Arsenal fans and the football media were left pretty bemused and baffled by the transfer doings of Arsene Wenger in the latest summer transfer window, so we can only guess and cross our fingers that the Frenchman is planning to be a bit more proactive when the winter transfer window opens in January.
There have been claims made recently that Wenger did try to sign the Russian international striker Aleksandr Kokorin in the summer and there were all those rumours about Karim Benzema. Our hopes of landing the Real Madrid star seem to be over, for now at least, but Kokorin is a different matter.
A report in The Mirror quotes his agent Cyril Loginov suggesting that although his current club Dinamo Moscow blocked his transfer to the Gunners in the summer, he could still be joining us soon. And with his current contract due to run out at the end of this season, the Russian club has just the January transfer window to get any money for their striker.
Loginov said, “Aleksandr, if all well informed, still has a chance [to move in the future] and not just to Arsenal.
“If Dinamo refused to give Aleksandr to Arsenal in the past transfer window, it does not mean that he can’t be where he wants [in the next window].
“We have a very good relationship with the coaching staff and the management of the football club Dynamo Moscow. We have, of course, been notified.”
It seems clear that the versatile 24-year old is ready to move on, but will it be to Arsenal? And if the injury news on Danny Welbeck stays positive, do we really need him?