There was more bad news in the media for Arsenal fans this morning after every news site seemed to be reporting that our transfer target Luiz Gustavo from Bayern Munich was set to snub the Gunners and accept a transfer to another Bundesliga club Wolfsburg. However, as weknow from painful experience, until a transfer is officially announced, it is not a done deal.
It has become clear recently that Arsene Wenger is trying to sign a player to help out in the problem defensive or holding midfield area. That doesn’t necessarily mean that Wenger will be successful in signing somebody, especially now that Napoli are preparing to challenge for Luiz Gustavo from Bayern Munich.
I am beginning to dislike the Serie A club intensely. Rafa Benitez has been spending money like a man with no arms since taking over. If Napoli really do enter the race for the 26-year old Brazilian international, we could find the price rising, just as it did with Gonzalo Higuain from Real Madrid. Arsenal had agreed a fair price of around £23 million for the striker, but Napoli eventually paid nearly £35 million.
Geoffrey Kondogbia isn’t available by AH
It’s well known to most that Arsenal are on the lookout for a defensive midfielder this summer, after being without a true player for this position ever since the glory days. Many have tried but most have failed, fortunately things look set to change, as Wenger seems to have lined up his options to fill the void in the near future.
According to reports Arsenal have agreed a fee, rumoured to be around the £17 million mark, with Bayern Munich over the transfer of Brazilian defensive midfielder Luiz Gustavo. And although the likelihood is that the Gustavo reports are true (we hope), another target rumoured to be under Arsene Wenger’s radar is Geoffrey Kondogbia.
As Arsenal were doing their best to prove that Arsene Wenger’s unshakable faith in his players was not the fevered ramblings of an Absinthe addict, a report in Metro claimed that Wenger is on the berge of completing his first Arsenal signing of this longest of summers.
According to the paper, the player in question is the Bayern Munich player Luis Gustavo. The 26-year old Brazilian international has fallen down the pecking order at the Bundesliga and Champions League title holders, and is keen for a move in order to get his career back on track.
We have all heard that Arsenal are still `working hard` to bring in some top talent during the summer transfer window, but I would politely suggest that they are not working hard enough and need to `get their finger out` or we will end up seeing every good player snapped up by other clubs.
I really thought that Arsenal would move for Marouane Fellaini from Everton before his release clause expired, but the beginning of the month came and went without any noise from the Emirates. That suggested to me that Wenger had other ideas, and the media reports were pointing towards Luis Gustavo from Bayern Munich.
Three signings that would make this a good summer for the Arsenal by KJ
Rumours are starting to pick up now and it looks like Arsenal are finally close to getting some business done. In light of all this news, I thought I’d compile a quick list of three key players that would make Arsenal title contenders next season (I will only look at three players that are realistic/confirmed to be sought after by Arsenal):
Do Arsenal actually need to push for a new centre back? by KJ
There has been a lot of talk since the end of the season that Arsenal are in need of a new centre back, especially after it was revealed that former captain Thomas Vermaelen will be out for at least 3 months due to a back fracture. This is very disappointing news as I was hoping he’d get a proper pre-season under his belt and would hopefully push Mertesacker and Koscielny for a starting place next season.
There is now less than a month to go before Arsenal take on Aston Villa in the first game of the new Premier League season, and the Gunners have still not spent a penny of the now infamous £70 million transfer war chest. To be fair to Arsene Wenger, though, it seems like all of the players he has made moves to sign are ridiculously hard to get hold of, for one reason or another.
Wenger enters contract talks! by AH
Constant reports over the last few weeks have pointed out that the Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is being lined up by mega rich Paris Saint-Germain as their main managerial target for next season. Having secured Laurent Blanc as the new French Champions’ manager, we know we are safe in keeping Wenger for this upcoming season at least but with just 12 months remaining on his Arsenal contract we cannot be certain about his future any further.
Arsenal bid for Bender? by Stefan
As we speak the Media is reporting that Arsenal have had a £19.7M bid for Lars Bender rejected by Bayer Leverkusen who are flat out refusing to sell another one of their top players after the excellent season they have had.
They have already lost Daniel Carvajal back to Real Madrid and Andre Schurrle to Chelsea. One from defence, one from attack and now Arsenal want one from midfield, according to The Mirror. Leverkusen will be waiting for a bid for their goalkeeper Rene Adler next, who incidentally has already been linked with the Gunners several times lately.
There is no way that Arsenal will sell the France international centre back Laurent Koscielny if they do not want to, because the 27-year old was tied down to a new long term contract last summer that keeps him at the Emirates for another four years.
That does not seem to have put off some of Europe’s top clubs though. Last week there were media reports about interest from FC Barcelona and Bayern Munich, and these powerhouses have now been joined by the Serie A club Napoli. Rafa Benitez has recently taken over at Napoli and his main task is to stop the domination of the current champions Juventus.
I do not think that there is any doubt whatsoever that Arsenal fans, players and staff would all agree that Robert Lewandowski would be a fantastic signing for the club this summer. However, with clubs like Bayern Munich, Manchester United and Real Madrid supposedly interested in the striker, it seems more like a dream than a possibility.