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.
Every Arsenal fan was left bamboozled this summer when Arsene Wenger allowed Thomas Vermaelen to leave (and Carl Jenkinson to go out on loan) but failed to bring in adequate replacements. The Frenchman admitted that he had made a mistake when he told fans at the annual AGM: ‘I agree we could have bought one more player but we didn’t find one.
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.