Hello Gooners. Very little to give you in terms of news today as there is not much going on in terms of rumours, Arsenal wise atleast.
Just days previously, rumours were all over the internet, that Arsenal could be in for a double swoop of Nuri Sahin on loan from Real Madrid and Yann M’Vila on a permanent transfer from Rennes. Of course, things can change within a matter of moments in the world of football. Sahin has joined Liverpool for a whopping £5 million loan deal, which will grow up to £7 million if you include his wages. And on the other hand, Sp*rs of all clubs have offered a reported £15.2 million for Yann M’Vila, the French international’s club said.
The fact the deal isn’t accepted as of yet, and that according to sources, another English club is interested in acquiring his services, that club not being Arsenal, means Rennes are possibly holding out for the highest possible bid, and may stretch this to the dying moments of the transfer window. What it certainly means is that Arsenal could make little or no attempt at M’Vila. Then again, you can’t say.
Other options being thrown around everywhere are tough tackling Toulouse midfielder Etienne Capoue and Newcastle’s Cheik Tiote, who according to me could be the perfect fit, though Arsene Wenger has already shrugged off the possibility. Surprisingly, Yohann Cabaye is another name being linked with a move to North London, and this would be very unlikely as there a host of players who can play in the advanced role in midfield at the club, Cazorla, Rosicky, Ramsey etc.
Also linked with a move is highly rated Malaga midfielder Isco. Highly coveted by the Malaga faithful, the Spanish midfielder could be another name in the mass exodus at the Spanish club, owing to their financial crisis.
Kevin Mirallas was another name linked to us last week, but he did join Everton in the end, and even revealed he was in advanced talks with the club. Caen striker M’Baye Niang too looks set to join the Merseyside outfit as well, but there haven’t been any advancements in that aspects. This clearly means we are on the lookout for a striker, but Wenger may not be willing to splash too much cash in bringing a deputy marksman.
Apart from the above, we have been linked to a host of French Ligue defenders, namely Senegalese left back Cheikh M’Bengue and Montpellier’s Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa
All this doesn’t signify anything, but we could certainly be in for a exciting few days, before the transfer window closes to a frantic finish. Arsenal will also be looking to cut the squad numbers, though wages and finding clubs for the players they don’t need would be a major problem.
Sebastien Squillaci was linked to several French clubs, but with the deadline approaching fast, he may have to stay. Marrouane Chamakh has been linked to Fiorentina, Bordeaux and now Malaga, mostly as a makeweight’s for players like Stevan Jovetic and Isco. Niklas Bendtner has stated repeatedly that he has no future at Arsenal, yet is unable to find a club that may want his services. AC Milan are still tracking him, as they think he is the replacement for Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Well, sure, if you say so.
Andrei Arshavin wasn’t named even on the bench against Stoke, and looks pretty close to Zenit St. Petersburg. Sigh, what would have been. Theo Walcott hasn’t yet agreed to a new deal, but chances of him moving before the window closes looks pretty bleak to me. And finally, Ju Young Park, despite being linked to a few clubs from the Middle East, and recently to Celta Vigo, still finds himself in the Reserves at Arsenal.
While I do agree that new transfers are required to bolster the squad up a bit, there should also be consideration of the squad size, which clearly needs trimming, helping us lighten the wage bill. With very little happening over the course of 3 months, and expecting most of it to happen in the space of the next 3-4 days is ridiculous. But, so was last season, when we signed 5 players on one day. Let’s just wait and watch.
Specific areas we need to improve. Well, there are quite a few. Bacary Sagna has been out with injury for quite a while now, and should Carl Jenkinson suffer the same fate, we could be in for some trouble. Wenger will look to make maximim use of available resources here, and will play Coquelin or Koscielny there. The precarious situation of Andre Santos lingers as well. His trial in September may not amount to anything, but we really can’t take any chances can we. We could find ourselves in a situation again where we may have to play with 4 centre-backs in defence.
There has been massive hue and cry over us signing a defensive midfielder, and I personally this is on the cards. Mikel Arteta has been effective against Sunderland and Stoke, but indications are he clearly prefers a more advanced role. Coquelin may not be ready yet for a starting role, and even though Jack Wilshere is set to return in October, he is not a defensive midfielder, per se. Like I said, a Tiote or a Capoue would be nice.
Up front, we still lack that little bit. We may have 6 strikers, 2 of whom are looking at moves elsewhere, and the other, messrs Chamakh is completely devoid of any confidence, having scored once all last season. Should we manage to manage to offload atleast 2 of them, I can see another coming in place of them, probably a more experienced one.
The names being thrown around at the moment are Dimitar Berbatov, out of favor at Manchester United, Fernando Llorente, who is the Robin van Persie of Athletic Bilbao and Radamel Falcao of Atletico Madrid, one of the top strikers in the world at the moment.
Moving on from the rumours, one transfer that is definitely completed is that of Henri Lansbury to Nottingham Forest for £1million. He had been with the club since the age of 8, and surely his best moment was scoring at White Hart Lane against Sp*rs. Here’s wishing him all the best.
To wrap it up, it is going to be an exciting week. There is also the small matter of the draw for the Champions League group stages on Thursday, 30th August. Hopefully we will be able to avoid trips to far flung European outposts.
That’s it for now!
Jai Arsenal 🙂
As I was writing this, there are rumors that Cesc Fabgregas is no longer part of Barca coach Tito Vilanova’s plans, and Arsenal of course have the first buy back option. OMG! Too good to be true, huh. You can get the entire scoop here.
Pinch me if this is true. Would love to have El Capitan back at the Emirates. Let’s not get too excited however. Marca is known to cook up stuff, but I would take anything right now! 😀
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