Arsene Wenger might not be man of the moment in north London following Arsenal’s disappointing 2-0 loss to Southampton on New Year’s Day, but the Frenchman might have some reprieve with regards to one of his top transfer targets to comfort him.
Cavani to leave
Fresh reports today claim that Paris Saint-Germain have told Edinson Cavani he can find a new club in the summer, with the Uruguayan striker never having really settled in Ligue 1.
Cavani is a known target of Wenger and, though he’ll cost as much as £62 million, would certainly offer Arsenal the firepower they need to properly compete for the Premier League title. At the moment only Olivier Giroud and Danny Welbeck are adequately suited to lead the line for the Gunners, and neither has been overly prolific of late.
Though Cavani has never looked as lethal at PSG as he did at Napoli he remains a classy player, and it's more to do with Zlatan Ibrahimovic's dominance at the Parc des Princes than his own faults as to why he hasn't excelled.
Elsewhere Wenger has been left with plenty of food for thought after a fan approached him mid-game to voice his complaints at Arsenal’s performance against the Saints. The supporter in question was detained following the breach in security, but not before he could tell the Gunners boss exactly what he thought.
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It's since been revealed that the culprit has been charged for his actions, though it's fairly likely the security team at Southampton won't escape a rollicking for their part in letting it take place.
- It's bad news in Wenger's supposed pursuit of Maxime Gonalons, as the Lyon star has confirmed that he has no plans to move clubs in the January transfer window. The 25-year-old has been linked with a £25 million move to the Premier League, but insisted that the ambition shown by his current team was enough to convince him to stay put.
- It finally looks as though Lukas Podolski will leave the Emirates Stadium this month, as his manager confirmed that a serious bid had been put forward for his services. Wenger laughed off reports earlier this week that he would be leaving, but appeared to clarify that the German international might be packing his bags imminently.