If Arsene Wenger is right about how hard it is going to be for Arsenal to bring in the transfer targets that all of us fans would like to see come to north London in the future, then it does make his decision to hold onto our star striker Alexis Sanchez through the final year of his contract despite reported offers from Man City of more than £50 million.
I think that most Arsenal fans have now reached the stage, with just hours of the summer transfer window to go and just two signings made by Arsene Wenger while all our rivals are spending shedloads of cash on all sorts of players, that we would be happy with just about any new signing.
I would certainly be pretty happy if the Gunners were to add one of the two attacking wide players being heavily linked with a move to north London by the football media today, The Leicester City and Algeria star has been linked with Arsenal and many other clubs and seems very close to completing his transfer to somebody, with the BBC reporting that he has been allowed to leave his international team mates to finalise the move.
One of the biggest, or at least the most often reported, Arsenal transfer rumours of this summer was the one about the young Monaco and France international star Thomas Lemar. There were apparently at least two bids and possibly more from Arsene Wenger according to the rumours, but as the French club appeared unwilling to deal after selling a number of their top players the story died down.
So Arsenal fans were understandably upset to hear that our Premier League rivals Liverpool could be about to sign the talented winger this week. Now that move looks off as well, with The Mirror reporting that Jurgen Klopp will instead focus on getting our own Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain after the England international apparently turned down a transfer to Chelsea in favour of Anfield.
There could still be quite a few twists and turns to the story of Alexis Sanchez and his much debated possible transfer away from Arsenal this summer, but it is looking increasingly like the Chilean will be leaving the Emirates stadium before the current window closes, despite the many assurances of Arsene Wenger to the contrary.
If that is to be the case and our striker is going to sign for a direct Premier League rival then the Arsenal fans are not going to be happy, which may be why Wenger and the board are going to push to get the best possible deal out of City, and according to a Metro report that means the Argentinean striker Sergio Aguero moving the other way.
It has been practically confirmed that Shkrodan Mustafi is set to leave Arsenal, and the German defender was dropped for this weekend’s demolition at Liverpool. There is little time for Arsenal to find another buyer, so it looks like the Italian giants are set to loan Mustafi for one year and agree to sign him in full next summer.
The deal will mean that Inter will pay the defender’s wages, said to be £90,000-a-week, and pay a small loan fee for this seasons agreement. Arsene Wenger will be very disappointed that he couldn’t get the cash up front to pay for new acquisitions in the next couple of days but there would appear to be no other ioffers on the table.
There was much wailing and gnashing of teeth on social media when it was revealed that Arsenal had agreed to sell Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to Chelsea, and it was quickly compounded when another rumour spread like wildfire suggesting that Alexis Sanchez had followed that by handing in a transfer request.
It was not helped when Alexis himself posted this picture on Instagram, without any comment whatsoever…
Although Arsenal didn’t make an official announcement or denial (surprise!) it would appear that someone at the club spoke to Sky Sports and asked them to report that the rumours were false.
Not even Arsene Wenger could come up with anything positive to say about his Arsenal team after the Gunners were completely outplayed in a 4-0 humbling by Liverpool at Anfield. Surely even the Frenchman can no longer claim to be happy with the quality and depth of his squad as he tried to say after last weekend’s defeat to Stoke City.
The good news for Wenger and for the Arsenal fans is that there are still a few days of the summer transfer window left and that gives the boss a great chance to sort out his problems before it is too late. Wenger must be aware that the Arsenal fans are furious and frustrated about the lack of transfer action so far and about the way the new season has started.
Arsene Wenger has announced that Alexis Sanchez looks fit and could be ready to play for Arsenal in today’s game at Anfield against Liverpool, but it is entirely possible that this could be the last match in the famous red and white.
This week, Wenger hinted that the Board could over-rule his decision to force Alexis to hold to his contract for the last 12 months, when he said: “Then you have a compromise to find if you can afford to do it because you lose a lot of money and at the end of the day my decision, which is purely sporting, is easy to make. I want him to stay.
The defending of the Arsenal team may be under the microscope of the football media at the minute after the Gunners shipped four goals in two games at the start of the new Premier League season, but as Arsene Wenger pointed out in his comments after the Stoke loss, it was not just the defence who were to blame for that defeat.
With Mesut Ozil not firing on all cylinders and with both Welbeck and Lacazette off colour up front the dominance we had of the ball did not bring us a goal, although many will argue that it would have but for an incorrect offside decision against our new striker.
In all honesty the offer that Arsenal have reportedly received for the England international Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is quite a good one, even in today’s crazy world of transfers where PSG will pay something like £200 million to take Neymar from FC Barcelona.
The Ox may have a lot of talent but so far his playing career has been about flashes of dynamism and impact broken up by injury problems and loss of form, so the £35 million offer for him reported by Metro sounds like a lot when you consider that the 23-year old is now in the final year of his contract with the Gunners.