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.
Here is an interesting analysis, conducted by bookmaker bwin, which reveals just how much Arsenal (sitting in 16th with 3 points from 3 games) are a club in crisis and badly need to beat Bournemouth next time out.
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.
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.
There was me thinking that Arsene Wenger was planning to do some serious business in the transfer market this summer in order to avoid a repeat of last season’s awful showing that saw us drop out of the elite of Europe and the Arsenal fans agree that the Frenchman’s time was up.
The club and manager led us to believe that this summer would be different but once again we have spent much less than opur main rivals and you are not going to like the reason given by Wenger for it, as reported by Metro. He would, of course love to buy loads of players and spend lots of money, but the current squad is just too big and so his hands are tied.
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.