There is a piece of Arsenal transfer news doing the rounds today which suggests that Arsene Wenger has given up his transfer pursuit of a top quality defensive midfielder, even though it was previously thought that the manager was looking to sign either Sami Khedira, Lars Bender or Morgan Schneiderlin.
The story goes that Wenger is going to rely on what he has already got in Arteta, Flamini and Diaby, while also getting Jack Wilshere to drop back and take on a more disciplined role in the Arsenal team. I don’t really see this happening, because it is the attacking and creative side of the game where Wilshere is best.
So I was glad and relieved to see two more pieces of news in the media that suggest that Wenger is going to sign one the three players mentioned above after all, and it looks like the France international from Southampton could be the man.
Firstly, the Daily Star is reporting that the Saints have already picked out a player to replace Schneiderlin, in the Holland and Feyenoord midfielder Jordy Clasi. This is despite their new manager declaring that no more of their players would be leaving this summer. But we know that their player wants to leave.
There were reports that the 24-year old would prefer a transfer to Tottenham over Arsenal, but that would seem strange as we are a much bigger club with Champions League football to offer. And according to Talksport and their expert on the South Coast sides, it is not true, because Schneiderlin would certainly pick Arsenal. So come on Arsene, make it happen!