Arsenal to have Carvalho in January but why not NOW?

If the Arsenal transfer rumours have even a shred of truth to them, it appears that Arsene Wenger is not as against signing a proper defensive midfielder as many of us fans have started to think. It still seems that the Frenchman is after a complete player rather than just an enforcer, with the likes of Samu Khedira and Morgan Schneiderlin on his list of targets.

But Khedira decided to stay at Real Madrid, where his contract lasts until the end of the season, while Southampton finally grew some balls and put their foot down and refused to sell Schneiderlin. That seemed to leave William Carvalho of Sporting Lisbon and, according to a Metro report, Arsenal are now planning to sign the Portuguese international in January.

The report claims that we had a deadline day offer turned down by his current club, but also that they are resigned to losing the 22-year old star as he is not prepared to sign a new contract. So really it seems to be all about finding the right price and the two clubs are set to hold talks about the transfer this week in Manchester.

I suppose that this will be a boost for us in January if it happens and will allow Wenger more time to watch Carvalho to make sure he is the right choice. It just makes me wonder why we did not make more of an effort to get him before the summer window closed. It appears we nearly missed out on Welbeck as well, so does Wenger need to get a bit more serious with his transfer business?

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  1. RSH says:

    January a long way to go. Who cares right now.

    1. Dan.M says:

      Exactly m8 Wenger u fcked up

    2. seancali says:

      Wenger’s biggest weakness has been signing big players. Now doent go on and say we signed sanchez. That is only one player and look at other teams for example chelsea have signed 4 big players in one window. wenger needs to learn how to spend money. I have been wanting Carvalho ever since I saw him play at the world cup. The guy is pure class and has it all. hope this signing happens ASAP. Carvalho is the missing piece in our puzzle, I am damn sure about it. we will eventually get a CB and then we will be a complete team. happy times when january arrives…..

  2. Alexxx says:

    Planning? I thought u gonna say it a done deal. .It time to concentrate on EPL

  3. Gooner Cape Town says:

    Wenger the politician and financial man will get his player at a lesser price! I just hope Danny boy kicks the shite out of United when we play them….

    1. jonestown1 says:

      We can all dream can’t we – but doubt if there could be anything more satisfying or funnier this season than seeing DB slot a winner against MU, preferably at OT, with RvP/WR/RF firing blanks.

  4. Jimbeam says:

    Carvalho did not come in because Wener thought he could do the deal in the last day. Sometimes it doesnt work. If we were really serious about him, we could have had him weeks before the last day.

    OT: Akpom is really a beast, I can not wait to see him lead the line in 2-3 years. Zelalem is coming as well, and Bellerin might also develop to be the real deal. Arsene needs to find ways to play these guys at least in Cups, or loan them out to get real first team experience. We have some super talented kids coming up, we have to make sure they develop.

  5. Greg says:

    Didnt mind having him in the last transfer window! Coyg!

  6. Wootton says:

    Please, stop.. no transfer rumours. At least for a week?

  7. Greg says:

    I Really want danny welbeck to score a double against man city tomorrow, and silence the mouths of his critics! I would do cart wheels if it happens! Coyg!

  8. Greg says:

    Come on gunners! Lets put man city to the sword tomorrow at the emirates! 3 points or bust! Coyg!

  9. Princegooner says:

    I want us fans to get behind the team, also show lots of support to welbeck.
    Wenger may not want him,but trust i would love welbeck to prove to wenger that his transfer to arsenal wasn’t a fluke..
    Rather he is determined to make a mark…

  10. mr lean says:

    Very off topic but playing iron maiden very loud to annoy my Chelsea neighbour .on topic Wenger has will not buy in jan .

    1. Gigi2 says:

      Miden rules! I love their music,.
      Steve Harris is a West Ham die hard fan though, he even played for their youth team.

  11. Mick The Gooner says:

    ‘If the Arsenal transfer rumours have even a shred of truth to them…’ Have you not learned by now Mr. Author?

  12. Mick The Gooner says:

    Phil Jones out for four weeks with a torn hamstring, probably a little longer. That’s United in trouble, they’ve lost their only decent defender and have very little backup.

  13. haywill says:

    what if city beat us 6-3 tomorrow???? 🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁

    1. Gigi2 says:

      then i will join u in :(:(

  14. SaveArsenal says:

    Stopped reading at “according to a Metro report.”

    Bullshit personified.

  15. says:

    Coz AW thinks he knows best. But us the millions of arsenal fans no shit? Coz that’s how he treats is all

  16. royalman says:

    City game on my mind

  17. jonbonjovi says:

    Surely you don’t actually believe a word the metro say? They also reported that we were buying Carvalho in the summer along with every other Tom, Dick and Harry and it was all utter bull

  18. says:

    Transfer rumour won’t take a break. Will it? Nevertheless, if the boss does strongly believed he needs and wants Calvaho, why can’t him pre-sign him now? I mean a kind of advance signing that will become activated on the onset of the Jan window. But there should be an option for Arsenal to pullout of the deal, should Calvaho suffered a serious injury that sidelines him for 2-3 months. i.e. Jan to Feb when Arsenal could most need him. To sign him now could become an advantage for us as his stakes could go up with other top clubs possibly coming out to bid for him too in Jan.

  19. YAYA22 says:

    Arsenal has to hire another transfer guy.. they can’t handle more than one transfer at a time apparently. But this is still the best summer for Arsenal in a looong time so i’m very happy about it. The Welbeck transfer was a tricky one, but the only thing that counts is that WE got him now. Wenger was in Italy on deadline day, attending some religious (!?) game of some sorts, but he stated that if he wouldn’t have gone there Welbeck would not be a Gunner. The squad is only a left-footed defender and defensive midfielder away from winning the EPL. Anyway, let’s beat shitty first! COYG

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