Okay I know that there is still a long way to go before the transfer window opens, but I would like to venture that Arsenal’s involvement in the chase for trophies may give us an advantage over clubs like Manchester United in the summer transfer window, as David Moyes side may not even be able to offer any European football at all next season!
It is fast becoming the Elephant in the room for Arsenal fans. Robin van Persie I mean. According to all the papers, the Dutchman is not happy at his new club Manchester United. He was happy when he picked up a Premier League medal last season, but the Moyes takeover and United’s struggle to obtain European football are the last things he thought would happen.
Spring is in the air, and with the promise of sunshine coming the Sunday papers are warming up towards the transfer window (commonly known as the Silly Season on Arsenal websites!).
Today’s offering comes from the ever-fanciful Sunday Sun, who are proposing the very unlikely story that Manchester United believe that they can get our very own captain Thomas Vermaelen to go to Old Trafford this summer.
I know Arsene Wenger has a habit of selling our captains, and even I could understand why Vermaelen may wish to leave after being sidelined for most of this season, but surely we won’t let him go to Man United?
The speculation about Alvaro Morata coming to join Arsenal has not gone away, even though the proposed loan move in January didn’t come off. The young Spanish striker has apparently accepted that he needs to move away from his boyhood club Real Madrid in order to play regularly and further his career, something he really should have known a month ago, but the £25 million price tag that his La Liga club have slapped on him means his destination probably won’t be the Emirates.
For some reason that is yet to be explained, Arsene Wenger has chosen to leave Lukas Podolski out in the cold this season, despite the Arsenal Number 9 scoring six goals in just 8 starts for the club this season, and it looks like the 28 year-old will be leaving the Emirates this summer.
Well according to the Mirror, Wenger has already lined up the Frenchman Loic Remy to replace him at a cut-price of just £8million, which they report as his buy-out clause from Queens Park Rangers.
I know it is not confirmed that Bacary Sagna will not be an Arsenal player next season, but after the club announced new contracts for Rosicky and Mertesacker this week, the silence on Sagna was telling and his departure is almost as likely as Spurs missing out on the Champions League.
So Arsenal need a replacement and two names are in the papers today as possibly being available in the summer, Dani Alves and Micah Rochards. The Express reports that Barcelona are willing to sell their Brazilian right back because he will have just a year left on his contract and they will be in a Sagna situation.
Arsenal fans are understandably confused and angry about why Arsene Wenger has done so little in the last two transfer windows, especially after the recent financial figures showed the Club doing really well and having lots of money in the bank.
Apart from smashing the Arsenal transfer record to sign Mesut Ozil on the summer deadline day, Wenger has spent less money than you would expect from a struggling lower division side, but it does look as if this year will be the last one that causes us to vent our frustrations as our rivals spend money and we do nothing.
As if the football at the weekend was not bad enough for Arsenal fans, someone has decided to pour salt and vinegar into our open wounds. The American John W. Henry who owns Liverpool has pretty much admitted that Arsenal’s attempt to sign Luis Suarez in the summer should have been successful, but they just decided not to honour the terms of the contract.
We all know about the strange sounding bid of 40 million and one pound, which turned into a bit of a joke, with Liverpool taking the high ground and accusing us of bad and disrespectful behaviour. We had to put up with snide comments from Mr. Henry and his attack dog, Brenda, but it now turns out that the Gunners were in the right all along.
Olivier Giroud gets more tham enough criticism for his performances in big games, but perhaps we now know why he failed to perform in the 6-3 drubbing that Arsenal received at Man City.
The previous report about Giroud entertaining Celia Kay the night before a match pales into insignificance today as the ever-lovable Sunday Sun has alleged today that he was having a sexy romp with another beauty at 3 a.m. of the day Arsenal faced Man City at the Etihad. The anonymous lady also reveals that he begged her to have a threesome with another Arsenal player (what’s that about?).
I think all Arsenal fans agree that (as usual!) we are just a few players short of being a world-class side, with a top striker being the most imperative for us.
So it was quite a shock to see this story in the Mirror, where they state that Arsenal are gearing up for the transfer window by bringing in the former Tottenham scouting chief Ian Broomfield “to spearhead a massive summer spending spree.”
I have had enough of all the bleating about yesterday’s result so it is time to look at a healthy Arsenal transfer rumour to improve the team for next season’s assault on the title!
According to a report in the Metro today, the Gunners are chasing the Austrian centre-half Martin Hinteregger, who has been impressing all-comers in his current role at Red Bull Salzburg. They are confident that the 21 year-old will be straight replacement for the on loan Johann Djourou, who is apparently wanted by Hull City, but personally I could see Thomas Vermaelen also moving on this summer if he doesn’t start getting lots of game time in the final few months.
There have been numerous rumours regarding the unhappy situation of Robin Van Persie at Manchester United since David Moyes took over, and it seems that the Dutchman is angling to move away from Old Trafford this summer.
When it was originally mooted that the Dutch international could make a shock return to Arsenal, Arsene Wenger was asked directly if it was a possibility, but refused to say Yes or No, but now The Metro is claiming that talks are at an advanced stage.