I am hoping, first of all, that the Arsenal transfer news today suggesting that Arsene Wenger is no longer chasing the transfer of the Juventus and Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal is incorrect. The Arsenal boss is famous for keeping his transfer plans from the football media so maybe they are just fishing and the Frenchman is ready to confirm the signing of Vidal once the Copa America is wrapped up next weekend.
Only time will tell just how much Arsenal will benefit from the signing of the Czech Republic number one Petr Cech from Chelsea, but if the thoughts of Jose Mourinho and John Terry are anything to go by, it could be just the chess move that the Gunners needed to capture the king of our London rivals.
Mourinho was quite clear that he did not want this transfer to go through and would have blocked his experienced keeper from joining such a close rival if it was up to him, just as he did with the proposed Demba Ba transfer. Terry has played in front of our new signing for almost his whole club career and he thinks that Arsenal could have just gained ourselves 12-15 points with this transfer move.
If the Arsenal transfer rumours are true and Arsene Wenger really is holding talks with the representatives of the 20-year old full back Abdul Rahman Baba about a possible move to the Premier League this summer, it surely must mean that our Spanish international Nacho Monreal could be heading out of the Emirates.
Monreal has been linked with a transfer back to Spain´s La Liga before and on Saturday Metro reported the latest, with Athletic Bilbao ready to bid for him. The 29-year old had a great season for the Gunners though and Wenger would not be trying to sell him against his will.
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.
Any lingering doubts about Arsenal being able to complete the transfer of the Czech Republic international Petr Cech will soon be over once and for all. I for one had my doubts about Chelsea agreeing to the deal and have had a suspicion that Jose Mourinho would get his way and veto the move of his veteran keeper just as he did with Demba Ba a year or so ago.
But with the Evening Standard reporting that the transfer fee has been agreed at around £11 million and the keeper’s personal terms are all sorted, with Cech set to earn around £100,000 a week, the 33/year old is at the Emirates today to complete his medical.
Without any reliable insider information on the transfer comings and goings at Arsenal, we are often left to trawl through the myriad of Arsenal transfer rumours desperately hunting for a crumb of truth. Sometimes you think you have got a handle on what Arsene Wenger is planning but often as not the Frenchman then goes and surprises you anyway.
So when I say that the Gunners could be just days away from completing the brilliant transfer of the French midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin from Southampton, it is because a report in The Mirror has revealed that the player himself has confirmed that he is in transfer talks and that he hopes that his summer move will be sorted very soon.
After it looked to Arsenal fans, or to me at least, that Arsene Wenger was dragging his feet about getting something going in the summer transfer market, we could be set to go ballistic and complete the transfer of a player that has been linked with a move to north London in no end of Arsenal transfer rumours over the last two years.
According to a Metro report, the talented 21-year old German international is now keen on the step up, after previously saying that he thought his progress in the game might be better served staying with his current club Schalke.
It looks like Arsene Wenger will soon be able to give the Arsenal fans something to cheer about in the summer transfer window, perhaps before it even opens officially on the 1st of July. Given that the Czech Republic international number one is currently with a club in the same league as Arsenal, he would be able to complete his move now anyway.
According to a report in The Mirror today, the final stumbling block to the Gunners getting this top keeper from our Premier League rivals Chelsea has been removed and it has nothing to do with the wishes of Jose Mourinho to veto it.
Arsenal found out the heavy cost of not being ready from the start of a season. With a long injury list combined with the hangover from the World Cup finals suffered by our Germany internationals, the Gunners were out of the race for the Premier League before we knew what was going on, something that Arsene Wenger and the players have spoken about making sure does not happen again when the new season begins in less than two months.
It looks like Arsenal could be set to complete our first, and arguably the most important, transfer deal of the summer window. The player in question is the Chelsea veteran Petr Cech and so we have to assume that the talks he was due to have with the Stamford Bridge club yesterday went well.
There had been some fears that Chelsea would go back on their agreement to allow their long serving star to choose his own destination, and Jose Mourinho declared he would have done it it was up to him. But after a report by Metro today revealed that the CEO of the Gunners Ivan Gazidis confirmed that he was in talks with Cech and Chelsea over the move, it looks like Arsenal will get our man.