Good morning you wonderful people of The Arsenal. I’m quite excited this morning; The Chavs could only manage a draw last night so I slept very well.
The transfer window also approaches it climax today so I woke up buzzing to pen this post. Well, not ‘pen’ seeing as I’m actually typing on my phone.
Enough of my rambling, there’s quite a number of stories to run through this morning; let’s take them one after the other, shall we?
First off is the ‘battle’ between the German media and the English media regarding ‘Draxgate.’
German journalist Raphael Honigstein reckons a January deal is not feasible, and even if we made or intend to make any bids, the move will only happen in the summer.
But English press is having none of that as they are already running stories of a nearly done deal.
Draxler visited the same doctor who conducted the Ozil medical and got confirmation that he’ll be back in action within a week. The news is expected to push us into rushing a deal for him.
Draxler is expected to receive a massive pay rise from £45k to £80k if he does join and the English press believes the finer details of the deal need to be sorted out, the structure of the deal and scheduling of payments suggesting a £26m initial payment + £12m in add ons.
There’s been talk of converting him to striker to help Giroud but that would not be necessary if we signed another striker.
A section of the Italian press believes Vucinic will be in London for a medical today, with a view to securing a loan move to Arsenal.
Considering what’s available on the market at the moment, it’s difficult to do better. That said, a striker with EPL experience will be better suited to help us in the run-in.
Should we be doing better than Vucinic? Probably. Is he better than our back-up for Giroud? Absolutely. Fingers crossed he settles in quickly if the story is indeed true.
AW is also reportedly interested in a loan deal for Barcelona’s Tello to give us more pace on the wings after losing Theo.
Tello also helps Gnabry develop without pressure whilst getting himself good playing time he cannot be afforded at Camp Nou.
Almost a like-for-like replacement for Theo and he can also play up front. It’s a loan deal, so we cannot do much wrong. Barcelona do not really need him, so it suits everyone.
Meanwhile Fabianski may be allowed to join Schalke as part of a deal for Draxler. The Pole has already been targeted as a summer signing by the German club, with his contract expiring this summer.
I’m not comfortable with the idea of selling our 2nd choice keeper who seems to be capable of doing a good job whenever he’s called upon.
I doubt AW will let him leave yet and any deal for Draxler should not involve a player swap. Unless that player is Park Chu Young.
Off on a tangent, Podolski, who was also touted as make-weight in the Draxler deal, will have talks with AW concerning his future. He’s been among the goals lately but still can’t get a look in. Must be really frustrating.
It’s clear AW doesn’t trust him so much. The fans clearly love him but he needs to work harder. I’ll be surprised if he’s with us next season.
That’s as much today. It’s less than 48 hours to go in the transfer window so expect lots of news. Should be fun, unless you’re one of those until-i-see-him-in-a-shirt people. Boring bunch.
Anyway I’m off this. There’s some community development service I need to be a part of. You know, making the world a better place and all that.
Here’s to a new signing or couple by this time tomorrow.
P.S – The Puma deal means they can help us get Falcao (a Puma athelete) in the summer. You can start dreaming now.
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