As if the January transfer window was not frustrating enough for Arsenal fans, we then had to read in the papers that the Gunners had failed in attempts to bring in a number of players. The biggest of these was Julian Draxler of Schalke, of course, but the one position we really needed to strengthen was striker and so the news that Salomon Kalou had turned down the chance to come was pretty frustrating as well.
Anymore for anymore?
As the transfer deadline moves ever closer to closing time, Arsenal are finally beginning to make some moves in the market. Arsene Wenger is well known for leaving the deals late, and more often than not they are claimed to be panic buys. The problem is these panic buys that include the likes of Per Mertesacker and Mikel Arteta, have actually turned out quite well for the Gunners, whilst tonight’s purchase, albeit a loan, Kim Kallstrom seems to be the complete opposite.
There have been calls from Arsenal fans, former Gunners and football pundits all month for Arsene Wenger to sign a striker. Some think that Olivier Giroud is not good enough, some think he is but that Bendtner is not good enough back-up, some think Arsenal need options up front and some think one injury will derail the season. But they all add up to the same thing, signing a striker.
Arsenal must buy a striker in order to last the distance in the Premier League race. This was never more apparent than in the 1-0 loss to Manchester United. In that game, Arsenal bossed possession but Giroud was well taken care of by the United defence. Wenger had few options from the bench and at the end he could only turn to a want-away ex-striker from Denmark to salvage the game.
There is a lot of transfer rumours around concerning Arsenal at the moment, but none of them seem to be good for us! For starters the Toulouse midfielder Etienne Capoue, who has been touted as Arsene Wenger’s top target this summer, has now come out and announced that his dream move would be to the French Champions Paris Saint Germain, and not only that, but he says they are already in talks about the move.
He said: “There have been contacts with Paris Saint-Germain this year. I’m a big fan of PSG and to play there would be a dream.”
Recent News and Rumours – by JG
Well, Arsenal fans can release a collective sigh of relief, Salomon Kalou has signed a four-year contract with Lille in Ligue 1. All joking aside, this is a perfect example of how the media can manipulate some fans so easily. There were hordes of people commenting, saying things like “ohhhh noooo not Kalou! He is not good at all!” Which is understandable, because he is very average; but the truth of the matter is, Arsenal were not even attempting to sign him at all.
Morning News And Rumours – by JG
Well the press are having a field day with all of the Van Persie chaos. I think the media (just like most topics) are running it into the ground and pounding it into our eyes and ears so much that I really don’t want to discuss it anymore. Let’s not forget ourselves and get back to reality (and retain our sanity).
Despite Arsene Wenger being in the Ukraine for the Euros, there are lots of Arsenal transfer rumours doing the rounds today, and most of them are quite plausible for a change!
Now that Olivier Giroud’s Arsenal talks have even been reported on the BBC we are all expecting this to be a done deal, but could it be that Theo Walcott’s days at the The Emirates are now numbered? With the arrival of Lukas Podolski and Giroud and the meteoric rise of Oxlade-Chamberlain it is very difficult to see how Walcott can retain his place in Wenger’s first team next season.
Chelsea have already earned the bragging rights in London this summer with the news that Eden Hazard is joining them next season, but it seems that the Blues are still not finished in their rebuilding program.
With Van Persie’s future at Arsenal still undecided it is often forgotten that Theo Walcott is also entering the final year of his contract and may also be cashed-in by Arsenal this summer. It has been reported that the Gunners have refused the England winger’s wage demands and that Chelsea are now monitoring the contract talks. If Arsenal can’t come to an agreement with Walcott then he may simply run down his contract and win a much larger wage by leaving next summer, adding yet another nail to Arsene Wenger’s coffin…..
The bookies usually give a very good indication of where a player will end up during the transfer window so I like to have a periodic roundup of where the money is going re: Arsenal transfer targets.
So I’ve just had a quick look at the latest prices across the board, and Skybet have got a bet on Arsenal at just 5/4 to sign Clint Dempsey from Fulham. The dour American has had a brilliant season with the Cottagers and has made it clear that he wants Champions League football next season. There are not many Arsenal fans that would complain about his arrival and the Gunners are hot favourites to do so. Liverpool are second favourites at 5/1 and it is 12/1 bar those two.
There are quite a few Arsenal rumours building up in the media at the moment, but there seems to be very little about M’Vila which is one player I think Wenger WILL buy!
But there are a few other possibilities if Arsenal really want to improve the team next season. First up is some weird story about Van Persie taking a personal visit to Juventus to have a look around and discuss terms, but I really don’t believe that one. Why should he? The same wages, the same chances of winning the Champions League (zero!) and just as much competition to win the League. No I just can’t see it. By the way Van Persie is 10/1 to score the most goals at Euro 2012. Maybe he should wait until after the competition to see what he is offered elsewhere?
There have been many Arsenal transfer rumours flying about but the early links with Salomon Kalou seemed to have been forgotten about. The Chelsea striker has been in great form for the Blues since Roberto Di Matteo was appointed manager and the Ivorian international has been getting a regular run in the first-team.
Everyone has been discussing whether Didier Drogba will be signing a new contract at Stamgford Bridge but (like Van Persie and Walcott at Arsenal) everyone seems to forget that Kalou is also out of contract this summer, meaning he can leave as a free agent this summer if he wants.