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Put Up Or Shut Up Arsenal

Albion chairman Jeremy Peace is fighting of bids left, right and centre for defender Curtis Davies as he looks to keep the popular defender at The Hawthorns. So far Peace has turned down offers from Wigan (£9 million) and Portsmouth (£8.5 million) as the club hold out for an offer of £10 million. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is a big fan of Davies, but at that price is a little put-off. Oh well Arsenal do not want to pay £10 million for the defender so let`s accept an offer of £8 million, poor little Arsenal don`t like to pay over the odds for one of England`s most promising young defenders in years - Oh well.

Albion are not in the position of having to sell Davies to stay afloat, thanks to the Baggies board and chairman Jeremy Peace not throwing money at players Albion can afford to keep their star players or at least get the money that they demand for these players before they are allowed to leave.

Jeremy Peace has set his stall out since the club were relegated from the top-flight, Peace said that the club would do everything in its power to keep these star players at The Hawthorns and up to now he has done a fantastic job at fighting off the vultures circling the club. Davies, Zoltan Gera, Tomasz Kuszczak and Nathan Ellington have all been the subject of bids from Premier League clubs but Albion have stood strong refusing all offers that have come our way.

Albion have told these clubs that the players are not for sale unless they match the valuations that Peace and the Albion board have set out, as of yet no-one has matched these valuations so the players remain at The Hawthorns. The longest running saga of the summer so far concerns the future of Davies.

Curtis Davies has been linked with bids from Wigan Athletic and Portsmouth but the club doing all the talking is Arsenal. Albion have turned down bids from Wigan and Portsmouth but Arsenal have yet to put in an offer. Albion are holding out for a bid in excess of £10 million for the defender but Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has baulked at that price.

Oh well Arsene, if you don`t want to pay the asking price that is fine, offer us £8 million and you can have him - NOT!

The asking price is £10 million, if you think that the asking price will drop the closer we get to the transfer window your wrong, Albion do not need to sell and won`t sell just because it`s Arsenal showing an interest. If you want the player pay the price, I don`t agree that Curtis Davies is worth £10 million but it`s what Albion are asking, if you do not want to offer £10 million for his services then stop talking about him.

Wenger has told the press that he thinks that the money being asked for his too much and that Arsenal could not pay that kind of money for promising young players each season, oh well no loss there then.

Arsenal paid the price for Theo Walcott and he has furthered his career with a number of appearances for Arsenal reserves, does Curtis really want to go this early in his career? Yes Albion are in the Championship but he is guaranteed first-team football and Albion are one of the favourites to go back up so would it be a disaster for him to follow Andy Johnson`s lead and stay with Albion helping us to gain promotion?

A message to Albion would be to offer the guy an improved contract, he is our most important defender and some would argue the best player in our squad so make sure he is rewarded for being that. My advice would be to sell off that misfit and waste of talent Jason Koumas and use his wages to increase Davies` weekly sum, at least Davies looks like he wants to play for Albion and has acted professionally.

Curtis Davies is an important part of what Albion are building for the future, he is worth more than £10 million to the club, young fans look up to him, first-team players admire him and strive to show the same commitment and he is an honest player, not many of them about.

He is only coming into his third season of professional football and he still has a lot to learn, one season in the Championship will not do him any harm, if Albion fail to gain promotion then he can look for a move next season. You can not question his commitment to Albion during pre-season, he has been committed during the warm-up games and has spoken about the speculation stating that he would be more than happy to stay at Albion this season IF nothing else happens.

I beg Albion to hold onto Curtis Davies, he is more valuable to the club than £10 million in the bank, if you do sell him Mr Peace please ensure that the money made from his sale is re-invested straight back into the squad, Davies would be a hard player to replace.

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Date:Thursday July 27 2006
Time: 10:12AM


If youre going to slag wenger off on this site at least make sure you get your facts correct so you dont look like such an idiot. Wenger has not contacted west brom about davies confirmed by both west brom & wenger. He answered a direct question about whether he would make a bid for davies & quite clearly said not at that price (meaning 10 million). Wenger has said he will wait for the right defender to come along at the right price otherwise he will not sign anyone, obviously curtis davies will not be joining arsenal so the above article really is nothing more than trash. Why dont you save your hatred for your championship opponents rather than slating someone for being honest!!
Ashburton Gooner
27/07/2006 10:42:00
Arsene's arguement is spot on, but I think he is not trying to get west brom to lower their price though. West brom have every right to hold out for as much as possible for their best player, he is contracted to them, and it is only natural for a club not to sell a quality player on the cheap. I think Wenger is frustrated that people harp on the fact that Arsenal are targeted for not having enough English players in the squad, yet why would he pay well over the odds for one. Toure and Eboue are perfect examples. They have both proven to be excellent defenders, yet cost a fraction of the price Davies is being quoted at.
27/07/2006 10:45:00
Hi Gooners...I thought a few of you would bite and it's nice to see some of you paying a visit to the site. I am not making myself look like an idiot...Why is he talking about Davies if he has no intention of making a bid, all he is doing is unsettling our player. OzDan you have a reasoned arguement and I respect the comments you have made, it just hacks me off when I see this crap being spouted in the London press about Davies and Arsenal not wanting to make an offer for him...Thanks for the feedback lads ;o)
27/07/2006 10:51:00
Oh and Ashburton I am not slagging Wenger off I think he is a class manager and has transformed Arsenal, I just used the pun and said that if your talking about our player than make a bid, if your not going to make a bid then keep it quiet. Good luck for the season and I hope you beat Chelski to the title...Cracking new stadium by the way...
27/07/2006 11:01:00
You've said t yourself there Ant, it's been reported in the press, not by Wenger. The press asked him a question and he answered. Anyway, 10m is a huge amount for somone unestablished and the only reason he'd cost that much is coz he's English.
27/07/2006 11:09:00
Arsene Wenger said before this though that he is interested in Davies but he won't put an offer in, for a player in the Championship that is pretty unsettling, oh by the way Arsenal are interested in signing you...The words have come out of Wenger's mouth...He is staying at Albion as no-one will offer £10 million for him...I just wanted to say how I felt about the whole situation, Wenger has just annoyed with the fact he has talked about Davies but not backed it up with a bid...Oh well we beg to disagree on this.
27/07/2006 11:24:00
Davies worth £10 million? The same as Real are offering for Ruud VNR. Ho ho. Looks like he'll be staying with you for next season anyway, job done.
27/07/2006 12:12:00
Sorted :o)
27/07/2006 12:32:00
I apologize Ant, I was having a bad morning. I also hope you lot get promotion, your fans are excellent & I much prefer visiting you lot than portsmouth with those horrific drums going all the time. Regarding Wenger, he doesnt ever deliberately talk about players, its just he always answers questions from the media & never ducks out. Sometimes he should be a bit more coy but unfortunately thats the way he is. I think Davies is a terrific player & should he ever become available then I would love to see him join arsenal, but west brom are doing the right thing by the club holding onto important players & have got to be respected for that.
Ashburton Gooner
27/07/2006 17:47:00
Hi Ashburton, I never meant any disrespect by the article and I completely see what you are saying, thanks for taking time to read the article, I look forward to hopefully playing you guys in a season's time and visiting that amazing stadium of yours, good luck for the season ahead.
27/07/2006 22:15:00
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