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Arsenal Transfer News: Wenger To Trigger £7.5m Ba Release Clause

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger wants Newcastle striker Demba Ba and will trigger his £7.5m release clause this January as he looks to strengthen his front-line.

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 are linked with Demba Ba.

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger wants Newcastle United striker Demba Ba and will trigger his £7.5m release clause this January, according to the Sun.

The boss admitted he will have money to spend when the transfer window re-opens next month and has already indicated he needs to add to his attacking options after making our worst ever start to a Premier League season in the Frenchman’s era.

While several names have been linked with a move to the Emirates in recent weeks, the Sun claim it’s Newcastle’s Ba who Wenger wants to compete with Olivier Giroud up front and the Senegal international can be snapped up for just £7.5m due to a buy-out clause in his contract.

Ba was strongly linked with a move away from St James’ Park in the summer buy nobody was willing to meet his buy-out clause so he remained in the north East. However, the clause can once-again be triggered in January and Arsenal are ready to active it and offer the 27-year-old a £60,000-a-week deal which will include several add-ons.

Toon boss Alan Pardew has revealed the club have worked hard to try and renegotiate the strikers deal to remove the clause but have so far been unsuccessful, and admits the clause means it will be a nervous time during January.

Speaking after Newcastle’s 3-0 win over Wigan last night, with Ba scoring a double, Pardew told Sky Sports:

“Demba is a player who loves it here and he understands it is a football city.

“We’ve tried to do a deal with him and take the clause out and that’s probably where the speculation is.

“The clause is always hanging over us and it makes it difficult for us, the club and him. We accept that and that’s the way football is.

Newcastle took a chance on Ba when they signed him on a free transfer from West Ham as he has struggled with knee injuries during his career. But he’s been a huge hit at St James’ Park, scoring 33 goals in 66 games and is the Premier League’s joint top scorer this season with 10 strikes already.

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Arsenal could certainly do with a player like Ba and i certainly hope the Sun’s report is accurate. He would be a bargain at £7.5m and at 27, he still has a good few years left in him.

Would you like Ba at Arsenal? Get involved in the comments section below.



  1. Kunle

    December 4, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    Ba is a good striker i will love to see in arsenal shirt bt wenger will kill d players passion as a striker d way he killed park,chamak,bendtner and d way he is killing Podoski,giroud,walcot passion of d game.wenger will kill ba passion by playin him alone upfront by limiting his effort. Ba enjoys playing along wit another striker bt wenger will play him alone upfront expecting him to give his best.dat is why we keep on scoring lesser goals or struggle to score.wenger should open his eyes dat two strikers upfront is better than playing 1 striker upfront alone.

  2. Taiwo oriyomi

    December 4, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    Demba ba is a quality player that improve arsenal attacking play,i can’t wait 2 see him wear arsenal jersey by arsenal need 2 tied walcott down with 1 quality holding midfield b’cus arteta can’t do it alone

  3. Barllow

    December 4, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    Wenger is nt doing his job right,buy bar is nt d solution bt usin hm wel, wen Ashavin came newly, h score gud goals frm livapo and Reina bt wenger kil his game. Park chamak and even jevinho, w av enough w 2 play d bal back instead of frnt, even carzola game is nt hot like b4 again,2 striker is d best and d midfielder sud learn how 2 move d ball forward bt nt 2 d goal keeper.

    • Emmanuel Anania

      December 4, 2012 at 2:44 pm

      I just wonder why wenger is too lazy in making decision. i always blame him coz he can put bide for some one can’t fufil it.
      in fact Ba is a nice striker for arsenal

  4. Godwin ochife

    December 4, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    Wenger should go 4 klaas hunterlar and a natural holding midfielder to replace alex song. Wenger shd play two striker up front. Up gunners

  5. lawox

    December 4, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    Wenger should learn to be flexible only a FOOl does things same way and expect different result, 4-5-1 formation as denied him been a Champion he shuld play 4-2-2 formation

  6. Engr Sani M

    December 5, 2012 at 12:37 am

    I’ll also want him and pray that winger will give him all neccessary backing

  7. dignity

    December 5, 2012 at 4:21 am

    get ba because 7.5m is really cheap if no 1 get him he gonna go up to 15m and get walcott 2 sign new deal sell mertesackr ramsey santos and get yanga.biwa and a new left winger

    • jack

      December 5, 2012 at 8:20 pm

      we may have a poor start to the season but look how well our manager has done over the last 16 years we cant be on his back slagging him off just because he’s not buying what we want the most top players but his theory of playing youth’s with a couple of experience players is working for him but i do agree buy big this jan.

      Arsenal all the way!!!

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