Maybe now that Arsenal have not been drawn to face the German Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich in the knockout stage of the Champions League, for a change, then their manager Pep Guardiola will not mind selling us one of his players.
And by all accounts, the Switzerland international midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri is not really a part of the Spanish manager’s plans for the club’s future anyway. But I did not realise that he was even a possible transfer target for the Gunners either, until I saw the Metro report that claims not only is Arsene Wenger keen on signing Shaqiri, but that the Frenchman is closing to completing the deal to bring him to the Emirates stadium in January.
Don’t get me wrong, I rate the 23-year old and if the report is right about the Gunners getting him for as little as £10 million, then it is an absolute steal in today’s transfer market. And the fact that we would be denying Liverpool and Brendan Rodgers another of his transfer targets would make it even sweeter, but I just wonder whether it would not be more proof that Wenger is too focused on the attacking side of the game when we desperately need a defender and a proper defensive midfielder.