Arsenal News and Transfers live: Latest Arsenal Transfer News: Follow the Transfer Window with Arsenal news and transfers live. This season is no different to that of the past with Arsenal in a transitional period after some tough seasons. Seasoned stars like Robin van Persa and Santi Ceballos are now in search of new challenges and new roles. So, expect to see a number of exciting moves as the transfer window opens.
The Gunners have made no secret of their interest in bringing in some new talent this summer and have targeted a number of promising attacking players. Thierry Henry is still a core member but with uncertainty about his future and a lack of game time as he recovers from an injury sustained at the International break, Willian Vitorio has impressed in a limited role recently and has been linked with a move away.
Arsenal are also thought to be considering signing teenage sensationsolas Iniesta from Seville and Spanish midfielder Xabi Alonso from AC Milan. Both have impressed during the World Cup and Iniesta has shown glimpses of his ability, though neither has really stepped up to a full international level yet.
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Meanwhile, the club have had to make some high profile transfers with goalkeeper David Ospina leaving for Cagayan Tosca in the summer and defender Laurent Kosciencko moving to QPR. Arsenal’s other new signings this summer have been disappointing in what is expected to be a rebuilding year for the club after last season’s disappointment.
Aaron Ramsey and Mikel Arteta were poor on both sets of playing fields and did not excite the fans who had hoped for a major revolution in the style of play. Santi Ceballos on the wing has hardly got any minutes and does not appear to be match fit.
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There will be plenty more new signings coming through the door once the Transfer Window shuts, and some of those names may not even be on the fringes of the Arsenal first team squad. There are many players out of contract this summer too and while the Gunners will hope to sign longer term stars like captaincies, a lot of their transfer business will be geared at getting new players in and not necessarily long term stars.
Thierry Henry has not signed a new deal and is actually now a free agent, while Robin van Persa has reportedly been offered a contract by Besiktas. These players are not expected to start this season and there is no doubt that Arsenal have missed out on two of the most exciting players on their squad. There is also no doubt that Arsenal need to do something this summer to ensure that the demands of the Premier League do not get too hard in the next few months.
The summer window is now closed and hopefully the Gunners have learned from their past mistakes and booked enough time in the training pool this season to work out what the team needs to do to return to competing with the top teams. Wenger has often mentioned the need to bring in new players so that the best players are available to him but it seems that this season has not brought about much change. There has been a lot of cheap players brought in and failed to perform and this has been a major factor in the decline of the Gunners’ title ambitions.
There is no doubt that the manager was right to leave some of these players out of his side for the start of the season as the pace of play demanded a different level of performance and this was not delivered. There are still rumors that some of these players will be brought in for the final matches of the season and this is probably why the Gunners have not been putting too much effort into trying to sign any new talent.
The Gunners have another three weeks of pre-season to look at their next new recruits before the season starts and it is quite normal for there to be some movement in the transfer market. There are always deals that fall through in the pre season and there are also deals that remain intact until the season starts.
Wenger has to make sure that he sells these players before the January transfer window opens and the new arrivals will not have the same influence on the season as new faces have. This is why the Gunners have to work harder than ever to keep their players happy.