Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Arsenal will make two more signings including one big name player

Morning Gooners.

A defeat seems to have set the wheels firmly in motion on our transfer business this summer. For me it's better late than never but you do have to question why it has taken so long to get these deals in place. I'd suggest that had it not been for the heavy defeat on Sunday we would be heading into the rest of the season with largely the same group of players.

Luckily it's forced Wenger into heading into the transfer market and signing some new players in a last minute spending spree.

I'm sure the defeat by such a huge margin has hit him hard. And I'm not at all surprised there are stories around about him not talking to the players after Sunday's defeat. What could he say? He's not going to lay into a group of players some of whom were playing because injuries and suspensions had forced him into handing them a game.

Of course there are certain individuals he could have expected more from but what's the point in lowering moral when it's already hit rock bottom?

I'm glad the club's board are sticking by him. Any other sort of reaction would be completely knee-jerk.

These next two days are chance for him to put things he should have done earlier in the summer right.

The Frenchman has agreed to the sale of Armand Traore to QPR for a fee in the region of £2m and gone out and put £6m on the table for Andre Santos.

Santos will fly to London this morning to complete a medical and formalise the personal terms of his move from Fenerbahce to the Grove. It's the second signing no one has predicted. But Wenger obviously sees value in signing the Brazillian from the Turkish club whilst they are in Champions League limbo.

It was obvious from Sunday's performance that we could not rely on Traore as back up to Kieran Gibbs. And if Thomas Vermaelen isn't available because of injury, we really are in trouble. Santos has been capped 22 times by his country and already has Champions League experience. I get the impression he'll provide great competition for Gibbs and Wenger is prepared to let them fight it out for the spot.

Santos' goal scoring record is good as well. He's got 10 goals in 52 games for Fenerbahce. Not bad for a full back. And at 28, is the right sort of age profile.

Today the signing of Young Chu Park will be announced, after the paperwork is signed off by the Premier League.

The player has already left the country on international duty, flying into Seoul yesterday morning for South Korea's World Cup qualifier against Kuwait.

Everything but the paperwork with the Premier League is complete but that is just a formality with the deal with Monoco tied up. Once international clearance is given, Chu Park will be announced as an Arsenal player.

I've been told that the club are now working around the clock to get deals in place to strengthen our squad. We've got a deadline of 11pm tomorrow to work to and the defeat at Manchester United has certainly focused the minds of the manager and the board that reinforcements are desperately needed.

We're keen to add another two players, one of whom could be a big money signing. From what I'm told the club could break their transfer record in the next 40 hours.

There is plenty of speculation surround the club about the players we are targeting. But as with Santos and Chu Young, expect to be surprised by the players we bring in.

The Sun link us with a host of Chelsea players including Yossi Benayoun, Florent Malouda and Alex. I'm not sure what adding a load of Andre Villas-Boas rejects is going to do for our squad.

However I am more expectant we'll find agreement with Bolton over Gary Cahill. The good thing about England training at London Colney is that we can get his medical done pretty easily. Cahill will be there with the rest of Fabio Capello's squad later this morning.

Could we move for Phil Jagielka as well? He's been Wenger's first choice centre defensive  target for the past two summers but I think Everton's asking price is beyond us.

There was talk of us enquiring about the availability of Mario Goetze from Borussia Dortmund but I don't think that's a goer either, considering it would considerably weaker the German's prior to our Champions League games with them.

The Daily Mail says Wenger has enquired about Wesley Sneijder, something I find hard to believe considering we'd never be able to match his wages at Inter Milan of £250,000 a week.

It's certainly going to be an interesting close to the window, that's for sure.

And finally, I'd like to congratulate the club on its decision to pay for our away fans to attend another match following the defeat at Old Trafford. It's a good move because it shows the club does really care about its fans and that their support is appreciated.

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