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Obafemi Martins to swap Newcastle United for Arsenal

According to the Sun, Newcastle’s Obafemi Martins has been told he can leave St James’ Park if any of his suitors should match or better his ₤15million price tag. However, the 23 year old Nigerian international could go for less if he hands in a transfer request, which would trigger a ₤13million release clause.

Arsenal has long been linked with Martins, but manager Arsene Wenger has so far refused to budge from his ₤11million evaluation of the former Internazionale star. However, the Frenchman may well give up an extra ₤2million as his squad will look desperately low on firepower if he does not make some key purchases this summer.

The Gunners will be without Eduardo da Silva for the first few months of next season, while Robin van Persie is yet to prove he can regain the form he had before injury and Emmanuel Adebayor appears certain to leave the Emirates for Barcelona or Milan.

Having recently agreed a new ₤80,000 per week deal only to have it scrapped at the last moment as the Magpies seek to cut their wage bill, Martins may be well inclined to look for work elsewhere.

[Source: The Sun]

Mon 30 June, 2008
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62 Comments:

  1. GOONA says:

    No! No! No! boss please don’t sign Martins. This player is so used to being on the losing side it may well rub off on us. They say you’re aiming to bring in this long time target so boss please keep on missing him and aim for better strikers like Villa, Huntelaar Rocky Santa etc etc.PLLeazzzzzze!!!!!!!!

  2. james says:

    i would discribe martins as a ruff diamond working under arsena wenger i think
    he would be the best striker in the world

  3. Jide says:

    This is the time to drag Martins to Arsenal, he’s a utility player,very agile,strong,can beak thru any deffence if balls comes to him at the right time.He has a very powerful shoots and very fast and mobile i think we should go for what’s available for us now instead of speculations of buying people who does not have interest in playing in Arsenal colour.Martins is one of the most available player we can bring on to Emirate.If Wenger has been on Martins tale for a long time then the player has something that every other people never see in him and only Wenger sees that, we all know Wenger is the best youth manager of all time or of our time.Arsenal For Life!!!!!

  4. Innocent says:

    Yes,Martins will be a good replacement for Adebayo whom I believe his spirit has long departed Arsenal.Wenger should go for Obagoal.

  5. Jorge says:

    what u taling about, martins is such a great striker, one of the best in the world, he’s got speed, power, skills, he’ll be welcomed in arsenal if they signed him

  6. obiajuru says:

    i think Obagoal will be very much needed at the Emirates stadium because he has all the potentials of being the best striker in the world under the tutorship of Arsene Wenger. Gunners for life.

  7. hafees says:

    I think it is best if wenger sign marting, we need player like marting who can shoot when needed and who can run and score on 2ru ball when is given and equallly score a great goal.WENGER SIGN HIM. i dont remember when last arsenal scored with a 2ru ball except the last by adebayor from theo walcot in arsenal vs liverpool semi last season

  8. toro says:

    I think it is best if wenger sign marting, we need player like marting

    hafees….c’mon no MARTING hah? MARTINS lah…no MARTING

  9. seyi says:

    please buy martin now or else next season ok please wenger buy Obagoal!!!!!!.

  10. Obafemi Martins is a formidable player.He is one player that can single handedly
    change the tide in any match if given the necessary support.I believe he will do a
    very good job at Arsenal.In my opinion, Martins was underutilized at Newcastle.
    He did not realise his full potential at Newcastle.I think its time for him to move on
    Arsenal or no Arsenal.

  11. toro says:

    i don’t think it’s a good idea of signing martins. arsenal play excellent passing and movement and i see martins is a selfish kinda striker. it’s definitely not a good idea at all. so forget martins! either santa cruz, david villa or david silva

  12. Rowland says:

    Arsenal needs an urgent introduction of a sharp striker and i think martins is a good choice

  13. Hardey says:

    Wenger must begin 2 c dat martins is d best person 2 bring out d qualities in cecs,nasri&walcot.A summer purchase of ds long awaited stricker wld do d magic.UP GUNNERS!!!

  14. Olajide says:

    Ya this is a gunner fans from nigeria,…i think martins will be fit to play for arsenal to boost the team up as the best team,so i think wenger should go get him now!!!

  15. nixon says:

    i don’t really see the point in buying martins. As much as i love him after re-singing adebayor(which was a big mistake) singing martins would only stop young guns like bendtnar and vela(or vera) and rafael.

  16. Pls somebody should help me tell arsene wenger that he should not miss martins this time around b/cos he is very nice player til this moment.

  17. Macnelson says:

    I think winger buying obagol is a very good idae bcouse he has all quality a good strike need such as ball control,speed,short etc

  18. Clement Aigbe says:

    I think martins would be the perfect replacement for adebayor. for Godsake who is comparing martins with adebayor. i am a chelsea fan but i advise Arsenal to make hay while the sun shines.

  19. I think winger buying obagoal is a very good idea bcos he has quatity $ quality a good strike need such as ball control speed etc

  20. Ibro(ikoyi, lagos) says:

    I think martins will b a good buy if only arsene wenger is ready 2 sign him.

  21. Abel says:

    At dis moment, injuries is tradin on Martins, wenger shld go 4 anoda attacker like Obasi Ogbuke.

  22. zick says:

    ok to keep the gunners hope next season, Martins is agood buy but for current season playing on the arsenal side ll be a gambling that may work on not work cos he need to adjust to gunners kind of game.

  23. Dennis.E. says:

    Martins is finish pls do’nt buy him

  24. adsmart 4rm offa says:

    we need martins in arsenal

  25. personally i dont care. but i like nukasl a bit, and it’ll be a shame to see martins go…..

  26. Sam leke says:

    football isn`t all about energy it is more of sense and little strenght. so we need brilliant attakers and not muscullar attaker like matyns. gooners for life

  27. Jude says:

    Pls Arsene Wenger buy other good midfider dat will b replacin cesc

  28. I think this time around Arsene wengar should not missing obafemi martins is a good striker and he have a good short shoot an Arsenal need person like obafemi martins

  29. I think this time around Arsene wengar need obafemi martins to buy as our frist eleven or bench player to replace Adebayor because obafemi martins is good player th

  30. Arsenal need a good back man to buy to replace joru

  31. Bola says:

    I think obafemi has made a very move joinin newcastle in the first instance.Newcastle are a club without effective keeper,defenders,midfielders and coach.Martin wil fit in into arsenal style and score goals with the likes of fabregas,arshavin,nasri,rosicky in the midfield

  32. Bola says:

    I think obafemi has made a very disappointing move joinin newcastle in the first instance.Newcastle are a club without effective keeper,defenders,midfielders and coach.Martin wil fit in into arsenal style and score goals with the likes of fabregas,arshavin,nasri,rosicky in the midfield.

  33. adam says:

    have you people lost it he would be wicked with walcott becuase of his acceleration and finishing plus he got experince of inter and newcastle which arsenal need exprience not little 16 year olds all the time if they dont sign him they have to be stupid he would be perfect at liverpool run run run pass to torres bang that simple but personally hope he dont leave newcastle after they get relegated (i think so) becuase newcastle great club who need as many class players for next sesoan in championship

  34. Ну вы бы подрались еще, тоже мне спорщики :)

  35. MR DESTINY says:

    Boss (Arsene Wenger), i beg you with passion, for the sake of God and the sake of dying hard fans of Arsenal; this is an opportunity for Arsenal to bring this promising young man (Obafemi Martins). If Martins join Arsenal with (Arsene Wenger’s most admirable way of reforming players) Martins will be better than Torress and Rooney. More so, If we can have Xabi Alonso, Rosicky, Nasri, Fabregas in the mildfield; then Martins at Arsenal can win highest goal scorer.

    Now let’s be realistic, Rocky Santa Cruz, David Villa, Obafemi Martins, Pls Choose Martins because if fast, you can get him faster & easier than the other two. He is as good and the other two. Boss get Martins FAST.

    ARSHAVIN & MARTINS
    is better than
    ARSHAVIN & ADEBAYOR
    or ARSHAVIN & BENDTNER
    or BENDTNER & ADEBAYOR.

    BOSS SIGN MARTINS FOR THE SAKE OF FANS!!! We want to rule English & Europe.

  36. Brad says:

    I dont care where he goes, but i can understand that he wants to leave Newcastle.

  37. Rod murenzvi says:

    I think a martins move to arsenal signals more problems. The guy cant remember how to score.

  38. Brad says:

    Martins does know how to score, but he jes keeps on fergetin how. He must have short term memory loss.

  39. Gerald Mtazu says:

    Whatever!!!
    U cn sign in 4 him or not,but we need sum fruitful results this season.
    Because we Gonners we r hungry for a silverware

  40. Brad says:

    No offense, Gerald, but if yall are hungry for silverware, jes go to a store and buy some forks, knives, and spoons and eat em on the spot….

  41. osasuyi olabode says:

    up gunner’s all ova the world,i want to use this opportunity to thank all our fans who still strongly beleive in arsenal till present moment,may we recover our lost glory this coming season with the committed players will are having on ground,dam any player who want to leave will can do without them lets keep the faith going no cause for alarm,all will want is for arsen wenger to sign a productive player not gold digger one’s,one love all arsenal fans,our future is very brigth.

  42. Brad says:

    Hmmmmmm……
    good post osasuyi.

  43. kukaka says:

    go where ya wanna go martins.

  44. Prez says:

    Hey folks personaly speaking i wudn’t mind martins playing 4 Arsenal(tho dnt really lyk both). They play ground football & we all know martins is short unlike Newcastle’s pattern. Lyk i said… my opinion.
    UP REAL MADRID!!!

  45. Brad says:

    Another good post.

  46. Заметка вроде старая уже, но я только сегодня ее прочитал. Актуально, что тут скажешь. :)

  47. Brad says:

    All right, what is with the Russian language, pycram?
    None of us on these discussions know Russian, so speak friggin Engish will ya?

  48. michael says:

    yes,martin can making suprise at arsenal.he still younger right ?
    he can replace adebayor
    and arsenal should buy BRUNO GAMA(V.Stubal)right wing from portugal
    he is talented player at V.Stubal
    he still 20 years old he can beat Quaresma,and Cristino Ronaldo

  49. Brad says:

    I doubt the GAMA dude could do more than make an ill advised challenge on Ronaldo.

  50. Давно хотел у вас спросить, автор, а вы где живёте? В каком городе? :)

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