Arsene Wenger on his striker targets! by Ash
Having now left 2013 behind and transferred into what looks like a promising 2014 on the Arsenal front, it’s the topical time of the January transfer window, in which manager Arsene Wenger is always pressured to buy by the fans, players and board members alike, yet he always fails to deliver.
In the past Arsenal have managed to sign stars such as Andrei Arshavin, (when he was good), in the January transfer window. Whilst Nacho Monreal also joined last January, however more often than not Arsene Wenger shows little more than the odd Ryo Miyaichi when it comes to January and so although there is a lot of talk about potential options, I’m certainly not counting on any spectacular news.
Bearing this in mind however, Arsene Wenger has today been quoted on Sky Sports News stating his intentions of this window, and unsurprisingly Lewandowski was mentioned.
Wenger said: “Yes, we looked into Lewandowski, but honestly he signed for Bayern one and a half years ago, everyone knows that. They can only make it official now because he is in the last six months of his contract. We are like everyone; we look out there and see what is happening. If an opportunity turns up, you know as well that all the big players are at big clubs at the moment and they go for important targets.
“Unless you have a club in a desperate financial situation it will be difficult. If we find someone like Serge Gnabry at that age when no-one knows them, then maybe. But I just said many times we don’t rule anything out.”
It’s interesting to see that Wenger basically suggests that he has enquired about Polish international Robert Lewandowski at some point in the past year or so, however clearly that means very little now with the striker surely set to join their arch rivals Bayern Munich next summer.
This then led to suggestions that Arsene Wenger could make a move for the much wanted Bayern Munich forward Mandzukic, stating: “Lewandowski is at Dortmund until the end of the season and they will not sell Mandzukic now – maybe at the end of the season.”
This also suggests that he has been interested in the Croatia forward, however he still doesn’t publicly deny he won’t try for him this January. Mandzukic is just one of many players Arsenal have been linked with over the past few months in our search for a striker. The likes of Berbatov, Diego Costa, Benteke, Lewandowski and Martinez, have all had their fair share on the back page of the national newspaper, however if I’m honest I don’t think we will sign any of these players to help aid our title challenge and anyone we do sign will be someone of the ‘Serge Gnabry age’ as Wenger so calmly put it.
The prof is telling us not to worry and that he is doing his best, but can he pull another great signing like Ozil out of his transfer hat?