The transfer window has only had about 24 hours since opening on the 3rd of January but there is already much happening in and around the Emirates to suggest the month will see us do some activity on the market, with the ‘reliable’ report that there are four midfielders on Arsenal’s radar, with a selection process ongoing to land a quarter of them.
The source? Tony Leen, the Irish Examiner’s sports editor who is believed to have some pedigree in breaking insider’s information on events being pondered within the top circles around London Colney, especially as it relates to transfers. He made this known via a tweet posted on Saturday evening:
“For what it’s worth; reliable insider says four midfielders are on Arsenal radar in January two in PL, two in Europe. Says they’ll only buy 1”
– Tony Leen (@tonyleen)
No prizes for guessing what the responses were. With the categories in mind, there was no shortage of guesses as to whom these targets could be, and of course these were made based on the rumours we’ve been bombarded with over the past 12 months. Sissoko, Schneiderlin, Fabian Delph and Everton’s James McCarthy were the most suspected Premier League targets, while Khedira and Carvalho were the obvious ones to be repeated as the others from Europe.
For all we know, it could be a farcical tweet based on false information but on the apparent authority of the acclaimed Leen, we might as well lean on something that could give hope of a possible resolution to our defensive midfield. Wenger has used not less than 5 players in that role within the first six months of this season so far – Arteta, Flamini, Diaby, Coquelin and Chambers – and neither has done enough to cancel a need for Wenger to go shopping for one.
There will be various criteria for the club to consider in the search for the chosen one and you feel it’s not a decision that will be made in haste. Where the likes of Schneiderlin and McCarthy have earned reputations as being always dependable for their clubs in the Premier League, Carvalho is rated as a potential world beater in the coming years, and there is no downplaying the significance of Sami Khedira’s Champions League and World Cup medals of 2014.
Still, there are the less fancied names who may only have been first heard by most gooners when their names popped up in the lottery box. Saint Etienne’s captain, Loic Perrin – who is basically a defender but can do well in defensive midfield – has been tipped as being the one Wenger will saddle with the responsibility of giving more shield to his back four.
And for a temporary fix, there is Atletico Madrid’s Mario Suarez who is being reported as in the frame for a potential loan switch. Like Perrin, he is 29 but has more experience in major competitions having had a role to play in Diego Simeone’s successful team last season.
So many linked, but we can only get one. There’s a book, ‘The Beautiful Ones are not yet born’. Maybe the one is yet to be linked, even.
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