Arsenal set to stun Chelsea with De Bruyne transfer?

It has been a painful 10 years or so for Arsenal fans. After the Gunners really hit the heights by winning the Premier League without a single defeat in 2004 and lifting the FA cup in 2005, we had to wait nine long years for another trophy. Even though we reached a few finals, including the big one of the Champions League in 2006, Arsenal fans expected more.

And the same has been true of the league, despite being in a great position a few times like last season and in 2008 when Eduardo’s leg break saw us falter at the final hurdle. And the team that has made the most of our struggles, in more ways than one, is Chelsea.

They have had the money to spend that Wenger was starved of and they used it to win a lot of silverware while beating the Gunners to various transfer targets. Even worse, they poached some of our players off us, with Ashley Cole’s smug grin and baiting of his former club the worst example.

So hopefully the Arsenal transfer rumour reported by Metro about our interest in taking the former Chelsea midfielder Kevin De Bruyne from Wolfsburg comes true. The Belgian international is a real talent and has come good again since leaving Stamford Bridge and it would be great to see him starring under Wenger when Mourinho could not get him to perform. We can only hope…

Arsenal have NO enquiries and will NOT sell Podolski

Arsene Wenger spoke about many things in the pre-match press conference ahead of Arsenal playing away at West Brom in the early Premier League kick-off tomorrow. And as well as admitting that he was looking to bring at least one defender into the The Gunners squad, the Frenchman was asked specifically about the future of Lukas Podolski at Arsenal.

As reported by Arsenal.com, Wenger was asked about whether any clubs had made enquiries about the German international striker, claiming that Podolski himself had said that Wolfsburg were interested. But the Arsenal boss denied this outright and said that no one had enquired after the 29-year old.

Wenger also went on to declare that he was not going to sell Podolski in January while also praising him for his hard work and great attitude in training, suggesting that the forward’s time would come on the pitch as well. With the Gunners having so many forward options, especially in wide areas, with Walcott, Alexis, Chamberlain, Welbeck and more, it looks like Podolski will just have to be patient.

Wenger said, “I have good connections with Lukas and we talk about the situation. He faces big competition on the flanks and basically that is the consequence of him not getting the number of games that he wants. He has an outstanding attitude and he works very hard in training. Our job is just to be ready when you are needed for the club and he does that very well.

“I have had no enquiry about Podolski from anybody.”

I am not sure if that is really good enough for the German striker and I think he will be pushing for a transfer in January if he has not been used a bit more by the boss between now and then.

Why do no players want to sign for Arsenal?

Looks like Arsenal will be continuing the summer tradition of not signing players as Swansea issue a hands off warning to the club about Michu. We were linked with the Spaniard the other day along with Manchester City’s Edin Dzeko as we faced missing out on Luis Suarez for good and had to find alternative attacking options in the transfer market.

Michu has only been in the Premier League for one season but has impressed everybody with his goals and ability. He scored 18 goals in his debut season in the best league in the world. Not a feat many can accomplish. Swansea’s manager Michael Laudrup has said that it would take more than a “ridiculous offer” to have any chance of signing him which puts us out of the game. We know how Gazidis likes to penny pinch and all that so we can call this deal a distant dream.

We have already lost out on players like Gonzalo Higuain and Luis Suarez by the looks of things. Now we have even missed the boat to sign Luiz Gustavo as he joined Wolfsburg despite the club not having any chance of Champions League football this season.

We have even been told that we will not be signing our other attacking target Edin Dzeko. New city boss Manuel Pellegrini said that Dzeko is staying where he is which means we are going to have to search high and low for players to sign in the last couple of weeks of the transfer window.

Even if we did make a “ridiculous offer” for Michu, according to Laudrup the player would not even want to move away. There was a time that any player in the world would be honoured to move to this club but now we are being rejected left right and centre by every single player that we have been linked with.

Not signing Michu isn’t a great loss but moves need to be made before it’s too late and we find ourselves with a squad being filled by the under-18’s.

Gustavo transfer to Arsenal is NOT done but Wenger hints it’s close

Arsenal target Luis Gustavo, who currently plays for Bundesliga and Champion’s League winners Bayern Munich is reportedly being allowed to leave the club should a reasonable offer come in for the Brazilian midfielder. The main interest in the player so far came from German side Wolfsburg, however it’s understood that the player turned down Wolfsburg in favour of a move to the Premier League with both Arsenal and Chelsea reportedly interested in him.

I don’t know how much we should read into rumours on social networking sites because ultimately anyone can make up a rumour and then it can be quite easily spread by the ‘twitterverse’ however there are some people on there who proclaim to have genuine contacts within the club. I’m not talking about Agent this or Undercover that, but @GeoffArsenal is seen to be quite reliable amongst transfer news, having called Cazorla, Monreal and also Higuain ‘agreeing terms (but that’s all)’ as the players from recent windows.

Not to mention this is also a rumour that’s been doing the rounds in the papers and European media, so I think there is definitely some link here but to what extent remains unknown. It’s pretty clear that no deal has been agreed otherwise you would have seen it explode onto the news, especially with how desperate we are all becoming for transfers to happen at the club.However, Arsene Wenger’s words do suggest that a deal may be close.

He said, “There is nothing concrete yet.”

Gustavo who predominately acts as a defensive midfielder is also quite versatile and so he’d prove to be an effective option across the pitch. Many see him as the perfect realistic option to fit our problems in the middle of the park and I couldn’t agree more. He would steady our defence and be a rock in midfield, proving to be that effective ball winner and protector that we have been crying out for ever since the Vieira days. The best thing about this possible deal is probably the price, with Bayern supposedly valuating him at a fair £14 million. That’s pretty good for a player of his quality and presumably if the Suarez deal is pulled off as well it would still leave us with a bit of money to spend on a backup goalkeeper and defender.