Arsene Wenger has dropped a very strong hint that Arsenal are not finished in the summer transfer market. And it looks like there could be at least two new players heading to the Emirates; one to fill the hole in the back four left by the departure of Thomas Vermaelen to Barcelona, and one to provide cover and competition in the centre of midfield.
The ankle injury picked up by the new Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta against Besiktas this week leaves the Gunners looking decidedly thin on the ground in that area. Many fans will say that we have been a bit thin there for years, but it looks like it has taken the injury to Arteta to tip the balance for our manager, as these comments reported by Arsenal.com suggest.
The Frenchman said, “”[If he is out for a while] we will be a bit short of course. If it’s a long-term injury, that puts us in a position where we have to be creative.”
Wenger also said, “We have the players we want but we are open as well to any opportunity until the end of the transfer window, who can strengthen our defensive department in quality and number.
“I can’t tell you how likely I am [to make a signing], I just said I am open to doing it. It has to be linked with the needed quality. If you ask today the 20 top clubs in the world what they look for, they all look for the same positions. That means it is not necessarily out there.”
Now I realise that this is not exactly saying that he is going shopping, but when you consider how tight lipped Wenger usually is about any transfer business at the club, it suggests to me that this is exactly what the manager is planning. I hope so anyway…