It was reported among the many Arsenal transfer rumours last week that the Premier League club Crystal Palace put in a transfer bid of £16 million in an attempt to sign our versatile young defender Calum Chambers, after the England international enjoyed an impressive season on loan with Middlesborough.
It has not been just Arsenal that has been linked with a summer transfer swoop from the young French sensation, although I bet there have been more Arsenal transfer rumours about Kylian Mbappe than we care to remember. And while it was always going to be tough to get him at least the chance is still there.
To be fair to Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal board, a transfer fee of £10 million does not sound like too much to ask for a player with the pace and technical ability that Kieran Gibbs has and the experience that being an England international with nearly 150 Premier League games and close to 50 in the Champions League brings with it.
Arsene Wenger has been standing firm with his comments about Alexis Sanchez, insisting that Arsenal will not sell our star striker during this summer transfer window, but maybe the Frenchman should not have used the example of the former Gunners striker Robin van Persie in his interview.
Despite the fact that the Arsenal and Chile international forward has spoken to the football press about his desire and need to be playing in the Champions League and thereby making it clear that he wants a transfer away from the Gunners this summer, Arsene Wenger appears to be standing firm to his declared stance of not selling the striker.
Some of the Arsenal transfer rumours doing the rounds this summer have focused on the need for the Gunners to clear some room in the squad, and more importantly ease the weekly wage bill, before we can sign anyone else to go with the new striker Alexandre Lacazette and the defender Sead Kolasinac.
Jack Wilshere may still be recovering from his hairline fracture in his ankle, but with his Arsenal contract set to run out next summer he is in the driving seat as to what will be his next career move. Arsene Wenger is still convinced that our Jack should still be a Gooner this coming season, as he said: “I think Jack will be with Arsenal next season, yes,” said Wenger. “I will give you a very focused answer on that, that he has to work hard to come back and fight for a place in the team.
There has been much publicity about the fact that Calum Chambers was not included in Arsenal pre-season tour of Australia and China, but Rob Holding was also omitted and given an extended holiday. But they were BOTH left out because they were playing for the England U21s at the Ruros in Poland, and in fact Chambers was preferred to Holding in the starting line-up and probably needed the break more anyway.