Arsenal’s first signing for the season is in line with Wenger’s youth policy, as Carl Jenkinson has joined the Gunners from Charlton Athletic. The 19-year old defender was wooed by Manchester United back in 2009, so it looks like he’s indeed got it in him to make a significant contribution to a big club. The Wenger camp is otherwise moving at a rather slow pace. It needs to inject some much-needed power into the side, and with Fabregas’s imminent departure to Barca, and a lack of clarity over Bendtner’s and Nasri’s future, the need of the hour is new blood.
Gervinho’s rumoured medical could make him the club’s second signing
It’s almost a done deal for Lille striker and Ivory Coast national Gervinho, who is said to be undergoing a medical in London following his £12 million 4-year contract with Arsenal. A formal announcement from the club is expected very soon. The 24-year old is friends with Samir Nasri; Gunner fans are hopeful that this will be an incentive for Nasri to stay back. The French footballer is being persuaded by Wenger to continue at Emirates, but there is always some news about his Man U move in the media, the latest being a medical scheduled for next week.
Alvarez dreams of playing for Arsenal
Ricardo Alvarez is over the moon, or so it appears from his latest Twitter post, where he says that playing for Arsenal would be a dream come true. The 23-year midfielder from Velez Sarsfield is being seen as a replacement for Fabregas and at 6’ 2” he is sure to be formidable on the field. While he is not a household name and yet to prove his mettle on an international platform, Arsenal may just be a great club to start this off with.
Wenger targeting Inter Milan’s Viviano?
Rumours are rife that Wenger is interested in Inter Milan’s second goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano, who has many impressive saves to his credit. Arsenal is apparently ready to shell out £8 million for the 25-year old. Whether the club will officially make a bid is still unknown, but given Szczesny’s good performance last season it would appear as if Arsenal would think twice about this deal. It would probably look for a more experienced goalkeeper. But if Wenger has his way, Viviano may just bring some Italian flair to the London club.
A back-up plan for Cahill
Gary’s Cahill’s move to Arsenal has made news for a while now, but a concrete deal is yet to be finalized. The Bolton defender’s £17 million release clause seems to be prolonging talks; but looks like the Gunners have a back-up plan if a deal doesn’t come through. And the man who will most likely take Cahill’s place is FK Partizan defender Stefan Savić who is also being pursued by the Manchini camp at Manchester City.
Meanwhile Arsene Wenger said that the transfer activity will be swifter in July and that the club will make informed decisions after taking financials into consideration. But he stressed that they was committed to strengthening the side and winning trophies in the coming season.