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Arsenal Transfer Deadline Day: As It Happened - Kallstrom Or Bust

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1 February 2014 26 Comments

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Arsenal Transfer Deadline Day: As It Happened – Kallstrom Or Bust

It’s that time again. Clock-watching, refreshing a million half-baked news stories and #ITK Twitter profiles.

Ignore all that – here’s @rlewisafc with your complete guide to Arsenal’s transfer deadline day, right up until it SLAMS SHUT (as windows are wont to do).

23:00 – ARE YOU KIDDING ME? That’s it? One player. One player.

17:00 – One of the highlights of Deadline Day. That’s how s*** it’s been.


16:54 – Brace yourselves, Gooners. Wenger actually tried to get Salomon Kalou.


16:45 – I’m currently singing along to “I Need A Girl” by Usher & P Diddy in the Sabotage Times office. Desperate times.

16:45 - Avram Grant’s just said this: “I think, it would be good for football, if Arsenal won the League this season. They play football the right way.” I agree.

16:35 – Just bumped into Abou Diaby…he’s now out for another 3 months

16: 20 – EXCLUSIVE: Why Arsenal’s negotiations with Julian Draxler fell through…






16:06 – Oh dear.


16:00 – Brilliant. Kallstrom with Zlatan. Before their balls dropped.


15:45: If the Klose deal doesn’t pull through, this could well have been a missed opportunity. What do you think?


15:40: Swedish expert on Kallstrom:


15:35 – So this seems all but done.


15:30 – Not the news any Arsenal fan is interested in right now, but a development nonetheless. Talented winger could well join Olympiacos permanently now.


15:20 – Not sure whether to laugh or cry.


15:05 – Chill guys. He’s got this.


15:00 – Pretty much sums it up.


14:55 – Tough crowd.

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14:50 – Poor Frimpong. Even though he hardly ever played, I’m sure he wooed many classy women by saying he was an Arsenal player. After his loan move to Barnsley today, the romantic youngster tweeted (then deleted): “@IAMFRIMPONG26: How am I gonna draw girls now”. S’alright Frimmy, I’m sure you’ve got a great personality.

14:04 – Someone just tweeted, re: Zlatan to Arsenal – ‘when we sign kalstroom [sic] Zlatan will definitely come because of Sweden connection’ – OH GOOD LORD.

14:01 – BBC Sport’s David Ornstein tweeted: “Kallstrom in London for medical & personal terms ahead of Arsenal loan move. #Afc unlikely to sign anyone else before deadline #bbcfootball”

13:50 – Arsenal still working on Klose deal which, depending on your pronunciation and optimism, can be made into a ‘close’ or ‘closer’.

13:46 – HOLD UP… No wait, it’s just idiots saying that Arsenal are ‘rumoured’ to be ‘interested’ in ‘speaking’ to ‘Zlatan’.

13:40 – Nothing’s happened. Nothing at all. We’ve been watching Steely Dan videos on YouTube instead. It’s been much funner.

12:55 – Vucinic’s agent reckons Arsenal deal is ‘off’ as player rejects approach (via)

12:40 – SkySports reports suggesting that Emmanuel Frimpong’s move to Barnsley is permanent. And look at him! He looks chuffed! Don’t worry mate, I’m sure Lethal B will still write… (He won’t. He definitely won’t)

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12:31 – Lot of unfair criticism of Kallstrom on Twitter – he’s a quality player that can still do a job for a great team. He has no legs but one of the best left feet in the business. Stop getting hysterical.

12:27 – After a month of speculation, looks like Blaise Matuidi won’t be leaving Paris after all – seen posing with PSG newboy Yohan Cabaye in press shots. Call it intuition.

12:25 – Just saw one fan ask ‘Mr Wenger’ to sign Diego who ‘is better than Draxler anyway’ – the words… They escape me…

12:21 – Kalou move looks like it’ll be a loan. Surprisingly few Arsenal fans acknowledging the rumour as of yet.

12:16 – Rory Smith at the Times: “Mind you, Miro Klose would be a brilliant signing for Arsenal. The closest thing anyone will get to Karlheinz Riedle, in more ways than one.”

12:15 – Sorry just went to get some lunch… What did I miss? Well…

11:50 – French sites claiming that Arsene in for Kalou because ‘time is running out’ – like Kalou is the fat bird on the dancefloor at the end of the night.

11:46 – Squawka reporting Kalou rumours now – maybe those earlier death threats were a little harsh… Actually, think the guy was a Chelsea fan so maybe not.

11:45 – Haven’t seen any Pogba to Arsenal rumours yet – is that part of the drinking game too?

11:40 – Mirror’s John Cross reporting “Kim Kallstrom has arrived at Arsenal training ground to complete talks, medical and loan deal. Could poss play Sunday” then “I actually think Kallstrom could be good stop gap loan signing. I don’t think there will be any more deals from Arsenal” – Cross knows his onions, too.

11:35 – Would a single signing of Kallstrom be enough? Where are the strikers?

11:27 – Hibs hardmanager (see what I did there?) Terry Butcher is looking likely to sign academy defender Daniel Boateng. (via)

11:24 – Crikey that was a crazy twenty minutes – Corinthians announced that they’d let Pato leave the club for right price (ARSENE ASSEMBLE) and Alex Song rumours are picking up pace.

11:03 – Just saw a Liverpool fan say Arsenal were in for Kalou get sent NUMEROUS death threats. Probably fair.

10:53 – Tweet from @Sport_WitnessMichael Kallstrom, Kim’s dad, has been asked about Arsenal rumours “I know nothing about it.” God, that’d be a bummer.

10:50 – Alex Song: Reception to the rumour (unsubstantiated as yet) has been mixed – good move, surely. Flamini is good but Song is great and not getting the chance at Barça. Loan deal, too, would be excellent.

10:38 – Many saying they’d rather sign Kim Kardashian than Kim Kallstrom. Harsh but, ultimately, pretty fair.

10:30 - Park Chu-Young in talks with Nantes over permanent transfer. Will anyone miss him? No. The answer is no.

10:24 – Okay everyone can stop doing the ‘Cherno Samba to Arsenal’ rumour now. Never gonna happen, guys.

10:20 – Someone brought me a croissant. Have slathered it in chocolate. Just thought you should know.

10:16 – Looks like Arsenal are finally dumping Dench empty-vessel Frimpong, with Barnsley picking up the pieces on loan. V un-Dench, pal. (via @FourFourTweet)

10: 10 – Wenger says Ramsey’s out for six weeks. Imagine how many bicep curls he can do it that time! He’ll end up with Jordan Henderson level arms.

10:04 – “i envision calamity befalling Arsenal” – @Qujo_Z, trying his best to sound smart

09:55 – Miroslav Klose now. That’s the rumour (according to The Metro). Like the scouts were just like “Well, while we’re in Germany might as well look about…” Actually that’s probably unfair, the German striker is still a force of nature.

09:50 – Those venereal chaps over at Daily Mail reporting that Arsenal are ‘talking’ to Sweden’s talented but decrepit 100-year-old playmaker Kim Kallstrom.

09:45 – “Arsenal will sign Berbatov. I’m telling you” – @spursspanyol

09:35 - Wenger: “The Draxler situation has been created by the newspapers, not by me. He will stay at Schalke” – not our words, obviously, but the words of Arsenal manager via the official Arsenal Twitter.

09:22 - Telegraph are reporting loan moves for Tello and Morata might be on the cards. That’d be such a coup for Wenger that I might lose all motor-skills (and also set Arsenal as my default team on FIFA14)

09:10 – I’ve got two coffees. Double-fisting already.

08:55 – Vucinic is still being linked to Arsenal by… Well, mostly by Arsenal fans. But there was also that Guardian post yesterday which gives it a LITTLE bit of credibility…


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don 11:27 am, 31-Jan-2014

In terms of not signing Draxler give Podolski full time play, i thought Wenger wanted the boy very urgent. you are really gready

don 11:31 am, 31-Jan-2014

I don't wear the shoes of Wenger, but i fear we still have a lot of problems regarding this title chase with the current squad we have. There are just few touch ups than we are sure about everything. Take Draxler in even if you feel the fee is to high. In this time we don't want learners we need finishes. thanks

Wayne 11:45 am, 31-Jan-2014

Wenger has deceived us yet again. All they can do is out prices up including a 3% increase in ticket prices but yet promise us they were to sign players in the summer window and we only signed Ozil on deadline day and the promised to buy in the January window and yes we are here again on deadline day having been lied to all along about agreeing a deal for Draxler. I bet he will go Utd now in the summer as he was up for a move to us or Utd and we have let him down so he probably will chose them over us now. It is getting a bit boring with the lies and deceit to the players and fans. We will not win anything again this year and it will prove all the pundits right. If we have a another injury to Ozil or Carzorla or Giroud we are done for. Chelsea and Utd have spent again wisely and we who are short of players don't buy anyone. It's a complete joke and I hope Wenger does not sign a new deal. This year will be 9 years if we don't win anything and the downward spiral has already started.

Vincent Ouma 11:50 am, 31-Jan-2014

Pro Wenger please get us Draxler the fee you're seeing to be high compare with the experience the guy has and time he will be at arsenal then the injuries we have at the moment plz plz make us proud before 11pm

davine 11:51 am, 31-Jan-2014

Draxler is not yet a proven star..he doesn't worth more than £25m for his calibre...maybe arsene is right...he has not even impressed so far this season...#arsene knows better

arsene knows 12:02 pm, 31-Jan-2014

he is a loser , arsene always rigid we will see what happen at the end of the season

Njuguna 12:35 pm, 31-Jan-2014

Kindly i urge you professor wenger to sign draxler.He is a talented youthful wonder kid who will assist arsenal in the title chase.Please go weger go

Wayne 12:47 pm, 31-Jan-2014

I don't know why people stick up for Wenger. Most top clubs would not have the manager after 8 years at the club. Ok he has has got us in champions league and we have a nice new stadium but no trophies to show. I feel for Wenger if we don't win anything this season fans will definitely not be happy and calling for his head. Please buy Wenger for god sake stop being a skin flint.

klinsmannola 1:18 pm, 31-Jan-2014

I keep asking myself,if there's no one to speak some sense,into Wenger's brain so he can stop fooling we Fans&buy these players thet we need.I just hope this season wont be yet another trophiless season.

samuthe 1:29 pm, 31-Jan-2014

The problem with wenger is that he is too much an economist .He only thinks of the books & not trophies.Qualifying for champions league is not a win but just participation.

Richard Chinengundu 2:32 pm, 31-Jan-2014

Arsene Wenger is very old with no idea about modern football. Its a noble idea to invest in young blood which will bring success over a long period. Arsenal management is full of gamblers who are selfish, fortune seekers who must sent back where they belong. Other teams have kept a coach for a long period because of achievements. Arsene has been a liability for a long period.

Richard Chinengundu 2:37 pm, 31-Jan-2014

Arsene Wenger must not be given a new contract. He is going to leave Arsenal in division one. By this time he should have built a strong team with a viable junior policy. Arsenal is not going to win anything because 90% of the players are below average.

Akpan Nsikan 2:57 pm, 31-Jan-2014

Hi guys remember wenger believes in the last ditch. let's hope he'll bring a quality striker.

Akpan Nsikan 3:11 pm, 31-Jan-2014

Wenger prefers last minute signing, but whatever, we need a clinical finisher for Arsenal to compete favourably.Please,Proffesor make us smile once again.

Akpan Nsikan 3:14 pm, 31-Jan-2014

Draxler is a quality player he will be a good signing and also fit in well into arsenal stle of play.

Wayne 4:00 pm, 31-Jan-2014

Cannot believe we are signing people on loan deals and over 30. Wenger says he don't want over 30's then he does. He is a penny pinching tight ass. I thought the Spuds were the yids. Maybe Wenger can go manage them. I believe if we don't sign striker of top quality we won't win anything again when City and Chelski are just to strong to compete with.

bonny 4:00 pm, 31-Jan-2014

wanger is does not like to pay big money but he need big guys, i mean high quality player require high price. we fans need player that can put a smile on our faces.

bonny 4:05 pm, 31-Jan-2014

all i need is big guys to arsenal and for you to get big guys you have to pay big money wich my boss seems not like it, he does not like to pay big money really.

hillorydahyor 4:19 pm, 31-Jan-2014

Hmm wat a greedy coach arsenal have...if u cant add money to draxler fee den go nd borrow from d fanz Mr Arsenal trophiless wenger

David 5:00 pm, 31-Jan-2014

What about Benfica striker Rodrigo ? It seem like Arsene Wenger is not making any attempt to sign this super striker.

Wayne 5:57 pm, 31-Jan-2014

Your right David that would be a good signing at a good price but I don't know what goes through Wengers head. I've been an Arsenal supporter for over 40 years and we need a manager with a different view and Wenger cannot sign a new contract people will laugh at us. Why keep a manager who has won nothing in 9 years this year and won't spend money. Draxler is worth all the money there asking for and I can say you watch this space city, Utd or Chelse will offer the money and we will lose him and it's Wengers fault. The board said to him pay the 37 million for him bit Wenger refused and only wants to pay 25 million for him and tbh that is an insult. As Piers Morgan says and I has been right Wenger must go.

Jimmy Balantyne 6:49 pm, 31-Jan-2014

Where are Arsenal in the league at the mo?

Jimmy Balantyne 6:51 pm, 31-Jan-2014

Oh and just so you know, Piers Morgan's a fucking moron when it comes to football.

makokha Ignatius 11:43 am, 1-Feb-2014

As funs we get annoyed when we hear great names like Ba,Draks,KaluO etc but at last we lost them,we have no striker atall Giroud is doing nothing definately we wil finish 5th behind dead United,Wenger why?

Jimmy Balantyne 4:20 pm, 1-Feb-2014

He scored at Southampton away, last game we played mate.

Jules Kitoy 2:08 am, 3-Feb-2014

I would go back to reviewing the case of the Brazilian middle fielder Luiz Gustavo Dias , 26 years old, former Bayern player. This guy with his quadruple lungs would run 90 minutes with no sign of fatigue. He is strong, fit and intimidant when needed. He can be a kind of Gilberto with a dose of brutality needed for Arsenal. So, if we have to spend money let spend it on a player who can give a 5 years guarantee of middle field assurance.

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