Rumours and Counter-Rumours
Today marks the first working day of the transfer window and already smokescreens are being thrown up everywhere.
Inler was a target in the summer and some newspapers linked us again with the Swiss midfielder , but this is not Arsene’s style and he has confirmed as much on Arsenal’s website. Once rejected he rarely goes back in for a player. For those who remember we were after the de Boer twins but a contractual dispute with Ajax put an end to that transfer and when they became available, Wenger did not even enquire as to their availability.
The Arshavin deal is a game of high stakes poker, Wenger indicated at something happening as did his agent, but both said to be patient. Hill-Wood then rubbished our ability to spend, now Wenger appears determined to push the transfer through, whilst other report have Arshavin’s wages as a major stumbling block. Now that Ivan Gazidis is in the hot seat, expect movement on this transfer this week. Wenger is not concerned by the fact the Arshavin is ineligible for the Champions League this season, he has stated he is looking to make a signing for the long term. Arshavin will be a creative player in the Pires mould.
One player that looks like leaving is Nicklas Bendtner, who has not lived up to expectations nor up to his own hype. He has not helped himself by demanding to play, only to fail everytime he is given the opportunity. Having rejected a move to Spartak Moscow, it is now rumoured that he will be used as part of a swap deal with Matthew Upson moving to Arsenal. Such a move will see a rugged defender come to Arsenal, a player who was very unfortunate with injuries in his first spell at the club.
If Upson joins, this leaves the opportunity for Arsene to let Kolo Toure leave, despite protestations from all concerned, Wenger will not keep a player who no longer has the desire to play for Arsenal. Toure could again be used as bait to lure Stephen Ireland from Manchester City. He would add more weight and fight to our midfield that looks very lightweight.
If Bendter was to leave, then Wenger will look at either Lukas Podolski or Batafembi Gomis. The value of both has fallen since the summer to a more reasonable £9M. Podolski will be the finished article, a proven goalscorer, whilst Gomis is more like the Wenger type of player, young raw talent who has exploded onto the international scene.
Wenger could easily bring in four players for a total outlay of £30M, whilst bolstering all our departments and allowing tow players who have either not made it or in Toure’s case looks like he needs a new challenge. The £30M outlay will balance the books for the last two seasons where our transfer income has been in the region of £65M, whilst we have spent £35.