It seems like Arsenal and Chelsea are operating at different poles of the football world. It is not all about the mutual bad feeling between managers Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho either, although clearly the two do not see eye to eye on very much at all. Now The Telegraph are reporting that the spiteful one is trying to ensure that any deal with Barcelona for Fabregas does not see the Gunners receive a single penny.
We all know that the priority for Arsenal in this January transfer window is a striker. Whether it be a player who can replace Theo Walcott while the England international recovers from his anterior cruciate ligament damage, or another player in the mould of Olivier Giroud.
But we also know that Arsene Wenger has his own ideas of what he wants and is continually suggesting that January is not a good time to be signing players. One thing that the Gunners do not want is to sign a striker in desperation and then have a player on the nooks that is not really contributing.
The list of possible strikers that could be coming to Arsenal once the January transfer window opens is massive if you believe the many rumours in the media. But after the signing of new contracts by Liverpool’s Luis Suarez and Olympiacos’ Mitroglou, another name can be crossed off the list.
The Gunners were linked with Senegalese international Demba Ba even before he joined Chelsea in the last winter window. Then apparently he was close to coming to Arsenal on loan earlier this season, until Jose Mourinho vetoed the deal after we signed Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid, so as not to strengthen a direct rival.
You would think that, compared to Arsenal at least, Jose Mourinho would be well pleased with the striking options available to him as manager of Chelsea. With £50 million Fernando Torres, multiple trophy and award winning Samuel Eto’o and the power of Demba Ba, the Blues seem to have an embarrassment of riches. The problem is, they can’t seem to get the ball in the back of the net.
Transfer market Preview: Arsenal Striker options by MvB
With the transfer window coming up in less than 3 weeks it’s time to preview the possible transfers of players to Arsenal. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has admitted that he may have to enter the January transfer market to sustain the Gunners’ lead at the top of the Barclays Premier League. Giroud’s recent form has made the need for another striker very clear.
As it seems increasingly unlikely that Arsenal will be able to sign Luis Suarez, whether in January or next summer, then Arsene Wenger is going to have to turn his attention elsewhere. One striker who is believed to have been close to moving to the Emirates a couple of times already, Demba Ba, could be at the top of the list and the loan move that Jose Mourinho blocked in the summer could go through in January.
Ba was set for Arsenal! by Ash
Throughout the summer transfer window, Arsenal had seemingly been on the lookout for top quality players with the likes of Luis Suarez and Cesc Fabregas linked in the media, however in reality we must reflect on the summer perhaps not being as promising as we had originally wished, Mesut Ozil aside.
With the signing of Mesut Ozil, Arsenal have set down a real marker. The German international midfielder transformed what was looking like an underwhelming and frustrating transfer window for the Gunners into an exceptonal one, and it is the signing that has really set journalist’s keyboards tapping and tongues wagging, but it was so close to being even better.
A report in the Daily Mail explains that the new Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho blocked a deal that would have seen Demba Ba come to the Emirates at the last minute, when Arsenal thought the deal was done, because he was seriously concerned about Arsenal as rivals.
The Senegalese striker Demba Ba was linked with a possible move to Arsenal back in January, but it was Chelsea who activated his release clause and took him from Newcastle to Stamford Bridge. It is fair to say that his move has not really worked out so far, with just two goals from 15 Premier League appearances so far.
It has been reported that the 28-year old is now surplus to requirements under Jose Mourinho, following the signing of Samuel Eto’o from Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala, and Metro are reporting that Arsenal are trying to get him to the Emirates on a season long loan deal, with the opportunity to make it permanent if it works out.
Wenger Knows Best by El Rimmo
Another year, another crazy few months for Arsenal speculation; will he, won’t he? This player, that player, FFP, is it all lies, or is this finally the time? One thing we can all agree on is that you can’t believe anything you read anywhere.
Arsenal fans are the best managers in the world (sarcasm intended) by KA
I have wanted to write this article for a long, long time but now I think it’s the right time and I will divide this article into a few parts:
Arsene Wenger brought in the Malaga defender Nacho Monreal in January, but he is adamant that although he searched far and wide to find more quality players they were simply not available!
“We worked very hard in January,” Wenger said. “We were everywhere. I did want to sign somebody else but we didn’t find anyone. In the African Nations Cup, the best player is Gervinho. Why should we go there when the best player is Gervinho? We already have Gervinho.