There were a lot of names being linked with a transfer to Arsenal last month, too many to list here, and quite a high proportion of them were defensive midfielders. The Spanish international left back Nacho Monreal was the only new addition for the Gunners, though, which surprised many people who thought that a strong midfield warrior was top of the list for Arsene Wenger.
Right up until the transfer window closed on Thursday night, there were rumours that Mohamed Diame would be a last minute transfer from West Ham to Arsenal, but Wenger must have decided he was not the right player. The boss did not want to bring anyone in, and it seems now that he had his eyes on someone else, the France and Toulouse midfielder Etienne Capoue.
Wenger has said that he almost completed another transfer in the last few days but the other club would not agree to the deal. Many thought he was referring to the David Villa situation at Barcelona, but that was already dead in the water. Capoue’s agent has told the media that Arsenal, Tottenham and PSG were after the 24-year old and he expects that they will try again at the end of the season, according to Metro.
Toulouse had said that they would sell anybody at the right price, but once Newcastle had bought another of their midfielders, Moussa Sissoko, they were unwilling to sell Capoue as they had no time left to replace him. If Arsenal had made a move earlier in the window, we may well have got him. Now we need Diaby, Arteta, Coquelin and Ramsey to stay fit and hopefully do enough until we can get Capoue to the Emirates in the summer.