Bourne (Forum Member) on November 7th, 2010, 5:32 pm
DK Gooner (Forum Member) on November 7th, 2010, 8:34 pm
Bourne wrote:Seems like an utterly pointless signing IMO. Typical Wenger stacking up in area we're bursting at, while ignoring the areas of more concern.
Kroket (Trusted Member) on November 8th, 2010, 10:50 am
Afellay has been playing in a similar role to Wilshere under PSV-coach Fred Rutten. Collect the ball from deep and deliver it to their wingers or attacking midfielders and doesn't join the attack too often anymore. Though the man himself has said quite often he wants to play the same role he did at the World Cup which would be the same role Arshavin plays in our team, as a left winger.
P_Gunner, he definitely has a powerful shot on him, in fact I'd say the only improvement he's made over the past few seasons is his shooting ability, which makes his positional switch all the more ridiculous. He should have left the Dutch league in 2008 or 2009, he's way too good and just cannot improve anymore especially not as a DM/CM.
If Diaby is in as much trouble as some sources suggest I think he'd be a very good replacement even if he's a bit weak and has a real nasty streak about him. He's alot like Jack with his temper. Perhaps he's more suited to our left wing though. Either way as a player I think he'd improve us.
GoonerGurjit (Elite Member) on November 9th, 2010, 2:57 pm
Barcelona could scupper Arsenal's move for PSV Eindhoven's Ibrahim Afellay by making a bid in the January transfer window after the in-demand midfielder revealed the two clubs may have opened talks.
Gunners manager Arsène Wenger was confident of tying up a deal for Afellay despite late interest from Barca's bitter rivals Real Madrid.
Afellay told Spanish Sport newspaper: 'I know nothing. I only know what I read in the newspapers online, but I still don’t know what my future holds because there are many options. But I think there have been contacts between Barcelona and PSV.
'[Barcelona] is a fantastic club, a club that everybody knows, a team that plays very attractive football and that is the greatest out there. But I insist that I know nothing yet about my future. All I can do is continue training as usual and playing the best I know with my team, which is still PSV.'
Affelay admits it would be 'great' to play in the Barca team alongside the likes of Andres Iniesta and Xav but refused to get his hopes up of one day joining the former European champions.
When pressed on whether he would fit in Barca boss Pep Guardiola's plans at the Nou Camp, Affelay said: 'I don’t know, that’s a question for Guardiola. All I can say is that I like to play with the ball, linking up with my teammates and playing an offensive style. That’s my role at PSV and that is how I have always played.
'For any player it would be great to play with [Andres] Iniesta and Xavi. They are players of a high quality and are benchmarks in the world of football. They are so good! But there is nothing concrete as I said before, so I’d rather not imagine it.'
The midfielder has made it clear though that he will not be signing a new deal at PSV but was unclear as to whether he would be leaving the Dutch side in January or at the end of the season.
He added: 'For the club it may be better in January because they can raise money from the transfer. But on the other hand it could also be a good choice to keep me until June because our goal is to win the Eredivisie and get into the Champions League next year, which is also a grand prize and will generate more money for the club.
'PSV is my home, but I need to go a step further in my career and I’m ready,” Afellay concluded.
Liverpool are said to have held preliminary talks with Afellay after manager Roy Hodgson watched him in action last weekend while Manchester United and Everton have also shown interest.
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viper_001 (Forum Member) on November 13th, 2010, 5:20 pm
truth_hurts (Forum Member) on November 14th, 2010, 11:25 am
viper_001 wrote:If they get Affelay, then Pastore (who has been heavily linked), the Cesc saga is over for good. Their midfield will be stacked, and have youngsters like Dos Santos and Alcantara coming through.
USArsenal (Administrator) on November 15th, 2010, 11:55 pm
SA Gunner (Forum Member) on June 1st, 2012, 12:37 pm
Ibrahim Afellay to spark scramble between Arsenal, Spurs and Toon
Arsenal, Tottenham and Newcastle have all been alerted to the availability of Barcelona playmaker Ibrahim Afellay, with the Catalan giants ready to accept offers in the region of £6 million.
Afellay, who is currently training with the Holland squad ahead of Euro 2012, joined Barcelona from Dutch side PSV in January 2011, but he has struggled for match time since, featuring just five times last season following complex knee surgery that ruled him out for seven months.
The long-running injury problems have been common place in Afellay's career so far, but sensing an opportunity for profit given their £2.3 million outlay 18 months ago, Barcelona have put the 26-year-old up for sale and believe his starting berth for Holland at the Euro's will be a perfect platform to boost his price.
The La Liga runners-up are desperately trying to raise extra cash to help fund a summer of spending, and offloading Afellay and his wages is a priority, with the Dutchman not lacking potential suitors.
North London duo Arsenal and Tottenham are both long-term admirers of the player, with Gunners skipper Robin van Persie enjoying a close personal relationship, while Spurs have twice failed with loan-to-buy offers in recent years.
However, Newcastle are now believed to be the front runners for Afellay, with the only question mark being whether the fleet-footed playmaker would want to move to the North East.
The Magpies have around £20 million to spend this summer, and could easily afford the £6 million asking price, plus healthy wages of around £80,000-a-week.
Afellay, who is also a long-term target for Liverpool, is contracted to Barcelona until 2015.
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THunter (Forum Member) on June 1st, 2012, 12:38 pm
yousif_arsenal (Forum Member) on June 1st, 2012, 12:42 pm
SA Gunner (Forum Member) on June 1st, 2012, 12:46 pm
yousif_persie wrote:Buy him just to keep Rvp. Affelay is his best friend. and i think he not needed for barca.
yousif_arsenal (Forum Member) on June 1st, 2012, 12:49 pm
SA Gunner wrote:yousif_persie wrote:Buy him just to keep Rvp. Affelay is his best friend. and i think he not needed for barca.
Quite effective as an attacking mid as well Yousif. We look a whole lot stronger with Rosicky, Afellay, Diaby and Ramsey competing/rotating in the AM role.
Super Six MK II?
kalleTheMan (Trusted Member) on June 1st, 2012, 12:52 pm
Marquis (Forum Member) on June 1st, 2012, 1:01 pm
evoh_1 (Forum Member) on June 1st, 2012, 1:50 pm
Wouterus (Forum Member) on June 1st, 2012, 1:55 pm
Marquis wrote:Where does he play for the Dutch? When RVP speaks of their great understanding is it because of Ibi's wing-play or have they played together with Afellay as CAM behind Robin?
GDeep (Forum Member) on June 1st, 2012, 1:56 pm
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THunter (Forum Member) on June 1st, 2012, 2:16 pm
That's a very good point, I could see him ending his career here.GDeep wrote:You sign him every single day of the week, you pay 10-12M if you have to aswell.
Big positive with him is he would be a talented young player who has Spain/Real/Barca out of his system now, looking for another top club now where he can make a career.
Aso, I think he has a massive soft spot for us and I thought it was genuine a few years ago when he spoke about Arsenal and the way we play etc, he's ours if we want him, I actually think he'll pick us over any club on the planet if we wanted him.
ArseGod (Forum Member) on June 1st, 2012, 2:19 pm