Following Arsenal’s 3-1 victory away to Fulham, Arsene Wenger will be looking to strengthen his squad before the end of the transfer window . So we look at Five Possible Signings.
He has money to spend but he is yet to invest in his squad. There has been a significant lack of high quality players available in this window so players are hard to come by. Looking at the current market, players who are available and realistic targets, here are five players that I think could be of use to the Gunners.
1. Iker Casillas
While there was a public fallout with Jose Mourinho that resulted in Casillas being dropped last season, the general consensus was that Casillas would return to first choice goalkeeper following Mourinho’s departure. Carlo Ancelotti, new Real Madrid manager, dropped a bit of a bombshell last weekend when Diego Lopez was given the starting berth for the opening game against Real Betis. Does this mean that Casillas is available? According to The Express its possible and If so, then what a great signing it would be. Casillas is still one of the worlds best and it’s hard to imagine that he would be willing to sit on the bench in a World Cup year. He remains the captain of Spain and he will be determined to be the man to lift their fourth consecutive major trophy.
2. Micah Richards
While he has come through the Manchester City academy and may be very keen on staying at Eastlands he is becoming more and more out of favour. He is very much second choice right-back to Pablo Zabaleta and he has played very little football at centre-back. He has been linked with Arsenal and I think they could be a good match. I think City would be willing to let him go and according to caughtoffside and it could be a good coup for Arsenal. He can play in a variety of positions and I think a fresh start could be like a new beginning for Richards. He doesn’t look as if he will establish himself as a regular at City so a move could be of benefit.
3. Marouane Fellaini
According to The Express he has been subject to a bid from Manchester United which was rejected. I think he could still leave Goodison Park and he would be a great signing for Arsene Wenger. Arsenal need a physical presence in the centre of midfield. They have nice footballers with creativity but they lack physicality and Fellaini could compliment these players very well. Earlier in the summer the odds were slashed on Fellaini to move to the Emirates but it never materialised. His release clause has passed so they will have to pay over the odds but I still think a bid could occur. Fellaini definitely doesn’t seem to be Manchester United’s first choice and I think it would be a good idea for Arsenal to capitalise and not get into a bidding war with United.
4. Angel Di Maria
Recents reports in the Daily Telegraph are suggesting that Arsenal are in the market for Di Maria and he would be an excellent addition to the Gunners. Speculation suggests that Di Maria is reluctant to leave but if Gareth Bale is signed it’s hard to see how Di Maria’s first-team chances won’t be hindered. It would also be expected that Real Madrid will need to sell in order to recoup some of Bale’s world record transfer fee. Di Maria may be saying he doesn’t want to leave but as the transfer window draws to a close, he may not have a choice. A winger would be a good addition to Arsenal to try and provide an extra threat.
5. Wayne Rooney
This may be a bit of a long shot and the Daily Mirror have reported it unlikey to happen but I wouldn’t rule it out. David Moyes seems adamant that Rooney will not be sold to Chelsea but if Rooney keeps insisting he doesn’t want to be at Manchester United, then life could be made difficult. I wonder could Moyes be willing to sell to Arsenal. They would not necessarily be regarded as direct title contenders and relations between the two clubs seem to be good. I know there is very little room for sentiment in football but would the fact that Robin Van Persie left the Emirates for Old Trafford allow Rooney to then go in the opposite direction? I wouldn’t be surprised if an attempt was made by Wenger to sign Rooney, whether it will happen is another question.