I am sure that most, if not all, Arsenal fans and the manager as well, would prefer the Real Madrid and France striker Karim Benzema to either of the players mentioned in the title, and there are rumours that Arsenal may be back in with a chance, but for the purposes of argument, I am going to assume that Benzema is not coming to north London.
Hold on a minute, you might say, Arsenal are not being linked with any of the players from AS Monaco, although there are a few in that squad we might like. But the moneybags team from the French Ligue 1 could still have a big say in the transfer plans of the Gunners this summer.
It remains to be seen, of course, but if the transfer rumours are correct, the player who should have been given the Golden Ball at the World Cup, along with the Golden Boot for scoring the most goals, could soon be completing his transfer to Real Madrid in La Liga.
Why Giroud should not be Arsenal’s starting striker next year!! By Henry12
We all know that the transfer window is on and heating up. Arsenal have been linked to many great talents around the football world; Remy, Bony, Balotelli, Cavani etc. With Arsenal already completing deals for Sanchez, Khedira (maybe), and Debuchy (maybe), we as Gunners feel that the one area we have been lacking is the striker department.
While quite a few of the current Arsenal players, and those being linked with us in Arsenal transfer rumours by the media, have had a World Cup tournament to forget, the Gunners still have good reasons to watch the rest of the games in Brazil. Even more reason than the usual one of being starved of football during the summer, anyway.
One of the surprises of the competition so far has been the France side. After nearly blowing their hopes of going to Brazil in the play-offs, Didier Deschamps and his players seem to have formed a tight knit group and have produced some of the most exciting and effective football so far, and that is great news for Arsenal.
This leads me on to midfielders that have been linked with Arsenal or could be promoted into the side. With our horrific injury records in the midfield area we need to look at who we could bring in to help ease this ever present concern and who could also help give cover to the back four. The options I have put forward are:
Chuks Aneke – Yet to be offered a new deal at Arsenal
Paul Pogba – Juventus ~ £30m
Antoine Griezman – Real Sociedad ~ £20m
Wellington Silva – Reserve Team
At one point last season, I think it was coming up to the January transfer window when Theo Walcott had already been ruled out for the rest of the season, Olivier Giroud baffled and infuriated the Arsenal fans. Not with his performances on the pitch, at least not completely, but for stating that the Gunners did not need to sign another striker.
What Striker should Arsenal be looking to sign this season? by CJ
The Arsenal transfer rumours that usually circle around the Emirates at this time of year seem to be entirely focused on our supposed pursuit of big name strikers, just like every year we are being linked to every player under the sun. However this post will focus on the strikers we seem to be constantly linked with, Mario Mandzukic, Mario Balotelli, Karim Benzema and Loic Remy.
Steady on Arsene. The Arsenal boss is either getting some serious work done in the transfer market before the World Cup kicks off, or he is doing so little that the papers feel that they have to make a lot of stories up about it.
Arsenal fans will be hoping that it is the former but, as usual, we will just have to wait and see. I wrote in an earlier article that this summer will see the transfer window open earlier, on June 10th, but I really don’t know. The usual date is the 1st of July, but that would be midway through the World Cup finals in Brazil so a bit of common sense would suggest that the dates are different this summer. I read it in one of the English papers so if I am wrong, don’t shoot the messenger.
I know that a lot of Arsenal fans will not be happy to hear that the big centre forward Olivier Giroud is set to be rewarded with a new contract, bgut it looks like they are just going to have to get used to the fact that Arsene Wenger sees the France international as a key part of his plans for the Gunners.
As an ESPN report reveals, Giroud is pleased with his performance and progression during his first two years in the Premier League, while he is confident that the Gunners can look forward to more again from him in the coming years. Those years look like being more than the two left on his current deal, after the 27-year old admitted that the club have already begun talks with him about a new contract.
Every single transfer window Arsenal fans sit back and wait for the rumour that we are going to try and sign the ex-Chelsea supersub Salamon Kalou, and the first link has come in today from the Star.
They reckon that Wenger tried to get him on loan in January (and every other transfer window!) and he is still keen. It seems Kalou managed 14 goals and 5 assists in Ligue 1 with Lille, which is probably just enough for them to make up another Arsenal rumour!
The big Arsenal transfer rumour this morning is from the Telegraph, who reckon that Karim Benzema from Real Madrid is Arsene Wenger’s top target this summer. The French international has been in fine form this season, but only has one year left on his contract at the Bernabeau and is expected to be supplanted by Liverpool’s Luis Suarez shortly……
The reported price is £30million which seems like a fair price to me, especially if the Gunners also bring back Carlos Vela at the supercheap price of £4million, which is being touted as a no-brainer deal in the Metro. Those two, along with the overworked Olivier Giroud, would give Arsenal numerous options in attack for next season and would surely make us challengers for the title…
When the news broke that Karim Benzema might be available for a transfer this summer, I wondered why? Why would Real Madrid let him go? After a while, I realized that it was the Ozil scenario playing itself out again. Ozil was shipped out by Madrid last summer not because he wasn’t good enough, but rather, it was because they wanted a new toy. Real Madrid acquire superstars like a rich playboy acquires sport cars. They buy the latest in-form player and after a few seasons, they’re tired of him and go after another. Last season, it was Gareth Bale and Ozil had to make way for the Welshman. This season, it is Luis Suarez.