A lot of the talk about Arsenal right now is the injury crisis and what Arsene Wenger might to do to boost his squad when the winter transfer window opens in January. One of the priority pieces of transfer business that the Arsenal fans wanted to see done was for the boss to sign a striker but after the French defensive midfielder Francis Coquelin picked up a long term injury last weekend the priority is now clearly to find a replacement for him.
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If Arsenal do try to complete the transfer of this talented and prolific striker in the January transfer window, but are beaten to it by one of the other big clubs said to be keen, such as La Liga and Champions Leagie holders Barcelona, then Arsenal fans will not have a lot to complain about.
But if Arsene Wenger comes out with the tired old phrase about there not being any players available and that he is working 24 hours a day in vain to find anyone, then we will be perfectly within our rights to have a good old moan and break out the ‘spend some f**ckin money’ banners.
Whether this is just another Arsenal transfer rumour that will come to nothing, a bit like the well publicised possible move from Real Madrid to Arsenal of the France international striker Karim Benzema this summer, only time will tell.
But we can hope, and after lost of reports in the football media of both Spain and England suggesting that the best player in the world might be keen on signing for the Gunners, there are some reasons for that hope. It would take a lot to prise the great Lionel Messi from his current club Barcelona of course, but all those problems with the Spanish tax authorities have definitely made it easier.
Arsenal fans can start thanking their lucky stars because it looks like our sensational Chilean striker is going to be at the club for years to come. So we can look forward to a lot more magnificent moments from Alexis Sanchez while the rest of the Premier League , especially the defenders, can look forward to a lot more trouble from the Arsenal attack.
When Alexis first joined the Gunners there was an element of fortune about the transfer because our EPL rivals Liverpool really wanted to sign him and it could have been very different as it was their player Luis Suarez that was heading to Barcelona and making Alexis decide to leave.
Okay so it may not have been the full fat version of the World cup, but you would still have to say that being voted as the best player in the tournament involving the best 24 teams in the world at your age level is worthy of a lot of credit.
That is just what happened to Kelechi Nwakali after he helped the under 17 side of Nigeria to lift the World Cup in Chile earlier this year. If you had used your Matchbook bonus code to bet on them you could have made a lot of money! The young Nwakali capped his excellent tournament with three goals and three assists so it is hardly a surprise to hear that some big football clubs are interested in signing him.
Arsene Wenger has showed us that he is willing to spend big money in the transfer market if he thinks it is the right thing for the club, with the signing of the Germany international Mesut Ozil a couple of years back for over £40 million almost trebling the club record at the time.
And now it looks like the manager could be set to break another record. Don’t get too excited though, because it is for the same player as a report in The Mirror claims that Wenger is set to offer Ozil a bumper new contract as a reward for the scintillating form our attacking midfield star has been in this season, or more accurately ever since he came back from a spell on the sidelines with a knee injury last season.
I think that most Arsenal fans would still say that another forward player should be the priority for Arsene Wenger when the winter transfer window comes around in January, even though Alexis Sanchez, Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott have been going along nicely and we have Danny Welbeck on the way back from injury.
Maybe the boss will agree but we will have to wait and see and I would not hold my breath if I were you. Another commonly held belief among Arsenal fans is that our central midfield could do with strengthening, as Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini are not at the top level and we rely too much on Francis Coquelin.
Arsenal fans have long thought that Arsene Wenger was, let’s say careful, with the club’s money and treated every penny spent as if it was coming out of his own bank account. We also accepted, by and large, that Wenger’s hands were tied, financially speaking, while the cost of building the Emirates stadium was paid off.
That is done though and he is still not spending anything like what our Premier League rivals are spending and nowhere near the amount available to him, so when you read the report in the Daily Star about the shocking and exciting possibility that the best player in the world, Lionel Messi, might want top sign for Arsenal, it is tempered a bit by the news that Messi is looking for a massive salary.
This is a tricky subject as poor Mathieu Debuchy was unluckily injured soon after joining Arsenal and made only 11 starts for the Gunners last season, and he could only watch from the sidelines as Hector Bellerin stepped up and made the position his own.
The experienced Debuchy was upset that he was not reinstated as first-choice right-back at the beginning of the new season and admitted he had thought about leaving. “It is difficult,” Debuchy was quoted as saying. “Even if I had not played a lot last season, in my head I would return to start after my recovery. But, at the Community Shield against Chelsea, Wenger chose him, Bellerín.
I am pretty sure that Arsenal will not be the only club that will have concerns about what might happen in the January transfer window in a few months. The reason why a lot of clubs around Europe will be more worried than usual about this transfer window is the Barcelona situation and the Catalan club is already being linked with a move for the Arsenal and England forward Theo Walcott.