Arsenal Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of April 7
While Arsenal collapse on the pitch, let's look at a fresh batch of transfer rumours.
Every week brings a slew of new stories about who Arsenal might look to sign or let go during the summer to improve their threadbare squad. The rumor mill will only churn more rapidly as the Gunners' uninspired performances create more demand for hopeful speculation.
Let's get right to it and examine this week's guff.
Arsenal in 'Battle' for 19-Year-Old Sardar Azmoun?
One would think that an unproven 19-year-old Iranian who plays for Rubin Kazan of the Russian Premier League is not the answer to Arsenal's problems.
Don't all get too titillated at once. Azmoun just seems like he would look stunning in red and white, and his Cruyff turn is as slick as the puma that will be emblazoned on Arsenal's shirts next season.
That said, if Arsenal use any resources on trying to sign this kid that could be used on a player who could actually help them, someone deserves to be fired.
Arsene Wenger Reportedly Mum on His Future
In slightly more plausible transfer news, John Cross of the Mirror reports that Arsene Wenger is unwilling to discuss with his players and coaching staff whether he will return for a 19th season with Arsenal.
Considering that the mood around the Arsenal camp is at arguably its lowest point of the season following the team's capitulation to Everton at the weekend, Cross' story does seem suspiciously timely.
Wenger does not seem like the sort of man whose decisions can be influenced by very recent events. However, there has been a lot of suggestion recently that it is about time for the Frenchman to call time on his incredibly successful stint at Arsenal.
Arsenal in Another 'Battle' for Michy Batshuayi
In a revival of an old rumour, the Mirror are linking Arsenal with Belgian youngster Michy Batshuayi.
The striker has been banging in the goals this season for Standard Liege and has apparently drawn the attention of AS Monaco, who will presumably meet Arsenal in a neutral location and spar for Batshuayi's services while the player himself looks on in amusement.
Batshuayi is certainly a very exciting prospect with a considerable amount of raw talent. Any time a young player seems to be able to combine pace and power, big clubs take notice. However, it is absolutely not what Arsenal need right now.