Arsenal are in danger of watching as all of the potential signings get snapped up by other Premier league clubs. I don’t understand what we are waiting for. Maybe Arsene Wenger does not want to get his pants pulled down over transfer fees, but Arsenal need some players and we don’t want to be left to pick over the players that other teams have left.
There have been reports linking the Gunners with a number of defensive midfield players to give the team a stronger backbone, and link the play between defence and attack better. With Diaby always one game away from a long lay off, too much pressure has been put on to the shoulders of Mikel Arteta. The Spaniard has done well in a role which is not his best, but we need an enforcer.
The players most likely are Victor Wanyama from Celtic, Yann M’Vila from Rennes, James McCarthy from Wigan and Etienne Capoue from Toulouse. Celtic will do everything to keep Wanyama, at least until the end of the season, and Wigan have a long term contract with McCarthy. Both of the French players are keen on a move to the Premier league, but there are other teams interested.
The French newspaper, Le Sport 10, reports that Chelsea are thinking of making an £8 million bid for Capoue, which is signifuicantly less than the £12 million that Toulouse want. If Arsenal do not challenge them, however, the French club could agree to sell and we would be left sucking our thumbs and looking stupid.
For me, Capoue is the perfect addition to Arsenal and if he costs £12 million then so be it. How much money would it cost us to fail to qualify for the champions league?