In some ways I think that Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal players will be pleasantly surprised to see the Tottenham team sheet for today’s north London derby at the Emirates stadium. On the other hand, the negative and defensive team that Mauricio Pochettino has selected could end up being very hard to break down and is aimed at frustrating us, like the famous bus parking tactics of Jose Mourinho.
Arsenal and Liverpool are claimed to be interested in signing Euro 2016 star Moussa Sissoko, but Newcastle are claimed to be demanding £35 Million for his signature.
The Magpies were relegated from the Premier League in recent months, and are now tasked with returning to the English top division, and will be keen to do that at their first attempt, as they did in 2010.
Interest has already come for their main midfielder from last season Georginio Wijnaldum, and reports quickly came that they had slapped a £25 Million asking price on his head.
Arsenal fans have become ever more impatient and concerned in recent weeks by the lack of new players coming to Arsenal. The summer transfer action started so well with the early signing of Granit Xhaka and his subsequent impressive performances at Euro 2016 for Switzerland.
Since then all the Arsenal fans have had to get worked up about has been a load of Arsenal transfer rumours linking us with all sorts of players in different positions but nothing concrete has occurred. Hopefully that is all about to change as the European championships draw to a close and that could mean that our next signing or signings are still involved.
OKay so Arsenal fans were not happy about losing out to Leicester City in last season’s Premier League title race and the English football media were very hard on Arsene Wenger and his players for letting slip what seemed to be our best chance in years of becoming champions, but having said that Arsenal were the best of the rest in finishing runners up.
So with that and a place in the Champions League secured and with a state of the art stadium and a bit transfer war chest for the boss to spend on strengthening the squad we went into the summer full of optimism, so why do our transfer targets appear to be anything but keen on a move to the Emirates?
It is all happening for Arsenal so far in this transfer window, or at least compared to previous summer and winter windows in which Arsenal fans have sat bemused and impatient as all of our rivals spend money while Arsene Wenger insists there are just no players out there. The Gunners are also top in the bookmaker ratings to sign many more brilliant players.
So it is so far, so good for the Gunners, after completing the big money transfer of Switzerland international Granit Xhaka from the German Bundesliga and having apparently activated the release clause in the contract of Leicester City´s star striker Jamie Vardy, so what’s next?
It is being reported in one of the many Arsenal transfer rumours that Arsenal have had, or are about to have, a transfer bid of around £9 million rejected by Newcastle United for their French international star Moussa Sissoko. The Mirror are reporting that we may already be in negotiations and that is the offer on the table.
If they do, or have, rejected it, I wonder if Arsenal will try again. It could be worth it, even if the offer is not increased or only by a little. This is because the departure of their manager Alan Pardew for Crystal Palace may have changed everything.
This is definitely one Arsenal transfer that no one was expecting. And that probably includes the Arsenal boss himself, as Arsene Wenger seemed to be more than happy with his attacking midfield options. Now however, according to a Daily Star report, the three month injury lay off forced on to Jack Wilshere following the studs up tackle to his ankle from the Manchester United defender Paddy McNair has changed all that.
The report claims that Arsene Wenger is going to react to Wilshere’s injury by making a £15 million transfer swoop on our Premier League rivals Newcastle United. The target is their pacy and dynamic French international star Moussa Sissoko, who only made the transfer to Alan Pardew’s side in the last January transfer window.