There is definitely one way that Arsene Wenger could endear himself to the Arsenal fans once again, and that would be if he went and bought a certified superstar in every single transfer window. The big name on the table at the moment is Antoine Griezmann, with Man United supposedly ready to equal his buyout clause to tempt him away from Atletico Madrid.
It was reported last week that Arsenal and Crystal Palace were supposedly locked in negotiations over the permanent transfer of Carl Jenkinson. Arsenal were reportedly willing to let the right back leave on the cheap, after failing to impress since his return to the club. Palace manager Sam Allardyce is keen to build a new team in order to fight relegation, but Jenkinson may no longer be a part of the manager’s plans.
The former Arsenal and England international defender Sol Campbell is not exactly well loved at the home of his former employees Tottenham, as he was one of the few players to cross the north London divide and it made it even worse for the fans of the Spuds that once he did make the transfer the centre back played a major part in helping Arsenal to achieve that historic title winning campaign that earned us the name of the Invincibles.
This January Arsenal fans would’ve liked to have seen a few more additions to the side, to give the Gunners a greater chance of a late title challenge. However so far the main news on players this month has been that Arsenal have decided to offer new contracts to a number of the club’s stars.
Arsenal have some massive games coming up between now and the end of the season, with the first of those major challenges and potentially pivotal clashes coming against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in a couple of weeks. We also have Premier League away games at Tottenham and Liverpool, not to mention the Champions League double header with Bayern Munich and hopefully a few more FA cup matches to get through.
There has been a lot written and said already about the Chinese situation, with the Arsenal boss having his say on how the huge money in the Chinese super League and the massive salaries they are offering to tempt the big name players will affect the clubs here in the English Premier League.
Arsenal fans will be hoping that the Premier League’s 18th placed team Hull City can do us a favour by taking points off Chelsea this weekend but not really expecting it from the Tigers, especially as the game is going to be played at Stamford Bridge.
I am sure that I was not the only Arsenal fan left scratching my head and wondering whether Arsene Wenger had lost his when the Frenchman decided to give the captain’s armband to our German defender Per Mertesacker in the summer. Not because he lacked the right skills, because the World Cup winner is vastly experienced and appears to be a natural leader, but because the Arsenal captaincy had become something of an issue with the former incumbent Mikel Arteta hardly being seen in the first team after being given it.