Arsene Wenger insists that Arsenal don’t need to panic in the transfer market, although we are actively looking for players.
Arsenal’s transfer activity – or lack thereof – has been quite a talking point this summer. After initially signing Granit Xhaka before the Euros, it looked as if we were going to get our business done nice and early. However, since then, we’ve signed a young Japanese striker, who may or may not be going out on loan, and a centre-back from Bolton. With all due respect – Holding in particular is hugely promising – I don’t think these were the big name signings Gooners were hoping for.
The boss stands by the claim that he’s still in the market for a defender and a striker, although who, we don’t know.
“It’s not the prices, it’s the players,” Wenger said, following Arsenal’s 8-0 win over Viking FK.
“At the moment I’m focused on the players we have. Today we didn’t have Ramsey, Xhaka, Alexis – he will play on Sunday. We still have Ozil at home, and Giroud and Koscielny too. We also have young players who came on and did well. We do not have to panic but we are on alert in the transfer market so that we can make the right move when the opportunity comes up.”
Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette seems to be the best bet, if I was going to put money on a striker we’re going to buy, but even that ship seems to be drifting into the distance. There’s wide-man Riyad Mahrez, who I’m sure will stay at Leicester. And Valencia defender, Shkodran Mustafi.
If I was going to throw two names out there, I’d say Lacazette and Mustafi but who knows at this point? I know Wenger is insistent on the club ‘not panicking’ but they still need to at least look as if they’re trying!