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Arsenal interested in Cole, but not his wages!


By Fab4.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed he has an interest in Chelsea’s out of contract midfielder Joe Cole, but feels he may well have enough already in Cole’s position.The fact that Cole will be available on a free transfer when his contract expires at the end of the season makes him an appealing target for not just Arsenal, but clubs such as Manchester United and Tottenham have also been linked with a move.

It is thought that Chelsea are unwilling to meet Cole’s wage demands of £120,000 a week, and if that’s the case, it’s highly unlikely Arsene Wenger is going to break Arsenal’s wage structure and make him their highest paid player at the club. So with that, plus a hefty signing on fee, i just can’t see this one happening. Perhaps Arsene doesn’t know what Cole would be expecting in terms of wages, as he has confirmed he is keeping an eye on his situation.

“Joe Cole is an interesting target, but do I have enough players in those positions? We shall see,” said Wenger in the Daily Star Sunday.

While i agree that we have plenty of the short and tricky winger types, i would still like to see Joe Cole sign for Arsenal. He would provide us with vital squad depth, he’s English and has bags of premiership experience. Would he get in our starting eleven? Not ahead of Arshavin on the left, but he would get in on the right any day.

But i just can’t see this one happening. Although a move across London would be an easy option for him, his wage demands will scupper any deal. This will be Cole’s last big contract and Arsenal are hardly known for being over-generous with their contracts for 29 year olds.

Would you like to see Cole sign for Arsenal? Leave your comments below….



  1. chebon

    May 3, 2010 at 10:45 am

    chase away arharvin and buy cole

  2. Kev

    May 3, 2010 at 11:22 am

    Arshavin, Nasri, Rosicky, Wilshere, Merida, Cesc all that small technical type player do we need another 1? and would the signing of Cole not just hold back Jack Wilshere?

    It looks like Merida will leave though and If I was Wenger I would sell Rosicky, that will create a space in the squad for Cole.

    I see Cole joining 1 of the Manc teams.

  3. albanian gooner

    May 3, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    yes of course, he is a fantastic player, i like hime very much. i will put him in the right side instead of eboue or walcott every day.

  4. Dan

    May 3, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    Perfect for Arsenal; injury prone and overrated.

  5. gunner17

    May 3, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    there was a sneaky word on a random blog a while back that cole has already agreed to sign for arsenal…

    i hope it’s true…he’d be a really good player to have…he can play left wing, right wing, central midfield, just behind the strikers as a no10…he’s of a higher calibre than the likes of diaby, denilson and merida…he’s english which would help us with the new rules about homegrown players…and taking him off chelsea would piss them off.

    he could keep a place in the team warm for jack wilshere…

  6. gunner17

    May 3, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    i don’t think his wages would be prohibitive…ok he’s asking chelsea for 120k p/w but he’ll reduce his demands for us as we can give him a hefty signing bonus, which we will be prepared to do if there’s no transfer fee.

    he might want to stay in london too. if so it’s between chelsea, spurs, west ham and us. i personally think we offer the best chances of trophies over the next 3-5 years. and maybe he’s fed up with things at chelsea. managerial changes, big name players being bought in ahead of him, terry hitting on his wife and so on.

    wenger has always rated him…i think it coud happen…plus the way wenger worded his comments was a bit tongue-in-cheek…’we shall see’ indeed!

  7. Norris

    May 5, 2010 at 11:20 am

    Wenger shud sign joe cole 2 add 2 have profic attacking like barca me i dnt like eduardo next season we need trophies

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