Arsenal to sign this striker in January after Welbeck blow?

I guess it all depends on whether the Arsenal manager or the England manager is right about the return date from injury of Danny Welbeck. If Arsene Wenger is right and the former Man United forward is ready to play again around the turn of the year, then the chances of Arsenal signing another striker in the January transfer window are pretty slim.

But if Roy Hodgson is right with his prediction about Welbeck missing around six months after undergoing an operation to fix his knee problem, then the chances of the Gunners boss adding to his forward options are much greater.

Latest team news and Preview of Arsenal v Marseille

Following a rather comfortable win over Southampton in the Premier League, Arsenal welcome Ligue 1 side Olympique Marseille to the Emirates in the fifth round of the Champions League group stage. A victory for Arsene Wenger’s side can all but guarantee a place in the knockout stages of the competition and the Gunners will be looking to finish their business early as travelling to Naples in need of points is not a very ideal situation.

Arsenal’s win over Marseille doesn’t inspire confidence in Group Stages

Last night Arsenal secured their first Champions League win over the season in the group stage, with a very pleasing 2-1 victory over Marseille in France. The highly anticipated game proved to be one of very little excitement with the mood being more frustration than anything; however in the end the result proved to be an effective result for the Gunners in which we can take away confidence into our next game.

Arsenal ready to sell another striker?

All the transfer action at Arsenal has been one way so far, and that has been out of the exit door. We have already heard this week the the Gunners have accepted offers from five clubs for the Danish international Nicklas Bendtner, who we could actually get a few million pounds for. He could soon be joined on his way out of Arsenal by Gervinho, apparently.

Gervinho could soon join the dead wood leaving Arsenal

Marseille have contacted Arsenal about a possible loan deal for struggling Gervinho with a view to a permanent move in the future. Arsenal have already cleared out most of the “deadwood” this summer and Gervinho is seen by fans as one of the next players who must go because of his poor form since he arrived at the club.

Sebastian Squillaci, Andrey Arshavin and Denilson have already left the club which has freed up the wage bill a bit to fund moves for new players, which is why Arsenal seem to be active at the moment in the transfer window.

Could Arsenal Still Go For Marseille’s Valbuena?

Marseille attacking midfielder Mathieu Valbuena rejected the possibility of leaving the club amid rumours which were linking him with a January move.

Arsenal have been linked with the Frenchman in the summer and everybody thinks the Emirates side would come back with an offer in January, but it seems that Valbuena isn’t interested.

“Will I remain at Marseille? I had a very positive talk with Labrune,” Valbuena told L’Equipe.

“I am under contract until 2015. I am here and the adventure continues. We will see what happens in the future.”

“Not playing for my club was difficult to swallow,” he said.

Mertesacker – We lose our confidence a little bit

Arsenal’s centre defender Per Mertesacker offered an interview for the club’s official website regarding his stay at Arsenal so far. According to the massive German all Arsenal needs in order to regain full form is more time, and he thinks they are heading in the right direction.

“I had to adapt very quickly. It has not been so easy but every game helps me and helps the team to get up to the next level. It is important to improve the performances. It is getting there slowly but I am very happy to be a part of Arsenal.”

Wenger – Four points against Marseille are vital

Arsenal’s manager Arsene Wenger spoke at the press conference about the importance of the Champions League group stage double against French side Olympique Marseille. The Frenchman admitted that Marseille is a tough opponent and that Arsenal could have problems going through the group stage if they don’t manage to pull at least 4 points out of this double.

“The two games against Marseille will decide our qualification,” the Frenchman said. “If we take four points then we will qualify.”

“They have a similar run to us – a disappointing start in the championship and they have done well in the Champions League. It is exactly the same.