Arsenal fans will be starting to worry about the January transfer window after Arsene Wenger’s latest statement about his transfer plans. I for one had a sense of Deja Vu as the manager talked about how difficult it was to get good players in the winter window and I could not help remembering the disaster of last season when Wenger only managed to sign the injured Swedish midfielder Kim Kallstrom on loan.
They say that football is a game of two halves, which is blatantly obvious, but it really means that things can change very quickly and you never know what is going to happen. This season, for Arsenal, has certainly reflected that. It has been a season of two halves.
At the halfway stage, after Giroud had scored the only goal in a tough away game at Newcastle, Arsenal were sitting on top of the Premier League table and had been for most of the campaign, but the warning signs were there. The French striker was looking jaded and had lost his early scoring form, Ramsey and Ozil were out injured and Walcott would join them two games later, having only just come back from his earlier injury.
As transfer deadline day approaches the final few hours, Arsenal fans across the world will surely have their eyes glued to the screen in hope that we can sign someone before the night is over. So far we have only Kim Kallstrom under our belts. Lille have apparently rejected a loan offer from Arsenal, whilst Julian Draxler seems ever more unlikely to happen by the second, despite supposedly being near to completion according to earlier reports.
It seems that the big transfer target for Arsenal today is Kim Kallstrom on loan. He’s currently at Spartak Moscow but appears to be on his way to Arsenal on loan for the remainder of the season. It’s been confirmed by most media outlets and the BBC’s Ornstein himself. Why are we trying to sign him?
He is 31 years old and had to be sold to Spartak because he was no longer good enough for Lyon in Ligue 1. He is even struggling to start for Spartak and yet he is somehow good enough to play for a team fighting for the title and playing in the Champions league. I’m not sure if he would even be available to play in Europe as Spartak qualified for the Europa League but were knocked out in the play-offs.