Arsenal Transfer News: Latest Ins and Outs at the Emirates
As of late, the words "Arsenal" and "Transfer" have left fans aghast when used in the same sentence. They lost their playmaker in Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona, their creative midfielder in Nasri to Manchester City, and last seasons top marksman in Robin van Persie to Manchester United.
While they've also seen signings like Olivier Giroud, Podolski, and midfielder Santi Cazorla, the bad just seem to so heavily outweigh the good for the Gunners, and the fans are not happy.
Here is the latest in transfer news surrounding the London side:
The Schalke 04 striker has been in some form the past few seasons and despite recently signing two big-name strikers, there is still a huge cry for some real potent talent up front. Huntelaar has been linked with a move, but manager Arsene Wenger has got to be willing to spend if the rumors are at all true.
Jesus Navas and Alvaro Negredo
Following the signing of Spanish midfielder Cazorla, who has already proven to be Arsenal's best player on several occasions, Arsenal may look to his ex-teammates Jesus Navas and Alvaro Negredo of Sevilla.
The Spanish club, though successful in recent seasons, are enduring a bit of a financial struggle at the moment and Arsenal—as well as a host of clubs, surely—will be looking to capture their signatures on the cheap.
There have also been rumors, though faint, that Arsenal will look to Real Madrid striker Benzema for help. Once linked with several big English clubs before joining the Spanish champions, he would be great for the club. However, his potential lack of interest and what should likely be a hefty price-tag might spoil their efforts to sign him.
Also, given that he is preferred in the starting eleven for Mourinho, it would seem more likely that Arsenal look to Real's reserve striker in Gonzalo Higuain. Although no real transfer rumors have surfaced with the Argentinian, he seems a quicker striker and a better fit for the Arsenal system.
This is probably the biggest stretch for the Gunners. Falcao is currently in World Player of the Year type form for Atletico Madrid and he has almost single-handedly kept them level with Barcelona in La Liga. Everyone and their mother is in for this striker and despite the club's history, Arsenal is not providing what the quality of Falcao needs at the moment. But they will certainly limp in just in case.
The Brazilian left-back has taken a backseat to preferred back Kieran Gibbs, who has been in excellent form apart from taking a recent knock. As a result, Santos' time has been limited on the pitch and other clubs are monitoring the situation.
The latest says that Santos is ready and willing to compete with this mate Gibbs, but the lure of regular first-team football might be enough to bring him away from the Emirates stadium, which the side could ill-afford.
The still-young midfielder/striker has recently spoken out, saying that he would like to play predominantly in a striker role. Given that his goal-scoring record isn't outstanding, it was a big suggestion.
Following the above-mentioned exodus of the likes of Cesc, Nasri and RVP, Walcott has since been listed as the next to move. Where to? Only time will tell. But there are several clubs willing to take him off of Wenger's hands.
After returning from a one-year loan move to Sunderland, the club re-loaned him, this time to Italian champions Juventus. He has been reportedly unhappy at the big Italian club, but a permanent return to the Emirates stadium does not seem likely nor logical.
He is not the big-name striker that the club needs, plain and simple. While he may not like it, he seemed to thrive best in a mid-table club like Sunderland, where he was able to get regular time and be a go-to talisman. Expect to see him offloaded to a club like that after his current loan spell ends.
With a club the size of Arsenal, hitting below their weight is becoming a real issue. The fans are desperate for their manager, who for so long they have claimed "in Wenger we trust," to sign some real talent.
With a few very real prospects heading out of the club, they need to examine some realistic purchases. Links with Falcao and Benzema are nice for the fans to get excited about, but the reality is they can't currently provide for that talent and it will just lead to greater disappointment for Gooners everywhere.
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