With such a short time until the close of the window on Friday night (in England, that is), I’ve decided to do a round-up of the whirlwind of transfer gossip regarding Arsenal. I’ll try to give an indication of what I think is likely (or not!), but given the nature of this panicky time of the year, I doubt that even Wenger knows what is going to happen.
I wrote about him the other day in this article, praising him as an excellent player, but doubting whether he would be a necessary signing. His signature would be more of a luxury than anything else – it’s the type of deal Chelsea would make, followed by starting him a handful of times until he leaves with his footballing career down the drain, but plenty of money in his pocket.
Would he improve the squad? Yes. Would he improve the first team? Maybe (assuming Wilshere is injured). Would Wenger go for him? Probably; he is French, has Premier League experience and has great technique. Is he too expensive? Almost definitely. At this time in the window, with Newcastle on a high from last season, Pardew will charge a fortune. Carroll-esque money, I reckon.
The 23 year old French centre back is Montepllier’s captain. They won the league last year and we have already purchased Giroud from the club, so they may be unwilling to part with him. He’s a typical Wenger signing – slightly under the radar, pretty young and yet has 190 appearances under his belt already, and the boss said we’re in for a defender. Apparently he is quite versatile so can play across the back line, which is a great attribute.
Spurs have apparently lodged a bid, which has got some Gooners worried. He’s a good player, an out-and-out defensive midfielder who will allow Arteta to play further up the pitch. His price tag may scare us off though. Perhaps Rennes will lower the fee because he has expressed his desire to play for us. Whatever happens, it seems he will be coming to the Premier League in the coming days.
The Swansea defender really does have a great name, but is he the calibre of player we should be after? He scored his first goal (although it was probably a cross and went in thanks to a massive goalkeeping error) last week, but he is 29 years old and hasn’t played at particularly high-profile clubs. Ever heard of Terrassa FC? No? Well you bloody well should have, they play in the fourth level of Spanish football.
I don’t see Wenger making a move for him, although the rumours will probably continue until we purchase that defender we are supposedly after.
Another defender with a great name, who is pretty unheard of. Can’t see this happening, although I would get his name on my shirt if we signed him.
Linked with us earlier in the window, partly because he is a good friend of van Persie’s (so signing him would help us keep the Dutchman? Sounds plausible I guess…) and also because he is a quality player who is out of favour at Barcelona. Spurs and Liverpool are also apparently in for the 26 year old, who is reportedly being offered on loan as opposed to a permanent deal. Maybe Rodgers will babysit him alongside Sahin?
The Daily Mail has linked the Dane with Juve, for a fee of £5 million. Take it Arsene. Please.