It is now looking increasingly unlikely that Arsenal fans will get to celebrate the transfer that we wanted, even though the football media and it’s rumour mill are still determined to link the Gunners with the France and Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema. His agent has all but ended our hopes I’m afraid.
And with Arsene Wenger talking about taking a gamble in the transfer market, as reported by the Evening Standard, I reckon that the boss is aware that Benzema is off the table. This was always possible, of course, and I am sure that Wenger has been getting ready for the bad news by getting another list of possible transfer targets ready for this moment.
Wenger said, “There is always time to take a gamble and we are not against taking a gamble. But what you want is to take a gamble in a market where the opportunity is there.
“I believe this squad is ready to fight for the title and has a chance to do it given that we are continuing to develop as a team.
“That is the first thing. Internally we have the resources to do that and it is also important that we don’t have too many major injuries like last year.
“I said before that I don’t know how good the other teams will be. Man City started especially in an impressive way but the season is long.”
The fact is that the Arsenal boss has got money available to him and despite all his talk of the availability of the top players as well as the strong competition for them, he could sign a couple of players before the transfer window shuts. And his reference to Man City’s form suggests to me that he is edging that way, especially with the spectre of an injury crisis never far from the club.
But which positions and players could he be ready to take a punt on?