Arsene Wenger says that while he feels he has a strong squad when the likes of Jack Wilshere and Tomas Rosicky return to full fitness, he’s still in the market for new players and has got some lovely delicious bargains for other clubs.
Speaking to Arsenal Player ahead of Sunday’s game against Stoke, the boss said, “Some things can still happen. I don’t want make a promise that I cannot keep. It does not only depend on me. But there still could be some action on the transfer market – ins and outs.”
“We are working, we’ll see what we can do.”
Obviously any deals involving ‘outs’ are dependent on other clubs wanting the players we want to get rid of. To varying degrees it would be no surprise to see Arsenal make people aware of the availability of Bendtner, Chamakh, Park, Arshavin and Squillaci, along with some youngsters like Henderson and Miquel who could benefit from a loan move.
And the manager is aware that the transfer activity heats up as the window closes, and it means there’ll be plenty going on in the week ahead.
“The transfer market is open for two months and yet for one month and three weeks it is nearly closed. It wakes up completely in the last week and then every minute becomes important.
“Everybody has played for time for seven or eight weeks and now suddenly everyone is in a hurry. And that is when the most intense activity happens.”
The deadline is Friday 31st at 11pm, we believe, and with much to sort out in both directions it looks as if we’ll be busy, even if it’s not as manic as the close of the window last summer.