Remember a few weeks ago, Arsenal fans, when the new manager of West Ham issued us with a stark warning that we would find his team an impossible nut to crack when they turned up at the Emirates stadium next Sunday for our opening game of the new Premier League season?
None of us really know what Arsene Wenger is planning for Arsenal on the transfer front this summer, but we can hazard an educated guess. It looks like the deal to bring in a top quality keeper is almost wrapped up and the football media are expecting an official announcement on the signing of Petr Cech from Chelsea very soon.
And you thought that Arsenal had bad luck with injuries! Well we do, but you have to feel a bit sorry for our Premier League opponents on Saturday, because West Ham, who were already missing two of their front line in Carlton Cole and Andy Carroll, have now a lost a third striker to one of those bizarre injuries that must have a manager tearing his hair out.
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If this deal does go through in the next few days, and the growing number of Arsenal transfer rumours suggest that there is something to it at least, it will be the third bit of business done by Arsene Wenger and would surely be the final move from the Gunners this month.
Arsenal are still waiting to hear the extent of the knee injury suffered by club captain and defender Thomas Vermaelen last night, during the Belgium v Russia game which saw Marc Wilmot’s side progress to the next round. But if it means a reasonably long spell on the sidelines for the Verminator, it could mean his rumoured move to our Premier League rivals Man United is off.
Arsene Wenger does not like to give away much about who his transfer targets are for Arsenal, but the Frenchman may just have been found out on this one. When your scouts check out the same player four times in a month, either they are not doing their job very well or you are seriously interested.
According to the English media, Premier League sides Arsenal, Manchester United and Southampton are all working hard on acquiring the services of Valencia midfielder Ever Banega, whose agent confirmed that the player is very likely to leave the La Liga outfit when the transfer window reopens in January.