While the season has been a pretty tough one for Arsenal fans to take, apart from the happy bookend that were provided by us beating Jose Mourinho and Chelsea to win the Community Shield and then the implosion of Tottenham that allowed us to nip past them on the final day and retain our stranglehold in north London, it has probably been even worse for Kieran Gibbs.
There have been thousands of calls from Arsenal fans to secure a top holding midfielder and a marquee style super-striker this summer, but after the interest in Benedikt Howedes it seems probable that Wenger is also looking for a top class centre-back.
No Gooner believes EVERY Arsenal transfer rumour that appears in the papers so it is welcome when someone connected to the selling club tells us that the Gunners really are interested in one of our rumoured targets. I just wish it was a much stronger player, but then who knows how anyone will perform until they actually arrive in the Premier League.
Arsenal fans are used to seeing the club linked with lots of different players in different positions, especially in the run up to and during a transfer window. But Arsene Wenger;s words this week suggested that all these Arsenal transfer rumours are not just guesswork, at least not all of them.
Arsenal have been linked with the Celtic defender Virgil Van Dijk since the end of the summer transfer window and it looked odds on that he would be moving to the Emirates in January, but it seems that Arsene Wenger is playing it cool so far.
Last summer it was variously reported that Arsenal had made a last-minute bid to sign Celtic’s talented Dutch defender Virgil Van Dijk only to be rejected by the Scottish Champions because they had no time to bring in an adequate replacement.
There have already been many centre backs linked with a potential move to the Emirates in the January transfer window. One of the players that seems to be one of the favourites, at least according to a growing number of Arsenal transfer rumours, is the young Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk.
I really hope that Arsene Wenger’s comments the other day about how hard it was to find good quality players available in the January transfer window, at the same time as praising the Arsenal left back Nacho Monreal on his ability to cover at the centre of defence does not mean that us fans are in for more frustration in the transfer market.