4 Transfer Deadline-Day Possibilities for Arsenal
There are less than 10 days until the transfer window closes, and Arsenal should still be active.
As we all know by now, the Gunners are short a central defender, and they could also use a defensive midfielder and striker.
However, they have a very limited amount of time remaining to get the player or players they want.
As Arsene Wenger has reiterated many times, a disproportionate amount of transfer activity occurs during the final few days of the window. Here are a few moves that might go down as the deadline nears.
This rumor has only been reported on specious sites like the Daily Mail and is therefore not very likely to materialize. It has, however, been mentioned extensively in the tabloids.
This would be a dream signing for Arsenal and would obviously mitigate many of the attacking problems that stem from Olivier Giroud's ineffectiveness. He would totally transform Arsenal's forward line as soon as he arrived.
Unfortunately, this sounds too good to be true and likely is. Don't hold your breath.
The William Carvalho-to-Arsenal rumor has been simmering all summer, and the Express is one of a few outlets that have revived it recently.
The Portuguese defensive midfielder, who plays for Porto, is extremely strong but also possesses enough technical ability on the ball to fit into Arsenal's midfield. His reported £35 million transfer fee will have to be reduced if Arsenal are going to sign him though.
Arsenal would prosper with a proper defensive midfielder, but Arsene Wenger's love of both Mikel Arteta and his checkbook will likely scuttle this move. It is a salivating prospect, though, and it is not utterly out of the realm of possibility.
Lukas Podolski Leaving the Club
Reports that Lukas Podolski is on the verge of securing a move away from the Emirates Stadium have been rampant in the last week or so. Credible outlets like the Guardian are now linking him to Juventus after he did not make the squad against Everton last weekend.
Though fans and players alike seem to like the lighthearted Podolski, he never quite seemed to mesh with Arsene Wenger's style of play. His goals-to-minutes ratio is unbelievable, but it seems that he either scores or is anonymous.
Podolski is still a very important part of the squad, though, and he is unlike any other player in it. The money received for him will only be worthwhile if it is reinvested in his replacement.
Arsenal desperately need a center-back, and Kostas Manolas is the only one on this list.
The Daily Mail reported that Manolas was left out of Olympiacos' season opener, despite apparently being fully fit. It certainly raises questions, and one can only hope that Arsenal are in for some center-back, even if it is not the Greek.
Manolas would be a young and cheap solution to Arsenal's depth problem at the back, and he would fill a critical need. In this position, it does not matter whether the Gunners get the player they want most, as long as he can do a job in a pinch.