13.47 – My last update before going to bed is to inform you that Steven Taylor is apparently at the Emirates. Oh, and my wisdom teeth are hurting. I can’t completely confirm the first one but I can confirm first-hand the second. Night!
10.48 – OK, so there is a rumour emerging that Marouane Chamakh is still a possibility, as is Borussia defender Neven Subotic. Never heard of him, by the way,
9.46 – First update, nothing going on I’m afraid. Niko Kranjcar has apparently signed for Spurs which I think is a pretty good piece of business. Damn them.
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Back on the 5th of August – 10 days before the start of the season – I boldly predicted that things were about to get mental at Arsenal on the transfer front. I stated that with Philippe Senderos’ move to Everton supposedly a done-deal that if Arsene Wenger wanted to win the league then he absolutely needed to bring in two players and I was fairly confident they would be brought in before the opening day fixture against Everton. How wrong I was.
Football-wise things certainly did go mental – a 6-1 win away at Everton in the first game blew absolutely everybody away – but from a transfer perspective it’s been quieter than a pin dropping in Carlos Valderrama’s hair. So now, on the final day of the transfer window, what can we expect?
The safe answer to that question is probably ‘nothing’. While Wenger undoubtedly has a history for making late purchases (William Gallas and Andrey Arshavin immediately jump to mind) I feel we would only be setting ourselves up for a painful fall if we expect a transfer to be made. It now seems likely that Senderos would stay with Everton interested in Atletico Madrid’s Johnny Heitinga and if the Swiss defender does remain at the club then there is no real reason why another centre-back should be added to the squad.
Although I’m hesitant to predict it will happen, I still feel the manager needs to purchase another defensive-minded midfielder in the mould of Alex Song if we are to give ourselves an honest chance of going the distance in the Premiership this season. Denilson and Abou Diaby have undoubtedly started the season well this season but I don’t think either of them have the same tendency that Song has to think about defence first and given that he will be away for up to two months over January – a crucial period in the season – I think it is important that a like-for-like replacement is available. Who that could be I just don’t know, but if we are to make a signing before the clock strikes five then I sincerely hope it will be in this position.
Other than that I really don’t have any problems and am just ready to join in whatever crazy transfer deadline day ride that Wenger takes us on. I’ll be updating at regular intervals although I must confess that being in Australia doesn’t particularly make me the best option when it comes to really late updates (5pm in the UK is 2am my time – like I’m going to be awake then!) so it’s probably best to keep your eyes on this page. Also, check this out for a laugh.
You’ll probably have realised by now that there’s no Arsenal FC Weekly podcast for today. The truth is that I’m frantically trying to get my life in order for my one-week holiday to Malaysia which starts on Saturday (hurrah – a break!) and I just haven’t had the time to get one done. I probably would have said a lot of what I’ve said today and in yesterday’s Arsenal v Manchester United match report so in truth you’re probably not missing out on much.
Anyway, I’ll leave it there for now and if there are any transfer rumours or news I’ll be sure to update from the top down.
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