Arsenal fans will soon know once and for all about the future of the Sweden international striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, as his country has been knocked out of Euro 2016 after finishing fourth in their group behind Italy, Belgium and Ireland, despite being one of the favourites in the bookmaker reviews. We are now hearing from the football media that the 34-year old will now hang up his international boots instead of heading to Rio for the Olympic games.
So we should all soon discover whether the rumour mill is right about him completing a free transfer to our Premier League rivals Manchester United. It was originally being reported that Arsenal were one of the clubs he might join but that quickly went quiet and it would seem that Arsene Wenger was never in the race for his signature. United were definitely favourites from the beginning.
I must admit to thinking this was a huge mistake on our manager’s part but after watching Zlatan struggle to make any headway in his three games at Euro 2016 I am not so sure. He still has a great touch and has always been a very technically gifted player but speed and strength are also hugely important in modern football.
The end comes for even the best of players and at 34-years old time is certainly not on his side. Just look what happened to the traitor Robin van Persie in his second season at United and ever since. The question is whether there is another top quality season still in the Swede.
And the fact that it is a question at all makes his transfer a risk I suppose, so was Wenger right not to pursue this Arsenal transfer?