I know it is a bit hot at the minute, but the weather seems to be really affecting some people, mainly the ones who write the Arsenal transfer rumours it seems. We are used to the Gunners being linked with every player and his dog whenever the transfer window is open in January or the summer, but sometimes it gets out of hand.
Bender great second option to Khedira by Big Gun
Arsenal’s pursuit of Sami Khedira is still up in the air, a deal I thought, based on our quick acquisition of Sanchez should have been done and dusted deal days ago. Last reported news is that the players personal terms were being ironed out. Khedira is demanding wages of 150,000 pounds per week, higher than both Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil who are earning 130,000 per week. In the interim, Chelsea, being the usual poacher of players that they are, have tried to stall the deal even further and steal the German midfielder by offering up to 180k per week. Whether they are genuinely intent on his signature or not, either way it is making things more difficult for us. He is a great player and would definitely add some steel and power into our midfield, but if the deal ends up a dead end, there is still another player with very similar attributes we could acquire – Lars Bender.
Going through the Arsenal transfer rumours today, I saw that our reported pursuit of the Germany international Sami Khedira was being put under serious threat by Jose Mourinho, who also wants to sign the central midfielder from his former club, Real Madrid. Let him I say.
The Express are reporting that Chelsea are ready to blow the Gunners’ bid of £20 million out of the water, and they can certainly afford to do so after being uncharacteristically cautious with their transfer business in the last year or so. To be honest, I think even £20 million is too much for Arsenal to pay for the German, because he has rejected a new contract from Madrid and will be able to leave his La Liga club for nothing next summer.
There have been plenty of Arsenal transfer rumours already this summer and quite a large portion of those have centred around our search, if Arsene Wenger is actually searching this time, for the player to bolster the midfield and give us more defensive strength.
Today there is a report in the Daily Mail that claims that one of our targets for this troublesome role, Sami Khedira, is available from Real Madrid in La Liga, but he will not come cheap. The paper claims that the Germany international’s transfer fee will be around £24 million, which is not too bad and is not much more than the price of our other targets, Lars Bender and Morgan Schneiderlin.
Every Arsenal fan knew that the Gunners simply had to buy a striker, a defensive midfielder and a right-back as the main priority this summer, and now that we are close to finalising deals for Matthieu Debuchy and Alexis Sanchez, it seems that Arsene Wenger has now moved on to the third and final piece of the jigsaw.
The Telegraph this morning is reporting that Arsenal is now moving for the Bayer Leverkusen star Lars Bender again, after failing with a £19 million during last summers transfer window.
I know that a lot of Arsenal fans are not that keen on Southampton’s midfield general Morgan Schneiderlin. Not because he is not a good player, but more that he is just not the right pedigree for Arsenal, having come from France and working his way through the lower leagues with Southampton.
But it appears that Arsene Wenger is keen on the 23-year old, as the Daily Mail reports that he is set to send his scouts to run the rule over the Frenchman one last time before the season finishes and the transfer business starts.
First of all Arsenal fans, it is almost certain that the player that was widely reported as being one of the top transfer targets for Arsene Wenger this summer, Lars Bender, will not be coming to play for Arsenal next season. The reason, however, is not what you would expect.
The German international holding midfielder has clearly heard about all the speculation linking him with a summer move to the Premier League and Arsenal but, as reported by ESPN, he has ruled it out and stated that he would definitely be staying with his current club, the Bundesliga outfit Bayer Lever kusen.
Arsenal fans will be thinking that this transfer window is set to be as frustrating as every other one after listening to Arsene Wenger’s statements in the Guardian yesterday. He has said that there will only be two or three signings coming in, and he doesn’t expect any action until after the end of the World Cup.
Wenger said he had his team looking at possibilities but he clearly stated that there would not be wholesale changes. “But the main thing for us will be to keep the stability because we feel we are close,” he said. “We want to add something that makes us even stronger but number-wise, it will not be massive. Two or three? Yes.
It seems Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Lars Bender has emerged as Arsene Wenger’s top transfer target. It has been obvious for a while that we need a midfield enforcer who will ensure we are not overrun in the middle of the park especially against the other big teams of the Barclays Premier League. Our early-season title challenge was derailed by losses to Man City, Liverpool, Chelsea and even the troubled Man United (Thank God Tottenham didn’t join in). Personally, I think we lost those games because of the lack of a midfield lynchpin. Someone who can sit in to protect the back four and break up the attacks of the opposition while also capable of launching counter attacks with telling passes.
A large proportion of Arsenal fans have been hoping for Arsene Wenger to sign the sort of player that comes under the description of defensive midfielder for some time. And we don’t mean an all-rounder, or a creative player that will adapt his game, we mean a tough tackling midfield general.
When the Frenchman allowed Alex Song to leave the Emirates to sign for Barcelona, that would surely herald the signing of a Vieira type player, wouldn’t it? It seems like we only got Mathieu Flamini in this season, because the feisty Frenchman gave Wenger very little option, and the price was right.
Who do we bring in with £100 million? by KJ
It has been reported that Stan Kroenke has sanctioned a transfer kitty of £100 million for Arsene Wenger to spend this summer. I don’t know if this is a ploy to get Arsene to stay or whether it is a genuine statement by Kroenke to signal Arsenal’s intentions this summer. Either way, it is a great amount of money to spend in the summer and there aren’t too many positions we have to fill until we have a team that can consistently challenge for the title next season. So how do we spend that £100 million?
Arsenal fans are well used to suffering, both during the football season and once it is over and the transfer window opens. But I am not sure how much more we can take. After this season has turned from delight to despair, Arsene Wenger needs to move quickly in order to get the fans back on side and the best way to do that would be to make an early signing or two once the transfer window opens. And bringing in Lars Bender would be the perfect way to start.