Transfers IN and Transfers OUT…

It’s Thursday the 1st of July and that means people are now officially signing for their new clubs. Today, Senderos officially joins Fulham. Today Gallas is officially available on a free and today Joe Cole could sign for someone… Therefore, I think it’s time for a round up of transfer activity involving the Arsenal and to take stock of the squad.

Before I do, a small comment on Man City and their recruitment drive. Of course, as you already know, they’ve added Jerome Boeteng and David Silva to their squad, a squad which currently owns Tevez and Robinho, both whom have been pretty damn good at the World Cup. And have virtually sealed a deal for Yaya Toure too. Whilst it’s interesting to see what’s going on up north, and exciting to have those talents join us in the Premier League, there will be a set of players who may be available – possibly Santa Cruz, De Jong, Adam Johnson and Joe Hart… it would be pretty awesome if we managed to get our hands on one or two of them, wouldn’t it…?

But out of cloud cuckoo land and back to reality and back to Arsenal and what we will really do. This summer, I think Arsene has a plan to get rid of some of the dead wood and get in some new blood to freshen up the squad. We saw what the additions of Arshavin and Tommy V have had in terms of quality of the squad. And with Gallas (troublemaker), Sol (stand in) and Silvestre (please go away) leaving the club, coupled with the departure of Senderos (always had a mistake per game in him), it looks like we’re going to revamp the defence.

Transfers IN

Laurent Koscielny

So that’s the first time I’ve written Koscielny’s name without having to copy and paste it. We don’t know much about this guy, but if he turns out to be as good or nearly as good as Tommy V, then we’ve got another gem on our hands. Obviously, Arsene has been tracking him for a while now and all but a medical and an announcement has supposedly taken place. Rumours were that he would be announced today, but if not today, then it will be very soon!

Maroune Chamakh

I’m personally very excited about this signing. I thought highly of the player having seen him play for Bordeaux last season and like most of our signings, he has been on the radar for some time now. Arsene was particularly happy about the signing, talking about his eye for goal and his versatility. He’s 26, has Champions League experience and looks hungry.

Pedro Botelho

A 20 year left winger, who has been out on loan in Spain for the last three years. The club believe a work permit will come through this year and he will be able to join the squad for pre-season. He is a left sided midfielder who can play at left back too – but does have a checkered history and there are questions marks over his attitude. But there are no question marks over his skills – he is the type of player who likes to dribble and take on the player in front of him and I for one, am definitely looking forward to seeing a bit of him this season.

Jack Wilshere

The mercurial English talent that is Jack Wilshere should return to the squad after Arsene rejected the bid from Bolton to keep him on for the next season. He has proved he can cut it with his stint at Bolton and he could definitely add some attacking prowess to our team. We’ll see during pre-season and the Emirates cup how he’s come along and will get some idea of whether Arsene thinks he can cut it this season…!

Harvard Nordtveit

Nordtveit is a central defender whom we sent out on loan to Nurnberg last season. He’s come back this season to rave reviews about his ability. Originally signed from FK Haugesund, he had loan spells with Salamanca and Lillestrom before his impressive stint at Nurnberg. He’s held in high regard and he could be a right old gem. He is back tomorrow to the club and he’ll hopefully take some part against Barnet on July 17th.

Transfers OUT

Fran Merida

The young Spaniard never quite made it at Arsenal. Many people berate the fact he’s left, but he couldn’t get anywhere near the first team in his four year stay, so we have to consider that we’re not losing the best player in the world. We’re losing a young fringe player. I think he’ll go on to do well at Athletico and wish him all the best.

Philippe Senderos

Senderos hasn’t played for us for about 2 years, he’s been out on loan to Everton and on loan to Milan and he’s not quite cut it at those places either. He isn’t really a loss in my eyes, as we’ve not had him for the last two years. We all wish him good luck!

William Gallas

The former captain is officially available on a free and despite his good form last season, I think he’s time is definitely up at the Emirates. Arsene did “try” to keep him, but with £5m per year off the wage bill. A big ego out of the club, a player who is 33 next season and a player that was unpopular with fans and players – it can only be a good thing. If Koscielny can prove himself as an adequate replacement, then we won’t miss the Frenchman whatsoever!

Sol Campbell

Sol came back to the club and did remarkably well in the absence of the injured Gallas, Vermaelen and Djourou – but with Djourou back in the frame after his injury and the signing of Koscielny, Sol looks like he may go in search of first team football up in Scotland with Celtic. I think it’s best for everyone. He’ll be 36 next season and would be fourth in our pecking order.

Mikael Silvestre

Last season, Silvestre was simply a liability – the pure fact he was on the wage bill stopped Arsene playing some of the youngsters who could have done with some game time. Mikael is off to the UAE if reports are to be believed and if Nordtveit does come back into the fold, he’ll be a more than adequate replacement.

Eduardo

Rumours are that he is off to Aston Villa for £5m – and you’ll see that rumour in all the papers today for sure. He’s really struggled for form and I would be sad if he left. I would rather he was loaned out with first team football for 6 months (until Christmas) and then come back after he’s refound his form. I think he’s still got it in him

Who Else?

So if the above transpires, which looks quite likely, then who else do you want to see come in? Would you be happy if we signed Joe Hart and Nigel De Jong from Man City for £20m. Would you be happy with a stop gap in Shwarzer whilst we look at Mannone and Szczesny as future first teamers? Are you happy with no more defenders? Is 4 enough? Especially with an unproven Nordtveit?

More questions than answers…

Til tomorrow…

  • MKhair

    I would love to see Trochowski, Michah Richards, Permetesacker and Gourcuff. Would be good enough to battle any team in the world.

  • http://worldofarsenal Josiah

    great post dev, i really can’t wait to hear about anymore signings we make, when i heard chamakh was official, it gives a slight buzz because he is only gonna make the team better next season, surely? letting the dead wood go and bringing in the likes of copy and paste name, is only gonna make the team better next season, surely? We have so much strength in depth i feel, and i am 100% confident we can win something next season.

  • Pete

    Dev, seeing as Roy Hodgeson is now at Liverpool, do you reckon we’ll sign Schwarzer? Might be worth making an offer for Hangeland too.

    Would be sad to see Eduardo go. He initially signed as a back up striker to Adebayor and RvP anyway, and could in theory earn his place as one of the front three strikers, alongside Chamakh and RvP in a 4-3-3. Hope he does stay and get fully fit.

    The New Home kit was revealed today too: http://www.arsenal.com/news/news-archive/arsenal-new-home-kit-exclusive-gallery

    Lastly, some encouraging words from out captain in The Mirror:

    Fabregas: I may stay at Arsenal after all

    Cesc Fabregas has admitted he is frustrated at being left on the bench in Spain’s World Cup campaign.

    Arsenal captain Fabregas was overlooked again as Spain beat Portugal to march into the World Cup quarter finals.

    Fabregas is facing the frustration again in Saturday’s quarter final with Paraguay as Xavi and Andres Iniesta are guaranteed midfield starting places ahead of him.

    Fabregas said: “I always want to play. I’m not used to sitting on the bench and I want to be playing at this World Cup.

    Cesc Fabregas has admitted he is frustrated at being left on the bench in Spain’s World Cup campaign.

    Arsenal captain Fabregas was overlooked again as Spain beat Portugal to march into the World Cup quarter finals.

    Fabregas is facing the frustration again in Saturday’s quarter final with Paraguay as Xavi and Andres Iniesta are guaranteed midfield starting places ahead of him.

    Fabregas said: “I always want to play. I’m not used to sitting on the bench and I want to be playing at this World Cup.

    “I’m always competitive at everything – even on the PlayStation. But that’s my desire to win and I have that even in training.

    “I’ve never been a player happy to settle for what I have, I always want more. I respect the coach’s decision.

    “I know to be in midfield is going to be difficult because we have a lot of good players but I will never give up.

    “I’ve won a lot of caps but if I’ve not played three quarters of the game then it’s not so valuable to me.

    “I still don’t think my best time for Spain has arrived and I still must carry on working to improve.”

    Fabregas has also insisted that he is focused on the World Cup and will not necessarily leave Arsenal this summer despite Barcelona’s interest.

    Barcelona’s new president Sandro Rosell is expected to come back with a new offer for Fabregas once his term of office begins today.

    Former president Joan Laporta had a £30m bid for Fabregas turned down and the Arsenal captain has told Arsene Wenger face-to-face that he wants to join Barcelona.

    But Fabregas said: “I haven’t said that I will definitely leave Arsenal. Everything is possible. Now I have my head and my focus on the World Cup.

    “I am very pride to be captain of Arsenal and I love the club and have respect for them. It gave me such pride to be made captain.”

  • parsi

    @Pete, I think cesc realises he wont be the no1 like he is at arsenal…his head been defintely turned but if the prospect of being on the bench beckons then i think he will stay with us 1 more year.

  • parsi

    @dev, I think Big Sol looks like he’s off to Celtic to enjoy an easy ending to his career, Fish-Head is going home to the Atlantic Ocean, while Big Willy has not been seen since France’s exit from the World Cup. He is rumoured to be in a mental home. This leaves us with TWO centre-backs in Johan Djourou and Thomas Vermaelen. It that enough for an entire campaign of football? Of course it’s not. with Koscielny signing, and going by my mathematics, that makes three centre-backs at the club. I think Wenger will sign another too. In my opinion TV&Djouoru will start as the first-choice pairing this season. Even though Wenger has just spent £8.1m on Koscielny, but TV is going to be the number one choice next season. He’s earned that title and possibly a crack at the Skippers arm-band if Cesc does leave. Ideally I think Wenger would like Sol Campbell to stay but I can’t see it. If Sol did stay then I doubt we would see another defender joining but as I’ve said it looks like he is off. With Koscielny being the back-up left sided center-back, Wenger will need a back-up right sided one too. That’s why I believe Koscielny will not be the last defender signing for Arsenal this summer.

  • GLONDON

    I sincerely hope we are signing Ozil ;-)

  • devday

    @ MKhair:
    Interesting suggestions, my views on these guys are:
    Trochowski – is he fast enough? He would probably play in the Cesc position or maybe he could play a little deeper next to Song?

    Michah Richards – Out of favour at City, could come in for a decent fee. Has premiership and international experience and can play at right back and centre back – could be a perfect addition

    Per Metesacker – We’ve been heavily linked with him today in all the papers. Would command in the region of £10m. He did say today “I am going to stay a player of Werder Bremen.”

    Gourcuff – as a replacement or addition to Cesc?

  • devday

    @ Josiah:
    Indeed, if we manage to snap up a decent keeper, and another midfielder, we’ll be laughing all the way to the… title!!

  • fan

    We really need to sign a Goalkeeper

  • devday

    @ fan:
    We are to the premiership what england are to the world cup in terms of goalkeeping!!

  • CON-MAN

    to be honest no stop gaps in regards to keepers. De Jong would be good but Song is pretty unstoppable, I really want us to get Joe Hart. He played very well last season and coming to Arsenal would ONLY improve his game. Week in week out CL games, with Capello watching pretty much every 3 weeks, theres no doubt in my mind he’d be England no1.

    As for Laurent K, I have no idea who he is, but last year I didnt exactly know who Vermaelen was either, and he did fantastically. So if Arsene has faith then go get him, hopefully Djourou will stay fit this season as well

    As for Eduardo I don’t know…I definitely don’t want to seem him play in the PL if he we sell him, that said if Arsene has faith then let him play, if not then either loan him or just sell him. Since he broke his leg he just has not been the same. But in all honesty I’d keep him. Lord knows injuries will bite our a** again this season, definitely don’t want us to be caught out