Not the most news has emerged from Arsenal in recent days. With the international scene starting to take centre stage, it is not highly unlikely that any players that will feature in Euro2012 will be signed or sold before the tournament. However, I doubt this will stop the endless stories on Hazard, Kagawa, Van Persie and M'Vila devouring our minds.
In other transfer news, the Fulham attacking midfielder Clint Dempsey has highlighted his desire to leave Fulham and play in the Champions League next season. We are just a number of clubs linked with the 29 year old, but there are few others in the Premier League.
The London connection, which may mean he won't have to move house, as well as the need to bolster our squad with an experienced, consistent, versatile midfielder to our squad could mean than we are very likely to make an offer for the American. His determination is clear in his comments, and would definitely help the make up of our squad. He said to Sports Illustrated:
"I want to play in Champions League. I want to play at the highest level possible.
I want to do as much as I can and look back and say I made the most of all the opportunities I’ve had."
In other news, the latest striker Arsenal are targetting is Ligue Un top-scorer and title winner Olivier Giroud, who has had an exceptional season for surprise title winners Montpellier. The 25 year old striker scored 25 goals this season and looks certain to move on and challenge himself at the highest level, but whether he leaves this summer remains to be seen, especially since he would not be a guaranteed starter for us.
A proposed enquiry has been made about the tall 25 year old, who has 3 caps. His release clause is at 16million euros, but it seems Arsenal are prepared to table a bid of 8 million euros + Chamakh. Any bid which involves getting rid of the Moroccan seems like good business to me, but with his wages about 4 times larger than any Montpellier player there may be a stumbling block down the line.
Overall he'd be a good back up signing, especially since we have missed out on Matias Suarez, whilst it remains to be seen whether Joel Campbell will secure a work permit.
Another Transfer rumour has picked up steam over the last 24 hours is over the holding midfielder Yann M'vila, who is on the verge of leaving Rennes this summer. The 22 year old has been heavily linked with us recently, with some claiming that the transfer was almost complete. Yer right now it seems unsure as to whether he'll sign before the Euro's. Speaking about the rumour, Sagna said:
“M’Vila can make a great impact. I’m not sure about his English but it took me time to learn. But I think he would suit us as well. Arsenal is a French-speaking team and it will help him settle."M'vila would be a brilliant addition to the midfield, giving us a secure cover for the defence. Let's hope he does sign. Sagna this morning tweeted that Arsenal were not on the verge of signing M'Vila, but the other players Bacary has talked about before them signing have been Gervinho and Chamakh, which could show that talks are developing between us and Rennes.
The Frenchman spoke himself about a possible transfer but said that nothing will happen until after the European Championship, he told RMC Sport:
"I think my future will be resolved after Euro 2012, I do not think about it. I am only thinking about the France team. If I have to sign in August, I will. The France team comes first.”
Sagna, who is continuing his recovery from his broken leg picked up against Norwich, also spoke about the captain situation saying he hopes to play with Robin next season, which I'm sure is something we all want to see. The right back said:
“I’m confident Robin will stay. He was a complete professional from the beginning until the end and helped us into third. We want to keep him. Everyone is so grateful to him for what he’s done for the club and how important he is."
The thing is whether Robin will be here next season isn't really up to him, as we are well within our right to hold on to him till the end of his contract. Preferably we would like him to sign, but if he doesn't sign a new contract we may well see Robin playing next season.
Lastly, it seems like Chamberlain is going to make his England debut at some stage tonight at the tender age of 18. He has really excelled in his development since signing for us last summer, and is destined to have a long illustrious career for both club and country. Speaking about his involvement in the Euro's he seems eager to learn from the experience players around him:
“Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard are players I’ve been watching for years and idolise. I’ve got great respect for all of them and to have the opportunity to be with them, train with them and learn from them is something I’m really looking forward to, There’s so much experience in that team so it would be an added bonus to play a few games.”
Alex seems as level headed as any player at his age, and will hopefully only take out good experiences from his involvement with the national team.
Anyway, That is all, more news to follow.