Arsenal Transfer rumours are starting to heat up… by KJ
December is going to be a very tense month with key games that could either put us back in contention for a top 3 place or could ruin any chance of us qualifying in the Champions League. We are rumoured to be in for 5 players in January to dramatically change up our current squad. Here are my thoughts on each one:
Theirry Henry: It was inevitable that the King would return once again to the Emirates. He was able to inspire wins against Leeds in the FA cup as well as a beautiful late winner against Sunderland. It was magical. He’s actually improved since his last appearance for us and is in the form that could really make a difference. He’ll again be primarily used for the Capital One Cup as well as the FA cup. However, he could be the perfect sub at the Emirates. The stadium would be rocking. There’s also rumours that Wenger is trying to get him for the remainder of the season. I hope this is rather to add depth than to be a stop gap as we fail to secure an appropriate striker.
Pepe Reina: I’m quite surprised that we are after him to be honest. He’s Liverpool’s first choice keeper and you wouldn’t really expect us to get him (especially when we had a £20 million bid rejected a couple of years ago). However, because of a bad spot of form by the Spaniard, he’s available for about £5-£6 million now. We are desperate for a decent second choice keeper and Reina could be that or more. Mannone and Fabianski are far from convincing and they will eventually be sold if we do get Reina in.
Adrian Lopez: Some of the Arsenal ITKs are now saying that the Huntelaar interest is to distract the media as we swoop in for the Atletico forward. He’s a really tricky customer who has a bit of pace as well as a creative edge – a striker this club desperately needs. We lack creativity from the front and hopefully Adrian will be signed to add that. He’s still got the £13 million buyout clause but there is talk that Atletico are stirring up as much interest as possible by making out that Adrian is ready to sign a new contract with a much higher buyout clause.
Wilfred Zaha: The Englishman has experienced a meteoric rise as he’s propelled Crystal Palace to the summit of the Championship. He’s one of the most sought after youngsters in England at the moment. He’s a boyhood Arsenal fan and a few ITKs are certain he’ll sign this January. He’s “supposed” to be a replacement for Arshavin who is odds on to leave the club come January. I just hope it isn’t a replacement for Walcott.
Yanga M’Biwa: He was previously linked to Arsenal before it all died down after signing a contract extension at Montpellier. However, it is now being reported that it was solely there to give Montpellier a better fee for the player. Arsenal are still heavily interested in him and you can understand why. He’s a versatile player. He’s a good CB as well as a very combative defensive midfielder. He can even play right back pretty well. He’ll be going for about £8 million.
It’s a tall order to try and sign 5 players in January but the club are trying to rectify the calamitous ending to the summer transfer window. Let’s hope we can finally push on and improve this squad.