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?
Well if the Newcastle United and France international midfield star Moussa Sissoko had his way it would be him to sign for the Gunners next. The 26-year old was one of the very few Magpies to play at a consistently good level last season but he was not able to help them to retain their Premier League safety, as he had done the season before with a goal on the final day against West Ham.
And that means that he is now set to leave the north east club after almost four years. Sissoko has played in three of the last four France games but he knows his place will be at risk if he does not play club football at the top level, as he explains in an ESPN report. In the same report the powerful and talented player made no secret of Arsenal being his preferred destination.
He said, “I gave everything there for three-and-a-half years. I hope that Newcastle will be smart enough to understand that to continue my development I need to keep playing at the highest level.
“As I want to stay in the France team I cannot stay in the Championship. There will be discussions. I want to leave.
“It is flattering that a coach like him, a great coach, wants to keep me, but I think he knows that I have got to a level where playing in the Championship would be difficult for me.
“I think he understands. I have already had a discussion with him. My representatives will have a discussion with him. I think he knows what I want, where I want to go. So I hope there will be no problem for me to find my happiness in another club.
“I want to continue my career in England, at a club that plays in the Champions League, because I think this best fits my style of play.
“Arsenal is one of the best European clubs. To be followed by this kind of club — it’s good to know. I hope I will have a chance soon to play for this club or a similar club.
“I think few people would refuse to play for this club. The beautiful Arsenal. We’ll see.
“I cannot tell you that I will go to Arsenal. For now, I’m focused on France and Euro 2016. I have advisors who manage all this and I hope everything will go well with minimal difficulty for me to find another club.”
Surely a decent transfer bid would be enough to persuade Newcastle to sell this player who clearly wants to leave and it is blindingly obvious that Sissoko wants to come. The question is though, is he good enough for Arsenal and will Wenger hand him a dream transfer to our beautiful club?