Sahin’s on his way, M’Vila and Llorente too? Sounds almost too good to be true, doesn’t it? What a trio of signings that would be. The most exciting part is that 2/3 of that trio could quite possibly be signing for Arsenal in the next week. No prizes for guessing which one probably isn’t.

Sahin to say again

The BBC confirmed that a deal for Nuri Sahin on loan should be closed early this week, possibly today or tomorrow. It’s a years loan, with a view to a permanent deal. That’s something a lot of Arsenal fans weren’t expecting, as it was believed that it was simply a loan, as Arsenal’s option to buy was rebuffed by Real Madrid, the original sticking point.

Arsenal opened their campaign with a 0-0 draw against a very, very cynical Sunderland side. Arsenal dominated the game but couldn’t create many chances, thanks to the 10-man Sunderland defence. They came for a point and got it, sadly.

With that said, there are a lot of positives. Gervinho and Diaby looked much improved, while Cazorla was as class as we expected. Giroud could have scored towards the end, but it was on his weaker foot, and hey, it took Bergkamp 10 games to score.

Naturally this led to some hilarious reactions from pundits. I keep forgetting that Manchester City never drew any games last year, let alone 0-0.

Yesterday, I brought you the news that Arsenal were prepared to sell Alex Song to Barcelona for around 20M, not because they had no choice, but because Wenger was sick of his attitude.

Today that was confirmed by the BBC, along with the news that he won’t play against Sunderland (unsurprisingly).

We also got some tidbits about his exit. He’s purported to have had a raging row with Wenger, demanded to leave (Arsene was only too happy to oblige, having made his mind up), and cleared out his locker today.

The full story is in this Metro article by Jamie Sanderson.

Wheels are turning, dominoes are falling. Whatever metaphor you want to use, Arsenal’s transfer business, at this point fairly steady, is churning into overdrive. Major and minor outs, likely to be combined with major ins, are being worked on and completed as the end of the transfer window looms.

‘He’ is gone, is ‘he’ being replaced?

Robin Van Persie underwent his medical at Bridgewater hospital, and excepting a major problem, has essentially completed his move to Manchester United. This brings to an ultimate end this year’s saga. Lovely jubbly. While interviewed recently, Arsene Wenger said of potential replacements “we have already replaced him with Podolski and Giroud, Llorente doesn’t interest me”.

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The day is finally upon us. After a disappointing summer for our nation’s respective football teams in the Euro’s and the Olympics, the opening of the new season couldn’t come soon enough. For Arsenal, the season starts with a home tie against a tricky Sunderland team who are more than capable of pulling off an upset.

Head to Head

It is hard to judge the first game of the season, with both teams fielding new players. In the 2011/12 season Arsenal beat Sunderland 2-1 both home and away, with a certain Mr Henry grabbing the winner in the final minutes at the Stadium of Light after Sunderland took the lead. Sunderland did manage to grab a 2-0 win at the Emirates last year in the FA cup though.