It seems like Arsenal may be forced into the transfer market for the Aston Villa and Belgium striker Christian Benteke in January, or risk seeing the talented 22-year old move somewhere else. Reports of interest from other clubs are getting more regular, and there could well be a transfer tussle for Benteke when the transfer window opens in a couple of months time.
Wenger drops interest in Suarez by Ash
Over the course of the last few days we have finally seen Arsenal make some movement in the transfer window with a rather hopeful £10 million bid being reported for Newcastle’s Yohan Cabaye. Newcastle manager Alan Pardew rejected the offer straightaway and even accused Arsenal of not only ‘turning Cabaye’s head’ but also for disrupting his team ahead of their 4-0 loss to Manchester City. Apparently the hammering was our fault, but anyway onto a different player and its back to the Luis Suarez saga.
Well, at least injury did not ravage the Arsenal starting line up as badly as we had feared. Mikel Arteta was the only major absence, and Arsene Wenger was actually able to name the same eleven players that finished the final game of last season. Cazorla and Podolski were on the bench, but the squad lightness was clear with Gnabry and Frimpong beside them.
Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs
Ramsey, Wilshere, Rosicky
Walcott, Giroud, Chamberlain
Arsenal vs Aston Villa preview, line up and score line by KJ
It’s been way too long since Arsenal have played a meaningful match and it’s great to finally be back with our first game of the Premier league at home hosting Villa. It’s a shame that this game will most likely be met with frustration and anger before the game and we can’t really blame the fans for what has been a shambolic transfer window for Arsenal (here’s hoping they can amend it in the next two weeks…).
What happens if we don’t sign Suarez? by Dominic
At the start of the summer transfer window Arsenal were linked with hundreds of strikers, with names including Higuain, Jovetic, Villa and so on. However as the window has progressed we have seen Arsenal drop out of the running for each of these players and as a result seen them move to other clubs (or in Benteke’s case sign a new contract). Now I’m not necessarily saying that I’m too aggrieved at missing out on some of those players (as we all have our own personal favourites on which ones we’d like Arsenal to sign) but it’s the fact that we seem to be missing out on everyone that has angered me.
Arsenal striker solution by Blaz
Higuain to Arsenal looks gone; we can probably safely say that Suarez was never gonna happen (even though I’d love to see him at the Emirates, £40 million wired to the premier league team is just not Arsene’s thing. Rooney? Well, unfortunately it’s just us selling top players to competitors, they don’t do the same for us. Džekko would be nice, but again, Manchester City won’t sell him to us, even though they are filling in their strikers ranks daily.
Who needs Benteke? by Stefan
Today Christian Benteke, the reported Tottenham and Arsenal target, has handed in a transfer request to Aston Villa – and their manager Paul Lambert continues to be defiant over letting the big Belgian go.
You would have to say that Tottenham have been far more active in their pursuit of him than Arsenal and that’s okay. I’m here to say that Arsenal do not need Benteke and we can let Spurs have him and laugh next season as they finish fifth, once again failing to qualify for the Champions League.
I must admit that when I first heard of Arsenal bidding £30 million for the wild Liverpool striker Luis Suárez I was extremely skeptical, but now it has been confirmed by both the Guardian and The Telegraph I have little choice but to believe the approach was real.
But that doesn’t mean that Arsene Wenger really expected the bid to be accepted, as why would anyone after Suarez’s comments last month when he spoke about how he hated his treatment from the British media.
Back From Reality by Blaz
There have been so many rumours about Arsenal and which players are being targeted by Arsene Wenger this summer, a lot of Arsenal fans are completely baffled about what is really going on. The only thing we seem to be able to agree on is that Wenger needs to get his finger out and start signing some quality before the best players are all snapped up.
Don’t worry Gooners, the bookies are apparently just as in the dark as the rest of us. It is often worth looking at the odds to get an indication of who Arsenal are close to signing, but they are very little help at the minute, especially when it comes to the matter of strikers.
The bad news, for Arsenal fans, is that representatives from the Italian champions Juventus are in Madrid today to have a meeting with officials from Real Madrid. We are not privy to what they will be talking about, but there are npo prizes for guessing that Gonzalo Higuain’s name might come up.
There are rumours that Juventus have already had one bid of lees than £20 million turned down, while the Spanish club are determined to get around £25 million for the Argentinean international. The striker seems to be happy to join Arsenal or Juventus, but there is a feeling that if both clubs were to agree terms with Real, Higuain would probably opt for the Serie A club.
Arsenal are just one of a number of clubs who are being linked with the Belgium and Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke, the latest to be the Serie A club Fiorentina. All we need now is for Juventus to show interest and we will be in a weird three club triangle involving another main target Stevan Jovetic.