Monday, December 17, 2012
''MOVE TO ARSENAL MAKES U DREAM'' DEMBA BA OPENS DOOR TO GUNNERS MOVE
Senegalese international Demba Ba has opened the door to a move to Arsenal by admitting they are a club that 'makes you dream'.
The Newcastle striker is enjoying a stellar season at St James' Park, bagging 11 goals in the Premier League.
Ba has yet to be persuaded to sign a new deal which will bury the £7.5million release clause contained in his initial contract from summer 2011.
With that stalemate hanging in the air, Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool are among those hovering, though Newcastle themselves remain hopeful of keeping their star man.
However, the Senegal international's words on Sunday evening will worry those in the corridors of power at St James'.
While claiming that he had no knowledge of concrete interest from Arsenal, Ba suggested he could be the man to strengthen Arsene Wenger's leading line.
The Gunners are in the market for a striker having endured a difficult season in front of goal as they adapt to life after Robin van Persie, who joined Manchester United in the summer.
Olivier Giroud, a £12m capture from Montpellier, has impressed in flashes but is still coming to terms with life in the Premier League, while Gervinho has become the butt of many jokes among Arsenal fans. Marouane Chamakh has continued to disappoint.
Wenger has been tracking a number of options, including £15m-rated Spain striker Adrian Lopez and Schalke's Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, who has scored twice against the Gunners in the Champions League this season.