Arsene Wenger is constantly asked about who, if anyone, Arsenal will be signing to strengthen the team when the January transfer window opens on January 1st. For the last two games he has given pretty much the same answer, that he does not want to react after a defeat, it is better to think carefully. He was nearly laughing at the reporter who quizzed him last night. Did they really expect him to tell them all his plans?
The Arsenal defender Johan Djourou has been a Gunner for his whole career, apart from a loan spell at Birmingham City, but it looks like that could be coming to an end. There was talk of the Swiss international defender moving on this summer, with a few Serie A clubs interested, but Arsene Wenger assured the 25-year old that there was still a role for him at the Emirates.
With just one appearance in the Capital One cup to his name so far, that role seems to involve keeping a seat in the stands warm. With the injury to Koscielny, Djourou might think that now is his chance and if he doesn’t play, then he will want a move. This could be good news for Arsenal, as Juventus are said to be interested in him, while their 28-year old striker Alessandro Matri is looking for a move away.
Despite Arsenal signing Sebastien Squillaci and Laurent Koscielny last summer, it seems that Arsene Wenger has set his sights on yet another big defender for the next transfer window.
The Arsenal scout Steve Rowley was in Holland to watch Feyenoord’s game against Den Haag this weekend, and although it is obvious that he would want to keep an eye on the new Japanese sensation Ryo Miyaichi who is there on loan, it has also been reported that Rowley was checking on the big Feyenoord defender Stefan de Vrij.