The rumour mill never stops, but as we draw nearer and nearer to the winter window there is much more speculation doing the rounds regarding Arsenal.
The biggest one of the week comes with claims we are set to launch a big-money move to bring in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund. His club are said to be unwilling to consider their star-striker’s exit in the coming window, but are also said to be open to a big money sale come the end of the season. Real Madrid have also been strongly linked with his signature, but with Alvaro Morata and Karim Benzema currently vying for the striker role at the Bernabeu, they may struggle to accommodate him.
Diego Laxalt is another attacking player who is believed to be of interest to us. The advanced playmaker has been linked with Chelsea as a potential replacement for Oscar, but I can’t see any need for another of that type to the Blues in their new formation. I can’t imagine them challenging us if we were to decide he would be a good addition to our squad. This left-footed playmaker has been impressing for Genoa in Serie A, and is not expected to carry a high fee should we make a move.
One future star who we are looking at is 16 year-old Jasper Schendelaar. The AZ Alkmaar youth goalkeeper is highly rated in Holland, and is already a regular in the Holland Under-17 side. Talks are already said to have taken place, and a deal is believed to be likely.
One player who we had hoped would emerge through our ranks previously is Yaya Sanogo. The 23 year-old is into the last year of his contract, and Leeds are tipped to make another move to sign him in the coming window. I can see no reason why we shouldn’t cut our losses with him.
Another player who could potentially quit the club is Jack Wilshere, who has been sent out on loan this year. He is spending the term with Bournemouth, and one of their defenders Steve Cook has stated he wants Jack’s stay with the Cherries extended.
Is Aubameyang the big-name signing our team has needed? Are Yaya and Jack done at Arsenal?