When it was clear that Arsenal were not going to beat our Premier League rivals Man United to the transfer of Morgan Schneiderlin from Southampton, despite a mountain of Arsenal transfer rumours over the last two years linking us with the Frenchman and recent reports suggesting that the player himself would have preferred to join the Gunners than the Red Devils, it did not necessarily mean the end of our hopes that Arsene Wenger would sign a top quality central midfielder this summer.
I do hope that the reason for Arsenal not completing the signing of Morgan Schneiderlin from Southampton, after the French international was apparently on the wish list of Arsene Wenger for over a year now, was because the prof decided that the Saint was not really what the Gunners need anymore.
That could be true and if so it will be because of the breakthrough and fabulous form showed by Francis Coquelin in the second half of the season. Maybe Wenger now thinks that we have a brilliant defensively minded player now and has changed his focus to a different kind of player.
After the news in the football media this week that the long term Arsenal transfer target Morgan Schneiderlin was close to joining our Premier League rivals Manchester United instead, Arsenal fans will be gutted if Louis van Gaal were to beat Arsene Wenger to yet another quality player.
But that is what is about to happen according to a Metro report. The player in question is the Napoli and Argentina international striker Gonzalo Higuain and the report claims that he has already agreed the personal terms of his possible move to Old Trafford.
Over the last couple of summer transfer windows, Arsene Wenger has broken spending records with his signings and it looks like that is just what will happen again this year. The Frenchman is apparently planning to beat last summer´s splashing of the cash by spending the best part of £100 million to bring in the four players he believes will turn the Gunners from also rans into Premier League champions.
The report in Metro that details the manager’s plans explains that Arsenal are looking to sign Jackson Martinez from Porto to boost our firepower and give the boss a different option again to Giroud and Walcott.
If this is all true then Arsenal should soon have one of the main transfer targets of the summer sewn up nice and early and us fans can start to relax and look forward to a promising summer in the transfer window and a real crack at the Premier League title next season.
The Gunners have long been linked with the France international midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin and according to a Metro report the player himself has all but told us that the transfer is one the brink of being done.
Arsenal Boss Very Happy with Coquelin, But Still Looking For Another DM!
Ahead of the game against Sunderland, the Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has come out to heap praise on midfielder Francis Coquelin in regards to his performances this season and has assured that Coquelin will continue to be a big part of his future plans, but also maintained that he is still in search of a solid defensive midfielder to lift some of the weight off the Frenchman’s shoulders.
After signing the versatile Calum Chambers from them in the last summer transfer window, it appears that Arsenal will be going back to take another Southampton player when the current season draws to a close.
It might not be the player you think though, as the man who plays alongside the heavily linked central midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin has told the press that it is him, Victor Wanyama, that Arsene Wenger wants to sign this summer, as reported by Metro.
The Kenya international star said, “Wenger has been talking about me.
“He has let it be known he would like to sign me this summer.
Many Arsenal fans as well as Arsene Wenger and the players, are still hoping that the Gunners can keep winning and take advantage of Chelsea’s dip in form to win the Premier League title this season. But it would be a minor miracle for Jose Mourinho’s team to lose three and draw one of their remaining eight games when they have only lost twice all season so far.
The Arsenal board and Arsene Wenger may not like it but in the real world that is top level football today, players cost a ridiculous amount of money. So if the Gunners are really serious about challenging the likes of Chelsea and Man City for the Premier League as well as having a proper crack at the Champions League, then we have to get serious with the spending.
That is why the news reported by the Daily Mail today that Wenger is planning a £50 million summer transfer swoop for three players does not exactly get me jumping up and down. Man United paid more than that for one player last summer.
With the young product of the Arsenal academy Francis Coquelin surprising all of us, except Arsene Wenger apparently, by showing that he has got what it takes to star for Arsenal in central midfield and provide the work rate, energy and tough tackling that you need to thrive in the Premier League, we all wondered whether that was it for Arsenal in that position.
And when Wenger also brought in the 17-year old Polish prospect Krystian Bielik from Legia Warsaw, said to have the potential to become a player like our former captain Patrick Vieira, it seemed that the Gunners had the deep lying central midfield role sewed up for years to come.