Today’s very narrow win over Crystal Palace has only highlighted the need for Arsenal to buy a top class backup for the DM Francis Coquelin. Last week we saw his dubious abilities of spraying the ball to begin an attack, and this week we could have easily been reduced to ten men if the referee Lee Mason had been brave enough to give him a second yellow TWICE.
There have been a fair few Arsenal transfer rumours in recent weeks concerning the future Arsenal careers of three of the current playing squad, so Arsene Wenger was asked by the press pack to clarify what the situation is with Nacho Monreal, Mathieu Flamini and Joel Campbell.
It is very strange that just after sources at Arsenal apparently revealed that our defensive midfielder Matthieu Flamini is expected to leave the club this summer, when we are also informed that a group of Arsenal representatives were present last night in Spain to watch the Sevilla midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak.
With just 20 days to go in the transfer window, we would be forgiven for thinking that Arsenal had finished their trading, unless of course an “exceptional talent” falls into Arsene Wenger’s lap from out of the stars.
I think that the Arsenal boss is doing exactly the right thing in the latest episode of the verbal battle between him and the manager of our Premier League rivals Chelsea. There is no doubt that Jose Mourinho will keep trying to get under the skin of Arsene Wenger, both before and after the two sides meet for the Community Shield final at Wembley stadium on Sunday.
Just when Arsene Wenger seemed to hint that he was not going to be entering the transfer market again this summer, we now find out that Matthieu Flamini is expected to be leaving the club in the next few days.
A realistic analysis of Arsenal’s squad for 2015/16 NM
As opposed to my article earlier today, this article is going to be looking forward into Arsenal’s future, as opposed to looking backwards at what has already happened around Europe this summer! If we look at Arsenal’s summer, we’ve managed to sign Cech from Chelsea, as well as we’ve offloaded Podolski, Miyaichi and Diaby (and we have not re-signed Flamini either). That frees up 4 very valuable slots in our EPL roster, assuming Arsene doesn’t give Flamini another one year contract. We have also managed to loan Maitland-Niles to Ipswich, which I think will do wonders for the very promising young winger. Most importantly, we have not lost anybody of value this transfer window, which means that we are free to add to, and improve upon, last season’s squad. Gone are the days that we are looking to replace somebody each season.