There is a good chance, I hope, that Arsenal will keep their club captain and versatile defender Thomas Vermaelen this season after all. The Belgium international has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United, but there is nothing to stop Arsene Wenger blocking the move, although that would mean losing Vermaelen next summer for nothing.
As Arsene Wenger gears up to bring in reinforcements to his Arsenal squad for the beginning of the new campaign, as many as eleven players from the current setup have been released by the club. The prominent names include that of goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski and striker Nicklas Bendtner, who’s contract I believe should have been terminated a long time ago.
Going by the comments here on Just Arsenal I didn’t think that too many Gooners were overly upset with Bacary Sagna for moving to Manchester City. The right-back had spent many trophy-less seasons at the Emirates and as he approaches the end of his career it only made sense for him to try and get one last big payday before his retirement.
If you believe the Arsenal transfer rumours in the media, then you must be new to the game of football transfer windows. But often there is no smoke without fire, and there seems to have been a smoke bomb set off in the vicinity of the Toulouse star Serge Aurier.
Since the Premier League season finished and the Gunners went on to lift the FA cup trophy after that dramatic comeback against Hull City at Wembley, the papers have been filled with Arsenal transfer rumours. Even more than usual, in fact, because of the number of positions that need strengthening in Arsene Wenger’s squad.
There was a very loud buzz on the Arsenal transfer rumour mill a few weeks back, when one lucky Arsenal fan seemed to have got the exclusive about the transfer of Serge Aurier to the Gunners. It was straight from the horse’s mouth, when the fan met Aurier at an Ivory Coast international friendly, but then it all went quiet.
Maybe I am reading too much into the situation, or worrying too much about it because it involves one of my favourite Gunners, Laurent Koscielny. After last night, though, when France booked their place in the last 16 of the World Cup with a thumping 5-2 win over Switzerland, I fear for his place in the starting XI of Didier Deschamps.
There is a very unexpected Arsenal transfer rumour doing the rounds this morning. It involves a shock move by Arsene Wenger for the Serbian international defender Branislav Ivanovic. I am not surprised to hear that the Frenchman would like to sign the Serb, as reported by Metro, I just cannot see it happening.