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Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Arsenal Found a Last-moment Bid for Xabi Alonso Rejected

Arsenal was desperate to sign Liverpool’s Spanish midfielder Xabi Alonso in a late bid, but Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez rejected the bid, citing the midfielder was not for sale. However, all the summer Alonso wanted a move to Emirates and even asked Benitez to let him join Arsenal. Even it was thought that Rafael Benitez was ready to make a deal for Alonso if any interested club agreed to pay the amount he had demanded.

Arsenal had already have a £12million bid rejected for Alonso when Liverpool was linked with a move for Aston Villa’s Gareth Barry, the player Benitez was interested to get in at Anfield. However, Liverpool could not materialize the Barry deal and perhaps, that is reason Rafael Benitez rejected Arsenal’s reportedly improved late bid of £14million for Xabi Alonso.

It was earlier reported that Arsenal might land one or two players at the eleventh-hour of the deadline on Monday and the manager tried his best on the last day of the deadline sign new player in the midfield. Wenger made a second bid for Udinese midfielder Gokhan Inler, who once again confirmed that he was going to play at least another season in Italy. Wenger also made a last-moment move for Real Madrid’s German defender Christopher Metzelder, but that was of no avail too.

However, Arsene Wenger is confident that he has a strong squad with which he can challenge other clubs in the bid to win silverwares. Now, let us see if Arsenal can continue their excellent form that they showed against FC Twente and Newcastle United at home.

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