Arsenal Board Wants Wenger to Spend, Sun Says: Soccer Roundup

The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable links to the Web.

Arsenal Spending

Arsenal’s board is asking Arsene Wenger to spend more money before the season starts next month, the Sun said.

Some executives are upset that the manager’s only major signings are Ivory Coast striker Gervinho, for 11 million pounds ($18 million) and Charlton defender Carl Jenkinson, for 1 million pounds.

Wenger has concentrated on trying to keep captain Cesc Fabregas and midfielder Samir Nasri as well as sign striker Robin van Persie to a long-term contract, the newspaper said.

N’Zogbia Strike

Wigan striker Charles N’Zogbia may refuse to play to try and force coach Roberto Martinez to sell him to Aston Villa for 9 million pounds, the Daily Telegraph said.

The French player wanted to leave last year, but remained with Wigan and helped the team stay in the Premier League, the newspaper said. He will refuse to practice, the newspaper said.

De Rossi Move

Chelsea and Manchester City may be ready to bid for Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi after the Italian player refused to extend his contract, which is in its final year, the Daily Mirror said.

De Rossi may be made available for less than 15 million pounds, although new coach Luis Enrique wants to keep the player, the newspaper said.

West Ham Signing

Bolton midfielder Matt Taylor returned from the team’s U.S. tour to negotiate signing with West Ham, the Guardian said.

The 29-year-old has one year left on his contract and may join West Ham for 2.2 million pounds, the newspaper said. Taylor may lose his role at Bolton to Martin Petrov, the Guardian said.

Southampton Ready

Southampton is ready to sell midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for offers of 12 million pounds after dismissing an Arsenal bid for the 17-year-old, the Daily Mirror said.

The Gunners offered 6 million pounds plus other add-ons in January, but Southampton chairman Nicola Cortese wants cash offers of as much as 15 million pounds, the newspaper said.

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