After seeing City make a quick wrap of their first signing of this summer, Arsenal fans have had their fears over what plans their manager has for the transfer window as amplified as it was when Chelsea signed Costa while Wenger was enjoying the Brazilian sunshine. But rather than keep them in suspense and pull a surprise Sanchez, Arsene Wenger has moved to allay those doubts by confirming his interest in making two additions this window.
“Yes we are more [in the market now]” Wenger said on Arsenal.com
“We have Chambers and we have Bellerin, who is coming on well, and I want to give them a chance as well, but of course we are in the market like many other clubs.”
“We work really hard morning until late night to try to get one or two players in.”
It would seem that one of those players is already very close to being unveiled even as Krystian Bielik is due for a medical on Friday. The 17-year old defensive midfielder has been on the front-burner of Arsenal transfer rumours over the past couple of months and after several haggling sessions between Arsenal and Legia Warsaw, a deal has now been reached for his transfer to Arsenal this month.
But given his age and relative inexperience at the top level, it may be possible to not include him in the list of the expected couple of arrivals. For all we know, the player may have to spend some maturity time with the Arsenal Under-19s and 21s before being fast tracked into the first team. the injury to Mikel Arteta does open the door for him a little, but Francis Coquelin and Mattieu Flamini are still going to be given more first team preference by the manager, even if the battle may be between the younger Frenchman and the arriving teenager long term.
That is unless Wenger still has his sights on another, more established defensive midfielder. There have been several reports suggesting contacts have been made with the representatives of the likes of Morgan Schneiderlin and William Carvalho but whether something will actually come off those rumours still lies in wait.
And who could the defensive target be? Arsenal fans would love to hear that talks are ongoing with either one of Mats Hummels or Sergio Ramos but if wishes were horses, Fabregas would probably not have gone to Chelsea. Realistic targets for the next three weeks lie within the Reid-Van Dijk cycle, as well as some already mentioned overseas possibilities like Loic Perrin. The St. Etienne captain has been doing a good job of leading a slightly less fancied sight into the race for European places in Ligue 1 and has personally admitted of being enticed by the prospect of turning out for the Gunners. Being French and 29, he seems the type of player a man like Wenger would love to trust, only it’s not entirely certain what side of the Squilacci-Silvesre scale he’s on. He’s much better?
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