At the stage of the transfer window where things are beginning to get interesting, we look at some of the week’s biggest stories to see if there’s any fire beneath the smoke.
With Wenger admitting that he is on the hunt for a defender, quotes from Gomis’s agent in Metro this week suggesting that Arsenal have been in contact comes as a bit of a surprise – especially considering that Arsenal let Lukas Podolski and Yaya Sanogo leave on loan as there was too much competition.
A striker signing in this window would be a very bizarre move for Arsenal (and strange for Swansea to let him leave after Wilfried Bony has gone) and with that in mind I’m pretty confident that this rumour is absolute rubbish. On top of that – if Arsenal were to go for a striker, given his contract situation, age, form and likely cost it would probably be Danny Ings.
A £63 million transfer deal you say? In the January transfer window? And we are talking about Arsenal? I have very little question that Arsenal would be / are interested in both Mats Hummels and Ilkay Gundogan, but Hummels will want to see out the season with Borussia Dortmund to make sure that they are safe from relegation, whilst Gundogan has just returned from 14 months out and Arsenal are likely to wait until the summer to make a move so that he can prove his fitness.
Gundogan is also not really the defensive style of midfielder that Arsenal need, but with Mikel Arteta’s and Mathieu Flamini’s contracts both due to expire, there could well be space in Arsenal’s squad for another midfielder.
The Express cashed in on Wojciech Szczesny’s drop in form, the smoking incident and his father stirring up a bit of trouble this week by linking Arsenal with a move for Genoa’s ‘next Gigi Buffon’ Mattia Perin. A highly rated goalkeeper, Perin is the understudy to Buffon for the Italian national team and has been winning praise for his performances for a number of seasons.
There is no question that Wenger will know who Perin is, or that he will have had him watched at some point. However with Wenger saying that he already has three top goalkeepers at the club (and only one can play at once) and taking into account how much Wenger has invested in Szczesny since he joined the club – the chances of Szczesny leaving are slim, and the chances of Wenger replacing him from elsewhere are even slimmer (there are a number of great prospects within the club as well).