I just had to check to see that I had not misheard the words of Arsene Wenger as gave the pre-match press conference ahead of the Arsenal away trip to face the Premier League’s second bottom placed club Swansea City. You can listen to the whole thing on the Arsenal website and he talks about many issues including the injury situation, but it was the comments about the possible striker transfer targets for Arsenal that made me scratch my head.
If two of the three players that had signed Arsenal contracts this week were the Chilean striker Alexis Sanchez and the German midfield star Mesut Ozil then this news reported by the Arsenal website would be even better for us Gooners.
To be fair to the club and Arsene Wenger though, the three players that we have tied up to new contracts are very important members of the squad and so to hear that they have committed their futures to Arsenal is definitely good news.
With the football press this week being full of Arsenal transfer rumours about our Chile international star Alexis Sanchez, linking the striker with a shock move to our Premier League rivals, Arsene Wenger was quick to declare that Sanchez would not be sold by Arsenal, even if it meant him running down his current contract and walking away from the Gunners for nothing at the end of next season.
Antonio Conte, the manager of the EPL club being linked with the transfer of our forward was always going to be asked about the rumours as well, and although he did not fan the flames by talking about Alexis, he did nothing to dampen the rumours.
The Arsenal and France international centre forward Olivier Giroud is already struggling to get a start this season, at club level anyway as he seems to still be in favour with his national coach Didier Deschamps. The problem Giroud has in north London, though, is that the current first choice centre forward Alexis Sanchez is playing so well that Arsene Wenger really has no option but to keep starting him.
Giroud has done brilliantly in recent weeks coming off the bench but even his place there could soon be in danger if the recent Arsenal transfer rumours are right. Already this week the Gunners have been linked with moves for two different strikers in the January transfer window.
There are bound to be hundreds of Arsenal transfer rumours for us Gooners to wade through before the closing of the upcoming transfer window at the end of January, with all sorts of players in all sorts of positions linked with a move to north London.
Some will be more believable than others but as we do not really know what Arsene Wenger is thinking but we are used to the Frenchman letting very little slip before any transfer deal is in the bag, we can only go with an educated guess.
Arsenal have been on the receiving end of this sort of thing from the current Spanish La Liga champions before, most notably when the Barca players led an orchestrated and determined campaign to let our then captain Cesc Fabregas know that he was wanted at the Nou Camp without the Catalan club having to make an official approach.
The pressure went on and Fabregas made it clear to Arsene Wenger and Arsenal that he wanted to return to Spain to play for his boyhood club where he had been at the famous La Masia academy as a youth player. Just like he did with Fabregas, Wenger took our current right back Hector Bellerin from Barca and gave him the chances to p[lay that he would not have got had he stayed.
Arsenal may have started to find form and get going after a slow start to the new Premier League season, we are still a sizable five points of the league leaders Man City and under their new manager Pep Guardiola they are looking ominously strong.
The Gunners could really do with somebody stopping their momentum and not just for our hopes of winning the title but in our hopes of keeping hold of our best players. Two of those, Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, are apparently in talks at the moment about signing extensions to their current contracts.
I will never understand why Arsene Wenger felt it was alright to go into the new Premier League season with an Arsenal squad lacking in enough strength and options in the key areas of attack and defence. Most people saw that need before the end of last season but we are still waiting for the Frenchman to do something about it.
It was a month ago when Arsenal travelled to Lens for the first game of pre-season and that was when Per Mertesacker got his injury, so the manager has known since then he would be short at the back, as he also knew that Koscielny would be a late returner from Euro 2016.
Arsene Wenger has delivered a massive shock to the Arsenal faithful, by announcing that he has no real plans to sign a striker this summer!
Back before the Euro’s had started it seemed as if a move for a striker was Wenger’s biggest priority. We attempted to secure Vardy early in the summer, before being rejected by the Englishman. Moves then also failed for Morata, Lukaku, Higuain and Janssen just to name a few, whilst it now seems as if Lacazette may be off the cards, with Wenger seemingly no longer interested in signing a striker.
Being fans of Arsenal Football Club over the last few years has often been a frustrating life, even though we have been luckier than most in having two FA cup trophy wins to celebrate and always making it into the elite European club competition which is the Champions League.
The frustration has been with the way Arsene Wenger and the club refuse to spend the money that everyone else seems to think is needed to transform us from a good team that plays attractive football and gets value for money into a team of true champions.