In the hubbub of the last couple of days of the transfer window one comment from Arsène Wenger seems to have been largely overlooked.
Le Boss was pretty laid back in the final 48 hours, leaving the undignified scrambling to the likes of Totteringham and Liverpool.
“I am relaxed,” he said. “We have enough players, that is for sure, but you want always to improve your squad… We bought Cazorla, Podolski and Giroud so you cannot say we have not bought but, when you listen to people, you always have to buy more.”
And though many supporters were disappointed not to get at least one more high profile arrival, it’s fair to say that this year’s business seemed much more planned than last August’s trolley dash.
But in the middle of the above quotes, and rather overshadowed by people’s reaction to the fact that there were no new arrivals, Arsène said this:
“We have resources available so if it is not happening now it will happen in December.”
Note the use of the words “will happen.” Not “might happen”.
I’m sure the cynical will suggest that it’s just another example of the manager throwing a bone to desperate supporters eager to spend £25m on whichever foreign player the newspapers tell us is essential to our season.
But I noted his words at the time because it sounded to me like a deal was being put in place for a particular player – and that if it did not happen this summer it would happen in the winter transfer window.
Who could it be?
Yann M’Vila has a contract up to 2015 – but could still be a possibility I suppose, particularly with Song having left for pastures Nou.
However I suspect that if Arsène has lined up someone to boost us during mid season, it is more likely to be an attacking player – either a wide man or more back-up in the centre of attack. Perhaps, very specifically, a replacement for Theo Walcott.
Many of you AA regulars are much better informed than me about the merits of players plying their trade elsewhere in Europe. Who do you think Arsène has in his sights?
And who, arriving in December, would really get you excited about our prospects for marching on to glory?
Let’s put one restriction on the guessing game: it’s fair to assume that even if we have £50m of spare cash we won’t be spending it all on one player – it’s just not the way Arsenal operate. So let’s say that any players under consideration should be available for under £20m.
Over to you.
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