Arsene Wenger has been very chatty lately over transfer targets past and present, with the Arsenal manager happy to reveal whether or not he wants just about every player he’s been connected with.
While the Gunners were relatively quiet until the last 24 hours of the transfer window in the summer, Wenger is now clearly willing and ready to start talking about possible new faces.
And as a result, GMF looks at Wenger’s comments over the last couple of days and assesses whether the Arsenal man will in fact get his desired targets.
1. Lucho Gonzalez
Chance of January move: 4/5
Wenger said today that Gonzalez was a possibility for a loan deal, with the playmaker looking a chance to head to the Emirates as a possible replacement for Cesc Fabregas.
"Lucho was a player I liked," he said. "They didn't want to give him out on loan. We didn't go as far as discussing a permanent move."
While Gonzalez won’t head to Arsenal on loan, if the Argentina international continues to boast top form this season, particularly against the Gunners when they play tonight, Wenger could take another look in January.
2. Javier Pastore
Team: Paris Saint Germain
Chance of January move: 1/5
Wenger clearly sees Pastore as more of a long-term target, with the midfielder another player who could replace the departed Samir Nasri or Cesc Fabregas.
Pastore made a £36 million move to Paris Saint Germain in the summer, with Chelsea hoping to sign the Argentinian as well, and while Wenger told reporters: “I like this player. He has talent, a form of natural elegance, and a mental elegance too,” it might merely be a pipe dream for the somewhat frugal Arsenal manager.
3. Loic Remy
Chance of January move: 4/5
Wenger will be facing Remy along with Gonzalez tonight, and for the Gunners manager to compare the striker to Arsenal legend Thierry Henry, Wenger clearly sees something in Remy that he will be keen to purchase come January.
"Remy improves all the time," Wenger said this week. "Reminds me of a young Thierry: his runs and the speed at which he plays"
Remy is just 24-years-old, the same age as Nasri, and if Wenger believes the player can continue to develop, he might take the striker on board, particularly with Robin Van Persie stalling on a contract extension.
4. Andre Ayew
Chance of January move: 3/5
Wenger is denying that Ayew was ever really in his plans for a move, but with Jack Wilshere suffering more injury setbacks, and the midfielder’s unavailability having a clear effect on the squad, Arsenal may change their mind before the next window.
"We have many wingers. We brought in Gervinho and we have [Andrey] Arshavin, [Theo] Walcott and we brought in Oxlade-Chamberlain too,” Wenger insisted.
"Ayew is a very talented player, but in the middle we have a lot of players too.
"On Wednesday, we have eight midfielders and we could have had Jack Wilshere too, but he is injured."
At just 21, Ayew has a lot of potential, and Arshavin and Walcott will be entering heated contract talks with Wenger during this season, with both tied to the club for less than two more years. Depending on how those contract talks go, and Wilshere's availability, Wenger’s mind could well change.
5. Gary Cahill
Chance of January move: 2/5
Cahill will always be on Wenger’s list of possible targets, but after Thomas Vermaelen signed a new deal with the club yesterday, Arsenal are saying that they don’t need any more defenders.
“I like Cahill as a player but Thomas Vermaelen will be back in two weeks and Laurent Koscielny is a good defender too,” Wegner told skysports.com.
But is Wenger being cryptic in the hopes of landing Cahill for a little less than his £17 million exit clause? The England international’s contract with Bolton runs out next summer, and the club will need to either sign or sell in January.
Numerous sides have shown interest in Cahill, but Arsenal will most likely be the realistic favourites to land the star.