Wenger Dampens Arshavin Hopes
Wenger has never gone public on transfer targets since the doomed attempt to lure Baptista from Sevilla, but Arsene broke with tradition and started to talk openly about Arshavin. Whilst he stated there was no news on any deal, he was hoping a deal will be struck before the end of the end of the window, it will be pointless agreeing a deal after the window!
Arsenal appear reluctant to increase their offer of £10M plus £5M add-ons, whilst Zenit are adamant they want £20M. The player wants to leave and is threatening strike action.
In case we do not buy the player, and the chances of that happening are now more than 50%, Arsene has done his normal talking up the existing players.
He spent some time discussing the absent Rosicky, Walcott and Eduardo. He stated that in the case of Rosicky and Eduardo it is like two new signings. The only problem is that Eduardo is due back in two to three weeks and he is a striker. Our problem is that we cannot create chances for the likes of Eduardo to put away.
Rosicky is not due back until March at the earliest, so he will figure for the tail end of the season, when we could be out of contention for everything. Other absentees are Walcott and Fabregas. Walcott is due to return at the end of February, whilst Fabregas will not come back until March.
The fact that these players will not return until it is too late is the main reason that Arsene has broken with tradition and gone all out for Arshavin. This must be understood by the board and go the extra £2M-£3M to ensure we give Arsene the players he needs.