It has been on the cards all summer, and it still looks like Arsenal are set to say goodbye to yet another club captain. After seeing Cesc Fabregas join Barcelona and Robin van Persie head to Manchester United, losing our Belgian defender Thomas Vermaelen may not leave quite such a hole in the Arsenal team, but it is still far from ideal.
A lot of us thought it was a done deal earlier in the summer, and that Arsenal would be announcing the Toulouse player Serge Aurier as the replacement for our departing defender Bacary Sagna once the Ivory Coast international had finished his duties at the World Cup finals in Brazil.
The fact that the 21-year old had seemed to let slip his imminent arrival at Arsenal to a Gunners fan at a friendly game, made it all the more strange when we were then linked with the Newcastle and France right back Mathieu Debuchy. But Aurier, who has now agreed a one year loan deal to the French champions PSG, has revealed in a report by the Daily Star, that the Arsenal transfer rumours were true.
Arsene Wenger has never been the sort of manager to force his Arsenal players to stay at the club when it is clear that they want to go, but even the Frenchman is reluctant to say good bye to a third Arsenal club captain in as many years.
However, the fact our Belgium international defender Thomas Vermaelen will walk away on a free transfer next summer anyway, while Man United are rumoured to be willing to give the Gunners £10 million for him this summer, makes it a lot more likely that Wenger will allow the transfer to go through.
Is the recent signings against our policy? by TJ
It is no surprise around the footballing world, especially at Arsenal, that nurturing young talent is the way to develop a sustainable and successful model. There are many positives in trusting and polishing young talents. Firstly, the startup capital is small as not much funds are required to acquire these talents. Secondly, if trust is being put into these young players, more often than not, they would prove to be more loyal to you and give their best on the pitch. They also tend not to want to leave the club and repay your faith in them.
The summer transfer window so far has been nothing short of a dream come true for Arsenal fans. With the signing of Chilean superstar Alexis Sanchez and the talented full back Debuchy, Arsenal has meant serious business in this transfer window. Needs were clearly addressed in these two signings.
We sorely needed a consistent and pacey left winger as seen from last season and we got that in Alexis. We also needed a replacement for Sagna who has decided to take his talents to the blue side of Manchester. We got that in Debuchy. The question now would be ‘Are we done yet in the window?’
I can’t say I blame him for deciding to leave Arsenal to further his career in professional football, but at the same time I was sad to see the news on Arsenal.com that the young German Gunner Thomas Eisfeld has called time on his dream of becoming a first team player with Arsenal.
The 21-year old has today signed for Fulham on a two year contract, where the midfielder will surely get the regular game time he needs to progress. It must have been a tough decision for Eisfeld, though, because he was tipped as being one of the young players most likely to break through from the academy, but his compatriot Serge Gnabry came up on the outside lane and overtook him.
It has been confirmed that Arsene have acquired yet another brilliant German youngster from Barcelona’s La Masia Academy. The 15 year-old German youth international Georgios Spanoudakis (he has Greek parents would you believe!) started off in Frankfurt but was persuaded to move to Barcelona in 2009.
He has already played for the German national team U15 and U16 sides, but it is believed that the Greek FA are trying to get him to take his parents country as his own as his ability is well-known all over Europe.
I am sure that most, if not all, Arsenal fans and the manager as well, would prefer the Real Madrid and France striker Karim Benzema to either of the players mentioned in the title, and there are rumours that Arsenal may be back in with a chance, but for the purposes of argument, I am going to assume that Benzema is not coming to north London.
It appears as though the media do not believe Arsene Wenger, how strange! After the Frenchman made it plain as day that Arsenal were not in the transfer market for any more strikers, there seem to have been more Arsenal transfer rumours concerning forwards than ever before.
Do they think the Prof is doing the old Poker bluff again? Who me, guv, after a striker? Nah mate, I would not have released the Greatest Striker In The World if that was the case. It would not be the first time the Gunners manager has tried to throw the hounds of the media off the scent, that is for sure.
I got a lot of stick from some Arsenal fans after writing an article last year about the Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel Messi possibly coming to play for Arsenal. Now I am not saying that I was right, because I wrote the story as an April Fool’s Day piece, but amazingly, The Express are now reporting that arguably the best player to ever lace up a pair of football boots was actually contemplating becoming a Gunner.
Hold on a minute, you might say, Arsenal are not being linked with any of the players from AS Monaco, although there are a few in that squad we might like. But the moneybags team from the French Ligue 1 could still have a big say in the transfer plans of the Gunners this summer.
It remains to be seen, of course, but if the transfer rumours are correct, the player who should have been given the Golden Ball at the World Cup, along with the Golden Boot for scoring the most goals, could soon be completing his transfer to Real Madrid in La Liga.
At least Arsenal fans are not going to have to wait until the last few days of the transfer window, nervously checking the sports websites dozens of times a day and wondering what the hell Arsene Wenger is playing at. Having already done some good business in the transfer market has made us all a lot more relaxed.
But Arsenal still need to make a few more key signings in key areas and, just like last year with Gareth Bale and Mesut Ozil, it looks like the Gunners will have to wait until La Liga’s Real Madrid wrap up their own transfers before we can get the player or players we want from them.