It was good for Arsenal fans to hear Arsene Wenger state this week that he knew that the Gunners are short on the defensive side of the squad and declare that he expects to be able to solve the situation in the January transfer window.
Everyone knows that Arsenal desperately needed another central defender during the transfer window, and according to the Mail, Arsene Wenger tried to make a last minute move for the Celtic star Virgil van Dijk.
According to unconfirmed media reports in France, Arsenal have made an official bid for Clement Grenier who seemed to be staying at Lyon a few weeks ago. Arsene Wenger apparently tabled around an £8 Million bid but the Lyon club president rejected it straight away.
One of the players most likely to join Arsenal as the new defensive midfielder this summer, or so we were led to believe, was the Celtic and Kenya midfielder Victor Wanyama. That transfer is starting to look dead in the water, unless Arsene Wenger is planning some quick action in the next few days, because Southampton have apparently agreed a fee with the Scottish champions.
Last week there were utterings from the Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama that he was wanted by Arsenal, but since then he has been on international duty with Kenya, but he has re-affirmed that his agent is still continuing the talks with Celtic and the Gunners while he has been playing in the World Cup Qualifiers.
Arsenal and Wanyama by Stefan
Victor Wanyama has admitted that he is in talks with several clubs over a possible transfer in the coming weeks. This news will come as a good and positive sign to the Arsenal fans who have been calling for the club to sign him up immediately, although Wanyama refused to reveal which clubs were talking to him, meaning that it could be several totally unexpected foreign clubs.
Does Ramsey know something we don’t? by AH
When George Graham took over as the manager of Arsenal back in 1986, the first player he signed was the young left winger Perry Groves. Groves went on to become a fans favourite. The Londoner still has the club at his heart and often appears in the media to talk about them. Like all Gooners, Groves has his own ideas about what the Gunners need to do to push on from merely qualifying for the Champions League every season and like most Gooners he feels that a proper defensive midfielder should be one of the main transfer targets this summer.