There has been some detective work going on this week in order to try to get a handle on one of the many Arsenal transfer rumours doing the rounds at the minute. And this digging has revealed the interesting fact reported by 101greatgoals that the agent of the Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi, who also happens to be the player’s wife Wanda Nara, is currently in London.
It is looking more and more likely that Arsene Wenger will be forced into the transfer market this January as Arsenal have lost Francis Coquelin for at least the next three months,but other than a DM, Arsenal are also looking very grim in the striking department. Theo Walcott has been out for a month already with a calf strain and is still a few weeks from returning. And EVERYBODY knows that will not be his only time out injured this season.
I must admit to being one of the many Arsenal fans who thought Arsene Wenger was being stubborn and missing a trick in not playing our German international striker Lukas Podolski more this season. But his awful performances and subsequent lack of game time since moving to Inter Milan on loan has perhaps proved the Frenchman right.
Podolski could still be very useful for Arsenal though, as a Metro report explains. The World Cup winner will still have a year left on his contract this summer and it is unlikely that Inter will want him, but he is still highly regarded in Germany.
I wonder if the subject came up when Arsenal were talking to the Serie A club Internazionale in January about the loan move of our Germany international Lukas Podolski. Even if not, the deal that saw the World Cup winning striker move to Italy, no matter how badly it has gone for Podolski in Milan, should give us a good chance of beating our Premier League rivals to the summer transfer of their starlet Mateo Kovacic.
In fact, a Metro report claims that the talented 20-year old’s current club have already given Arsenal the go ahead to sign him in the summer, as long as we meet their valuation of course, which is just over £17 million.
While he has always been a popular player among the Arsenal fans, Lukas Podolski has had a much hareder time convincing Arsene Wenger that he deserves to play regularly. And that is despite the fact that the Gunners have not really made full use of our possession and creativity and the Germany international is by far the best finisher in the squad.
The striker’s frustration has been building all season and after he scored right at the beginning and then again at the end of our 4-1 pasting of Galatasaray in Turkey, only to drop to the bench again for the next game, it seemed like the last straw.