He may be playing mind games in order to keep his opposite number Claudio Ranieri guessing about which Arsenal players will be lining up to face the reigning Premier League champions today, but Arsene Wenger was reported on the Arsenal website this week stating that he would definitely not bring all three of the late returners from Euro 2016 into the side today.
Arsene Wenger has revealed that Danny Welbeck is now expected to return early from his knee injury, but could that turn out to be bad news for the fans?
The Frenchman has been actively looking for a new striker to add to the squad, with the England international expected to miss much of the campaign, and with Theo Walcott having disappointed in the role during the previous season.
Arsene Wenger has made a vow to the Arsenal fans this week that there will be another centre back added to the playing staff before the end of the summer transfer window. While the Frenchman has previously pleaded for patience and understanding of how hard it is to get the right players in, this confidence is certainly a turnaround so perhaps it is because he is already on the verge of completing a deal.
With Arsene Wenger stating that he is working hard to find the right players for Arsenal to sign before the end of the current transfer window, there has been and will continue to be a lot of speculation over which players Arsenal will get and which positions will be strengthened.
The facts of the matter are that the reported Arsenal transfer target Riyad Mahrez has this week signed a new contract that will keep him at his current club Leicester City until 2020, as reported by Sky Sports and other sources.
The latest Arsenal transfer rumours linking Arsene Wenger with a possible mo0ve for the young Atletico Madrid and Uruguay international defender Jose Gimenez just serve to highlight once again the problems that our manager has been talking about in his quest for new players in the summer transfer window.
Maybe Arsenal are interested in signing the Portugal international Jose Fonte from Southampton. We could certainly do worse than bringing in this highly experienced centre back to cover the gaps in our back line caused by the injury problems of Mertesacker and Gabriel.
It was not just the new Arsenal signing Granit Xhaka’s place on the subs bench for the first game of the Premier League campaign that was a surprise to many Arsenal fans and other football watchers, because our Spanish midfield maestro Santi Cazorla was also left out of the starting line-up, despite having played the full 90 minutes of a pre-season game the weekend before.