It will be interesting to see how Arsene Wenger sets up the defensive side of his Arsenal team next season. With a lot of the summer transfer window still to go we are not even sure which players the Frenchman will have to call upon, as the current Arsenal transfer rumours being focused on the attacking side of things does not mean that Wenger is not looking to sign another defender as well.
Arsenal fans, or most of us at any rate, would be happy to see Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil put pen to paper on contract extensions to keep them at the Emirates Stadium for the next few years. The Chilean especially will be an extremely difficult player to replace and former players and the Arsenal fans want Wenger and the board to do whatever it takes to keep these key players.
Arsenal fans already knew that Arsene Wenger would have to break the club’s record transfer outlay in order to secure the signing of the manager’s top transfer target of the summer. And with all the hype around Kylian Mbappe together with the reports that the Monaco and France international star was wanted by the likes of Real Madrid the talk was that it would probably have to break the world transfer record set by Manchester United for the French midfielder Paul Pogba as well.
I believe that the football media, or some members of it at least, like nothing more than to wind up football fans and I also think that Arsenal fans get this treatment more than most. Any hint of something that will stress us out is instantly splashed all over the back pages and if there is nothing about someone will probably make a rumour up.
Having said that, it is easy to take the news reported by The Mirror and other outlets that our Spanish right back Hector Bellerin has bought a house on the Catalan coast near Barcelona as a sure sign that the Arsenal transfer rumours linking the right back with a summer transfer back to his boyhood club will prove to be spot on.
If the reports are true then the only thing stopping Arsenal from completing the big money transfer of the France international star Alexandre Lacazette from his current club Lyon is the say so of the striker himself.
The president of Lyon admitted earlier in the week that his club have received what he described as a nice offer from Arsenal and now The Mirror is reporting that he has also revealed that this has been passed on to the player and his people and that there are no rival bids.
You can understand sometimes when Arsenal are beaten to the punch in some transfer battles, with Premier League clubs like Man City and Chelsea packing more financial fire power, or the willingness to use it, than Arsene Wenger and our board, or when other clubs around Europe like Real Madrid, Juventus and Bayern Munich can offer much more hope of major trophy success to players.
When it comes to a transfer battle with one of the EPL clubs who have less money, though, and who regularly finish below Arsenal in the league table, you would expect Arsenal to seal the deal, so if the report about Wenger making a late transfer bid for M’Baye Niang, who was set to sign for Everton, it should be a foregone conclusion.
It is safe to say that the Juventus star Juan Cuadrado had a rather disappointing six months at Chelsea, struggling to compete against the likes of Willian and Hazard. But if reports from the media are to believed, the Colombian winger might just get a second crack at the Premier League with the Blues’ London rivals, Arsenal.
According to a report from the Sun, the Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is keen on bringing the pacey wide man to the Emirates. The report from the Sun further states that the Frenchman has already seen a £17.6 million bid rejected for the player, with Juventus holding out for a transfer fee in the region of £30 million.
Arsenal fans already know that Arsene Wenger is a fan of the Leicester City and Algeria footballer Riyad Mahrez, because the Frenchman tried to sign him last summer after a stellar season full of goals and assists helped the Foxes to defy the odds and win the Premier League title.
Just in case any of you Gooners out there had forgotten this, the Frenchman spoke again recently about Mahrez and even said that an Arsenal bid for the player was a possibility. The rumour was that the 26-year old had made an arrangement with his current club that he would be allowed to leave after staying for one more season, so it was hardly surprising to learn of Wenger’s interest.
After reports from various sources in the media, including the reliable Sky Sports, emerged yesterday claiming that Bayern Munich had dropped out of the race to sign the Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez, a report from the Daily Mail is now claiming that Arsenal have tabled a lucrative £270,000-a-week offer for Alexis to renew terms and stay at the Emirates.
Despite being short of the player’s demands which is understood to be around £300,000-a-week, the report from the Mail claims that the offer is loaded with incentives that take the package closer towards the range of £300k. The news comes on the heels of Wenger claiming that the Gunners are in a much stronger position to keep its best players compared to the time when Robin van Persie was sold to Manchester United.
It is one thing for Arsenal to identify the perfect player to go and get in the transfer market this summer, but another thing entirely for the board and Arsene Wenger, assuming it is the Frenchman who is going to manage the Gunners again next season, to actually beat all the other interested clubs to complete the transfer.
Having said that, it is not always easy to identify the right player, so maybe the former arsenal and France international star Robert Pires has done Wenger a big favour this week, as he has claimed in an interview with BWIN that he has found the perfect player for the boss to sign at the end of the current season, and that player is another Frenchman Antoine Griezmann.