With the dreaded interlull still boring everyone to death, Arsenal fans have little to do but wait around for the latest international injury to hit the club. So with things so quiet then the papers obviously have nothing better to do than fill the back pages with dubious Arsenal transfer rumours!
The first one up is quite believable as it features the out-of-favour Arsenal midfielder Andrei Arshavin, who still has the talent even if he hasn’t got the inclination so much nowadays. Arsene Wenger tried to get him to find a new club in the summer but the Russian appears to want to keep his family in London where they are very settled. The obvious solution is that he moves to another London club so he can play again, and the Star is reporting that Martin Jol wants to take him to Fulham in January to link up with Dimitar Berbatov.
Arsenal only want 1 million for Arsehavin and Jol has already said that he has money to spend in January. He said: “The club’s chairman Mohamed Al Fayed said before the season you can spend the same amount as last year.
“But we sold for over £30m and only bought for £8m.
“So I am 100 per cent certain he knows there is a lot in the kitty.”
So that is the most likely one out of the way, and we already know that Bordeaux are trying to give Marouane Chamakh a lifeline for his career by offering to take him back home to France. Johan Djourou’s agent has also made it clear that his client is still frustrated by being left on the sidelines and wants to finally make his move to Italy. There are not many Arsenal fans that would stand in his way if forced himself out.
It is also looking extremely likely that Theo Walcott will also be sold off for a reasonable price after refusing to accept Arsenal’s offer of a wage rise (according to Peter Hill-Wood anyway). If Wenger can dispose of these four that will leave a nice gap in the wages bill to finance a move for the cut-price deal for Fernando Llorente. All the talk has been about Wenger buying a new striker and Llorente is not only extremely well qualified, but the price will also be acceptable to Wenger with just six months left on his contract. This is obviously my dream scenario but will Wenger see it that way….
The most surprising rumour of the day is the report that says Arsenal have got scouts in South America watching the young Fluminense playmaker Wellington Nem, who has recently earned himself a call-up to the Brazil national team. The Fluminense sporting director Marcelo Teixeira has been talking up a move to Europe when he said yesterday: “I have no doubt that Wellington Nem will be one of the great stars of world football,”
“He is a really dedicated kid, who loves playing for Fluminense and deserves all the credit that comes his way.”
He would certainly be an exciting addition to the Arsenal squad, but Wenger has not had too much luck with his forays into the South American market, and with competition from Juventus and Tottenham he is unlikely to break the bank to bring Nem to the Emirates.
Well thats it for today. If all of those come true I will be very very happy, but also very surprised!