To lose one club captain could be said to be careless, but the way that Arsenal have been getting through them in recent seasons could be seen as criminal carelessness. Cesc Fabregas had the armband for three seasons before forcing his way out of the club to join his boyhood team Barcelona and since then the armband has been like a hot potato.
Arsenal spent long days in negotiations with Real Sociedad at the start of the summer transfer window, ostensibly over the compensation fee for Carlos Vela, but it has now been revealed that the Gunners also wanted to bring in the brilliant winger Antoine Griezmann from the Basque club.
There has been much talk of Arsenal’s deal with Real Sociedad over the alleged 8m agreement to allow Carlos Vela to remain in Spain, rather than join his old team-mates at the Emirates. Well today the French international Antoine Griezmann has finally confirmed that the Mexican international has already signed a new contract at the Basque club, but gave no indication about his own future next season.
So here we have Arsenal´s first confirmed bit of transfer business of the summer, with the news from the Star that the Gunners have sold Carlos Vela to Real Sociedad for the second time!
The transfer saga involving Carlos Vela and a possible return to Arsenal Football Club seems to develop a new twist or turn every time I read about it. First he wants to come back, then the Real Sociedad president says he doesn’t. The Gunners are going to sign him, then we are going to use the clause as a bargaining chip for Antoine Griezmann, then with Atletico Madrid for Miranda or Costa.
It seems as though Arsenal Football Club hold all the cards on this one, with a clause inserted into the contract between Carlos Vela and his La Liga club Real Sociedad. That is why, according to a report in Spanish daily AS, a delegation from Sociedad, including president Jokin Aperribay, is now in London to talk to their Arsenal counterparts about the Vela situation.
The Arsenal manager could be left scratching his head today, and wondering if he has somehow got his maths wrong. Arsene Wenger could have been forgiven for assuming that the sanctions imposed by UEFA on Man City and the French champions PSG recently would mean an easier summer in the transfer window for him and his staff, but not according to media reports.
It appears that Arsene Wenger may have been slightly economical with the truth when he warned Arsenal fans not to expect any early action in the transfer market. With most of the Gunners, as well as the internationals from all the big leagues around Europe, having joined their national teams in preparations for the World Cup finals, the Frenchman suggested that it would be a waiting game.