Supporters at the Emirates Stadium are crying out for Arsene Wenger to make defensive additions in the January transfer window, but it would appear that the Frenchman will have to return to the drawing board before he considers doing so.
That specific turn of events has come about after rising Paris Saint-Germain star Adrien Rabiot made it clear that he has his heart set on joining AS Roma when the restraints on the market are lifted, and not Arsenal.
For the duration of the summer both Chelsea and the Gunners have been linked with attempts to entice Rabiot to the Premier League, with Wenger’s experience in nurturing promising French talent thought have afforded him the advantage.
Indeed the most recent comments coming from the powers that be at PSG seemed to confirm that the defender-come-midfielder is determined to leave the Parc des Princes, but it’s bad news for Arsenal, as he won’t be heading to north London.
French newspaper Le 10 Sport today carries the story that Rabiot has already made up his mind as to what direction he wants to take his career in, and the narrative doesn’t include the Gunners. It’s believed instead that he has rejected that option outright, and Roma boss Rudi Garcia stands to benefit as a result.
Despite being tender in years Rabiot has carved a reputation for being one of the most exciting talents in Ligue 1 and as such Wenger will likely feel aggrieved over the way proceedings have unfolded.
Yet the long-serving manager can’t afford to waste too much time crying over spilt milk, as there’s issues closer to home that require his attention. Veteran midfielder Tomas Rosicky is apparently unhappy over the lack of game-time he’s been handed so far this term, with the Czech international having amassed just 22 minutes of first-team football since the season began.
The 33-year-old yesterday revealed that he would consider his options in the coming months, despite the fact that he penned a two year extension on his £80,000-a-week deal only earlier this year. At the moment there is too much competition for the long-serving playmaker to force his way into Wenger's plans, though it is unlikely he will seek an exit in the January window.
Though firmly in the twilight of his career Rosicky remains a useful asset to Arsenal, and his experience in the dressing room is needed within a squad which has a fairly young average age.