The manager of Arsenal, Arsene Wenger, is concerned about the huge amount of workload on Olivier Giroud and that’s why he is desperate to sign a quality striker during the mid season transfer window. The players who are believed to be at the top two positions in his wish list are Edin Dzeko from Manchester City and Alexandre Pato from Corinthians.
Wenger had tried to sign Pato in January this year as well, but, he hadn’t succeeded as the 24 years old forward had decided to sign for Corinthians, a Brazilian club.
According to some of the reports, Corinthians would be ready to let Pato go during the mid-season transfer window at a transfer fee of about 10 million Pounds.
As far as Dzeko is concerned, he is believed to be unhappy at Manchester City because of the lack of playing time. He wants to play regularly so that he remains fit and in good form ahead of the World Cup campaign of his national team Bosnia & Herzegovina. He will definitely be willing to make a move to the Emirates Stadium if City allows him to do so.
Apart from these two players, there are some other guys too who are on the radar of Arsene Wenger. Those guys are Fernando Llorente, Karim Benzema, Javier Hernandez and Luis Suarez.
Although, Arsenal is leading the Premier League points table at the moment but, there are not too many people who are backing them to become the champions eventually. Most of the people reckon that Arsene Wenger’s side hasn’t had the depth which is necessary to win a tournament like Premier League. But, if Arsenal manages to make a couple of good signings during the mid-season transfer window, those people might have to change their mind.
Arsenal have made a great start to the Premier league season and are currently top of the table with a five-point advantage. They go into the weekend’s match against Manchester United at Old Trafford with a real opportunity to extend their advantage. They have been in great form recently, while it is especially better away from home where they are 15 matches unbeaten. A lot has been spoken about the summer signings like Mesut Ozil, who have cost the club in excess of £ 40 million, but Arsene Wenger has reminded everyone that the core of the team is still very young.
Wenger has often been criticised for sticking with youngsters, but he is hoping that the current crop of youngsters at Arsenal do a ‘Manchester United 1992′. After struggling for several years, Sir Alex Ferguson decided to bring in many youngsters like Gary Neville, Ryan Giggs, and David Beckham into the team. This was a move that was criticised during the time, but what followed has been history. Wenger has pointed to the fact that players like Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will probably make Arsenal equal the feats of the famous 1992 United youngsters.
Arsenal go into the weekend match with an eight-point advantage over United.
“I thought when seeing United’s side in ’92 it was important in the long term to have a British base, a team that cared for each other. United had David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, the Neville brothers and Nicky Butt. They grew up together and pushed that extra muscle because they cared for each other. We have that now. It was on my mind when we signed all our British players on long contracts,” said Wenger ahead of the match.
Arsenal come on the back of a morale boosting 1-0 win over Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League.
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Arsenal have been heavily linked with a move for Liverpool striker Luis Suarez after having two bids rejected recently. The latest bid was in excess of £ 40 million, which would have broken Arsenal’s transfer record quite easily. Their current record stands at a mere £ 17 million. Arsenal are under pressure to make a big signing in order to pacify the fans, who have seen the likes of Tottenham and Liverpool strengthen substantially in the last few weeks. Liverpool and Tottenham are expected to be the major challengers along with Arsenal for the final fourth place.
Arsenal have not won the Premier league trophy in the last nine years. However, manager Wenger has always sounded extremely confident about the chances of Arsenal winning a trophy at the start of the new season. It is no different this time around, as the Frenchman believes that Arsenal have enough quality in their ranks to win the title. He has also said that the arrival of Suarez will not determine the outcome of Arsenal’s season. Suarez managed to score 30 goals following last season despite being suspended for several matches.
After the loss of Robin van Persie, Arsenal struggled to score the vital solitary goal in several matches last season.
“You know me well enough to come to your own conclusions over this, but I would like to keep anything we do to ourselves. We have always acted in a fair and respectful way and we will continue to do so. Now we must focus on the players we have – and this team can win the Premier League title. We will treat every transfer with the rules we have always done until now. That is our club. At the moment, that is where we are,” said Wenger after the 2-1 defeat against Galatasaray in a friendly.
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Arsenal are believed to be keen on strengthening the midfield before the end of the transfer window. The constant injury problems faced by Jack Wilshere left Arsenal with a major gap to fill last season. Wenger has identified this position as something that can be strengthened between now and the end of the transfer window. Arsenal have been following a number of players like Marouane Fellaini of Everton and German international Lars Bender. However, they are yet to make a concrete offer for these players. Arsenal legend Stewart Robson has said that Wenger should not waste much time in making an offer for Fellaini.
The 25-year-old Belgian international has widely been linked with a move away from Everton after the departure of David Moyes. Chelsea were extremely keen on the midfielder, who provides a huge physical presence in the midfield. He is also capable of playing as a striker when needed as well. His versatility and other factors make him an ideal player for Arsenal according to Robson. Arsenal will be entering into their ninth year without a major trophy, and the pressure on Wenger is certainly growing rapidly than before.
Arsenal are thought to have made an official contact with Bayern Leverkusen over the £ 20 million rated Bender, but Robson is of the opinion that Fellaini offers much more than the German.
“Arsenal need a real strong backbone in that midfield. I would get Fellaini if he’s available. I’ve seen him play many different roles for Everton. He’s not going to be an expansive passer but Arsenal have got those expansive players, they need to now get a balance between the creative side and the more destructive side, you can’t have one without the other,” said Robson about the Belgian, who scored 11 goals for Everton last season.