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More Arsenal players want out!

sol campbellBy Jonny Payne

While speculation over Cesc Fabregas’ move from Arsenal to Barcelona continues, more members of the Gunners squad are starting to question their futures according to press reports over the past few days.

Sol Campbell, who was expected to sign a one-year deal at the North London club, has now shown interest in joining Celtic. Speaking to The Sun, the 35 year-old defender said:

“I’ve spoken with Neil about moving to Celtic and I’ve been impressed with what he had to say. Celtic is a serious option for me.

“We’re talking, although we haven’t yet discussed figures. Nothing is set in stone.”

Campbell added: “I know Celtic are a massive club. I have to consider them. You can’t ignore it when such a fantastic club makes their interest known.”

With Gallas yet to sign a new deal and the future of Mikael Silvestre still uncertain, that may leave  Thomas Vermaelen and Johan Djourou as Arsenal’s only centre-backs. Kyle Bartley and Harvard Nordtveit have returned from their loan spells and may fight it out for a place in the first-team squad ahead of next season, but it is clear that at least one new defender is needed,

Meanwhile young striker Carlos Vela has stated that he may have to move away from Arsenal if he is to gain first team experience. Speaking after Mexico’s friendly at Wembley, the quick forward told The Sun:

“It was difficult. “I didn’t have many chances when I was fit. Then, injuries didn’t allow me to be in good form. But I still have time to get ready for the World Cup.

Vela added: “I’m only concentrating on playing for Mexico and having a good World Cup.

“Having a good World Cup can open many doors. If not at Arsenal, we’ll see where.”

Despite limited playing time this season, Vela has shown glimpses of getting back to his best, scoring the last goal against Fulham in the final game of the season with a sumptuous chip over the goalkeeper. It is unlikely that Vela will be allowed to leave on a permanent basis, though, having signed a new long-term contract last season – the best option may be to send the young Mexican on loan.

Today, according to Just Arsenal, reports are emanating from Norway that, like Fabregas, 6ft 4in striker Nicklas Bendtner also wants to move to Spain, telling the Dagsbladet newspaper that he would favour a move to either Barcelona or Real Madrid:

Bendtner said: My greatest ever dream is to play for the two biggest clubs in Spain…I think it is possible, and I know that I will go to the one that suits me the best.”

Bendtner added: “To be a fantastic player, one must prove that you can score goals. Not just over a season – but always.”

“I have not won anything yet, and I have not been top-scorer. But when I am people will be talking about myself in a different way.

“I hope that I will be a fantastic football player and that everyone will talk about me as one of the best strikers in the world.”

The Dane may find his playing time limited next season, however, with the newly signed Marouane Chamakh and a fully-fit Robin van Persie, there will be fierce competition for places upfront. Bendtner may not gain his dream move just yet as an obvious lack of strikers derailed Arsenal’s title bid last season and Arsene Wenger would be reluctant to sell the confident striker at this stage of his development.

Expect much activity in the coming weeks as Wenger has insisted he wants his main transfer dealings finalised by the start of the World Cup on June 11th.



  1. shedzy

    May 27, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    Utter non story, i dont even know why i bother clcking on the link on newsnow (actually, i do, its cos im bored)

    campbell is a free agent, he can go where he likes, and it has been widely reported that celtic want him; vela has had limited opportunities at arsenal even when fit, even when half our team are out, because in his limited opportuniies he’s shown roughly three good touches in 3 years – and lets not forget, he’d have been on the plane to barcelona for a CL quarter final if he hadnt lost his passport

    bendtner thinks he is amazing, and if he proves himself to be good enough then he will get his chances at the emirates – he started to show some great signs of being good enough last season, lets see what happens when he has to fight chamakh and RvP for the right to lead the line.

  2. ken

    May 27, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    What? Which players want out? Campbell, Silvetre, Vela????? who else. And tell me amongst the players you mentioned which one was given a chance to wear an arsenal shirt and took his chance and made the position his! show me amongst the players you mentioned who if he leaves arsenal fans will cry because he fought and showed us what he has?

  3. Peter Jackson

    May 27, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    If even any of this is true the for sure Arsenal need an addition TOP-CLASS central defender, as well as a GOOD goallie. Bendtner isn’t anything like good enough for a top Premiership side – he only scores when Walcott or some-one else puts the ball on a plate for him, and even then Bendtner often fluffs it. He’s just to slow. Wenger is not wrong though in wanting some height in attack, he’s just picked a poor one.

  4. Fab4

    May 27, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    Why do people insists on leaving these stupid, childish comments?

    At no point did the writer say it was a disaster if any of these players left, Jonny is simply providing a news story to let fans know that as well as our captain questioning his Emirates future, other players including Vela (a very exciting youngster), Bendtner (not everyone’s cup of tea, but a useful squad player), and Sol Campbell (who was one of our best players in the last 2-3 months of the season) have also been talking to the press recently putting doubts on where they will be next season.

    I would be gutted if Campbell and Vela left, and i actually think Bendtner can do a job when called upon as well. So thanks for the article Jonny, it’s appreciated!

  5. Kieron Scott

    May 27, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    Thats the best joke i’ve heard all week. Bentner??? Play for Barca or Real??? He can forget that.

    • kahweng

      May 30, 2010 at 11:46 am

      Exactly! who do he think he is? Some world class player? Ha!

  6. DJ Alborz

    May 28, 2010 at 12:27 am

    seems like utter nonsense to me for 1 reason and 1 reason only – It’s from the Sun

    ffs people, theres like 20 transfer rumors everyday in the sun and they’re lucky if one of the rumors turns out be true…

  7. Kev

    May 28, 2010 at 3:01 am

    Haha what a rubbish article!!!

    Of course Campbell has been talking to other clubs, he’s main goal is to secure another one year contract with arsenal so that he can have another crack at the title and champions league but he has to keep his options open in case wenger decides not to renew it for another year!

    Simple as that and is what any human being would do in the same position!!

    • Fab4

      May 28, 2010 at 8:34 am

      Kev – Your such a die-hard knowledgeable fan, that you don’t even know that in FACT Sol Campbell HAS been offered a one-year contract at Arsenal but has yet to sign it. Arsenal charman Hill-Wood confirmed this last week as well. So the authors spot-on, and i would be gutted if Sol left as he was a major success in the last 3 months of last season and we need his experience at the club.

      In the future, please get up to speed before throwing around childish ‘rubbish article’ comments. Thanks

  8. Innosky

    May 28, 2010 at 5:15 am

    As for these 4 players mentioned above,the sooner they leave Arsenal the better for the club. This may help the club to get more top class players fit far a club like Arsenal. At the momment they are wasting space and adding a lot to the pay roll yet they all have nothing to deliver.Please encourage them to leave now.

  9. Innosky

    May 28, 2010 at 5:20 am

    As for these 4 players mentioned above, please encourage them to leave this club now as they have nothing to deliver except draining our pay roll and wasting space for some possible good world class players that could come and make a difference for us. Even for free let them go and can they take Fabianski with them!!!!

  10. keji goriola

    May 28, 2010 at 5:40 am

    Lets see what happens in the few weeks to World cup….we know who stays n who will be moving out, as for Vela…let him prove He can handle the attact better tha n RVP n Charmark.

  11. Scotty RSA

    May 28, 2010 at 8:01 am

    Ha Ha, Bendtner dream on dude, your first touch is so bad that not even a spanish high school would take you, so you can kiss Barca & Real goodbye. it aint gona happen

  12. Bernard Lovewell

    May 28, 2010 at 8:18 am

    What planet does Niklas Bendtner live on?!

  13. thengo

    May 28, 2010 at 8:26 am

    Bendtner for Barca or Real? keep dreamin man… of those names mentioned only Fab is my real worry and Cambell cos he perfomed very well but lets not forget that age is catchin up wit him…. we already got the best outta him. Vela is an exctitin prospect but he hasnt really caught the eye… maybe another season will give him more opportunities to grow… woever dont want to wear the arsenal jersey anymore let them go… we want people want will fight and bleed for that emblem

  14. thengo

    May 28, 2010 at 8:58 am

    personnally i really hope Arsenal dig their heels in and say: you’re not going anywhere hopefully this can be a critical point in redressin the balance of power from players to clubs… players shouldnt be allowed to dictate what they want to do… they are employees for heavens sake…

  15. Henry

    May 28, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    From wenger’s history, i believe that Barca is only wasting time and before you realise the season will be started and Cesc will be leading the gunners for a great 2010/2011 season.


  16. carmelo pace

    May 28, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    Yes they are employees,but a different kind of employees,if they are not happy,they sulk and most probable they put spikes inthe teams wheel,my friend,so the next best thing is to get rid of ANYONE who show desire to leave,dont you worry the club is more then 100 years,and its still there,and thats were it stays,so whoever wants to leave,goodbye and good riddance.

  17. Shafi

    May 28, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    Bendtner should pray that the gunners keep him for another season. The other 3 mentioned players should be transfered plus others to enable the great gunners to signe world class players. I have big faith in Arsene

  18. felix

    May 29, 2010 at 10:26 am

    we can only be happy as arsenal fans if benter and others who think are special to the club are out. so arsene should not be stressed up.without them new players cann do.

  19. Steve

    May 29, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    what nonesence they can go the better for aesenal …. even the worse striker arsenal has ever had wants to go to real or Baca ….. ah … shame om u Bentner

  20. ahmed

    May 16, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    arsenl wants new players

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