Demba deal all done Ba the shouting?


Several sites and papers have been reporting for a while that Arsene Wenger has been keen on Demba Ba as a proven Premier League striker to bolster Arsenals faltering front line. Since Huntelaar has signed a new deal at Schalke, Wenger has turned his attention to other targets. The January window again gives Newcastle fans the un-ease that the £7.5 million reported release clause inserted into Ba’s contract will be activated.


If you believe caughtoffside.com then the deal is almost done. Apparently both clubs are holding off till the window opens before announcing the deal. Be wary, this is the same site reporting that Robert Lewandowski is on his way to Manchester United in the January or June window after agreeing a £5m a year deal. They claim that the clubs are trying to be respectful of the situation and Arsenal were given the green light to go ahead with the move after it became clear in a recent interview that the striker wanted to play under Arsene Wenger.


As a fan, I am not sure Ba is making the right move. I would enjoy seeing the big man in Arsenal’s colours but with our history of players and injuries my concern is focused on Ba’s knee injury which scuppered his Stoke move in the recent past.


If rumours are to be believed then Ba will not return with the Newcastle squad after this Saturdays game at the Emirates and will remain in London to undergo a medical before the clubs announce the deal when the window opens.


For many Arsenal fans this will be a good addition. For others it is a question of whether Wenger is going for Ba purely on the release clause, and more to the point, is he going to be worth the reported £100k a week salary he will be picking up.


Thats all from me on this one. Who knows if it will happen or not.




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