It is difficult to be too critical of Arsene Wenger this season, with Arsenal playing some fantastic football and sitting on top of the Premier League table as well as the Champions League group of death. Two summer signings by the Frenchman have had a massive part to play in the resurgence of the Gunners, and that was one of the main points of contention for the growing army of disgruntled Gooners calling for Wenger to leave the club this summer.
Should Arsenal now sign M’Vila? by Twig
Arsenal are in urgent need of a defensive midfielder now, especially with the recent loss of Arteta to injury. Wenger has successively missed out on top defensive midfield targets, Lars Bender and Luiz Gustavo and the options are getting thinner by the day.
The re-occurring nightmare! by Ash
Today it is being reported that Arsenal and Arsene Wenger are set to rekindle interest in Yann M’Vila. M’Vila was last season’s biggest transfer fiasco for Arsenal after Robin Van Persie last season, with the Frenchman tipped to join the Gunners by many top European journalists, only for the defensive midfielder to stay at Rennes before linking up with Russian club Rubin Kazan in the winter transfer window.
Has the Jovetic interest ended? by AH
I don’t know how many times I have read that the Fiorentina striker Stefan Jovetic has signed a pre-contract agreement with Arsenal and will join the Gunners when the transfer window opens. I’ve even seen Photoshop pictures of Jovetic edited in an Arsenal kit, yet now all of a sudden the story has gone cold. However, now there are reports that once Juventus declared an interest, Jovetic would like to stay in Italy.
Jovetic’s agent stated; ‘Stevan prefers to stay in Italy rather than move away.’
The end of the season is unusually tense at Arsenal as we are sitting two points behind Tottenham in the race for the last Champions League spot and we have to play Wigan and Newcastle. The club gets a lot of criticism these days but the club always manages to finish in a safe position, however, this season things could be different.
When I think about the squad and how well they do considering how many players we have lost in recent years I begin to think that there is a lot to do before we can compete for titles again but the first thing is that we need a defensive midfielder who can be relied upon to protect the defence at all times.
Why Arsenal need a new defensive midfielder and why Arteta has been struggling by KJ
It’s that time of the year again where we slowly but eventually start postulating on who we need to sign in the summer. Many people will say a striker is most important, others will say a centre back but for me, a defensive midfielder should be at the top of our list.
Most would agree that Arsenal need a proper defensive midfielder. Arsene Wenger allowed the sale of Alex Song to Barcelona in the summer and have not replaced him. We can argue about whether Song was disciplined enough for the role, but Arsenal have not brought anyone in to do the job. Wenger just moved Mikel Arteta further back. We also have Francis Coquelin coming through, but recent events have shown up the lack of an experienced, out and out midfield destroyer.
Arsenal lose another transfer target by AH
The January transfer window is always a disappointment for Arsenal fans. We start the month confident that we will strengthen in key areas to help us either build on our strong position, or to help us recover our season.
It seems as if Arsenal will not be signing Wilfried Zaha in this transfer window, leaving the path clear for Alex Ferguson and Manchester United. Newspaper reports claim that United and Crystal Palace have agreed terms, but the 20-year old winger is likely to remain at Selhurst Park for the rest of the season.
Wenger has stated that Arsenal did not lose out to United in the chase for Zaha, however, as he denied that the Gunners were ever trying to buy him. Some reports have claimed that Arsenal did make an offer to Palace for the player, but were unwilling to meet the terms offered by United, thought to be around £12 million plus add-ons.
Many Arsenal fans were dismayed to hear that Arsene Wenger seems happy to allow QPR boss free reign to sign Yann M’vila from Rennes. The French international has long been linked with a move to the Emirates, and is now apparently available at a cut price £8 million. Wenger has obviously cooled his interest in the player, however, and the money is not really a factor.
The Argentinean defensive midfielder has been linked with a move to Arsenal, both in this transfer window and in January, along with some other clubs. The 26-year old has played for Anderlecht since 2006 and he decided to stay at the club to help them try to progress in the champions league, but the campaign went badly and the Belgian club failed to even get into the Europa league.
It seems as if Biglia has now decided to move on, because he has not turned up for training following time off for the winter break. The Belgian club are already looking for a replacement for the talented midfielder, as they seem to have accepted that they will lose Biglia soon.
Arsenal are in danger of watching as all of the potential signings get snapped up by other Premier league clubs. I don’t understand what we are waiting for. Maybe Arsene Wenger does not want to get his pants pulled down over transfer fees, but Arsenal need some players and we don’t want to be left to pick over the players that other teams have left.