It looks as though after leaving their transfer business to the last possible day of the window last summer, Arsene Wenger is making moves to strengthen his Arsenal squad a lot earlier this time around; news that is sure to be met with relief by those who frequent the Emirates stadium.
Getting players in early will be crucial to the Gunners getting off to a profitable start in the 2014/15 season. Arsenal operate under a set of tailored stylistic mantras and as such, the longer these new players get before the new season to acclimatise to this bespoke style of play, the better.
It’ll also gives the new players a much more extended opportunity to get to know their teammates and for supporters, it means that they can sit back and enjoy the final knockings of the transfer window, safe in the knowledge that your team conducted their business early and won’t have to indulge in the raucous scramble for players.
If reports are to be believed the Gunners are on the verge of making two very astute signings. Here’s the very latest on both potential transfers.
Mathieu Debuchy Confirms Arsenal Switch
The Newcastle United full-back has admitted that he will be donning the red of Arsenal next season. When quizzed on a transfer by a reporter from TF1 television (h/t Metro), Debuchy said “yes, I will be joining Arsenal for next season.”
The admission from the Frenchman comes after reports that the Gunners and Newcastle had agreed a fee in the region £7.9 million, per L'Equipe (h/t Metro), and the 28-year-old looks likely to be the heir apparent to compatriot Bacary Sagna, who has left the Emirates for Manchester City.
In Debuchy, Arsenal will be getting a player that is well acquainted with the demands of English football and a defender that is vastly experienced in both European and international football. He has grown into his role at Newcastle after initially struggling for form on Tyneside, and he should be capable of seamlessly slotting in to compensate for the loss of Sagna.
A little rash at times, Wenger will have to work with Debuchy to help eradicate his undesirable patent for diving into tackles. But having already showcased a willingness to grow as a player during his time in England, expect the Frenchman to blossom when he gets into the swing of things at the Emirates.
Gunners Closing In On Alexis Sanchez
Arsenal look to be increasingly close to striking a deal for the Chile international, after various reports have emerged suggesting that a deal is close to being agreed with Barcelona.
According to Jeremy Wilson and Chris Bascombe of The Telegraph, a deal in principle already exists between the two clubs, despite Sanchez’s representatives holding talks with Liverpool on Thursday about being part of a transfer that would see the Reds’ Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez move to Catalonia.
Elsewhere, Spanish newspaper Vozpopuli (h/t Metro) report that La Blaugrana are keen on swiftly completing a deal with the Gunners for Sanchez in order to raise funds for their pursuit of Suarez. According to the piece, the Catalans are hoping to recoup a fee of £26 million for their Chilean forward.
If a deal was to eventually go through, here’s what the Arsenal faithful could look forward to next season:
The Mirror’s John Cross thinks that if Arsenal can structure a deal for both Sanchez and Debuchy then they could be well on their way to a title challenge:
Sanchez is a player that would add a wonderful new edge to this Arsenal attack. He’s a scintillating player to watch, capable of dribbling past people with ease, using his raw pace to best opponents and even finding pockets of space to thread intelligent passes into opponents.
His clinical finishing will also come in handy for the Gunners, Sanchez netted 19 times in La Liga last season per, WhoScored.com.
With Liverpool still clearly interested and with Manchester United also reportedly set to reignite their pursuit of the player, per James Dickenson of the Express, Wenger would be wise to get a deal done quickly. Once it’s secured, the Gunners can look forward to an exciting 2014/15, with Sanchez spearheading their charge toward major honours.