Not long ago it was thought to be a done deal and Arsenal would soon have a new Dutch striker by the name of Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, but there have been a few changes at his club Schalke recently, and the 29-year old front man has been persuaded to sign a new contract that will keep him at the Bundesliga club until 2015.
Huntelaar had previously told his club that he would not be extended the contract that runs out next summer, so Arsenal were hoping to get him for around £5 million in January. Maybe the decision to sack the manager Huub Stevens recently, or who would replace him, has affected the player’s thoughts but he has changed his mind.
“But now I have made the decision, in which I have the best feeling.”
This may not be such a surprise to Arsene Wenger as it is to the Arsenal fans, as Arsenal have recently stepped up their interest in other strike options, including Demba Ba from Newcastle, Adrian Lopez from Athletico Madrid and David Villa from Barcelona.
There is still the possibility of stopping Fernando Llorente from agreeing a deal to join Juventus, but the Gunners would need to work fast.