I am sure that most, if not all, Arsenal fans and the manager as well, would prefer the Real Madrid and France striker Karim Benzema to either of the players mentioned in the title, and there are rumours that Arsenal may be back in with a chance, but for the purposes of argument, I am going to assume that Benzema is not coming to north London.
It appears as though the media do not believe Arsene Wenger, how strange! After the Frenchman made it plain as day that Arsenal were not in the transfer market for any more strikers, there seem to have been more Arsenal transfer rumours concerning forwards than ever before.
Do they think the Prof is doing the old Poker bluff again? Who me, guv, after a striker? Nah mate, I would not have released the Greatest Striker In The World if that was the case. It would not be the first time the Gunners manager has tried to throw the hounds of the media off the scent, that is for sure.
I got a lot of stick from some Arsenal fans after writing an article last year about the Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel Messi possibly coming to play for Arsenal. Now I am not saying that I was right, because I wrote the story as an April Fool’s Day piece, but amazingly, The Express are now reporting that arguably the best player to ever lace up a pair of football boots was actually contemplating becoming a Gunner.
At least Arsenal fans are not going to have to wait until the last few days of the transfer window, nervously checking the sports websites dozens of times a day and wondering what the hell Arsene Wenger is playing at. Having already done some good business in the transfer market has made us all a lot more relaxed.
But Arsenal still need to make a few more key signings in key areas and, just like last year with Gareth Bale and Mesut Ozil, it looks like the Gunners will have to wait until La Liga’s Real Madrid wrap up their own transfers before we can get the player or players we want from them.
It is not just Arsenal who will struggle with their pre-season preparations, of course, because all of our Premier League rivals have had some of their players involved in the World Cup finals this summer, but not many will be having it any worse than the Gunners.
As revealed by an Arsenal.com report, Arsene Wenger has admitted that the fact that the players who were out in Brazil will be coming back in dribs and drabs is far from ideal, as he tries to get his Arsenal team ready for the start of the Premier League and a double header play-off to get into the Champions League group stage.
I must admit to being a bit baffled as to why Arsenal just stepped aside and allowed Liverpool to lead the race of Loic Remy. There was talk of his £80,000 a week wages being a problem for Arsene Wenger, but that is not a lot for a Premier League class striker these days.
The BBC, however, have reported that the Anfield club and QPR have already agreed the transfer fee of £8.5 million, which was the striker’s very affordable release clause and it looks like the move will soon be done and dusted.
Nothing has been confirmed yet, by either Arsenal or Man United, but it appears as though the transfer of the Gunners captain to our Premier League rivals could be back on. Thomas Vermaelen was pictured this week on holiday with former Arsenal captain and turncoat Robin van Persie, and the two could soon be seeing a lot more of each other.
The Belgium international defender is in the same situation as the Dutchman was when he forced a move to United two years ago, with just a year left remaining on his contract and Arsene Wenger well aware that he is not about to sign a new one. The Frenchman still wants decent value for his players, but the £10 million bid reported by The Mirror could well be enough to convince Arsenal to sell.
With Arsenal about to get another campaign underway, with the first pre-season friendly at Boreham Wood today, our Player of the Year from last season, Aaron Ramsey, is buzzing with confidence and feeling very positive about the next nine months.
The young Welsh star reckons that winning the FA cup in May has given all the players and everyone connected with the Gunners a huge boost, and that this will really help us to repeat that success, if not surpass it, in the season to come.
There is a good chance that Arsene Wenger could end up kicking himself over this one, as Arsenal are set to see one of our long term transfer targets, Loic Remy, sign a long term contract with Premier League rivals Liverpool, according to a report in Metro.
It appears as though their manager Brendan Rodgers has no qualms about meeting the £80,000 a week wage demands of the French striker, as well as paying the release clause in his QPR contract of around £8-10 million. I still do not really understand why the Gunners baulked at this amount of money, because it is well within our pay sclae and ability to cover it.
Reasons the FA cup win was so important
9 long years Arsenal fans had went through without silverware of any sort. 9 long years Arsenal fans had suffered both heartbreak and mockery from the footballing world. Finally, it has ended with the FA cup victory last season. Here are 4 reasons why did that trophy last season was so important.
1) Belief in Wenger again
The fans now believe in this team again. We came so close many times and finally we got it done. Fans now trust that Wenger is the man to bring us back to the very top. He has shown that he is still able to win in this nowadays, money dominated sport.
Last summer definitely saw Liverpool get one over on Arsenal, with Arsene Wenger making the infamous bid for Luis Suarez of one pound over £40 million. That may or may not have triggered a release clause in the cannibalistic Uruguayan striker’s contract, but they stood firm and used the opportunity to take the mickey and show Arsenal plenty of disrespect along the way.
It was being reported a few days ago that Arsenal had agreed terms with the French Ligue 1 club Nice for the transfer of their keeper David Ospina. With a transfer fee of around £3-4 million, it looked like Arsene wenger had done it again, with the Colombian international keeper showing some fantastic ability in Brazil this summer.
According to a Daily Mail report, the Nice player had been on the Frenchman’s transfer wish list before the World Cup finals, but his excellent performances for Colombia this summer have brought him to the attention of a number of other clubs.