What a difference a week makes! Last Sunday there was a general feeling amongst Arsenal fans that Arsene Wenger was on very thin ice indeed. The North London Derby victory over our fierce rivals Tottenham took some of that pressure off the Frenchman, but many fans’ feelings on the manager were on hold until the transfer window closed.
This is news that will have most Arsenal fans gnashing their teeth and kicking the dog. Arsene Wenger spoke about the January transfer window today and his words seemed designed to prepare the ground for a specific number of signings this January, a nice round figure, zero. Wenger has said that Arsenal have been working hard to find players who will add to the squad, but today suggested that he has been unable to find any.
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Arsene Wenger has money to spend on the Arsenal squad, apparently, and he and his staff are working hard to identify and secure the right players for Arsenal. The boss will not discuss just what sort of players or positions he is thinking of, because he keeps his transfer dealings a secret as possible, but it does not look as if he will finalise any transfer until the Theo Walcott contract situation is settled.
There has been much speculation in the Spanish media that the Barcelona striker David Villa has had enough of being left on the sidelines at the Nou Camp and is looking for a loan move to the Premiership this summer with Arsenal being mooted as a possible destination.
The Italian giants Juventus brought in Nicklas Bendtner in the summer as they failed at getting any of their foremost striker targets, and have since been monitoring the contract talks between Theo Walcott and Arsenal as they try and shore up their dilapidated forward line.
It is hardly a new Arsenal transfer rumour that Arsene Wenger is expected to sell Theo Walcott in January, but the Frenchman has yet again reiterated that Walcott only has until December to make up his mind on the offered extension. Wenger said yesterday: “My desire is to keep Theo. We do what’s needed to keep him and hopefully, as I told you many times, we can sort this situation out very soon.
If you believe what the papers say then Arsenal are going to hand Arsene Wenger anything from £35 million up to over £50 million to spend on players in the January transfer window. Latest reports suggest that Le Prof is carefully considering whether to spend it or not.