Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know that Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal haven’t scored a goal since New Year’s Day, that two of our strikers are out of contract in the summer and that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is on the naughty step.
With just under half the season to go and Champions League football still up for grabs, it’s clear the Gunners need to bolster the attack. We’ve only got a week to sort it out so it’s unsurprising that the net is being widened.
Here’s out latest transfer round-up…
It’s game over for Arsenal’s interest as reports across Europe claim Juventus have come up with an offer that pleases both Fiorentina and the player. It’s hard to say for sure just how close we came to persuading the 21-year-old to move to Emirates Stadium but “not very” seems a reasonable assessment. It feels like we were a pawn in a game that was always out of our control.
We’ve been sniffing around Isak for some time and we know he has a release clause that could be triggered in the same way we did with Thomas Partey. We don’t know what the figure is, but we’re assuming Edu does and it’s on him to decide whether we take the easy/expensive route and pay it or try and negotiate with Real Sociedad. Given the Sweden international’s current deal lasts until 2026 and we’re in the middle of a season where his club is challenging for a Champions League spot, we don’t exactly have an advantage on the negotiation front. Seems like a hard one to pull off right now.
Since Hector left for Real Betis, the Arsenal dressing room has been crying out for a good looking lad who isn’t afraid to push the envelope on the fashion front. Step forward Everton’s DCL. That he’s a commanding physical presence who has blossomed into a real goal threat in recent seasons makes him all the more attractive. A recent injury is a bit of a worry, there’s the ‘English premium’ and the not insignificant issue of persuading owner Toffees’ owner Farhad Moshiri (and his fat shadow) Alisher Usmanov to part ways. If they love Arsenal as much as they said when they were part-owners of Arsenal, they’d let us have him for free in exchange for Cedric.
A goal scorer of real pedigree while at Eintracht Frankfurt, the Serb was snapped up by Real Madrid for €60 million in 2019 but hasn’t lived up to expectations at the Bernabeu and is available on loan. Given his CV, it’s a definite right swipe from Edu who always has the horn for damaged goods from Spain. Assuming all else fails – and let’s be honest, there’s a high chance of that – he’d be a low-risk punt to make up the numbers until the summer. It’s got to be better than populating the bench foetuses we don’t plan to use. Who knows, maybe working with Arteta and our gang of young Gunners might light the blue touch paper for Luka?
Raul de Tomas
We’ve never seen him play and we have no idea what his stats are like, but the Lucas Perez energy emanating from this guy is just too hard to ignore. Is that ridiculously unfair? Absolutely. But so is being owned by the Kroenke family, and Burnley not having players sent off against us and the penalty that was awarded against Gael Clichy in that game at Birmingham in 2008. Life is unfair. We’ll happily eat our collective chapeaus if this lad comes in and blasts us into the Champions League but we can’t see it happening.
That Mikel Arteta wouldn’t confirm whether his one-time captain would be allowed to take part in the upcoming warm-weather training camp in Dubai suggests there are no plans at this point to reintegrate him into the first team. At the same time, the player doesn’t seem particularly interested in falling off the football radar by accepting an offer from Saudi Arabia. The challenge then is to find him a club with a reasonable pedigree that also has enough cash in the bank to cover most, if not all, of a 32-year-old’s £350,000 per week wages. It’s a sorry state of affairs and we’re not confident of a quick resolution.