Friday, 24 August 2012

Wenger loses out on Sahin but must move for M'Vila -AOC boost

Morning  Gooners.

We'll start with the good news and that is Arsene Wenger has revealed that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will have some involvement in Sunday's game with Stoke after recovering from injury. Lukas Fabianski should also be available for selection.

There is also good news in terms of fitness for all the players who faced Sunderland. None are injured.

That's the good news. Now on to the bad stuff.

The manager has said Laurent Koscielny has not made it back in time to face Stoke and will now aim for the Liverpool match a week Sunday. None of the other players who missed the Sunderland match are available for selection either.

It appears the latest twist in the Nuri Sahin transfer deal is that he'll sign for Liverpool. The Merseyside club have agreed to pay a higher proportion of the player's wages and have not asked for the option to sign him to be included in the deal.

It's annoying it hasn't happened but it's not a huge blow. As long as the manager now turns his attention to someone else. It is all very well selling Alex Song, but if we aren't going to replace him by signing Sahin, then we need to get someone else through the door of Highbury House and signed up.

That won't happen in time for this weekend's game with Stoke. The deadline for signing players eligible to play is lunchtime today. But the manager still has seven days in order to do a few deals. And he's said this week is where every minute counts.

Speaking to the official site, the Frenchman 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 [in the market]. We'll see what we can do."
As well as signing a few players (I'm looking for a defender, midfielder and striker at a minimum), we have to ensure the books are balanced with the departure of a number of players who are not going to get anywhere near the first team this season.

We cannot have another Manuel Almunia situation. Paying a player £60k a week or £3.1m a year to do nothing is not acceptable.

I'm hoping the manager will now turn his attention to Yann M'Vila. Do the deal with Rennes if the French club are going to sell the player at a reasonable price and then move on to our next target.

Elsewhere, there is a long interview with Olivier Giroud in The Sun.

That's it for today. Back with more tomorrow.

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