Arsenal Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of August 5
Any Internet-browsing Arsenal fan will be bombarded with transfer rumors during every online sojourn this summer. Most will be false, and many of those will neglect the team's actual needs.
So where do the Gunners actually have to improve this summer?
While Arsenal are not quite as bad as some of the more pessimistic pundits would have you believe, their fourth-place finish—and struggle to get there—indicates that there is ample room for additions to the squad.
Let's look at who is rumoured to be entering or departing the Emirates Stadium.
Mikel Arteta Rejoins the Restless Contingent
Mikel Arteta has made another appearance on the list of Arsenal players that have called for significant investment by their club in the transfer market this summer.
If the club can target players who will improve the team they are going to be very welcome because that is what we want — a better team, better players to compete and win trophies.
The club is working on that. It is in their hands and I am sure they are going to do it.
This is the eighth time this summer, according to the source, that an Arsenal player has gone on record imploring his club to sign big names.
Ashley Williams' Move Back On?
Arsenal's extraordinary defensive lack of depth might necessitate a move for long-rumored target Ashley Williams.
The Gunners' rivals Chelsea have four world-class centre-backs, but they only can call on two at the moment: Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny.
Both are fit and extremely capable, but the idea that this situation is sustainable, even when Thomas Vermaelen returns from injury, is ludicrous.
So it makes sense that John Cross of the Mirror would report that Arsenal are ready to resume their pursuit of Swansea's captain, who is the sort of versatile and technical defender that would easily integrate into Arsene Wenger's current system.
If the Swans do not demand too exorbitant a price, this is actually a semi-realistic transfer story.
Luis Suarez Ready to Push Through a Move to Arsenal
Here is the latest chapter of the Luis Suarez transfer saga, in brief.
Arsenal have been posturing and negotiating for weeks, and after a brief lull in news, it appears that talks might be nearing a climax.
As Andy Dunn of the Sunday Mirror reports:
Both Arsenal and Liverpool fans will want this story to come to some sort of resolution as soon as possible. Perhaps we might be treated to an answer this week.