Monthly Archives: November 2012

Are Arsenal set to trigger Mario Gotze's £30 million buyout clause?

It’s well known that Arsene Wenger is a huge admirer of German starlet, Mario Gotze. According to various reports, Arsenal had somewhat uncharacteristic bid in the region of £30 – £35 million rejected in 2011 having lost both Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri.

Gotze has since signed a contract extension at Borussia Dortmund which would keep him at the club until 2016. However, it is thought that the contract includes a £30 million release clause which according to the player’s agent ‘keeps his options open.’

Arsene Wenger has mentioned on several occasions over the past two seasons that he is willing to spend big on a ‘special player.’ The release clause within Gotze’s contract means that if Arsenal were to match their previous bid, Dortmund would simply have to accept.

The ever reliable German newspaper ‘Bild’ has claimed that Arsenal could be set to trigger the player’s buyout clause.

In tandem, Arsenal’s lucrative new sponsorship deal with Emirates puts the club in a strong financial position which is the kind of contract that Gazidis has spoken of for some time.

Gotze seems to have recaptured his scintillating form with resounding performances in Dortmund’s Champions League campaign.

Gotze would greatly bolster Arsenal’s midfield options. With Santi Cazorla, Mikel Arteta, Jack Wilshere and emerging talent, Thomas Eisfeld looking extremely promising for the foreseeable future, Gotze would bring another dimension going forward.

Gotze is extremely unlikely to leave Dortmund until next summer but the player is the kind of talent that could see Wenger looking to break the bank.

Unlock the 007 in you – Coke Zero

Coke Zero launched the following challenge to coincide with the release of the new James Bond: Skyfall movie. Coke challenged unsuspecting customers to reach a particular platform within 70 seconds having purchased Coke Zero from a nearby vending machine. Completion of the challenge resulted in the customer receiving free tickets for the new movie.

The clip has seen over 9 million YouTube views which has added value to the Coke Zero brand while adding to the buzz behind the new movie.

Top Prospect – Wilfried Zaha

Crystal Palace and recently England winger Wilfried Zaha looks certain to make his move to the Premier League in the approaching January transfer window. Zaha is becoming renowned as one of the most prolific players seen outside the top flight, and has been linked with the Premier Leagues top clubs such as Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal.

However, being a boyhood Arsenal fan, Arsenal seems to be the most likely move for Zaha. With speculation that Theo Walcott’s long-term future is being left for his agent to decide, Zaha looks to fit the bill. With Arsene Wenger keen to bolster his attacking options in January, it’s thought that a £10 million bid should be enough to snatch the player from under the noses of other interested clubs.

With Arsenal already reaping the benefits of their home-grown recruitment policy, Zaha would fit the long-term English mould of the team with players such as; Jack Wilshere, Kieran Gibbs, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Carl Jenkinson and Theo Walcott. It is also known that Jack Wilshere is tipped to become the long-term captain of the club.

Zaha isn’t your typical English winger. He’s strong, direct and powerful which has seen many of his opponents left mesmerised the Championship.

Wenger was asked directly about his interest in Zaha on this morning and said, ‘We are looking at every player who could strengthen our squad – but he is not more on the list than anyone else.’

Zaha is undoubtedly a top prospect for the coming years.

Pepsi Max – Uncle Drew Chapter 2

Pepsi Max have delivered the second instalment within the Uncle Drew series. The episode sees Uncle Drew (Kyrie Irving) playing a pickup game in LA, partnered by NBA star Kevin Love and basketball legend Bill Russell.

Players and spectators were told they were being filmed for a local TV station.

Similarly to the first episode, the NBA pair steadily take over the game and unleash destruction on their opponents.

Supposedly written and directed by Kyrie Irving himself.