Whether Arsene Wenger feels under any more need of new signings after Arsenal were paired with the Spanish La Liga, Copa Del Rey and Champions League holders Barcelona is anybody´s guess. We will have to wait for the January transfer window to open and close before we find out.
After the Gunners pulled off the brilliant last gasp result that we needed to stay in the Champions League, for at least two more games anyway, I can understand why Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal players were very upbeat and also full of confidence for the latter stages of the competition.
The international break always makes the media and bloggers more creative when it comes to Arsenal transfer rumours, but you can’t get more inventive than this one. It concerns the World’s very best player, Barcelona’s Lionel Messi. The Argentinian superstar and his father are being dragged through the courts in pain for tax evasion, and the story goes that he is fed up with the Spanish and now desires to play in the Premier League.
It is a fair reward for how well the Arsenal and Chile forward has taken the English Premier League by storm since signing from Barcelona last summer that the name of Alexis Sanchez is among the 23 players from the world of football that have made the shortlist for the FIFA Ballon D´Or awarded to the best player for the calendar year.
Well I didn’t start it, but there are lots of Arsenal rumours around saying that Barcelona have drawn up a short list of players, including Theo Walcott, that they want to replace the injured Brazilian Rafinha. The 22 year-old Brazilian midfielder has injured his cruciate ligament and is expected to be missing for the next six months (If he was an Arsenal player we’d be guessing more like a year!) Or, alternatively, they want him as a replacement for Pedro, who just moved to Chelsea.
It is not just for Arsenal that this season is important – because they are supposed to make a run for the title. It is equally important for their mercurial German midfielder Mesut Ozil.
While it is true that the Arsenal and Germany star Mesut Ozil comes in for an unfair amount of criticism from some fans and a lot of people in the English football media, it is also true that the creative midfielder does not help himself at times and could certainly have more of an impact for the Gunners at times.
Arsenal fans were greeted this morning with all that exciting talk about a £200 million transfer kitty, after the Arsenal director Lord Harris made the very bold, and possibly foolish, statement that the Gunners could afford to sign just about any player in the world except Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi.