There is just under two months until our next competitive match, which will be against Chelsea in the Community Shield on August 2, but in the mean-time, teams are actively working on deals to strengthen their clubs.
The ongoing debate about which is the best defensive midfielder that Arsenal could buy this summer as backup to our new central general Francis Coquelin, and the consensus up ’til now has focused on the Southampton star Morgan Schneiderlin, but today it is being reported that his Saints team-mate Victor Wanyama has publicly announced his desire to move to the Emirates.
It has been said for many years that Arsenal need to buy a “beast” of a DM, and even though Francis Coquelin has since emerged from the wilderness, the Gunners still need an effective backup now that Arteta and Flamini are getting on in years.
Thankfully for Arsenal fans, the career of Mesut Ozil seems to be well and truly back on track after two good performances, including an assist, a goal and the Man of the Match award against Newcastle. The German midfielder’s defenders have been talking about him getting used to the English Premier League and we have seen the same with the likes of Mertsacker, Koscielny, Podolski and many more.
According to unconfirmed media reports in France, Arsenal have made an official bid for Clement Grenier who seemed to be staying at Lyon a few weeks ago. Arsene Wenger apparently tabled around an £8 Million bid but the Lyon club president rejected it straight away.
One of the players most likely to join Arsenal as the new defensive midfielder this summer, or so we were led to believe, was the Celtic and Kenya midfielder Victor Wanyama. That transfer is starting to look dead in the water, unless Arsene Wenger is planning some quick action in the next few days, because Southampton have apparently agreed a fee with the Scottish champions.
The news that Abou Diaby is stepping up his recovery from injury should really make most Arsenal fans happy, but it has got to the point, with me anyway, that it just makes me even more worried. The Gunners were in exactly the same situation last summer, although the French international midfielder was closer to being fit then.
Last week there were utterings from the Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama that he was wanted by Arsenal, but since then he has been on international duty with Kenya, but he has re-affirmed that his agent is still continuing the talks with Celtic and the Gunners while he has been playing in the World Cup Qualifiers.