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.
The player in question, according to a report in the Mirror, is Spanish under 21 international called Francisco Alcacer. The 20-year old has burst onto the scene with nine goals for La Liga club Valencia this season, in just 19 appearances, after spending last season on loan with Getafe.
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.
The 25-year-old has fallen out of favour at the Mestalla stadium under new manager Miroslav Djukic and is understood to be desperate for a January move as he is keen to remain a central figure for Argentina with the World Cup on the horizon. The versatile midfielder’s agent also claimed that contact has been made with several clubs ahead of a potential move in the new year.
One of the biggest transfer sagas of the summer involving Arsenal, was the curious case of Gonzalo Higuain. The Argentinian international was linked with a move to the Emirates for weeks and weeks, and it seemed at one point that the deal was done, but for whatever reason, Real Madrid sold him to Napoli, along with Callejon and Albiol.
Rami could join Arsenal on loan? by Ash
The transfer window may have been shut for exactly a month today, but as we are all aware, that doesn’t usually bring an end to the Arsenal transfer rumours which run throughout the year. Most of the time these rumours are nothing but media hype however occasionally there will be the odd rumour that sticks out from the rest and this is one that really catches the eye.
One of the multitude of players that Arsenal were linked with in the summer transfer window was the 27-year old central defender Adil Rami, who plays for Valencia in La Liga and the France national team. Whether the interest from Arsenal was genuine or not, nothing happened and Rami continued in Spain, but he has fallen out with his club in a big way and could be on his way out in January.
Arsenal bid spectacularly low again! by Ash
Arsenal have reportedly made an offer for Valencia goalkeeper Vicente Guaita after negotiations took place throughout the week. Vicente Guaita was targeted by Arsenal after it was seen that the player was keen to leave Valencia should he not be able to hold down a commanding position over challenging goalkeeper Diego Alves.
If Arsenal fans thought they were having a disappointing transfer window so far, then just imagine what it would feel like if the Gunners were to lose any of our current first team players. There have been rumours linking a number of them, including Cazorla, Sagna, Vermaelen and Koscielny with various clubs. Thankfully, though, that is one area in which the club have improved this year.
It is strange, then, to see reports suggesting that first Valencia and now Napoli could be preparing bids for our French international striker Olivier Giroud. Valencia are looking for a replacement for their Spanish hitman Roberto Soldado, who is on the brink of joining Tottenham for around £26 million. The Spanish media are now reporting that Giroud is their main target above Manchester United’s Javier Hernandez.
As all Arsenal fans will know, the club are currently chasing Real Madrid’s Gonzalo Higuain to bring some firepower to the club that Olivier Giroud failed to provide last season. Most fans are happy at the prospect of Higuain playing for the club and they should be because he is a good striker who can score 30 goals a season when he gets regular game time but this article is not about him. I believe Arsenal’s first target should have been Valencia’s Roberto Soldado.
On another day of Arsenal transfer madness, the latest player to be linked with a move to the club is Valenica’s French centre back Adil Rami. Rami is thought to want a move away from the club to guarantee him Champions League football and Valencia will be happy to sell him so they can raise funds for new players if they get a decent fee for him.
So far it has been crazy with all these rumours and reports going round about Benteke, Williams, Jovetic and all the other players linked with Arsenal.
Who Could Arsenal Face in the Champions League Qualifiers? by FD
So Arsenal have once again seen off the Spuds and secured fourth place in the Premier League and confirmed our place in the Top Four for the 16th time in a row. Can you believe that the bookies are now offering the great price of 8/11 for the Gunners to do it again next season. That’s a great price but before betting you should check out the rankings of the best online gambling sites before parting with your money.
Arsenal will be signing at least one defender this summer, that much is clear. With Squillachi’s contract due to end and Johan Djourou hoping for a permanent move to Hannover where he is currently on loan, Arsenal have just three centre backs. Even if you think they are good enough, that leaves the Gunners one short in the squad, but most Gooners would agree that Arsene Wenger needs to sign a central defender who will improve the starting line up, not just be cover.