Thierry Henry set to be Arsenal’s ONLY signing in January

The Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has made many pronouncements about the rumoured Arsenal targets. It is certainly possible that he is just creating a smoke-screen to put everyone off finding out who his targets are, but I am beginning to think not!

When asked about whether he was targeting Lukas Podolski Wenger said “No!” curtly. He has made it clear that he only needs a short-term striker to cover while the African Nations Cup is on, and so the signing of Henry is nearly certain now.

He has also stated that the Arsenal midfield is “too crowded” to bring in Yoann Gourcuff (and therefore any other new midfielder. When asked about Gary Cahill, he announced that he certainly wouldn’t be bringing in any more centre-backs.

Now that Arsenal have all four of their full-backs out of action, it was expected that at least one versatile defender would be needed in January, but now Wenger has scotched that idea as well! He said: “There are difficult decisions to make because we are short in the full-back positions.

“But you think, ‘do you really want to buy a full back for three or four years?’

“When you have four out and two close to coming back. I think no, because we have people who can do the job during this period.”

So we will have Henry in for two months, no midfielders, no centre-backs, and now no full-backs. That looks to me like Wenger has made up his mind to completely ignore the rest of this coming transfer window………

Arsenal Lead Chelsea In Fight For Barcelona Wonderkid

Barcelona’s winger Isaac Cuenca may be in for an unexpected move in January as both Chelsea and Arsenal are interested in the 20-year-old who has yet to extend his contract with the Catalans.

Being more often than not on the sidelines Cuenca is delaying his contract talks with the European Champions and interest didn’t show up late in his services after he’s proved to be one of the best prospects of Spanish football.

After a successful loan spell at Sabadell in the last season, the winger managed to get 5 appearances this season for Barcelona also scoring 2 goals. Despite all this he isn’t satisfied with the situation and he’s stalling contract talks until after January even though his current deal with the Catalans runs out in the summer.

In these conditions Arsenal or Chelsea are both being linked with a move for the talented youngster at a premium price ,and given the transfer history between the two English clubs and Barcelona a move is highly possible if the interest will prove to be a concrete one.  Do you think he should join?

Chamakh Confirms Rumours About Him Leaving

Marouane Chamakh has responded to all the rumours which were linking him to a possible Arsenal exit in January after he became a weekly sideline player. The 27-year-old striker seems to be interested to leave, but not in January.

‘I am 27 and I need to play. I cannot stay like this forever. I won’t leave in January but I will take an important decision in June.”, said Chamakh

‘I was surprised by the offers I got last summer but my priority was to stay at Arsenal. A return to France? If so, it will be to Bordeaux.’

Chamakh didn’t really prove his worth at Arsenal having scored only 12 goals since he joined in 2010. The striker had a good start with 11 goals in the first season, but an injury got him off his game and now with Gervinho, Walcott and Robin Van Persie holding tight to their positions it’s impossible for Chamakh to hind his place in the squad.

Wenger – Arshavin Is Staying In January

Arsenal’s manager Arsene Wenger seems unwilling to let Russian forward Andrey Arshavin go in January even though the winger grew frustrated by the lack of chances he got with the Gunners since the summer when Gervinho was brought in.

According to Wenger his plans with the former Zenit player are not yet over and he needs him to be there for the second part of the season, so a possible transfer away from the club is unlikely.

“I am losing players like ­Marouane Chamakh and ­Gervinho to the African Cup of Nations, but I have players like Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ju Young Park and Andrey ­Arshavin to come in.”, said Wenger

This is coming after the press went crazy linking Arshavin with a possible return to his “home” club Zenit in January. The striker proved himself annoyed by the lack of chances on several occasions, and in the last game against Everton he was part of a misfortunate incident which irritated him.

Arshavin got ready to get onto the pitch but Van Persie’s goal changed plans for Wenger who chose to send Frimpong, Miquel and Rosicky instead, so the Russian had to get his jacket back on and watch the rest of the match from the bench. This comes as a blow for a forward with Arshavin’s skill, but Wenger’s plan with him is still very much unclear.

Arsenal Outgoing and Incoming January Transfers

Arsenal’s manager Arsene Wenger is likely to do a bit of a spring cleaning in January when the transfer market will be opening, and will look to sell some of the players which are no longer motivated enough at Arsenal.

Rosicky  is one who was often linked with a possible departure, but the French manager denied the rumours:

“Rosicky is at Arsenal and he remains at Arsenal,” Wenger said.

The most likely to leave Arsenal this January are Squillaci, Arshavin and Chamakh.

Chamakh is wanted by Bordeaux and PSG and is very likely to leave after he’s been forgotten on the bench ever since he can’t seem to bounce back into form.

Arshavin is wanted back “home” at Zenit and is frustrated about not getting a first team chance since Gervinho came at the club, and Squillaci is wanted by Sevilla. The centre-back got a bad injury and he only got Cup action ever since so he’s a certain departure in January.

The big question is not who leaves though, but who comes. Two attacking players are leaving so Wenger is likely to transfer at least one, full-backs also seem to be on the list and the biggest issue at Arsenal is who to transfer between Hazard, Gotze and Reus. What do you think?

Arsenal to lose Frimpong in January loan move

Recent speculations in the English press say that Arsenal’s teenage midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong is set to leave the club in January for a 6 months loan move at Premiership side Wolverhampton.

The young hotshot can’t seem to find his place in Wenger’s first team too often after the transfers came in and some of Arsenal’s players got rid of old injuries, and he’s likely to accept any loan move which can provide him with weekly action.

Frimpong is likely to join Wolverhampton because manager McCarthy is a well known admirer of him and in many occasions the boss declared that he would like to bring Frimpong over for a loan if possible.

Although the Ghanaian had a good start of the season and played quite a few games, the current situation at the club and the outburst he had against Manchester City in the Carling Cup will not vote in favour of the midfielder. Do you think he should be kept at Arsenal or sent away on loan?

Wenger:” Let’s show that we have made the right decisions”

Arsenal’s manager Arsene Wenger offered a statement for the club’s official magazine saying that he is confident The Gunners will once again rise and fight for the title. The Frenchman also spoke about the efforts done this summer by him and his team to transfer as many high quality players as possible and to try and form a strong team.

“It was all change in the summer and some of that was for unwanted reasons,” Wenger told the Official Arsenal Magazine.

“We lost some players that we didn’t want to lose, also we had some players that hadn’t played for a while, so we thought it was important to renew the whole squad, and that’s what we did.“

“It was a challenge, and believe me it demanded massive work – day and night. But overall I’m confident. I believe there was some anxiety around the Club and the team, but I always felt in our situation that a lot would happen in the last 48 hours, because I’ve experienced that before. And that’s what did happen. “

“So let’s show that we have made the right decisions – I’m confident that we have – but only the results will tell.”

“A lot of it was planned beforehand, it just took a lot longer than expected,”

“It was nothing to do with the Champions League, because we would still have wanted to go for the league even if we weren’t in the Champions League.“

“If we were in the Europa League, we would still have wanted a strong squad. We are not the only ones who decide how long it takes to complete a transfer.”

Unfortunately, the very late departures of Fabregas and Nasri made the situation a very tough one for Wenger who had to cover the gaps left by the two top class midfielders. Wenger will surely continue the search for top class midfielders in January, and the shortlist with the possible transfers has some impressive footballers unleashed.