It was a bit of a shock to find out that Arsene Wenger had given his blessing for Jack Wilshere to move away from Arsenal this season, considering that the Frenchman considers him to be a brilliant midfield general when he’s fit.
Arsenal completed two moves to sign Lucas Perez and Shkodran Mustafi yesterday, but with under 24 hours remaining in the current window, who else could be joining us?
Jack Wilshere is expected to leave us on loan today, and the bookmakers make Crystal Palace odds-on favourites to be his destination, but will his exit increase the likelihood of a new arrival?
To be honest I was getting to the point in this summer transfer window when I started thinking that any signing would do for Arsenal, as long as Arsene Wenger got his finger out and did something other than his usual Gallic Frenchman’s shrug while complaining about how hard it was to find players even though every other club in the Premier League seemed to be having no trouble.
Arsenal’s Calum Chambers has been confirmed as having joined Middlesbrough for the current season, and this could be an ideal situation for us.
The 21 year-old joined our club from Southampton, having impressed in their first team, but has struggled to earn a regular first-team role over the past year, and having fallen down the pecking order, has now been given the chance to gain more regular action elsewhere.
Tomas Rosicky is set to be unveiled as rejoining Sparta Prague today, having been released by Arsenal this summer.
The Czech international captain’s contract ran out in July, but had been training at Arsenal’s London Colney while he regained fitness after picking up an injury at the European Championships in France.
So there is our first official stamp on Arsenal’s two new Gunners, and thankfully it is Lucas Perez who now has a couple of weeks to settle in before we can roll him out for his debut. Having started our first three League games without a recognized striker his assimilation into the team will be very welcome!
Arsene Wenger was given a lot of stick for letting the Arsenal striker Joel Campbell go out on loan to Sporting Lisbon, despite not having brought in a suitable replacement (at the time), but now the player himself has admitted that it was his own decision to leave Arsenal in the search for more regular playing time.
It looks like there is now just the medical checks between Arsenal getting the striker and centre-back we so desperately need.
Sky are reporting that both “Shkodran Mustafi and Lucas Perez fly in for Arsenal medicals” and their article begins: Shkodran Mustafi and Lucas Perez are flying to London for medicals on Friday ahead of their proposed moves to Arsenal.