Well it’s certainly squeaky bum time where last minute transfers are concerned, particularly for Arsenal who have really appeared to be the busiest of Premiership clubs this month. Here’s a look at some that could still happen but probably won’t.
Giroud’s definitely off to Chelsea. Fans of Arsenal may will miss him, he’s been very professional since joining and whether on the bench or not, always chipped in with goals. His replacement signed yesterday and it will remain to be seen whether he can live up to his £60m price tag. Giroud on the other hand will surely be applauded if he visits the Emirates with Chelsea.
A defensive midfielder is still high on the priority list and we have a few names that could be possible last minute additions. The N’Zonzi deal will likely not go through, it’s taken an age and for one reason or another has just dragged on to the point that perhaps both clubs and player have become bored with it. Jorginho is still holding talks with a number of clubs but it doesn’t look like he’ll be joining Arsenal. If he moves this January to elsewhere then Wenger will look somewhere else. If he doesn’t then Arsenal may try again in the summer.
Alex Song is another option who has been training with the club. He’s kinda out of contract so whether he signs today or next week is irrelevant so he watch this space to find out if he’ll be at the club soon.
Julian Draxler would be a very last minute deal and looks highly unlikely this month but you never know. PSG do need the cash asap but with Arsenal not a club that is renowned for being fast in the transfer market it will be best to stick kettle on.
Another player that is doing the transfer rounds though is Anderlecht’s defensive midfielder Leander Dendoncker. The club are listening to offers for the 22 year old but it would be a brave call to bring someone so inexperienced in at this stage to try and sort out Arsenal’s midfield issues.
The worst news for Arsenal fans is that the CB issue and Goalkeeper issue won’t be solved until the summer, at least where getting new players in is concerned. The defence and goalkeeper area are one’s that Arsenal do wish to sort out but nothing will happen this January with the club pulling out of the Jonny Evans race due to his injury. If they do decide to go in again then it’s a huge risk and one Wenger is unlikely to go with.