It wouldn’t be Sunday without there being a few bits of Arsenal transfer news in the papers, and it seems every week there is another report about Marouane Chamakh. This time the Mail has categorically stated that the Bordeaux hitman has signed a four year deal with the Gunners worth £12m. I wish Arsenal would make an official announcement on this one, because all this endless speculation is becoming a bit tedious now!
The other two main rumours of the day concern Wigan players for some reason. The young Scot James McCarthy has been linked with an Arsenal move for some time now, but he has said today that, although flattered to be linked with bigger clubs, he doesn’t want to move on from Wigan so quickly after only arriving last summer.
“I am happy here,” he said. “The most important thing is to get games under your belt. Wigan have been great to me and I just need to keep working hard and not get carried away.
“I’m not concerned about our situation. We’re good enough to stay up. I just want to keep Wigan in the Premier League and get as many games under my belt as I can.
“It is great to be tipped to go to places, but I’ve got four years here. It was hard moving away from Hamilton but Wigan have been great. Because I’ve settled down well I’m not up the road as much as I was.”
McCarthy bears the hallmark of a “typical Wenger signing” and he is very likely to mature into a very classy player, but the other Wigan player Arsenal are being linked with, Hugo Rodallega, is looking like the finished product already.
Wigan seemed to get a great deal when they bought this Columbian international striker for under £5m just 18 months ago, and he has settled into the Premiership quite well, with 12 goals in 46 games, but has hardly set the world alight.
But the fact is that if Chamakh really has committed himself to Arsenal, is it likely that Wenger would still be on the lookout for another striker, especially one that doesn’t seem very exciting? I think not!