The Window is Closed.. or is It?
The transfer window closed at midnight last night and our inactivity in the market has been overshadowed by the £65M transfers completed in Manchester last night. But the market is not completely closed, though the options are few and far between.
Wenger can still sign a couple of players, that is players who are free agents. Whilst they cannot play in the Champions League group stages, they are eligible for all domestic tournaments.
Two players who we can get on a free are Alexi Smertin and Stephen Appiah.
Smertin is 33 years old and was released by Fulham. If we are looking for another experienced body he could do a job, probably not a very good one over a long period of time.
The other excites me, Stephen Appiah the Ghanaian player has been released by Fenerbahce. He is 28 years old and captain of Ghana. He could prove a great signing. He is a strong, athletic player, will stiffen up the midfield.
Appiah may be a player that Wenger could go for, even though he had his heart set on Alonso for whom we had a £14M bid turned down last night by Liverpool. Appiah will play for Ghana this Friday against Libya, he has indicated that he will decide on his future after that match. West Ham and Portmsouth are reportedly interested in him, though I assume that Wenger having missed out on players will have one eye on the Ghana game this Friday and will be ready to pounce.