Fresh from a victory over Manchester City that sent shockwaves through the Premier League, Arsene Wenger is a very happy man.
However, if the Frenchman wants to keep it that way, and we indeed assume he does, he’ll have to turn his attentions to the transfer market to sate the appetite of Gunners fans baying for improvement.
If reports today are anything to go by then he’s already put his ear to the ground in a bid to scour the earth for the best deals to be done this January, and some pretty interesting things have come up.
Firstly there’s the speculation surrounding Newcastle United star Moussa Sissoko, who apparently has his representatives lodged in talks with Arsenal over a move that would see him trade St. James’ Park for the Emirate Stadium.
It’s said that he’s wanted by Paris Saint-Germain as well however, whose spending power could be a decisive factor if it comes down to a two-horse race, and so the situation will have to be watched carefully.
Elsewhere Saint Etienne captain Loic Perrin has admitted that he is baffled by the state of negotiations regarding his supposed move to north London, as Arsenal have left him in the cold.
The French centre-back has been linked with a transfer to the Gunners for some time now, but he admitted to reporters that after having made initial contact his would-be new club haven’t spoken to him to progress things further.
Wenger is said to be mulling over the prospect of making a big-money offer to beat Manchester United to Argentina star Nicolas Otamendi, with the Valencia defender seemingly ticking the boxed when it comes to bolstering the 65-year-old’s back-line.
Wenger has been forced to tinker with his squad thanks to injuries and the like, and Otamendi would be an astute, experienced, purchase.
Lastly Arsenal are said to be keen to strike up immediate talks with Italy star Mattia Destro, who has attracted the attention of a host of Premier League sides with his performances this term. The 23-year-old has yet to confirm whether or not he will stay with Rudi Garcia, though the coming weeks should make it clear.