Transfer Window – Last 24 Hours… AND Champions League Draw Reaction

Today’s blog is a bumper, action packed super blog, filled with two very hot topics… the transfer window delves into it’s last 24 hours and the number of deals done on Thursday was significant across Europe, but I think it will only be more today.

Players Out

Juventus have all but confirmed that Niklas Bendtner will be joining them – the deal initially on loan with a loan fee of £1.2m and with an option to buy for £5m. Despite global interest and so many admirers, it’s been a hard summer for the young Dane. I believe he is talented, that is true, but he head is too far in the clouds. Playing for a top team like Juventus and moving country away frm London / England could be a good move for the boy. He will hopefully get game time. If he improves, then maybe he’ll have a future at Arsenal or be signed permanently. I personally think, if he was ever going to be the world class player that Arsene thought he’d be, he’d be that player by now…

Maroune Chamakh is also very possibly on the way out, no clubs linked really… but he’s been left out of everything we’ve done so far, league games etc, so I think he could be off. I have no idea what it’ll take for him to get off our wage bill or sign for another club – he hasn’t exactly done anything to make people want to buy him – hopefully his previous credentials still have some weight.

Park is very heavily on his way out – apparently he’s been offered to every club in France, but it looks like Celta Vigo is his destination. Despite Arsene’s stance of only trying to sign “special players”, it’s quite clear that there is absolutely nothing special about Park. He literally didn’t get a minute in the Premier League last season and if we get any sort of fee for a sale for him, then it’s good business.

Arshavin has been linked with Zenit, who themselves have nearly lined up a £40m transfer for Hulk. I’m not sure if spending £40m on one player is the best idea for Zenit… but who knows what goes on in the background. If the Hulk deal doesn’t materialise, then it may be the Arshavin deal is more likely…

Players In

You have to consider that if Chamakh, Park, Bendtner or Arshavin leave, then we must have a player or two lined up. We’ve got to the last 24 hours and we really don’t have anything hot to go with. Rumours for Detinho are just rumours… we’ve been linked with half thew Newcastle squad, Ben Arfa, Cisse, Cabaye and Tiote – but if Newcastle managed to sell Andy Carroll for £35m, then it doesn’t seem likely that any of the aforementioned players are in our budget…

In today’s papers, we’ve been heavily linked with a loan move for Essien, and where that may be a useful addition to the squad, no doubt, at the end of the transfer window, it doesn’t look like we have really progressed since last year… already 4 points dropped this season and the squad is getting thinner and thinner.

I hope Arsene proves me wrong and we get the three first team players that our squad needs… but I’m not going to hold my breath…

Over to something a little more interesting… The Champions League Draw… the groups are:

Group A: Porto, Dynamo Kiev, Paris St Germain, Dinamo Zagreb

Group B: Arsenal, Schalke, Olympiakos, Montpellier

Group C: AC Milan, Zenit St Petersburg, Anderlecht, Malaga

Group D: Real Madrid, Manchester City, Ajax, Borussia Dortmund

Group E: Chelsea, Shakhtar Donetsk, Juventus, FC Nordsjaelland

Group F: Bayern Munich, Valencia, Lille, BATE Borisov

Group G: Barcelona, Benfica, Spartak Moscow, Celtic

Group H: Manchester United, Braga, Galatasaray, CFR Cluj

The group of death is surely group D… but even so, you’d have to think Real Madrid and Man City are the two strongest teams in that group. Over to our group and we’ve got a German team, a Greek team and a French team… the same combination as last year and we know it won’t be easy… With a diminishing squad, I really do hope we have enough strength in depth to play in both competitions…

Our schedule looks like this:

Matchday 1
Montpellier Hérault SC v Arsenal FC
Tuesday, September 18
Kick Off: 19.45 UK
To be played at Stade de la Mosson, France

Matchday 2
Arsenal FC v Olympiacos FC
Wednesday, October 3
Kick Off: 19:45 UK
To be played at Emirates Stadium

Matchday 3
Arsenal FC v FC Shalke 04
Wednesday, October 24
Kick Off: 19:45 UK
To be played at Emirates Stadium

Matchday 4
FC Shalke 04 v Arsenal FC
Tuesday, November 6
Kick Off: 19:45 UK
To be played at Veltins Arena, Germany

Matchday 5
Arsenal FC v Montpellier Hérault SC
Wednesday, November 21
Kick Off: 19:45 UK
To be played at Emirates Stadium

Matchday 6
Olympiacos FC v Arsenal FC
Tuesday, December 4
Kick Off: 19:45 UK
To be played at Karaiskaki Stadium, Greece

Montpellier away is in about three weeks and will be a return to his former club for Olivier Giroud. I hope he manages to get one over them and push on… but they will not be a pushover – it’s not easy to win any league and last season, Montpellier finished above Lille, Lyon, Marseille and moneybags PSG…

Liverpool were in action against Hearts last night and battled their way to a 1-1 draw, which saw them through to the next round. I really hope they are super knackered, as we’re up there on Sunday. Liverpool preview tomorrow, but for now…

Enter the last 24 hours of the transfer window…

  • SpeedDemon

    We’ve got a decent group.
    Group D should make for good watching.
    Malaga made it through and still have some good players.
    PSG should qualify.

    But for us, we need players and we need them soon!

  • ArseFan101

    ESSIEN!!!

    I don’t want a used Essein 5 years after his prime!

  • ArseManual

    Depressed

  • German

    We are very very short on strikers.
    In fact, we only have one left in Giroud!

    This is going to be a tough season.

  • kiki

    Just saw some of the transfers coming into the Premier League, and really excited/nervous about this year. Great goalkeepers like Julio Cesar and Lloris both playing will be interesting to watch.

    That being said, I feel as though we need another striker. I’m not sure if that will pan out.

  • http://princcehood.blogspot.com yemi

    :( NOTHING

  • StrongAle

    Hello all of you!
    I write from Italy, and it’s so surprising for me finding out that you keep tracks of the ins and outs of your favourite team. In my country, despite the crisis puts families on the streets, yet there is no cultural attitude on keeping an eye where money that fans spend goes.

    Why am I here? Well, actually Arsenal has always been my second team, after Juventus. I can’t really explain why.
    It has got to do with more legends, mithology, magic.
    All other London teams seems to be there just by chance. Arsenal is football (and Nick Hornby confirmed that :-) ).

    So when I read German saying that you miss strikers, well.. there’s someone that you could have for free.
    And it would be a dream for us to see him playing in such a glorious team. He would just add magic to magic.

    In 19 years he gave us so many emotions, that go beyond footbal spirit and victories and defeats; and I can only wish that Arsenal’s fans could live the same amazing experience. (even if only for 2 or 3 years)

    Thanks for this space, and pardon me for dreaming it out loud. Ciao!
    Silvia, Modena