You have to believe that Arsene Wenger and his huge team of fitness and medical experts at Arsenal were not taken completely by surprise by the news, reported on the Arsenal website today, that our England international striker Danny Welbeck would not be getting back onto the pitch as soon as we thought. And that has to raise eyebrows in the football world even more about the manager’s failure to sign a single outfield player during the summer transfer window.
Oh how we will laugh Arsenal fans! If the latest Arsenal transfer rumours are true, and there are pictures of Arsene Wenger on a plane to France and in Paris later, and the manager is ready to complete a brilliant transfer deadline day signing that is.
There could even be two PSG players joining Arsenal according to reports but the one that would clearly make the biggest waves would be the Uruguay international striker Edinson Cavani. The Daily Star is reporting that we have already had our bid of around £45 million accepted by the French champions.
At least the Arsenal transfer rumours suggesting that there might still be a chance of us signing Karim Benzema from Real Madrid have finally stopped. And with both Edinson Cavani and Gonzalo Higuain starting and scoring for their clubs PSG and Napoli yesterday, we can forget about them as well.
But Arsene Wenger did suggest that he was still hoping to add a striker to the Arsenal squad before the transfer window slams shut tomorrow. And reports today have us linked with a couple of interesting options.
Arsene Wenger would not say so of course, but he must have been very worried as he sat and watched his almost full strength Arsenal side struggle to make much impression on the goal of a ten man Newcastle team. The only good thing to come out of the game, to be honest, was the three points but if this latest toothless performance can persuade the boss that he really could do with another striker, then maybe the win will not be the only positive.
Reading between the lines, it looks like the Arsenal manager was still hoping that the France international striker Karim Benzema might still be available from Real Madrid, but now that the player himself has poured cold water on those hopes, Arsene Wenger has just a few days to sign a striker that everyone seems to think we need.
But there are not that many out there and the ones that are good enough to really improve our squad are not easy to get. Most are just about impossible, especially at this phase of the transfer window, but apparently there is a chance that PSG might accept a good offer for Edinson Cavani.
As if the Premier League clash between Arsenal and Liverpool at the Emirates tonight was not already going to be hard fought enough, Arsene Wenger has ensured that Brendan Rodgers will be desperate for his players to get one over on us.
The Arsenal boss has chosen to have his say on the Raheem Sterling transfer saga and he has made it crystal clear, as reported by the Daily Mail, that he is on the side of the young England international.
This would be a great piece of timing for Arsenal if it happens, quite apart from the fact that completing the transfer of Karim Benzema from Real Madrid would be a fantastic bit of business from the Gunners. If the Italian journalist Emanuele Giulianelli´s latest update on the saga, reported by Metro, is true then it should give the Arsenal players and fans a huge boost.
The reporter claims that Arsene Wenger has all but sewn up the deal abd that the Gunners have laid on a private jet to bring the striker to London from Spain tomorrow, where he will be put up in a hotel and get his medical done before signing on the dotted line.
If this does happen when the latest Arsenal transfer rumours are suggesting then it will save us Arsenal fans a whole lot of hair being pulled out and nails being bitten over the last few days of the summer transfer window.
And it will give everyone connected with Arsenal Football Club a huge boost, perhaps even more than last year’s capture of Alexis Sanchez and the previous year’s signing of Mesut Ozil did.
According to a couple of well respected football journalists, our transfer bid for the Real Madrid and France striker Karim Benzema is very much on, although Arsene Wenger has still apparently not gone all out with the money on offer.
This is the first I have heard that Arsenal have a few other clubs trying to beat us to the transfer of the French striker Karim Benzema, although it is hardly a surprise as the 27-year old is one of the best centre forwards available in world football today.
Perhaps the desire to keep the potential availability of the player secret is the main reason for Arsene Wenger being so evasive and non-committal all the way through the summer window, as the Arsenal manager has been stung before in these sort of situations.
This is great news for Arsenal fans, on the same day that one so/called Spanish La Liga expert warned us that Arsenal had left it too late to complete the transfer of the central midfield star Grzegorz Krychowiak. He claimed that we would need to make a ridiculous offer to sign the Polan international from Sevilla because they have plenty of money.
But this expert does not seem to know his stuff too well, because according to a Metro report the player has a release clause in his contract of around £21 million. So the report claims that the Spanish club are very concerned that they are set to lose their star player to Arsenal.