Arsenal supporters could be forgiven for thinking this is some kind of déjà vu. The whole sequence of – player being linked – multiple threads of interest – and then finally the denial; this is a sequence that repeats itself across multiple transfer windows. The only difference is that the player being linked is different.
It still looks as though this deal will go right down to the wire and will be done in the last few days of the summer transfer window, if it is done. So be prepared for a whole lot more Arsenal transfer rumours about the Real Madrid and France international star Karim Benzema in the next few weeks.
If this all works out the way I hope, it will not only mean that Arsenal have added another top class striker to our already strong and talented squad, but it will give the Arsenal fans another stick to beat our north London rivals Tottenham, not that we really need any more ammunition against the poor little spuds.
Transfer systems. Who should be in charge of Arsenal’s transfers? by Galen
Every football club have got a transfer system and a process. Loads of Arsenal fans have complained about our system. So I took this opportunity to look at our transfer system and that of other top football clubs.
It is becoming fairly normal for Arsenal to be up against the Italian Serie A side Napoli. Last summer they beat us to the signing of Gonzalo Higuain, after it was reported the the Gunners were on the verge of snapping up the Argentinean international. Then we played them in the Emirates cup before they were picked with us in the Champions League group of death.
The agent of Arsenal target Javier Mascherano has issued a statement to any clubs hoping to sign the Argentina international. The statement, in essence, reveals that the reason the 29-year old is planning to leave his La Liga club is the insistence of Barcelona in playing him in the centre of defence.
Arsenal fans and players are bound to be a bit nervous before the final Champions League group game in Italy tonight, but that is because of the importance of the game rather than any fear of our opponents Napoli, or a lack of confidence and belief.
It is a real shame that Arsenal have not qualified for the knockout phase of the Champions League yet, despite being the best team in the so-called group of death and winning four out of our five games. But that is the way it is and we have to go to Italy in midweek and get some sort of result from Serie A side Napoli. And that task has been made easier with the news that their best player from the game at the Emirates will not be able to play.