Arsenal To Announce New Signing Before Sunday

Gabriel’s injury, sustained Arsenal’s game with Manchester City this Sunday past has left Arsene Wenger with a big problem ahead of the start of the Premier League this weekend. Another pre-season injury to Per Mertesacker in our meeting with Lens several weeks ago, which will leave the German sidelined until 2017 means that Arsene Wenger has a gigantic shortage of available centre backs, with Laurent Koscielny, himself only recently returned from his summer break as the club’s only senior centre back at present.

London Evening Standard reporter James Benge has offered the following on Arsenal’s current plight:

The Telegraph back this up, suggesting that Valencia’s Shkodran Mustafi is top of the Gunners’ emergency wishlist. The German could be subject to a £20m bid very soon with Arsenal clearly needing to rush through a deal not only before the Premier League begins, but before the summer transfer window closes on August 31st. The German international would be a relatively inexpensive option of good quality, with yesterday’s news via Sport Witness that Mustafi skipped training this week suggesting that not all is rosy for the player in Spain.

West Bromwich Albion’s Jonny Evans is also mentioned in The Telegraph’s piece:

“Arsenal are also interested in Jonny Evans, but West Bromwich Albion are insistent that it would take far more that the £15 million the Gunners are believed to be prepared to pay to tempt them to sell the former Manchester United man.”

On the face of it, a deal for Evans shouldn’t be too difficult to complete, but Albion helped to resurrect the former Manchester United defender’s career, and the sizeable global television struck by the Premier League and shared between all 20 clubs in the division mean that clubs outside of the traditional Champions League teams have less of a financial reason to sell. But Arsenal could do worse than to pay up for Evans, given this rich experience in English football, and the Northern Irishman is reportedly keen on a deal.

Should Arsenal get particularly desperate, Manchester City are looking to offload Eliaqium Mangala this summer. The Frenchman has not been registered for City’s Champions League squad along with Salir Nasri and Wilfried Bony, which suggests that Pep Guardiola is keen on offloading the trio.

If that’s the case, then City may be willing to do a cut-price deal in order to get Mangala off their books before the transfer window shuts. Wenger has options in his search for a centre back, regardless.

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  1. A fish rots from the head down. And that what happening to Arsenal. It’s starts at the board who are only interested in money. Then you get Wenger who is just a useless Manager. 20 years in the Champions League. Have he ever won it…….NO. So what use is it. 12 years without a leage title. We need a striker for Years. The hole world knows it except Wenger. The Day Wenger leaves is the day I support Arsenal again. He is the most over rated useless Manager I have ever seen.

    1. With supporters like you, who needs enemies? Arsenal are the best run club in the league with a top manager, a board that understands both the competitive nature of the league and the need to run a stable business in order to compete. Before last season everyone was screaming about transfers and Arsenal only signed one player, a goalkeeper. That the keeper in question was Petr Cech, one of the five best in the world didn’t seem to matter to the transfer ‘experts’. Arsenal then added Elneny in January. Both of those transfers have been key contributors.

      Now, let’s look at Manchester United’s spending in the same season. They brought in 6 first team players (Martial, Schweinsteiger, Darmian, Romero, Depay, and Schneiderlin) for a total of €146 million. This is on the back of the previous season where another 6 first team players (Di Maria, Shaw, Rojo, Herrera, Blind, and Falcao on loan) were brought in for a total of €186 million. The year before that they brought in Fellaini and Mata for €77 million. They finished out of the Champion’s league three seasons ago, one place behind Arsenal two seasons ago and last season, three places behind Arsenal. At the time of his hiring plenty of pundits predicted Arsenal’s doom as United brought in a top, top manager in van Gaal while Arsenal were sticking with poor old Arsene Wenger.

      This year United has spent another €185 million Euros on four more first team players (Pogba, Bailly, Ibrahimovic, and Mkhitaryan). When you look at each of these players individually, many of the Wenger Out Mob were up in arms that Arsenal failed to sign them, let them slip through their fingers, or dithered in wasted the opportunity to sign them.

      Of the 14 first teamers signed by United in the last three seasons, as many as nine are not wanted at United any longer; Falcao is gone, Di Maria is gone, and Schweinsteiger, in a display of utter lack of respect has been sent to train with the youth team. Schneiderlin, Herrera, Darmian, Blind, Mata, and Depay have had their roles reduced the point of squad players, while Shaw spent a whole year out injured after an up and down first year at Old Trafford. Fellaini is rumored to be on his way out, while Rojo doesn’t seem to figure in Mourinho’s plans either. Of Manchester United’s previous €409 million the only player still starting for United consistently is Anthony Martial.

      With Mourinho in charge at United Arsenal are given no chance to beat him, even after he led his Chelsea team, the same players that won the title the year before, to 17th place before he was sacked.

      Now, Arsenal may not win the title and Manchester United might. But if Arsenal spent €400 million euros over three seasons, on players who weren’t even playing consistently, the team would be bankrupt, titles or no.

      1. fans are not talking about how much to be spent, rather a front man who will give Giroud competition for goals.

  2. The hole world eh?
    Mangala would be a great addition. He has had his problems settling at City but is a terrific athlete and at a sensible price somewhere under half what they paid for him, he knows the league, needs a new start and could be the answer. Somehow I don’t see City offloading him to one of their closest rivals. The rumour mill has him going to Spain on a 12 month loan deal.

  3. Arsenal need a center back. They might even need two center backs, depending on how ready Chambers is judged to be. Mustafi seems to be still in the mix and he seems a reasonable option. Koulibali from Napoli is a beast, but he’s under contract for a long time and they want £50 million for him. John Stones is a similar options. Mangala is not seemingly in Pep’s plans and he is a specimen who did play well at times, but would City sell him to Arsenal?

    A striker would be nice but the options the club have available, Alexis, Walcott, Giroud, and Akpom are good. Lacazette seems a good signing but if Arsenal sign him for £50 million and he isn’t scoring goals at once the same people demanding Arsene Wenger sign him will be screaming about what a flop he is and what an idiot Arsene Wenger is for signing such a crap player.

    Icardi seems like a nightmare in soccer boots. His agent is his wife who can’t keep out of the press and Arsene Wenger hates nothing more virulently than players spouting off about their contracts and levels of happiness in the press except maybe people that talk about his transfer business before the deals are done.

    None of the other strikers who would make Arsenal better look available, especially at prices that don’t defy all reason. Morata looks set to stay and back up Benzema at Real Madrid whether he likes it or not. Greizeman just signed a five year extension at Atletico Madrid, Pierre Emerick Aubameyang is signed through 2020 at Dortmund, Cavani is at PSG and is finally getting to play at the #9 with Zlatan gone so why would he leave? PSG certainly don’t need the money. Higuain moved to Juventus for ridiculous money for a 29 year old (Napoli were stupid to sell him to an in league rival) and 34 year old Zlatan Ibrahimovic is getting £260,000 per week at United. Romelu Lukaku is under contract for three more years and Everton want £75 million for a player who scored one league goal more than Giroud.

    Some options that haven’t been discussed; Christian Benteke, but Liverpool are demanding £32.5 million on a player who isn’t even training with the team. Saido Berahino, who also looks like a slimmer, younger Mario Balotelli. Wilfried Bony has been mentioned lately but he has not done well in a substitute/ spot-starter role which is likely what he’d see at Arsenal.

    Walcott, Alexis, and Akpom all look as likely to contribute to Giroud’s usual 20+ goals per season as any of the other truly viable options.

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