Wenger Transfer Watch: The Clock Is Ticking, The Wallet Is Opening

By on January 24, 2013

He that can have patience can have what he will.Benjamin Franklin

While the boys, girls (and footballers) frolic in the snow, Arsène Wenger is in no doubt gearing up for a busy week in the January transfer market. While the papers and fans throw further ammunition at a stigma in regards to Wenger’s spending habits, the Frenchman has proved and will prove once again that his eyes are always open.

The boss’ record in the winter transfer market over the past few years speaks for itself, late transfers highlighting the tactical nous that is not only needed on the pitch, but off the pitch too. In January 2006, Wenger invested big money and faith in a long-term project to develop football’s next big star; Theo Walcott. After years of maturity and the past year of uncertainty regarding the next stage in his career, the current club top scorer has proved to be a risk worth taking.

But try telling that the army of impatient Gooners expecting a quick-fix signing that will get the spring back in the legs of the frustrated fans. A signing like the one of Andrei Arshavin in 2009 was aesthetically pleasing in both a world class player joining the club, as well as the falling snowflakes which coated the already frozen (literally and figuratively) Emirates Stadium. The buzz of someone who, half a year previously, had got football fanatics off their seats and open-mouthed in appreciation from his genius, is enough to change a team’s season. Experienced, exciting and with an aura of the best, a signing in the mould of the then world-renowned Russian wouldn’t go down badly in the red half of North London.

“He’s messing with our heads!” “We won’t sign anyone!” “Why so late?” The pessimism from Arsenal fans is somewhat surprising, as they never seem to learn the manner in which their long-serving manager conducts his business. Late and in detail. The days of carefully picking the right player to add to the squad for the right price are still looming over the club, Wenger constantly reiterating that “We work very hard,” on signings. But who fits the Frenchman’s criteria at this critical point in the season? Who is out there that is better than the current playing squad when you set your mind to it?

Mohamed Diame is a name proposed from West Ham. Strong, good tackle and goals to go with it, he could add to Arsenal a defensive aspect to their midfield that takes the pressure off the inconsistent Abou Diaby. A striker to take the burden off the trio of Walcott, Giroud and Podolski in the form of David Villa would give the club a case of deja vù. A world class player ready to ply his trade in the Premier League, the goal machine would give Arsenal that world class touch that could fire them back into the top-four and push their cup chances to the max. Not good enough? Don’t worry, I hear a certain ex-captain is feeling unhappy in Barcelona.

Arsène. Over to you.

Who would Arsenal fans like to see signed before the window slams shut? Get involved in the comments section below.

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15 Comments

  1. sam

    January 24, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    What are on about! You probably haven’t heard that Barcelona don’t want to sell villa neither Mohamed Diame saying that he wants to remain with West Ham. So who else Arsenal are going to sign?

    • Gooner23

      January 24, 2013 at 8:08 pm

      Purely examples to get the fans thinking of which type of players should be signed! Feel free to put some constructive comments

    • alex

      January 24, 2013 at 8:55 pm

      Villa has handed in a transfer request. Diame has not said he want so stay, west ham management said they have not received any bids, and he is happy where he is at the moment. with such a low release class i am confident arsenal can bring them both in before feb.

      • Raz

        January 24, 2013 at 10:32 pm

        Diame has said that he wants to stay

  2. Goona

    January 24, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    The clock may be ticking but is the wallet getting thinner?

  3. Liam

    January 24, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    We should have signed yann m’vila when we had the chance no defensive midfield we have been linked with has the quality that he does, Wenger leaving it late again ans ready to panic buy!

  4. Goona

    January 24, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    Liam I agree with you yes typical wenger leaving it ’til the midnight hour hoping to pick up a bargain…..

    • mystic

      January 24, 2013 at 8:59 pm

      Last minute when teams know that bids are made in desperation and thus put the prices UP

  5. mc gooner

    January 24, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    i don’t expect any new faces to be honest, all us fans can do is keep cheering on our players its that or just constantly moan come on gooners keep they faith

  6. adeleye adewale

    January 24, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    I belive wenger can stil bring in one or two players b4 d deadline day. I hope he does it. Open ur wallet & ur eyes to buy goal banger & DM

  7. Raz

    January 24, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    All these years of selling our best players and not adequaltely replacing them and you now feel that he’s going to buy anyone decent. Please let me know what you’re smoking and I’ll try and get hold of it too.

  8. Esel

    January 25, 2013 at 4:04 am

    David villa has indeed handed in a transfer request and is going to be an Arsenal player by next week. Celtic’s Wenyama negotiations are going on and so are negotiations for German defender Hammels. That’s the “Work to do” Wenger spoke about. First hand information, You heard it from me 1st.#BackToWinningWays #COYG

  9. Esel

    January 25, 2013 at 4:04 am

    David villa has indeed handed in a transfer request and is going to be an Arsenal player by next week. Celtic’s Wenyama negotiations are going on and so are negotiations for German defender Hammels. That’s the “Work to do” Wenger spoke about. First hand information, You heard it from me 1st. #BackToWinningWays #COYG

  10. M.jay

    January 25, 2013 at 4:41 am

    Wenger must buy decent players at the right time, he should not wait until the last minute when everything is in rush and think he will buy quality players. Buy now!

  11. vijay

    January 25, 2013 at 5:04 am

    working hard, okay i agree. what if he doesnt add anyone? does that mean there is no good players in the world to add? .. he might work hard but he loses out on certain good players.

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