Arsenal have had some highly publicised defensive problems recently, with captain and central defender Thomas Vermaelen coming under fire from various directions. Officials at Barcelona have not been paying attention, though, because they are preparing to table an offer of around £15 million for the Belgian international in the summer. The Spanish giants are also looking at Liverpool’s Daniel Agger, but the fact that Arsenal and Barcelona play similar systems could make Vermaelen the preferred option, according to the Guardian.
If Arsene Wenger was thinking of doing a bit of tinkering with the Arsenal team, that is obviously his perogative (not Bobby Brown’s). The one change that he should not even consider, however, is the inclusion of Olivier Giroud. With the Frenchman having scored two goals in each of his last two games, this probably will not seem like a radical idea, but that is not the only reason why Wenger must have him in the starting line up tomorrow.
Of course, this being the final week of the summer transfer window, there will be rumours flying around the soccer world like flies round, well you know. Arsenal are today being linked with 20-year old Danish defender Nicolai Boilesen from Dutch club Ajax. Southampton are rumoure to have already enquired about the youngster, with The Sun claiming that the Saints have made a £5 million bid.
I cannot believe there is much in this rumour. Boilesen has clearly showed promise, but has very little experience. Since beginning his professional career with Ajax, the defender has only made 13 appearances for the club. He has been restricted by a number of injuries to his thigh. He has made the step up to full international level and has played twice for Denmark.
I am sure that neither Liverpool or Spurs wants to help us, but it may be out of their hands. Jose Mourinho has said that Nuri Sahin will only be allowed to go on loan if they complete the transfer of Luka Modric from Tottenham. Meanwhile, Barcelona are targetting Liverpool’s Danish centre back Daniel Agger.
I know full well from some of your comments that you do not want to hear about any other teams, but these bits of information could have a direct bearing on Arsenal. Many Gooners were as horrified as I was when the news broke that Alex Song was on Barcelona’s radar.
It has been a quite quiet day today for Arsenal transfer rumours. It is well accepted that it is a question of a center-back or nothing when it comes to signings, the manager is waiting on the diagnosis of Sebastian Squillaci’s injury after Thomas Vermaelen had yet another setback in training,
Italian full-back Davide Santon is interesting Arsenal according to reports in Italy and it is a link that has been around before. However, I think it is highly likely the manager will stick with Bakary Sagna and Gael Clichy as his first choice full backs and with the back-up players being solid and reliable – plus with Traore on loan – we are very well stocked in that part of the defence at least.
Reports in the media suggest that Arsenal are chasing the signature of want-away Liverpool defender Daniel Agger.
Liverpool have been in shocking form this season and manager Roy Hodgson may not even make it though the next 24 hours as manager after a humiliating defeat away at Blackburn has piled even more misery onto him, the fans and the players.
Agger is said to be seeking a fresh start after getting disillusioned with the direction of this Liverpool team and his form has suffered as a result. With Arsenal being aware of his situation, it is more than possible that Wenger may swoop if the injury to Thomas Vermaelen doesn’t clear up before the end of the transfer window. Speaking on Tuesday the manager said: