It is shaping up to be a very tough battle between a fair few Premier League clubs over who will take the remaining two places for the Champions League next season, assuming that Chelsea and Man City do not collapse of course. Man United, Southampton, Spurs and Liverpool are all there or thereabouts, but Arsenal are past masters and are looking in great form to finish in the top four again.
As the Arsenal and England striker was scoring the two international goals that gave the Man United and England captain a win over Slovenia to celebrate on the occasion of his 100th cap, Wayne Rooney’s club fans may well have been wondering once more why Louis van Gaal allowed Arsenal and Arsene Wenger to snap up the England star for a bargain price during the summer transfer window.
And it seems that the Dutchman is determined not to let the same thing happen again in the January transfer window, according to a report in the Daily Star. Van Gaal has apparently decided that there is no way he will let the Gunners complete their expected transfer bid for the United and England defender Chris Smalling.
It is being reported that Arsene Wenger really has taken to heart the way that Arsenal have struggled so far this season, especially in the area of defence. And the Frenchman has already admitted that he should have signed another defender in the summer and is planning to rectify that mistake in January.
According to a Metro report, Wenger is so serious about fixing the defensive issues, that he is determined to sign one of the best defenders in the world to do so, rather than just bring in another option to perhaps cover in case one of the current first choice pairing of Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker.
According to reports across the media in England especially, Arsenal have agreed a £6.1 million fee for Germany under 21 starlet Matthias Ginter. Ginter, who currently plays for Bundesliga side SC Freiburg, was rumoured to be part of the deal that would take Arsenal’s Francis Coquelin on loan to Germany, however as Coquelin moved, there was nothing in return, but the reports have once again picked up.