With just over 2 weeks left until the January transfer window opens, we thought this would be the perfect opportunity to keep you up to date with the latest transfer speculation regarding Arsenal Football Club. There are bound to be a few changes in January; Arsène Wenger needs to buy a few players to strengthen his squad, and I am sure there are one or two players who will be leaving the club.
Sources suggest that Per Mertesacker is looking for a move away from Werder Bremen
Arsenal are reportedly interested in signing the 26 year old German international. Long-term injury to Thomas Vermaelen has been a massive blow to the squad this season and our defensive frailties are really starting to show. I think Wenger may see this as the opportunity to sign another quality centre-back who can help to shore up our defense.
Likeliness rating 3/5
Real Madrid are considering making an offer for Gaël Clichy with a deal which would see Karim Benzema head for the Emirates
Clichy has not had the best start to the 2010/11 season. His performances have not been as strong as we have seen in previous seasons. Wenger kept hold of him in the Summer, despite interest from Barcelona, and I just can’t see Clichy going anywhere in January. He and Fabregas are the only two remaining players of the Invincibles, who went the entire 03/04 league campaign undefeated.
If reports suggesting that Bendtner, who has had a lack of first-team opportunities this season, may be looking for a move away from the club Wenger will need to add another striker to the squad. Benzema suits Wengers style of play perfectly. Lets not forget that he is also young and French.
Likeliness rating: 2/5
Freiburg striker Papiss Demba Cisse wants a move to Arsenal
Cisse is joint top scorer in the Bundesliga this season and many have suggested that he is looking for a move to a club which can guarantee him Champions League football. A source close to the player said “There’s no mistaking he’s very happy at Freiburg and he’s under contract until 2014, but Arsenal certainly interests him.” The Senegalese international was previously linked with Fulham, but the player is adamant that should he move it would be in search of Champions League. “Fulham is not an option. All respect to the club, regardless of whether they can afford him, he wouldn’t want to go.”
I don’t know much about this player, but I’m sure that Wenger knows a lot more about him than I do!
Likeliness rating 2/5
Manuel Almunia has been informed that he can leave Arsenal
Having sustained an elbow injury during the defeat to West Brom, Almunia has hardly featured this season. He has also seen Lukasz Fabianski and most recently Wojciech Szczesny put in strong performances and it is thought that Almunia is no longer needed. Malaga and Atletico Madrid are interested in signing him for a fee of around £1.5 million. Rather than making further moves to secure the services of Shay Given or Mark Schwarzer, I think Wenger will let Fabianski, Szczesny and Mannone fight it out for a place in the starting line-up.
Likeliness rating 4/5
Roma consider £5 million bid for Emmanuel Eboué
Eboué, who has become a fan favorite at the Emirates, has a contract which ends in the Summer and there are no signs that he is going to sign a contract extension. Wenger may want to cash-in on the right-back rather than let him leave on a free at the end of the season, but I think that Eboué will sign a new contract after the new year. He’d be stupid not to.
Since he was subbed off against Wigan in December 2008 after the crowd reacted badly to his poor performance, his form has picked up dramatically. Although he has a completely different playing style to that of Bacary Sagna, he is always strong defensively and has consistently gave a solid performance in the 09/10 season.
Likeliness rating 2/5