Olivier Giroud has grown into his role as the main striker for Arsenal, and this season he finally broke the jinx that stopped him scoring against the big teams. He was on a brilliant scoring run since January but has how been barren for five games in a row, and his contribution in the last two matches against Chelsea and Swansea were minimal to say the least.
I simply cannot believe this, but knowing Arsene Wenger´s penchant for allowing our Premiership rivals to strengthen at Arsenal´s expense, perhaps it isn´t so surprising.
The respected Football journalist Matt Law, writing in the Telegraph, has just reported that Thomas Vermaelen has agreed to join Manchester United, and will even earn an extra £30,000-a-week,taking his wages up to £100,000-a-week at Old Trafford.
Why Arsenal Must NOT Sell Vermaelen to United! by AT
It certainly seems as though it is going to be a very busy transfer window for Arsenal this summer. While the Gunners’ fans continue to cry out for attacking reinforcements, a lot of the early gossip seems to be in regards to the defence. After Bacary Sagna announced his departure ahead of a move to Manchester City, it now seems as though Thomas Vermaelen is following the Frenchman out of the door.
Barca willing to sell Fabregas? by AH
Reports over the last few weeks now have suggested that Arsene Wenger is interested in re-signing former captain Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona. This is because Fabregas is reportedly unhappy about his lack of playing time and now Barcelona are reportedly willing to sell.
Judging by lots of previous comments, there are a lot of Arsenal fans who will be glad that Olivier Giroud was sent off for a lunging tackle against Manolev of Fulham. If Arsenal do not appeal the decision, or lose an appeal, then the big Frenchman will miss the next three games at a vitally important time. These games could decide whether the Gunners are playing in the Champions League or the Europa League next season, so just how much will he be missed?
Arsenal are being linked with two more players in the papers today, but neither is the kind of big name signing that the fans are hoping to see in the summer. One is a 6ft 4in Danish striker, but don’t worry it is not Bendy. 19-year old Andreas Cornelius plays for FC Copenhagen and has been pretty impressive this season, scoring 14 league goals in 20 games.
Arsenal could be set for a summer transfer tussle with Manchester United over the French international midfielder Yohan Cabaye. Both clubs have been keeping a close eye on the 27-year old who has been at the centre of his current club Newcastle’s return to form.
Arsenal are ready to do some squad improvement, with Arsene Wenger set to have £70 million burning a hole in the pockets of his giant coat. There is room for improvement all over the pitch, so it will be interesting to see what Wenger thinks are the priorities. It sounds a lot, but £70 million does not buy many quality players these days, and there is no point buying squad players because we have plenty. One player who could add quality and extra options to the Arsenal team and who would not cost a bomb is the Portuguese international winger Luis Nani from Manchester United.