Arsenal are yet to agree to sign any new first-team squad members, while rivals Liverpool and Manchester United have alreadylanded some key signings. We do appear to be working on improving our squad none-the-less, and I’ll give you a run-down on the latest speculation regarding our market moves.
Lukas Podolski is claimed to have agreed a move to Galatasaray this summer, having fallen down the pecking order at the Emirates and obviously annoying Arsene Wenger at some point. The reported £1.4 Million fee is more than reasonable, although his wages would be the big saver.
We have apparently agreed to loan Carl Jenkinson to Sunderland this season, but will tie him to a new contract before sending him off. The 23 year-old’s future at the Emirates looks doubtful following the emergence of Hector Bellerin, but with the former Barcelona youth product linked with a return to Spain, the English defender could return in the future.
Chelsea’s Petr Cech has long-been linked with a switch to North-London this summer, and now Jose Mourinho is claimed to be trying to lure Oxlade-Chamberlain in return. Arsene Wenger is not playing ball with the Blues boss, and is only interested in a straight cash deal.
We are also said to be involved in a four-way scrap to sign Jordan Cousins from Charlton. The 21 year-old is entering the final year of his Addicks deal. The midfielder featured in every Championship game for his club last term, but I don’t think he is ready for the step-up to Arsenal I’m afraid.
Nothing too exciting at present, but Arsene Wenger does prefer to hold his cards close to his chest! Who would you (realistically) like to see in our recently revealed Gunners shirt this season? Would you sign Cech and play him ahead of Ospina?