Nasri couldn’t play in Cesc’s role either, regardless of how much Nasri thinks he can and wants to. Nasri hasn’t the same vision, hiss passing is not as accurate and he can’t hold the ball. Anyone doubting this should check out the assist ratio of Nasri in each of the competitions, don’t make the mistake of seeing the overall total assists. Some of them are from Mickey Mouse competions like the Worthington Cup. Jack Wilshere or Aaron Ramsey can both slot in the Cesc role effortlessly and it will be one of these.

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