Arsenal got off to a flying start this weekend, having seen Aaron Ramsey’s last gasp finish give them three points against a resilient Crystal Palace side.
However all’s not well at the Emirates Stadium with regards to to their transfer endeavours, and Arsene Wenger is going to have to return to the drawing board if he wants to land another defensive midfielder.
For after Southampton’s narrow defeat to Liverpool yesterday Saints boss Ronald Koeman revealed that Morgan Schneiderlin had “changed his mind” over pushing for a St. Mary’s exit. The France international has been hotly linked with a move to the Gunners for the duration of the transfer window, along with their north London rivals Tottenham, and it was even claimed that he was ready to force a move away.
Now though it seems as though he has settled his differences, and will remain with Southampton for the foreseeable future. Koeman stated post-Liverpool defeat that Schneiderlin had changed his mind and mentality, whilst the player himself has claimed that he now has a gentleman’s agreement which could allow him to leave if a big club makes an approach.
Much has been made over Arsenal's search for a holding midfielder, though Wenger may yet resort to using Jack Wilshere in the role.
Meanwhile it was claimed over the weekend that former Chelsea forward Samuel Eto’o is resisting putting pen to paper with any club, while he waits to see if Wenger will offer him a deal. The Cameroon star is still without a team, having been let go by Jose Mourinho at the end of last season, but wants to remain in the Premier League and play football at the highest level.
The veteran forward has been and done it all during his stints with Barcelona and Inter Milan, though he failed to make much of an impact at Stamford Bridge last term. He did manage a hat-trick against Manchester United, but aside from that was largely uninspiring.
And it’s not just Eto’o Wenger can get his hands on, as Shakhtar Donetsk have confirmed that playmaker Bernard is available on a season-long loan deal. The Brazilian, who has been on the Gunners’ radar for a while now, is wary about returning to Ukraine, and Arsenal can have him so long as they reach an agreement with his current club.
The north London giants could face strong competition from Tottenham for his signature, though their participation in the Champions League gives them a healthy advantage.