Saturday, 6 July 2013

Wenger loans Djourou and Coquelin to make room for BIG signings

Morning Gooners

Well it seems as though the Gonzalo Higuain transfer is not as far down the line as some media outlets would have you believe. He might have been at an airport, but since that sighting all has gone quiet. It seems very unlikely any deal to bring the striker to the red half of north London is going to be concluded this weekend.

What has happened however is that Arsene Wenger has shipped out two players on loan. Johan Djourou heads to Hamburg, while Francis Coquelin joins SC Freiburg for the whole of the coming season. Both players only flirted with the first team last season, so moving them on creates room in the squad for incoming players.

It will be interesting to see if Coquelin comes back. I thought he would make the grade at Arsenal but his opportunities have been limited. He's not been given a chance, nor has he fought his way into the manager's thinking. Perhaps a season in the Bundesliga will help him grow as a player.

It does seem the manager and Ivan Gazidis are moving on players to make room in the squad and the budget for some big talent to join us this summer. The next player who looks set to leave is Marouane Chamakh who has been linked with a cut price £1m move to Levante. Of course the big issue would be his wages. Not a lot of clubs can afford to match the £60k plus a week he's currently on, so I'd imagine he'll be another to be shipped out on loan with us subsidising some of his wages.

Looking at the squad on the official site - with new squad numbers confirmed for the coming seasons - it does appear we're light on numbers. It's no wonder the manager has invited some of the promising youth team players to train with the first team.

Of course should deals for Higuain, Cesar, and at least one of Bender/Capoue/Fellaini go though that will add quality and numbers. But it does still feel like we're a bit light. I'd like to see at least one defensive reinforcement added, ideally two. But there seems to be little going on with that department apart from our haggling over Swansea's Ashley Williams.

Bacary Sagna is still being linked with Galatasaray, Fenerbahce and Paris St-Germain. He looked set to stay and see out the final season of his contract but I'd imagine should an acceptable offer come in, we'll sell him. That's why I'd like the manager to buy a right back - if Sanga leaves - and a centre half. 

Anyway there is little else going on so far. I'm going to grab some breakfast before heading to the beach for the day and enjoying the sun while I can. 

That's it. Back with more tomorrow. 

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