One of the big transfer rumours doing the rounds about Arsenal in January concerned the Ju8ventus and Montenegro striker Mirko Vucinic. If the stories were true, Arsene Wenger was trying to get the 30-year old on loan until the end of the season, in order to help boost the injury depleted Gunners squad, especially after Theo Walcott was ruled out for six months.
Giroud won’t be on his way out according to agent! by Ash
Over the past week reports have suggested that after Arsenal’s demolition day at Stamford Bridge, in which we lost 6-0 to Chelsea, Giroud was consequently heading for the transfer list. The big Frenchman was blamed for his tame effort in the early stages of the game and since that moment it got worse and worse for the Gunners. It’s wrong to blame just one player for the defeat and although the team did very poor defensively, Giroud offered us absolutely nothing in attack.
Is Vucinic worth signing? by KJ
Ever since the beginning of this January window, Arsenal have been linked with out of favour Juventus striker Mirko Vucinic. The Montenegrin international is failing to get the game time he wants with Llorente and Tevez the preferred choice. The rumours are becoming stronger as the window draws to a close, and today there are unconfirmed reports from Italy, according to Eurosport that he will be in London today for his Gunners medical. But is this loan deal for Vucinic really the right option for the club?
One of the recent transfer rumours concerning Arsenal was at least for a striker, even if a 30-year old who has not exactly been prolific and has pretty much lost his place in the Juventus side this season had hardly set Gooners’ hearts racing.
But even the deal for Mirko Vucinic seemed to be dead in the water after the Italian champions seemed to have all but agreed a straight swap with their Serie A rivals for midfielder Fredy Guarin, reportedly a target for Chelsea. Inter have now pulled out of the deal, as reported by Metro. They have released some long-winded explanation, citing FFP rules and other confusing reasons, but it is more likely that a fans’ backlash was the real reason, as the Inter faithful thought they would be getting the worst of the deal.
As the January transfer draws inexorably to a close, with absolutely no business being done by Arsenal Football Club yet, the average Gooner is going through his regular routine cycle between hope, panic, despair and resignation. Hopefully, though, it will end up in relief and optimism just as it did last summer when Wenger the magician pulled Mesut Ozil out of his hat.
The saga involving Arsenal, Real Madrid and their young out-of-favour striker Alvaro Morata has taken another twist today. Reports from Spain have apparently made it much more likely that the Spanish giants will let the youngster leave this January, but now the deal may be a permanent one rather than the loan deal that was previously on the cards.
This change of heart from Carlo Ancelotti and Madrid, reported by Metro, may have come after Morata’s chance to impress this week was cruelly cut short by a head injury that left him dazed, confused, throwing up and looking like a boxer. That may have been his last chance to show his worth to Ancelotti before the transfer window closes.
Arsenal in for Giovinco by AT
With Theo Walcott having been ruled out for the rest of the the season and Danish striker Nicklas Bendtner continuing his spell on the sidelines, Arsenal are rather short of options in attack. Olivier Giroud seems to be Arsene Wenger’s only option at the moment, with Lukas Podolski still seemingly coming to grips with an injury-ravaged first half of the season.
According to some media speculation, Arsenal could be considering a move for the Juventus and Italy forward Sebastian Giovinco, possibly on loan until the end of the season. The 24-year old is seen potentially as one player who may be able to cover the Gunners for the absence of the unlucky Theo Walcott.
At 5ft 5in tall, Giovinco is one of the shortest professional footballers in the top flight. He would make Rheo, Cazorla and Wilshere look tall. His size and his ability to produce power-packed performances has earned him the nickname `Atom Ant` but his powers have been largely on hold this season. Juventus are overloaded with attacking options and so Giovinco has made just 13 appearances so far this season and only three of them were starts.
Iy is still around six weeks away, but a lot of the talk about Arsenal Football Club is increasingly turning to the January transfer window. Even if Olivier Giroud had continued hitting the back of the net as he was a little earlier in the season, the need for a back-up striker would still have been clear, but the Frenchman has started to look like the workload is taking it’s toll.
The Juventus striker Fernando Llorente has today acknowledged his frustration at a lack of first team football at the Turin side, as he continues to be heavily linked with a move to Arsenal. The Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is said to be keeping a keen eye on the situation and could make a move in January.
The Spanish international, who was a revelation at Athletic Bilbao, has struggled for game time since joining the Italian champions on a free transfer. The lanky forward has acknowledged that with the club having so many strikers, first team football will be limited and seems to have issued a ‘come and get me call’ to any potential suitors.
There is still time for things to change, but at the minute it is looking like Arsenal could get the Spanish international striker Fernando Llorente in January. The move would probably only be a loan deal, but it could be perfect for both sides, or all three if you include his current club Juventus.
The Italian champions won the race to sign the 28-year old on a free transfer from Athletic Bilbao in the summer, but when he arrived he was desperately short of match fitness and has hardly been used by Juventus so far. Arsenal were thought to be one of the clubs vying with Juventus last season and, according to a report in the Express, are still keen to bring him to the Emirates to provide competition and cover for Olivier Giroud.
Something has got to give at Arsenal. Arsene Wenger really does not like the January transfer window, but Olivier Giroud cannot play every minute of every game this season. So the smart thinking is that the boss is going to have to sign someone in January, but we have heard many times from the Frenchman that he only wants to sign top class players.
The strikers he is probably most interested in, such as Luis Suarez from Liverpool, will be extremely difficult to prise away from their clubs at the best of times, never mind halfway through a season, but The Mirror reports that the Gunners may have found the perfect answer to the problem, and his name is Fernandi Llorente.