With Granit Xhaka already in the bag, Arsenal fans are praying that Arsene Wenger has just started the Gunners summer shopping with the classy midfielder. Le Prof has come in for a lot of stick this season for not bringing in a top class striker last summer, especially when Olivier Giroud’s 14 game goal drought basically denied Arsenal the Premier League title.
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If this latest of the usual mountain of Arsenal transfer rumours actually comes true it would surely put a smile back on the faces of the unhappy Arsenal fans who are planning another big protest at the ground this weekend after seeing the Gunners blow a great chance of ending the 12 year wait for a title.
But the smiles would come more because it would be a slap in the face for our London rivals Chelsea than genuine excitement about the signing of their young forward Dominic Solanke, who The Sun reports is a serious transfer target for Arsenal in the summer.
Manchester United are linked with making a move to sign Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain this summer, but is this really what Arsenal fans have been asking for?
Many of the club’s supporters have turned on the manager this term, as well as growing frustrated with the input of players like Theo Walcott, Olivier Giroud and Chamberlain. With news reports claiming that the Red Devils are interested in one of those players, the alarm bells are starting to ring for me.
John Hartson has claimed that Arsenal are set to spend heavily this summer, so we thought we’d take a brief look into the latest speculation surrounding the club.
The former Arsenal striker claimed that Wenger knows that his time is running out to add any more Premier League titles to his record, and will invest in the close-season in order to try and achieve that.
One regular transfer target whose name gets brought up every summer is Karim Benzema, and this year will be no different. His club Real Madrid are being linked with a move to sign either Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang or Robert Lewandowski, which is said to free up the Frenchman’s signature, and of course, we are lining up a deal… Unfortunately we all know that Wenger is more likely to milk a Bingo bonus then splash the cash on this necessary addition.
The pressure from the Arsenal fans on Arsene Wenger to start matching the transfer spending of Premier League rivals like Man United and Chelsea has been around for years but it has definitely intensified over the course of this season as the usual injury crisis hit and Wenger’s decision not to sign any players really cost us.
I am not really sure whether the Frenchman takes much notice of the pressure from Arsenal fans but he must surely have seen that he needs to strengthen the squad to have a real chance of the Premier League title next season. According to The Sun he is already on the ball and appears to have already sealed the deal for one big signing in the summer, the Borussia Dortmund star Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
Arsenal fans and Arsene Wenger will have to wait until after the current Premier League season draws to a close, for better or worse, before we have a clearer picture of which players may be still in the Arsenal squad for next season, and the next couple of months and the eight Premier League games left for us to play could have a big say on this.
That is definitely the case with our Colombian international keeper David Ospina, as a report in the Daily Star explains that the current first choice between the sticks is leaving a decision on his future until the summer.
A year or so ago you would not have given Arsenal FC a snowball’s chance in hell of being able to sign the young centre back Rafael Varane from his current club, as the French international was a regular starter for Real and was drawing rave reviews for his performances in Spain and around Europe.
For some reason, though, Varane has dropped down the pecking order under first Rafa Benitez and now Zinedine Zidane, with Sergio Ramos and Pepe the preferred central defensive pairing and with Nacho starting to get more game time. At 22-years old and with his national team France about to host the Euro 2016 tournament this is hardly ideal for the talented young defender and there are growing reports that he could be moving on in the summer.
Despite the reports that Arsenal is the preferred destination of the Swedish international striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, as long as his current club PSG do not decide to extend his contract at the end of the season, it does not necessarily mean that the brilliant striker will be playing for the Gunners next season.
Ibra has already talked up a move to the English Premier League but Arsenal are not the only club that would like him by any means. One of the others is the Manchester United of Louis van Gaal that is currently fighting to get into the top four and gain a place in the Champions League for next year.
The Arsenal transfer rumours have been growing steadily ever since the young Spanish right back Hector Bellerin was drafted into the first team last season because of an injury crisis and started to show just how good he can be.
So with the club he spent most of his youth career with, Barcelona, being well known in the past for pinching Arsenal stars like Thierry Henry, Marc Overmars and of course that infuriating saga over another of their former players Cesc Fabregas, Arsenal fans had good reason to worry that we might lose our brilliant Bellerin to the Catalan giants.
I would not be surprised to hear that not just Arsenal but every big club in the Premier League were on red alert and preparing to make a transfer bid in the summer after Edinson Cavani all but invited them to bring him to England in the next transfer window.
The PSG and Uruguay international star is one of those few strikers out there that would improve almost any team in the world, so the Metro report which reveals his desire to come and play in the Premier League is bound to create a buzz and possibly a bidding war when the summer transfer window opens.