Arsenal transfer news – Capoue and Belhanda

Arsene Wenger is faced with quite a balancing act as he looks for new players to bring into the Arsenal team. Let’s not worry for now whether the Frenchman will change his ways and start spending money. I assume he is well aware that the Arsenal fans are expecting some big name signings and will not be content with a few unheard of youngsters.

The top players, however, will have other big clubs after them, as we have already seen with Juventus, Higuain and Jovetic. These players will be thinking about big wages and trophies, so might see Arsenal as a risk. The players who want to come to Arsenal may not be the quality that Wernger is looking for, so we need to find a balance.

Younes Belhanda of Montpellier and Etienne Capoue of Toulouse may just be the answer. They both seem keen on a move to the English Premier League, while Wenger is reportedly keen on both. They are both young players who could be expected to improve and are both full internationals, but are they what we are looking for?

Capoue is the type of technically gifted and strong defensive midfielder that could be a long term replacement for Abou Diaby, whose place in the France national team he has now taken. He wants to leave his French club and wants Champions League football, which gives Arsenal the edge over his other main suitor, Tottenham. This is the most important position that Wenger needs to fill this summer, though, and he really needs to get it right.

Belhanda is more of an attacking minded midfielder, but he is also very versatile. He definitely wants to join Arsenal and his former team mate Olivier Giroud is trying to mediate between him and the club. He can play in the middle, but also on the wings, which is an area we need to strengthen, but is he good enough? There is only one man who can decide that.

Capoue is Arsenal’s main target as Mario Gotze rules himself out

Although there is still some time before the end of the season, there are lots of Arsenal transfer rumours in the papers lately. The Daily Express is claiming that Arsene Wenger tried hard to buy Etienne Capoue from Toulouse in January and believes that the French club will allow the defensive midfielder to finally move to the Emirates this summer.

Arsenal are definitely in need of a hard man in the middle and Capoue would certainly fit the bill for most Arsenal fans, but one player that EVERY Gooner would like to see at the Emirates is the German youngster Mario Gotze. But the Dortmund man has announced that he has no interest in joining Arsenal as he has bigger clubs in mind if he left Dortmund.

He said: ‘I am very happy at Dortmund and satisfied with the way we are progressing as a team. Any thoughts about playing for another team are very much for the future, but Real Madrid, Barcelona or Manchester United could be interesting.’

There were recent rumours in Germany that Bayern Munich were heading the chase for Gotze, but it looks like all bets will have to be put on hold for another 12 months…..