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Can Arsenal afford to wait for wantaway Schneiderlin?

The consensus among Arsenal fans and the football media seems to be that the Gunners have two key transfers to make in January in order to turn us from nearly men and from a top four club into a team which could actually mount a serious challenge on the Premier League and Champions League.

Arsene Wenger has already let it be known that he plans to sign another defender as well as revealing that he tried and failed to do so in the summer. But he has always remained tight lipped about the controversial and much discussed defensive midfield issue, even though many Arsenal transfer rumours have linked us with a host of central midfielders.

Koeman set to replace Wenger as Arsenal manager?

The poor start to the season from Arsenal has once again piled a whole heap of pressure on the shoulders of Arsene Wenger. But just last week the chief executive Ivan Gazidis highlighted the fact that the club hierarchy are scared about replacing the Frenchman, mainly because they are not confident that anyone coming in could do a better job.

But Ronald Koeman may have changed all that, by coming to Southampton and taking the Premier League by the scruff of the neck. The Dutchman has a long season ahead of him, of course, but he has already started to show that he has all the right qualities to prosper and thrive in the English Premier League.

Khedira transfer blow could be GOOD news for Arsenal

Arsenal were handed an unequivocal `forget it` by the Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti on our hopes of completing the transfer of the Germany international Sami Khedira in the January transfer window. It was thought that the powerful central midfielder was the top transfer of Arsene Wenger but according to a report in the Evening Standard the move is not going to happen.

Not in January anyway, after Ancelotti issued a statement yesterday declaring his intention to continue trying to persuade the 27-year old to renew his contract and stay in La Liga. And Ancelotti also stated that if Khedira did not agree to stay in Madrid, he would not be leaving before next summer.

Hayden next Arsenal starlet to make it from academy?

Although Arsenal fans, players and manager will be disappointed to have been knocked out of the Capital One Cup at such an early stage, there were some real positives to take from the game against Southampton. At least it was a Premier League team that beat us, just like with Chelsea last season, and there is no shame losing to a strong and in form Saints team.

Arsenal still playing rubbish but only one person is to blame…

Arsene again won’t take the blame by KM

Another day, another miserable Arsenal performance. We really are predictable. We did exactly what we do every time. Try to pass it into the net and as more often than not, it didn’t work. Where is the problem? We sent out a bunch of kids, Diaby, some out-of-favour players and Alexis.

Although we were poor once again, we started with a brilliant Alexis free kick. And after that we did what Arsenal do best. Make life difficult for ourselves. We gave away a totally reckless penalty and after that another corner and another ball hits the back of our net.

Ospina buzzing but ready for a testing Arsenal debut!

The signing of David Ospina was one of the least talked about Arsenal transfers of the summer, but I think that the capture of the Colombia international for around £3 million from the French club Nice was a very good pice of business from Arsene Wenger.

After all, the keeper is one of the most important positions in the team and Ospina showed at the World Cup that he was a real top quality player between the sticks, with great shot stopping and distribution and an excellent pair of hands when dealing with crosses.

Diaby’s Arsenal return to earn a place for Chelsea clash?

After suffering an amazing and unlucky number of injuries, around 40, in his eight years as an Arsenal player, it is pretty incredible that Abou Diaby has not just thrown in the towel. And many other clubs and managers might have given up on the Frenchman, but not Arsene Wenger and Diaby could be about to repay the faith of his manager.

Arsenal to swoop after Schneiderlin requests transfer?

We all know that a vast majority of Arsenal transfer rumours in the papaersa turn out to be fit only for wrapping up fish n chips. But not all of them, and Arsenal have been strongly linked with Morgan Schneiderlin, Sami Khedira and Lars Bender all summer, and we may soon find out which, if any, of these players Arsene Wenger is going to sign for that tricky defensive midfield role.

If there is any truth to our reported interest in Schneiderlin, then now is the time for Wenger to do something about it, because the France international has handed in a transfer request at his Premier League club Southampton, according to a Sky Sports report.

Is this photo proof that Arsenal signed Chambers to replace Vermaelen?

It seemed a bit strange at the time, to me anyway, that Arsenal signed Calum Chambers from Southampton. After all, we had already signed Mathieu Debuchy as a replacement for Bacary Sagna at right back, and then we had Carl Jenkinson and Hector Bellerin as back-up options.

But that was because I only thought of the young England international as a full back, whereas it seems that the 19-year old has the potential to become a centre back or a defensive midfielder as well. And Arsenal need to strengthen in both of these areas, so maybe Wenger is not really looking at Chambers as a full back at all.

Wenger admits Chambers is `expensive gamble` for Arsenal

For Arsene Wenger to be speaking of Calum Chambers in terms of what he might bring to Arsenal, is almost as good as seeing the transfer officially announced on the Arsenal website. So I am assuming that the 19-year old will be announced as a new member of the Gunners this week.

But, depending on which paper you read, the transfer fee could be as high as £16 million, which seems a bit steep for a youngster that has made just 18 starts in the Premier League. A Talksport report reveals that the Arsenal boss admits this, but he also goes on to rationalise the transfer by talking about the potential of the young England international and pointing out that his versatility means that we may have got three players for the price of one, even if that price is a bit high.

Arsenal transfer news – Khedira off, Schneiderlin talks ON!

Arsenal may have more money to spend this summer than ever before, with the debt incurred by building the Emirates stadium no longer requiring Arsene Wenger to scour the French second division and other corners of the football globe looking to unearth a hidden gem in the transfer market.

But the Frenchman is still not the kind of manager, like many others I could mention, that does not care about the club’s money. The Prof always wants to get value for money, which is why he has apparently refused to meet the £80,000 a week salary demands of Loic Remy. And the same financial acumen seems to have put paid to the possible transfer of Sami Khedira from Real Madrid.

Is Schneiderlin or Khedira the answer for Arsenal?

It looks like Arsenal are closing in on some of their transfer targets. Hopefully the launch of the new PUMA kit next week will allow Arsenal fans to finally get excited about some completed transfers, instead of the thin gruel of Arsenal transfer rumours that we have had so far this summer.

The media seem to think that the Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez is likely to be one of the new Gunners, while our young Costa Rican striker Joel Campbell is heading for the Emirates for pre-season and Theo Walcott is well on his way to recovery. This all points to the Gunners having plenty of attacking options next season and our midfield is full of creativity, but is going the other way that Arsenal might have problems.