Most Arsenal fans will have had an underwhelming sort of ‘meh’ reaction to the news that our latest signing would be the relatively unheard of 20-year old defender from a Bolton team that finished rock bottom of the Championship last season. No offence to Rob Holding but I think most of us were not really expecting to see much of the lad this year, in terms of the Arsenal first team at least, but two things have made me reconsider this idea.
There is more bad news for Arsenal fans on the transfer front today with the news that the Italian champions Juventus have beaten us to the punch and are set to complete the transfer of Gonzalo Higuain from Napoli, reports Metro, keeping the Argentina international in Serie A despite the Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis saying this week that he would much prefer to see Higuain leave Italy altogether if they were to lose him.
It seems a little odd that Arsenal Football Club would choose to drop a rather large hint about there being a lot more to come from the Gunners in the current transfer window on the same day that our chief executive Ivan Gazidis had issued one of those statements of his that sends chills down the spine of Gooners the world over.
The first game of the pre-season preparations for Arsenal in France this evening comes too soon for us fans to get a first look at our summer signing Granit Xhaka after his involvement with the Switzerland national side at Euro 2016. We saw enough at the tournament, however, to suggest that Arsene Wenger has got the Gunners a great player and the boss has been speaking to Arsenal Player this week about what he thinks the new man will bring to Arsenal.
Arsene Wenger has already had his fingers burned once as he targets new Arsenal signings this summer, and for all we know the Leicester City and England star Jamie Vardy is not the only player to snub a move from the Frenchman, so maybe our manager is being a bit more circumspect in his hunt for a new striker.
Arsenal fans will be hoping (or praying might be a better word) that Arsene Wenger knows just what he is doing and that the Frenchman has some transfer aces up his sleeves. It is, however, starting to feel like just more of the same from the manager who seems to be the only man in the football world that does not think he needs to spend money to achieve success.
Why Arsenal are sticking with Giroud by Sam P.
The final decision on the future of the Arsenal and France international centre forward Olivier Giroud does not lie with his agent, of course, but you would think that Michael Manuello would have a fairly good idea where things stand with his client and his role with Gunners.
One of these two Arsenal transfer targets has already said in the past that he was a big fan of the Gunners while growing up and has made no secret of his desire to follow in the footsteps of fellow countrymen like Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira in pulling on the famous red and white jersey.