Arsene Wenger could be heading back to France again soon, to add another player to his decidedly Gallic Arsenal team. And after selling the Gunners their top scorer last summer, Montpellier could be set to lose another one of their stars. Younes Belhanda has practically begged somebody to come and sign him this summer, and he has been linked with Arsenal before.
Should Thomas Vermaelen be the Arsenal captain? by SS
My personal opinion is no. Vermaelen is obviously one of Arsenal’s biggest name defenders and he has been in the team for a fair few years now but I personally have never liked him. I have nothing personal against him, I have just never appreciated his defensive skill.
Arsene Wenger revealed before the transfer window that he was looking to raid the Spanish market for “bargains” due to the financial difficulties suffered by clubs in La Liga (e.g. Malaga!), but in the meantime Newcastle have been concentrating on Wenger’s traditional hunting ground, France, and have come away with some excellent buys.
Most would agree that Arsenal need a proper defensive midfielder. Arsene Wenger allowed the sale of Alex Song to Barcelona in the summer and have not replaced him. We can argue about whether Song was disciplined enough for the role, but Arsenal have not brought anyone in to do the job. Wenger just moved Mikel Arteta further back. We also have Francis Coquelin coming through, but recent events have shown up the lack of an experienced, out and out midfield destroyer.
Arsenal lose another transfer target by AH
The January transfer window is always a disappointment for Arsenal fans. We start the month confident that we will strengthen in key areas to help us either build on our strong position, or to help us recover our season.
Why Wenger can’t afford to let M’Biwa go to Newcastle by KJ
As I write this article, Newcastle are apparently close to signing Montpellier captain Yanga M’Biwa for a measly £6.8 million. Arsenal have been in for the Frenchman since the summer and it’s a massive surprise to most Arsenal fans that we aren’t interested in him for such a low fee.
Watching another inept defensive display from his Arsenal players yesterday may have convinced Arsene Wenger that he cannot afford to wait until the summer to buy another defender. Arsenal have been linked before with the Montpellier captain, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, but it did not look as if we were going to make a move for him, at least not yet. Newcastle United, however, have agreed a transfer fee with the French champions of around £7 million for the 23-year old, so Wenger knows that he is on the verge of losing Mbiwa.
Arsenal have already released a couple of players on loan deals during this transfer window, with Marouane Chamakh off to West Ham for the rest of the season and Johan Djourou joining Hannover in the German Dundesliga. There have been expectations that Squaillachi and Arshavin might also be on their way out of the Emirates, but Arsene Wenger has said that Arsenal are not looking to offload any more players at the minute.