It looks as though the proposed exits of Marouane Chamakh and Nicklas Bendtner will go down to the wire with Arsene Wenger confirming that neither striker has found a new club.
Having spent the entire summer nonchalantly dilly-dallying over offers from several continental suitors the Greatest Striker That Ever Lived is thought to be freaking out in an Italian hotel as Serie A clubs force him do the funky chicken in return for a contract. He’s being made to wait his turn though, the likes of Fernando Llorente, Dimitar Berbatov, Didier Drogba, Kaba Diawara and an inanimate carbon rod are currently in the queue ahead of him.
Asked about the future of Bendtner, Wenger remarked, “There is a chance he is leaving. Where is not decided at the moment (it depends on his dancing).”
Confirming that Marouane Chamakh was in the same boat, he continued, “Again, we haven’t made an agreement with any club (it depends on his dancing).”
Speaking ahead of Sunday’s clash with Liverpool, the boss also confirmed that he was still in the market for new faces but for the millionth time stressed that he’d only spend money on players deemed worthy of a place in his squad.
“We are active but we don’t want to bring average players in. I am relaxed…if we find a top, top, top player we will do it. We are working hard.”
One player who looks as though he will be staying is Theo Walcott. Despite rumours to the contrary just 48 hours ago, the boss has made clear that the England winger will not be sold and revealed that money is not the reason for his delay in signing a new deal.
“Theo has one year to go. We want to extend his contract. I think Theo loves the club.
“He is not obsessed by money, there is just a little difference [in the negotiations].”
Arseblog News is almost certain that both Bendtner and Chamakh will shake, shake, shake their respective booties out of the Emirates, but is increasingly concerned at the likelihood of new faces being added to the squad. Of course, anything can happen in the next 35 hours or so…