Arsene Wenger stuck to his usual mantra after the West Ham defeat, telling the media: “I can only repeat what I’ve said: if an exceptional solution turns up, we will do it.
“We bought and still lost the game. We listen to people but we have to focus on the quality of our performance.”
Despite his words, there are still plenty of Arsenal transfer rumours doing the rounds today, and of course Karim Benzema always figures somewhere. The latest “insider info” comes from the ESPN presenter (and Real Madrid fan) Jeinny Lizarazo, who is adamant that the deal is certain to go forward once Arsenal and Madrid agree the fee. She tweeted the other day: “As of right now.. both RM [Real Madrid] and Benzema have decided Arsenal.. RM waits for Arsenal to make moves.”
Yesterday she backed yup that statement by saying: “If I am wrong I will be punished on August 29. “So, we’ll see.” As she is a VERY good-looking model I wouldn’t mind being the one doing the punishing, but she certainly seems confident that the deal will go through. As she said: “We’ll see.”….
The German prodigy Mario Gotze has been linked with Arsenal for some time, and after an indifferent campaign last season he may be available at a reasonable price. The Bayern chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has hinted that he may have some offers on the table when he said: “Mario has to make a decision.
“Of course there is a big competition at his position but we all know how long his contract is – he has two more years.
“He told the club that he wants to stay and wants to compete – therefore I wish him good luck.” Hmmmm, if he has said he wants to stay, why has he got a decision to make? That seems a little confusing, but would Arsenal even need him or want him?
The latest news on the Polish DM Grzegorz Krychowiak comes via Sevilla’s official website which says: “The Pole’s return to training will depend on his pain threshold.
“The team put in a titanic effort on Tuesday, Krychowiak even ending the game bandaged with a broken rib.”
This timely injury means that he is unlikely to play again until after the transfer window closes, just like Benzema’s mystery muscle injury, so could it be that they are both just being kept out of the picture until negotiations are completed?
Lastly we have the very strange rumour saying that Arsenal have made a bid for the Spanish keeper Roberto, who is currently playing for the Greek giants Olympiakos. Why Arsenal would buy another keeper after sending Szczesny and Martinez out on loan is too far beyond my understanding to see much truth in it……