We do not know if Arsenal tried to sign Etienne Capoue from Toulouse in January, but he could have been the player Arsene Wenger was referring to when he said that a club had rejected a late transfer window offer for one of the Arsenal targets. Toulouse had sold Sissoko to Newcastle, and would have been left very light in midfield if they had also sold Capoue.
With the amount of players that Arsene Wenger has brought to Arsenal over the last two summers (not to mention the talented youngsters he has coming through) it appears that he doesn’t think that he needs many more additions to his extensive squad.
Today the respected UK Broadsheet the Telegraph is claiming that Wenger is only looking to buy the Toulouse midfielder Etienne Capoue to be the main holding midfielder next season, with just a possibility of bringing in another young striker if any of the current ones fail to make the grade.
There were a lot of names being linked with a transfer to Arsenal last month, too many to list here, and quite a high proportion of them were defensive midfielders. The Spanish international left back Nacho Monreal was the only new addition for the Gunners, though, which surprised many people who thought that a strong midfield warrior was top of the list for Arsene Wenger.
Right up until the transfer window closed on Thursday night, there were rumours that Mohamed Diame would be a last minute transfer from West Ham to Arsenal, but Wenger must have decided he was not the right player. The boss did not want to bring anyone in, and it seems now that he had his eyes on someone else, the France and Toulouse midfielder Etienne Capoue.
Arsenal are in the process of getting all of the players secured to long term contracts. Recent situations with Samir Nasri and Robin van Persie have taught the club a lesson and they do not want to get into a similar situation again. The most pressing case is that of Theo Walcott, but the Gunners want that to be the last time that a player is allowed to enter the last two years of his contract.
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.
It is no secret that Arsene Wenger intends to add to his Arsenal squad in January, and a combative midfielder is one of the most important roles for him to fill. Two new names seem to have found themselves on the list of possible signings according to newspaper reports.
20-year old Ghanaian Afriye Acquah is currently playing for the Serie A side Parma, and is being called the new Michael Essien. According to the Sun, Arsenal are preparing a bid of around £8 million for the player, but that seems a bit steep, especially considering that his owner club, Palermo, loaned him out to Italian league rivals this summer. I would expect Wenger to go for a player who has much more experience.
Toulouse Left-Back claims Arsenal interest: by SV
After the Sunderland game on Saturday, Arsene Wenger stated that he was looking for a midfielder and defender to add to his squad. Now, as any of you who know Arsene’s ways will testify, this could mean anything from us signing a defender and midfielder, to us signing two midfielders, two defenders and a striker for good measure. In other words, we can’t be certain as to exactly what Arsene’s plans are for the rest of the transfer window. Personally, I think/hope that we will complete the imminent Sahin signing, and follow it up with the acquisition of a CDM and a versatile defender.
As usual Arsene Wenger is preparing to surprise everyone in the transfer market by lining up a relatively unknown defender playing in France. Cheikh M’Bengue is the first-choice left-back at Toulouse in Ligue 1 and came through the ranks at the Southern French team after joining them when he was just seven years of age.
He has always been rated highly in France and after making 21 appearances for the French U21 side, he opted to play for his parents country Senegal as a full international and made his debut last year.
Aymen Abdennour “the Tunisian beast” – By JG
For a short while a couple months ago, Aymen Abdennour was at the top of Arsene Wenger’s transfer list (in relation to defenders). This was exciting news because I had been watching his games for months and was extremely impressed. Abdennour was named defender of the season by many experts for Ligue 1 this season and was also a star performer in the African Cup of Nations. He is both an accomplished left-back and center-back, which is why so many scouts have said he would be a perfect fit at Arsenal FC because there are deficiencies/weak spots in those areas.
According to a report this morning, Arsene Wenger is lining up a £5million bid for the talented young defender Aymen Abdennour who currently plys his his trade at Toulouse in the French Ligue 1.
The Sun says that Arsenal have been scouting the 22 year-old for the last six months and are now prepared to bring him to the Emirates this summer.
Abdennour has only broken into the Toulouse first team this season, but he has been so impressive that the French club have recently given him a substantial pay rise and a new contract extension in the hope of warding off suitors, but if Arsenal come calling they will be hard pressed to resist a quick profit for a player they signed from Étoile du Sahel for a negligible fee last summer.
Yesterday we brought you the news that Arsenal scouts have been keeping a close eye on Toulouse defender Aymen Abdennour. Well today the player himself has backed up those rumours.
Speaking to the Tunisian website Footplus about Arsenal Abdennour said, “It’s true, I’ve heard a lot of talk while I’ve been at Toulouse. They come to watch and scout players. They came to see our last three matches in which I put forward excellent performances for my side.”
It could only happen at Arsenal couldn’t it. We lose our right back with a broken leg, so what do we do? Yes you’ve guessed it we are after a left back, well according to reports today we are anyway.
The player in question is the Tunisian left back Aymen Abdennour of French Club Toulouse, for whom he signed in the summer from Tunisian club Etoile du Sahel, but he can also play in midfield.
Abdennour, 22, has played in seven of Toulouse’s Ligue 1 fixtures this season, and he has impressed, and helped them to fourth in the table just three points behind the leaders Paris Saint Germain.