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.
Before the Champions League clash between Arsenal and Marseille at the Emirates stadium, Arsene Wenger had already revealed that he definitely was interested in the French club’s young player Florian Thauvin. The 20-year old is widely regarded as one of the most promising French players around and Wenger is obviously a fan, so it would be no great surprise if the Gunners do rekindle their interest in him sooner or later.
As explained in a Mirror report, the French manager was looking at Thauvin last year, before the youngster ended up signing for Lille. What happened after, with him apparently going on strike to force a move away from Lille to his current club, will certainly not have helped his cause with Wenger. He is still young, though, and I get the impression that the Arsenal boss feels that his mistakes do not necessarily rule him out.
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.
I was absolutely stunned today to read that Arsene Wenger and Arsenal have come in for criticism from the departed Ivorian international striker Gervinho. The 26-year old was allowed to leave for Italy and the Serie A side Roma this summer, when Wenger admitted that his confidence was not likely to return at the Emirates.
The story in the Independent reveals that Gervinho thinks that Wenger should have had more faith in him. In my opinion, and a lot of Arsenal fans feel the same, Gervinho was extremely lucky to get as many chances as he did, and I doubt whether many managers would have been so forgiving of his poor performances.
Florian Thauvin – Arsenal transfer target by AH
It’s today being reported by both The Express and The Daily Mail, as well as several media sites online that Arsenal and Newcastle will face up against each other for the signing of French starlet Florian Thauvin.
Thauvin currently plays for Ligue 1 side Lille in France and is recognized to be the French club’s next Eden Hazard after the club sold the Belgian to Chelsea last year. Luckily he is being compared to Hazard rather than Gervinho, who also came from Lille, however the main thing that worries me is, since when is it alright that we watch Arsenal battle with Newcastle over a young talent.
Roma step up Gervinho interest! by Ash
According to sources in both Italy and England, Serie A side Roma are set to step up their interest in Arsenal and Ivory Coast international Gervinho and have reportedly tabled a £7 million bid.
There were a lot of rumours flying around about Gervinho after he was left out of the Arsenal pre-season squad to Asia. It was claimed he had an ‘illness’ however of course we suspect that means he is close to securing a move away from the club. The same was done with an ‘injury’ to Cesc Fabregas and seemingly is also going on with Manchester United and Wayne Rooney who has also returned to England with suspected injury, although other reports suggest the England international was sent home after having a row with new manager David Moyes.
Gervinho definitely set to leave? by Ash
Over the last few weeks, suggestions have been sourced to say that Arsenal and Ivory Coast international winger Gervinho could be on his way out of North London with interest from France, Germany and Turkey gathering. But now after the latest developments in the story, the player’s omission from the clubs upcoming tour of Asia can only enhance the rumours further and in some cases basically confirm that he is looking to leave this summer.
The least worrying piece of Arsenal transfer news and rumour today is the one about the possible departure of Gervinho from the Emirates. Now I am not his biggest fan, but neither am I really down on him like some fans are, but I just cannot bring myself to care one way or the other what he decides to do, if it really is his decision.
It has been reported that Marseille are really interested in signing the Ivorian forward (striker is going a bit far), and we have already heard about other clubs being interested. Gervinho himself has spoken about it, and it sounds as if Arsene Wenger has left the decision about his future at Arsenal up to him.
I know that we always say that no transfer rumour can really be fully believed until Arsenal make an official announcement, I am stopping short of saying that the Gunners have completed the first signing in what we hope to be a busy summer transfer window, but Yaya Sanogo has said himself that he is coming to Arsenal, and he should know.
The 20-year old striker seems to have finally got over the injury problems that threatened to stop his fledgling career before it really got started, but he has been rewarded for his determination, perseverance and some great performances for Auxerre last season, with a fantastic move to the English Premier League with Arsenal, although he also had the option of signing for the Ligue 1 club Lille.
Wenger likes his Foil By Twig
Transfer periods at the Emirates are always interesting times. Probably there is no club that gets linked with as many players each season as Arsenal. This window, as per usual, a lot of names have been linked with Arsenal. It appears Arsenal have been on Stevan Jovetic’s case for some time but have been put off by Fiorentina’s asking price. Another player heavily linked with Arsenal is Higuain and there have been rumours that his agent was sighted somewhere in London. Is Arsenal about to make a Big Statement of Intent by meeting Fellaini’s buyout clause? Possibly, if you are to go with the news.
We are not talking about a female pig here Arsenal fans. Moussa Sow is a Senegalese international striker currently playing for the Turkish club Fenerbahce. So the media reports that Arsene Wenger may have made a bid of around £17 million for him have certainly come as a surprise.
The amount of the offer is absolutely ridiculous, especially when you consider we are dealing with Wenger and the Arsenal board here. Fenerbahce only paid around £8 million for him when they signed him from Lille two years ago, and he has not done anything spectacular to merit such a rise in value, although his 19 goals this season is a decent return. He also has nine international goals in 23 games for Senegal.
What has happened to Gervinho at Arsenal? by SS
The first time I saw Gervinho play was in the 2010 world cup for the Ivory Coast. Every time he had the ball, the crowd would go wild because of his amazing ability to get past any man who stood in his way. He has fast footwork like we see from Cristiano Ronaldo and he could actually score goals.
Even when he was at Lille the following season he continued to prove how much of a good player he was, he scored many goals and people started to notice him. The top clubs in Europe were linked with him but in the end as we know Arsenal won.