Although Arsenal will need to watch out for the goal threat of Marouane Fellaini and Nikica Jelavic who are the top scorers for Everton this season, with six and five goals respectively, it is the left back Leighton Baines who really makes them dangerous. The 27-year old has developed into one of the best left backs in the Premier league, in fact stats released this week show him to be the best in Europe.
The Everton boss David Moyes has been speaking ahead of Everton’s match against Arsenal, and he revealed that Arsene Wenger indeed made a bid for Phil Jagielka last summer, but he didn’t come anywhere close to his own valuation of the England international.
It was reported during the summer that the Everton and South African international midfielder Steven Pienaar is keen to join Arsenal on a free transfer next summer. the 28 year-old has refused to sign a new contract with the Toffees but has decided to cash in with one last big move while he can.
There is not a lot of encouraging Arsenal transfer news around today, in fact most of it is quite negative. The goalkeeping situation doesn’t seem to be any closer to being resolved. After the rumours that Mark Schwarzer had finally passed a medical and was ready to sign any minute, this was swiftly followed by a denial from Fulham, and Schwarzer, that there were any negotiations even in place! Today it is being said that Fulham won’t accept less than £4m for the 37 year-old, but the good news (!) is that Sky reckon Schwarzer is keen on making the move.
Most of todays Arsenal transfer news seems to be pretty speculative, as they are taking Arsene Wenger’s quotes on players appearing at the World Cup and turning them into transfer rumours.
At last the Arsenal transfer news today seems to be actually concentrating on the sort of players that Wenger needs, and is likely to buy, instead of the usual wishlist.
There is still a week to go until the transfer window opens, but that hasn’t stopped the papers being full of Arsenal transfer news! After a lull, we even have yet another goalkeeper story to add to the list, and it seems this one could be the real thing.