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Wenger Hints At Last Ditch Sahin Move?

Did Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger hint that he was lining up a late attempt to hijack Liverpool’s move for Nuri Sahin today at his weekly press conference?

As we enter the final stages of the summer transfer window, Football Talk will be keeping you up-to-date with all the latest transfer news. Today, did Arsene Wenger hint at a last ditch move for Nuri Sahin?


Did Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger hint he was lining up a late attempt to hijack Liverpool’s move for Nuri Sahin at his weekly press conference today?

The Nuri Sahin transfer-saga has had more twists and turns than a mid-sized tornado. First he was off to Liverpool, then Arsenal, then Spurs entered the race, then he was definitely going to Arsenal before news broke on Thursday night that he was heading to Anfield.

According to the BBC, the Merseyside club had bettered Arsenal’s loan offer, with Arsene Wenger understood to be pushing for a permanent deal or at least the option to buy at the end of the year-long loan spell.

Madrid and Sahin are believed to only want a simple loan deal, something Liverpool were willing to offer and the Reds were also willing to pay more in terms of wages and loan fee, so off to Anfield he went. Brendan Rodgers confirmed today that the paperwork was almost complete and the player would now undergo a medical over the weekend.

As we sat down to listen to Arsene Wengers press conference on Friday, we expected to hear him confirm his disappointment at missing out on the Turkish international and give us some insight on where it went wrong for the Gunners.

But when Wenger was quizzed about whether a move to the Emirates was dead or if it could be resurrected, the Frenchman told Sky Sports News:

“At the moment, it is not alive. Can you be not alive and not dead? It is possible.”

For those who are used to Wenger, this is a very ‘suspicious’ response. If he had given up all hope of signing the player, he would have said so. If anything, the Frenchman usually down-plays all links with players and denies all knowledge of his interest.

So is he hinting he may be about to make a last minute move to hijack Liverpool’s move? It’s been reported that the players preference was Arsenal due to the lure of champions league football, so if the Gunners did match Liverpool’s offer they may find themselves back in the driving seat.

However, Sahin is clearly extremely close to sealing his move to Anfield, so if Wenger is planning on making a late move, he better hurry up about it. In all likelihood, this is probably Wenger just teasing the press, as we know he likes to do from time to time, and Sahin will more than likely to be unveiled as a Liverpool player tomorrow.

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But you just never know….this has been a strange transfer up until now, so who would bet against it taking one final twist? After all, until a transfer is rubber-stamped anything can happen.

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  1. Mjc

    August 24, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    Or he is about to sign the Austrian Keeper, Erwin Schroedinger….

    • Elvis

      August 24, 2012 at 9:08 pm

      wengers statement really reads like a reference to the cat… nice one!

      anyway, in wenger we(or at least i) trust.

    • Elvis

      August 24, 2012 at 9:14 pm

      stating in arsené we trust makes me feel like a murderer in an episode of columbo.

    • Elvis

      August 24, 2012 at 9:19 pm

      i know i’am having a converstation by byself right now and that might be kinda weird but doesn’t it apply well… sahin in a box you cannot see through, he might be poisened with arsené or not, but as long as you don’t open the box, both is the case…

      • J.Hesketh

        August 24, 2012 at 10:51 pm

        Schrodinger tells us we must open the box to find out but the cat knows when and if it’s a gooner. All we can say for ourselves is there is a 50% (probability)chance either way.

    • shedzy

      August 25, 2012 at 8:27 am

      It is a reference to Schroedingers cat. I think you’re reding too much into it. I can picture the scene – journo muppet asks, for the billionth time – about Sahin – le Boss has already said that it is not alve, and facetiously answers can a deal be beath not alive and also not dead’?

      The answer is ‘no’; in other words, if it is not alive, it can only be dead….

  2. AidanGooner

    August 24, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    What the hell is going on in here?????

    • Elvis

      August 25, 2012 at 2:54 am

      discordias will, sweet chaos at last.

  3. Majesty

    August 24, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    Nice one yusuf, a very nice counter. Femi, dnt impose ur rubbish attitude on ds page, people like u need real deliverance..
    Back to d business of d day, lets hope sahin makes anfield at last.

    • Elvis

      August 25, 2012 at 2:58 am

      anfield… yeah, eventhough i don’t hope for this move, i guess you’d really need him.

  4. Zekk67

    August 25, 2012 at 3:22 am

    Wenger needs a competent holding midfielder and a replacement for Song wrapped into one. Sahin is a more than capable replacement for Song, but isn’t a holding midfielder. Song excelled in an attacking role but isn’t the holding midfielder Wenger wants. Thus Song is gone and Sahin is off to Liverpool.

  5. christos

    August 25, 2012 at 6:18 am

    Thanks for your updates BUT we r being heart broken every season we arsenal fans .selling selling and speculations .

  6. Cheadle

    August 25, 2012 at 11:27 am

    You guy just wont let this story rest eh! Well neither would I!!!
    He would have been a good signing for Arsenal but the numbers just don’t add up I figure Its around 10 million quid for the season.. Loan Fee, Wages etc, and we dont get to buy him at the end .. and that guy Maureenho gets an Arsenal schooled player back in his team for free!! somethings Barca have to pay for ie Henry Cesc, Song etc, Maureenho has us paying him for it !!Makes no sense what so ever. No need for broken hearts. I think a stronger liverpool, Tots (hate to admit it) Newcastle and Everton makes it hotter at the top not cooler something the Chavs and the Mancs dont want.. but ultimately makes the EPL better much better!!

  7. David

    August 25, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    u guys it looks crazy for arsenal admtn to announce the signing for sahin and then things changed within 48hrs,why!!

  8. ode

    August 25, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    Happy his goin to lfc gunners sayin haert broken we liverpool our’s is we’r bein kild

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