Arsenal fans hoping for a late flurry in the transfer market will be disappointed to acknowledge major blows in the club's reported quest to sign Marco Reus and Kostas Manolas.
Arsene Wenger may be forced to accelerate a deal for Loic Remy, however, after Olivier Giroud picked up a potentially serious injury during the side's 2-2 draw with Everton.
Reus has always appeared unlikely to leave Borussia Dortmund despite reports suggesting the Gunners had agreed to a deal for the German international before his recent injury kept him out of the World Cup, per Vozpopuli and via Metro.
While this never came to fruition, Jurgen Klopp has one again insisted he isn't willing to lose his key man. "I can tell you I have a great feeling regarding Marco Reus' future at Borussia Dortmund," Klopp said, per the Deutsche Presseagentur and via Thomas Zocher of Sky Sports. "Marco will definitely be around at our club for quite a while."
Wenger's need for additional firepower looks to have galvanised over the weekend, which saw Giroud sustain a worrying foot injury during the trip to Goodison Park. The Frenchman put in an excellent shift from the bench against Everton and scored the equalising goal, but Sami Mokbel of the Daily Mail indicates he could be on the sideline for quite some time:
Sportsmail understands the 27-year-old will miss at least the next two weeks, putting him out of the clash against Slaven Bilic’s side (Besiktas) and Sunday’s visit to Leicester, and there are even fears he has suffered a broken foot, which would rule him out for months rather than weeks.
Should Arsenal invest in Loic Remy?
Mokbel touts Remy as a possible replacement and suggests Wenger will "scrap the sale" of Lukas Podolski if Giroud is to spend significant time away. While Remy's £8.5 million buyout clause represents value for money, his alleged £90,000-per-week demands could pose a problem for Wenger. A compromise may have to be made if this transfer is to go ahead.
Remy has appeared in both of Queens Park Rangers' Premier League fixtures this season. Both he and the newly promoted team are yet to score, suggesting he could be in for a frustrating year at Loftus Road. The pacey forward netted 14 times in 26 displays while on loan at Newcastle last term and is used to regularly contributing in England's top flight.
Arsenal certainly appear well-suited to the player's style. Remy's speed could see him make defence-splitting runs ahead of midfielders such as Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey and Santi Cazorla, who are always looking to play a killer pass. He is a clinical finisher and would finally provide the North London club with a genuine threat to Giroud's place in the team.
While Yaya Sanogo has been preferred, and Alexis Sanchez inexplicably started as a lone striker against the Toffees, Giroud's performance highlighted his importance. Remy would allow Arsenal to play a duo of strikers when needed, but most importantly, he has the potential to be a starter in his own right.
Calum Chambers has already shown the importance of Wenger signing players who can contribute right away, having stepped into Arsenal's back line with real confidence. His place looked like it could come under threat from the potential signing of Manolas, per Wayne Veysey of Goal.com. However, it now seems the Greek centre-back is set on a move to Roma.
Italian newspaper Corriere Dello Sport reported the potential transfer, per 101 Great Goals:
It is said the Serie A club are recruiting Manolas as a replacement for Mehdi Benatia, who is on the verge of joining Bayern Munich or Monaco, according to a report translated by 101 Great Goals. Roma are used to signing developing talents and will look to snap up a player who could add real depth to Arsenal's defensive numbers.
Football writer Graeme Bailey indicates a repeated story is at the centre of Wenger not getting his man:
Kostas Manolas is now very much in Roma's sights after his move to Arsenal broke down - they could not agree terms with Olympiakos.— Graeme Bailey (@GraemeBailey) August 26, 2014
As already mentioned with Remy, Arsenal's inability to agree on personal terms has seen this deal break down. Many supporters will also look to a similar situation surrounding Sami Khedira, reported by John Cross of the Mirror. Wenger, like many, may be forced to overpay when addressing his squad's needs.
At this point, further news on Giroud's injury is key to the rest of Arsenal's transfer business. There's simply no way Wenger can escape adding another striker if the former Montpellier man is set for a long lay-off. The Gunners have bought well this summer, but it seems further acquisitions are becoming more necessary as time ticks on.