Is it quite hard to believe that Arsenal failed to bring in a top class centre-back in the January transfer window as it is blindingly obvious that this is the Gunners most pressing concern at the moment after conceding 36 goals already this season after just 27 games. To put this in perspective, two years ago when we finished second to Leicester in the Premier league, we had only conceded that amount in the whole of the season.
As has been mentioned many times, the player most linked with Arsenal this January, before we acquired Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, was the young Brazilian Malcom, but Bordeaux refused to accept any offers in the winter transfer window despite rumours saying that the 20 year-old had even handed in a transfer request to persuade the Ligue 1 side to allow him to leave.
Arsene Wenger has never been shy about bringing ex-Arsenal players back to the Emirates many years after seeing them move on, especially if they are available on a free transfer. Wenger said last year that with the ever-increasing transfer fees and wage demands, he thought there would be more and players running down their contracts and using the Bosman rules.
Every single Arsenal fan was extremely relieved when Mesut Ozil actually signed his new contract with the Gunners, because to be honest we didn’t think there was any possibility at all. But he obviously loves London (Who would want to live in Manchester lol) and his new fiancee Amine Gulse is much more likely to enjoy living and working in the biggest (and best!) city in England.
Before the Gunners signed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this summer, all the Arsenal transfer rumours were pointing us in the direction of Malcom from Bordeaux, but the French club wouldn’t play ball and refused to countenance any move for the 20 year-old, despite the player’s open wish to move on to a bigger and better things.
There have been hundreds of posts and comments on this website about Arsenal’s woeful defence this season, and the fact that Laurent Koscielny and Nacho Monreal are not getting any younger. We already have the out-of-favour Calum Chambers and Rob Holding at the club, and Sven Mislitat has brought in the young Greek Lad Konstantinos Mavropanos who has obviously surprised Arsene Wenger with his rapid progress.
There have been many mutterings about Alexandre Lacazette being eased out of Arsenal after the arrival of PE Aubameyang this January, as it appears that Arsene Wenger has decided that the Frenchman not adapted to life in the Premier League and has now failed to score in his last 12 games for the Gunners.
Arsenal have supposedly been quoted the asking price for Manchester United’s Chris Smalling.
The England international has been linked with a move to the Emirates since before he joined the Red Devils, and Arsene Wenger is supposedly a fan of the centre-back.