According to the latest rumblings from the Arsenal transfer rumour mill, Arsene Wenger is still interested in the former Chelsea forward Salomon Kalou. But the likelihood of the Ivory Coast international coming back to the Premier League with Arsenal this summer, has just got a lot smaller, as we have been told that his price has doubled.
As if the January transfer window was not frustrating enough for Arsenal fans, we then had to read in the papers that the Gunners had failed in attempts to bring in a number of players. The biggest of these was Julian Draxler of Schalke, of course, but the one position we really needed to strengthen was striker and so the news that Salomon Kalou had turned down the chance to come was pretty frustrating as well.
Before the Champions League clash between Arsenal and Marseille at the Emirates stadium, Arsene Wenger had already revealed that he definitely was interested in the French club’s young player Florian Thauvin. The 20-year old is widely regarded as one of the most promising French players around and Wenger is obviously a fan, so it would be no great surprise if the Gunners do rekindle their interest in him sooner or later.
As explained in a Mirror report, the French manager was looking at Thauvin last year, before the youngster ended up signing for Lille. What happened after, with him apparently going on strike to force a move away from Lille to his current club, will certainly not have helped his cause with Wenger. He is still young, though, and I get the impression that the Arsenal boss feels that his mistakes do not necessarily rule him out.
Arsenal must buy a striker in order to last the distance in the Premier League race. This was never more apparent than in the 1-0 loss to Manchester United. In that game, Arsenal bossed possession but Giroud was well taken care of by the United defence. Wenger had few options from the bench and at the end he could only turn to a want-away ex-striker from Denmark to salvage the game.
I was absolutely stunned today to read that Arsene Wenger and Arsenal have come in for criticism from the departed Ivorian international striker Gervinho. The 26-year old was allowed to leave for Italy and the Serie A side Roma this summer, when Wenger admitted that his confidence was not likely to return at the Emirates.
Florian Thauvin – Arsenal transfer target by AH
It’s today being reported by both The Express and The Daily Mail, as well as several media sites online that Arsenal and Newcastle will face up against each other for the signing of French starlet Florian Thauvin.
Roma step up Gervinho interest! by Ash
According to sources in both Italy and England, Serie A side Roma are set to step up their interest in Arsenal and Ivory Coast international Gervinho and have reportedly tabled a £7 million bid.
Gervinho definitely set to leave? by Ash
Over the last few weeks, suggestions have been sourced to say that Arsenal and Ivory Coast international winger Gervinho could be on his way out of North London with interest from France, Germany and Turkey gathering. But now after the latest developments in the story, the player’s omission from the clubs upcoming tour of Asia can only enhance the rumours further and in some cases basically confirm that he is looking to leave this summer.