The transfer window is only a few weeks from opening now, and rumours will run into over drive. Arsenal, than any club in England, will be linked with almost every available player on the market, especially if it is a defender or defensive midfielder been displayed in the glass case.
And even where attempts had failed in the past, there will be opportunities to try again. Though not a defensive minded player, Arsenal will look to have a second bite of the cherry with reports according to Metro of another move to bring Italian forward, Alesssio Cerci to the Emirates.
Cerci has not been much used by Diego Simeone, with just 8 appearances this season in all competitions, scoring just once. He has admitted his frustration at this situation and looks to be interested in a move away from Madrid in January.
“We’ll see what happens with Atletico from now until January, I didn’t go to Madrid to not play. I was always relied upon in Italy. I don’t have the patience to sit and stay on the bench,” Cerci said earlier this week.” Cerci was quoted as saying.
The club will feel inclined to let him go as he obviously has become surplus to requirements. Atletico Madrid had need to embark on a mission to strengthen their squad after last season’s overwhelming success, winning the La Liga to break the Real-Barca duopoly of the past decade, while coming within stoppage time seconds of clinching the Champions League. Cerci was part of a massive recruitment which also saw Antoine Griezmann and ex-Bayern Munich star, Mario Mandzukic, join the ranks at the Vicente Calderon Stadium.
Arsenal had been linked with the former Torino star, as well as his strike partner at the time, Ciro Immobile, but while Immobile went to Germany, Cerci chose Spain, after both returned early from the World cup with Italy. While Immobile has enjoyed some good times amidst the calamities currently ensuing in Dortmund – even scoring against us in the Champions Leagu – Cerci has not played even a minority role in Atletico’s successful campaign but in Europe and Spain so far, even if he did score in the 5 – 0 rout over Malmo in September.
The likelihood is that Madrid will be open to a loan offer for him, perhaps with a swap deal involved, but it is doubtful if Wenger would be willing to release any of his first team fringe players who have been regularly perceived as closest to the exit, vis-à-vis Joel Campbell and Lukas Podolski. Both were given only their second starts this season at Istanbul, impressing as they played the full duration of the comprehensive victory.
Wenger has promised to give them more opportunities, limiting any possibility of any move away in the winter.
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