Most of the Arsenal transfer talk at the minute, understandably, is all about whether or not Arsene Wenger is going to sign a new striker or not, and if so, whether it will be a big name, multi million pound superstar or a stop-gap until the end of the season.
But there are other positions and one of them where Arsenal are a bit light is in the centre of defence. The players we do have are doing a fantastic job, so it’s not like we are desperate, but we have seen how injuries can scupper a season. Even though Thomas Vermaelen has looked really solid when he has come in to replace either Per Mertesacker of Laurent Koscielny recently, he is the only decent cover we have in the middle, so the two rumours linking us with central defenders could well have some truth to them. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal have been given a huge boost in the pursuit of the highly-rated Anderlecht centre-half Cheikhou Kouyate, with the Belgian side confirming that the youngster will be allowed to leave the club amidst interest from elite European clubs, most significantly Arsenal, with Gunners boss Arsene Wenger said to be very keen on the player.
Anderlecht’s managing director Herman van Holsbeeck has stated that while the rugged defender is unlikely to be allowed to leave in the upcoming January transfer window, he has been promised by the club that a transfer will be sanctioned in the summer, similar to how the Belgian side dealt with much sought-after players in the recent past. .......Read the full article here
It is being reported today that Arsenal have been given the green light to sign long-term transfer target Cheikhou Kouyate by Anderlecht. Despite having the third best defensive record in the Premier League, it seems as though Arsene Wenger has acknowledged the need for a fourth central defender and could make his move in January.
Since moving to Anderlecht in 2008, the Senegalese defender has made quite a name for himself in Belgian football, making a breakthrough in his career during a loan spell at FC Kortrijk and then continuing his impressive form on returning to his parent club. Kouyate has stepped up his game even further this season and according to The Metro, has attracted the attention of the Arsenal boss who is keen to add defensive depth to the squad. .......Read the full article here
The Anderlecht and Senegal defender Cheikhou Kouyate was extremely impressive during the Olympics last year, and there were many rumours saying that Arsenal and Man City, amongst others, were keen to bring him to the Premiership.
Now the 6ft 4in centre-back has now revealed that Arsene Wenger was indeed interested, but problems over getting a work permit stopped the discussions going any further. Kouyate said: “Everyone says you should take things one step at a time, but If Arsenal come then I have no doubt,” .......Read the full article here
There are two transfer rumours involving Arsenal and possible summer transfer targets to look at, but neither one involves players that will get the average Gooner very excited. One involves the familiar name of Adrian Lopez, the Spanish forward who plays for Atletico Madrid. Arsenal were heavily linked with this player last summer and in January, and it seems like his club are prepared to sell. .......Read the full article here
Arsene Wenger made no changes to Arsenal’s defensive line-up during the summer transfer window, but it is beginning to emerge that they had made approaches to certain players in that position that didn’t come off. Yesterday the Montpellier captain, Mapou Yanga M’Biwa, told the world that he had been approached by Arsenal, and now today we have another confession of contact from a defender.
The Senegal and Anderlecht youngster Chiekhou Kouyate told ESPN yesterday: “The fans of Anderlecht asked me to stay for the club and they showed me their appreciation,” Kouyate said. .......Read the full article here
I refuse to mention Robin Van Persie in today’s list of Arsenal transfer rumours because I have frankly had it up to here with the never-ending saga of our traitorous captain. So, swiftly moving on, it seems that Alex Song is the man that Barcelona want above of Van Persie and Gerard Piquet is the latest to join the list of Barca stars to ‘happen to mention’ that Song would be a good addition to the side. But he even goes as far as to say that ‘ looks like it could happen’, which seems to be going a bit far to me……. .......Read the full article here
Sometimes, I wonder just how complicated Arsene Wemger’s plan of attack is, when signing new players; because there have been so many “very likely” candidates throughout recent transfer windows…especially Anderlecht players.
A recent enquiry sent to the site unearthed an interesting point. What ever happened to the Pre-contract agreement that Arsenal supposedly had with the Anderlecht striker Matias Suarez? Yes, Indeed, what ever did happen to that situation? Is it still in effect? Is Matias Suarez still going to make his way to the Emirates due to a departure by one of our strikers? So many questions; hard to answer. Even Lucas Biglia has seemed to fall by the wayside. Who was also a “very Likely” candidate. .......Read the full article here