Irrespective of the story behind the scenes, Arsene Wenger, seems to be fighting a losing battle in the transfer window.
Currently, the battle for England starlet Ademola Lookman is not yet over and Arsenal fans have been embracing the rumour that AC Milan are also in pursuit of another alleged Arsenal target, Real Madrid star Isco.
In line with news form the Spanish outlet AS, the Serie A club has planned to grab the midfielder from the Santiago Bernabeu using the €300m allocated to refurbish their squad. As we approach the opening matches of the 2016-17 season, Arsenal’s Premier League odds could drop if the Italian giants spend the €37m for to seize 24-year-old Spaniard.
Arsene Wenger’s alleged hunger for Isco has been clear in the last few weeks given the press coverage but their need is greater elsewhere.
Arsenal will start their Premier League title campaign without senior centre backs. Gabriel suffered an ankle injury in their last preseason match against Manchester City, which will rule him out for up to six weeks. Per Mertesacker is also out until 2017, making Wenger’s need for a strong center back a minimal requirement.
With the manager confirming the absence of Laurent Koscielny in their opening match of the 2016-17 EPL season against Liverpool on Sunday, Arsenal have to make drastic changes by employing their new signing, Rob Holding, likely alongside Calum Chambers.
Wenger admitted that his defence still has holes to fill even though Laurent has already resumed training but the Reds may come to soon for their weakened defence. Liverpool have been strong in preseason, even beating the untouchable Barcelona team with a 4-nil thumping. They did, however, follow that up with a heavy defeat to Mainz. It’s swings and roundabouts, but they do look strong and more like a Klopp team.
When it comes to the search for potential strikers, Ademola Lookman, the 18-year-old England forward, has caught the attention of many Premier League clubs.
Arsenal, Liverpool, Southampton and Tottenham are reportedly in hot pursuit of the Charlton striker.
During the Under-19 championship games last month, all the above-mentioned clubs sent scouts to watch the teenager as he played. However, after Charlton realised big clubs want their star youngster, the signed him to a contract earlier this year.
However, big clubs like to spend big money in their bid to sign the wonder kid from his current club before the closure of the transfer window.
The only option for fans is to wait and see how the mystery all unfolds. That is perhaps the hardest part.