Arsene Wenger should be able to select Mikel Arteta to start for Arsenal tomorrow against Stoke. The Spaniard is due for a final test today, but should be fine to regain his place tomorrow. His contribution will be vital if Arsenal are to have a good second half of the season, and he may well be the reason why Wenger did not buy a defensive midfielder as many thought he would.
Arsenal have been struggling with injury problems since the start of the season (where have I heard that before), and the Premier league game against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday is potentially a season decider. If Arsenal lose to Spurs, confidence will drop further and we will be four points behind them and in mid table, needing a miracle to even qualify for the Champions league.
The France and Rennes midfielder Yann M’Vila has been variously linked with both Arsenal and Tottenham ever since the transfer window opened, and it was thought that Spurs had jumped in after finally completing the sale of Luka Modric to Real Madrid, but according to the Rennes manager Frederic Antonetti there is still no concrete bids on the table.
“We have had some contact but nothing more than that. The more time goes on the more we can think he will stay.” Antonetti said yesterday. “Now, as I have been saying for some time, we know Yann could still go in the final week of the transfer window.”
Arsenal could be after a £20m+ midfielder! by KJ
The ever reliable @AFCAMDEN has released some more inside info on how Wenger is planning his final assault on the transfer market. Here are his specific tweets:
“Wenger’s on the look out for “A top, top class midfielder”. Looking to spend up to £20m on the right player. Reluctant to buy average/unproven”
Wenger would’ve bought by now; money available, options out there. I’ve got the feeling he’s after someone he thought he couldn’t get.
It is being reported this morning that both Arsenal and Tottenham are keen on nicking the Fulham star Moussa Dembele from their London rival.
The Belgian international has been steadily improving in his two years at Craven Cottage and has proved beyond doubt that he can handle life in the Premiership since arriving from AZ Alkmaar for just £5 million.
Fulham are desperate for the 24 year-old to stay beyond next season, when his contract expires, but the fact is that there is simply no way that Fulham can compete with the wages on offer at their bigger local rivals and will have no choice but to sell if Dembele refuses to sign a contract extension as expected.