Will Arsenal buy anyone before the World Cup? I doubt it….

Unai Emery has only just been installed as the new boss but there are already loads of Arsenal transfer rumours linking us with all and sundry, but with Emery and his new coaching team only just beginning to integrate themselves into the Gunners set up, have they really had enough time to assess which players they are most likely to need to reinforce the side for next season.

We have had reports that Stefan Lichsteiner has had talks at London Colney, but considering he is a free agent surely he would like to talk to any other interested parties as well before committing himself to a new contract. The seven-time Serie A winner is currently with the Switzerland national team gearing up for the World Cup and he made it clear that there is no agreement in place with us at the moment.

When asked about the Arsenal rumours the 34 year-old said: “I cannot say anything about that.”

“Nothing is finalised.

“Will it be done before the World Cup? I don’t know.”

So despite all the so-called insiders saying that it is a done deal are obviously wide of the mark. It looks like us Gunners are going to have to sit tight and be patient until the World Cup is over, and any transfer negotiations can begin in earnest at last.

Can we wait that long?

Darren N


  1. Dan says:

    Only if there over 30 on a free or miminal fee to pay complete joke the players were tracking are not going to take the club any further forward so may as well stick with what we got as there is no ambition from board to give new manager big funds that’s required to get the club moving in the right direction again!!

    1. Naija Jollof says:

      Remember when AW signed only Petr Cech and no outfield players, well brace yourself for another window of inactivity.

      1. Ozziegunner says:

        That would be an Arsenal fans worst night mare!

  2. gotanidea says:

    Maybe they want to see some players’ price go down after underperforming in World Cup. Lemar was 90 millions, but his price went down after a series of average performances and he might be even cheaper if he doesn’t perform well in World Cup

    About the rumored players for Arsenal:

    – Sokratis: His height is similar to Mustafi and Koscielny, and Dortmund barely managed to reach the 4th position with him. Surely there are other better experienced CB available, like Koulibaly?

    – Soyuncu: Never heard of him before, but so were Kante and Ndidi. Young, so he might be worth the gamble, as long as he is cheap

    – Lichtsteiner: 34 years old, but Fernandinho is also at the same age. I’m just worried that he might be complacent with his Serie A trophy collections

    – Vidal: Another player that has big trophy collections

    – Dembele: Highly doubt this guy would come and he was not excellent at Barcelona

    – N’zonzi: Looks good at Sevilla, just hope he doesn’t turn into another Renato Sanches or Krychowiak, if we sign him

    – Seri: Would Arsenal wait until they get rid Wilshere, Xhaka or Ozil before signing him?

    Arsenal should find players that are hungry for major trophies and willing to work hard for it

    1. OxInTheBox says:

      – Sokratis: you might be right.
      – Soyuncu: won’t come cheap. 35 million asking price.
      – Lichtsteiner: Fernandinho is 31. Ture is 34. anyway, as a one year cover for Bellerin he is ok.
      – Vidal: would be great.
      – Dembele: also great.
      – N’zonzi: Sanches was a kid, Krychowiak never performed regularly like N’zonzi, for so many years. N’zonzi is real class.
      – Seri: yes.

      1. Break-on-through says:

        See that Soyuncu fellow, the fact that he has spoken about Arsenal as well as his former club speaking, that would have me believe that it’s not quite as certain as some have said. We did look at him, and are still looking, but a player tooting his own horn about Arsenal interest is usually a bad sign. We gathered info from his old club, and they made a meal of it, then the player too opened his mouth. It’s a little desperate, it seems the player and the former club both want a move to happen. Unless it was reporters putting words in his mouth am not sure, but I am a little suspicious of this one.

        1. Sean says:

          Söyüncü scored late equaliser last night for Turkey.

  3. Diana says:

    I know and understand that Emery has to catch up but the reason for having a head of recruitment is so the hard business be done, with or without the manager. Would Emery have complained if his team had brought in Fabinho or Nzonzi, or one of those world class DMs. There are areas even without having a team meeting that we ALL already know we want and need. Besides, we were already told Emery knew the team.
    Right now, Emery has NO way of knowing how everyone will perform in the new season and we dont an ernomous number at the World cup tso the best he can do is go in the transfer market and buy what he already knew he wanted. Those that have finalised transfers, how have they done it. Had the assistance of Harry Potter or the Justice League? Maybe Avengers?

    We should pick our two- three targets and FINALISE. Some of the players we are linked with would also feel, know and understand they are long term targets. Right now, whoever comes in is a risk, so just finish off early so we move on to the next problem.

    Be assertive Emery. Push back on your team.

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  4. Sue says:

    I was hoping we’d have bought at least one by now.
    Emery should know our weaknesses by now (everyone else does!) So I hope he addresses them sooner rather than later! The early bird & all that!

  5. Robin Vanpayslip says:

    I would take selling Iwobi over buying anyone right now.

    1. Sue says:

      Not sure we’d get much for him

      1. Robin Vanpayslip says:

        We should pay someone else to take him and suffer like we have

  6. Remember Resource? says:

    we have signed sokratis and lichsteiner. follow money on twitter

    1. Break-on-through says:

      He’s not the guy you followed last year is he?, the one last year didn’t have a clue. I got someones name to follow on Twitter, Ornstein himself gave him a big toot out, his name is on tip of tongue but can’t recall ..if I remember the source Ill let you know so you can re-source the news.

  7. Break-on-through says:

    Do you know what will turn allot of these transfer rumours on their head. When Arsenal take the checkbook out and they wise up to us having more to spend than originally speculated, all of a sudden the rumours will begin arriving with bigger name tags and larger prices too.

  8. barryglik says:

    Joe Gomez is 21 Trent Arnold is 19 both super talented… Bellerin was 18 when he made the senior squad. Give our youth a chance ffs. build for the future. The Europa league is ideal for developing young players. They did well last season keep the faith “We don’t buy stars we make them”.

  9. Ingleby says:

    I think there is a misconception regarding the new ‘coach & committee’ vis-a-vis transfers. Emery has been in place a matter of days. He must have spent considerable time outlining the type of players he wants brought in and possibly some names he thinks should go. The committee will then provide what is a ‘short list’ for each of those positions. After consideration Emery will pick who he likes (the final veto). Is it really likely that multi-million pound deals will be materialising in the few days he has been on board? It would worry me if that was the case.

  10. Sean Williams says:

    Over the past years Arsenal have loved a freebie or a cheapie, or a last minute panic buy. Of course we bought the occasional symbolic big buy and had we have done that more we would have been challenging for the EPL. The year we only bought Cech was bizarre and deluded. Of course when Wenger signed Sanogo many finally new the plot had been lost. I think Wenger was compliant to Kroenke’s instructions and when money finally became available after the Emirates Project, it became clear that it was a lie that we would be buying the best. Wenger was too set in his economic habits and Kroenke was/is the owner from hell. It was clear Wenger loved Arsenal and Kroenke had nothing for Arsenal but that of investment. The nightmare owner who would safely keep money in the bank accounts and the club in order but would lead the club to mediocrity. The worst scenario. While other clubs celebrate improving their teams, Arsenal seem to resent spending any money, and instead celebrate freebies, it’s clear that even a magician cannot raise our great club from the dead. I hope that a miracle happens and we buy top players early and can have a good pre-season and not do our traditional panic buying. I remember Wenger’s final few years as ‘Groundhog Days’, I’m afraid Kroenke is the real ‘Groundhig Day and he has led us downwards, on the pitch, ever since he bought the club. He was and is the real man to get rid of. At least Wenger loved the club.

  11. Mr pat says:

    Here we go another merry-go-round of transfer dealings truly we need a goalkeeper, one centre back and one defensive midfielder the rest is down to tactics and commitment because the players we have now have the ability but lack direction and tactical know how under arsene wenger but with a new man in charge I believe we’ll see a different team next season

  12. Ranj says:

    Personally I think Sven should blow the entire budget on Oblak & buy defenders from the lower divisions of English football.

    As long as Emery is as good as what everybody is making out, it won’t be a problem

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