You wanted a defensive midfielder? Krystian Bielik. Check.
A defender? Gabirel Paulista, Check.
So then, Arsene Wenger can make a claim that he is delivered on the major needs for the transfer window and while Bielik was not exactly the established ‘Matic’, the majority of gooners are positively resigned to the fact that Francis Coquelin can dovetail with Mathieu Flamini to do the job till the end of the season.
That’s the much awaited transfer window business wrapped up with five days to spare. Or not?
Since the Gabriel rumours became real and on the ranks of possibility, there have been a noticeable decline in links for potential players who could arrive the Emirates. obviously, the Gunners have not been alone in trying to buy players and so the chances of sneaking one more in has been made even tighter.
Marcelo Brozovic has signed for Inter, as has Xherdan Shaqiri. M’bame Niang has gone to Genoa while Roma’s Mattia Destro has moved the other way to Milan. All four have been loan deals. Paulo Dybala and Paco Alcacer, two hugely promising center forwards have been offered new deals at Palermo and Valencia respectively, while Fabian Delph will continue at Aston Villa till 2019.
That’s not the list of all of the targets reviewed as you will need much more than your current data subscription to read all of it. Basically, most are now unavailable, unless for a fair few who could yet give us that exciting finale on deadline day.
The Newcastle midfielder has basically asked Wenger to get him out of St. James’s Park but Le Prof seems not have been reading the papers. Of a truth, Arsenal are not presently under the scourge of injuries that left the midfield bare to its bones around November. Rosicky and Cazorla are flying while Ramsey looks fresh and ready to help Coquelin maintain a steady engine room. But then, Sissoko is quite an exciting player, full of energy and so willing to play for Arsenal. Wenger has not always answered the SOS, some have said, but something could happen within the final 24 hours to see Arsenal with a new French midfielder.
£20m was the reported transfer budget for this window and buy your calculations and mine, there is still about the rumoured #3.7m left to sign this versatile Dortmund player. He is 26, and has that characteristic so loved by Wenger which is the ability to play in defence as well as midfield. Debuchy’s injury will see Bellerin and Chambers fight for that spot but maybe a move for Grosskreutz will give the Gunners the assurance that comes with experience. And he can give Coquelin some challenge for his role.
Forget the above two, if there is any deal Wenger must seal before the next transfer window opens, it has to be to do everything to makes sure Arsenal’s only remaining hope of a home-grown striker does not establish a pre-contract agreement with another club. A three-year deal is on the table for him and he must be given enough encouragement to sign it. Having lost Afobe – a decision which may still haunt if Wolves are promoted next season – Chuba is now the future.
But these are our weak guesses anyway, what say you gooners?
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