Since I last posted about transfers a lot has happened. Sahin moved to Liverpool after Arsenal pulled out of negotitiations. But you know that already.
More recently, we sold Henri Lansbury to Nottingham Forest for £1m, a player with great potential but never flourished at the top end of the game leaving him with multiple loan spells: West Ham, Norwich and Sheffield Wednesday. Not a bad price for him I’d say.
We also found out today that Theo had rejected a contact extension after he wanted £95k or £100k a week, depending on the source. Arsenal were only willing to offer £75k maximum and told him if he couldn’t accept that he could go. With Arsenals policy this is somewhat understandable; we stand so firm and stubborn on wages, so why would we make an inconsistent, mediocre (thus far) player, one of the highest paid at the club. Wenger and Walcott had a meeting later on today though, and a short-term agreement has been made where Theo won’t be sold this window, but won’t be signing a new contract YET.
I personally expect to see him sign a new contract, where both parties compromise ie he’ll get £85-90k a week. Which I think is reasonabe on a long-term contract.
Defence looks sharp and I’m happy with that, and with Jack Wilshere returning hopefully sooner rather than later (touch wood) the midfield looks good, although without him it’s questionable. Diaby isn’t doing much for me. And we’re in need of a replacement for Song, but it doesn’t look there’s much activity on that front. M’Vila is the biggest link we have but it’s seeming more and more unlikely by the day. Tottenham are the only team to make a bid for him.
Upfront I think there’s an issue. Podolski and Giroud need time apparently but how long will it take? We need goals, and Gervinho isn’t good enough in my opinion either. Some of you may rate him, but he doesn’t produce enough good performances/goals/assists. I firmly believe we need to bring someone else in, in that area.
We’ve been heavily linked with Newcastle’s French Midfielder, Yohan Cabaye, with rumours suggesting we’ve made a £15m bid for him, using the money we got for Song. I can’t see us spending that much on that type of player though. I’ll let you decide how true that one is.
Ian Wright has said we should sign Jermaine Defoe, sparking rumours about him joining but I highly doubt Wenger would go for him or listen to what Wrighty has to say. He’s in favour at Spurs at the moment at least, and he won’t be cheap. Or good value for money in terms of goal to game ratio. Which is obviously important (especially to Wenger). He lacks technical ability that Wenger craves in his Strikers too. Rule this rumour out.
Other transfer rumours suggest we’re keeping tabs on Dzeko, Tiote, Rangel, Navas and Isco.
One or two of the seven players mentioned would be a dream. But often at Arsenal dreams rarely reach reality.