It’s safe to say that if this time last month a transfer guru had told Arsenal supporters that Arsene Wenger would have signed more than one player by transfer deadline day, they’d take it with a smile.
The Frenchman has addressed the centre-back issue with the capture of Villarreal’s Gabriel Paulista, whilst also ensuring that he maintains his reputation for attracting rising youth prospects by bringing in young Pole Krystian Bielik.
Yet it’s between now and midnight tonight that Gunners fans will be regularly checking the gossip columns and transfer alerts with anticipation. Off the back of the hammering of Aston Villa Arsenal have sent a strong message to those competing with them for Champions League spots… Will they be able to call upon new recruits to help them over the line?
We start with the latest from the Moussa Sissoko saga, with the Frenchman continuing to flirt with the Gunners over a possible switch in the future. Unfortunately for those wanting to see immediate action the box-to-box midfielder has confirmed that he isn’t looking to make a transfer this month, although he did reveal the fact that he has dreamt of playing for Arsenal in the past.
The Newcastle star told how Gunners legend Patrick Vieira was his idol, and is sure to have peaked Wenger’s interest with comments that far from play down his interest in an eventual switch.
Elsewhere it’s positive news on the Morgan Schneiderlin front, with the Southampton ace believed to have agreed a summer switch to the Emirates Stadium. The defensive midfielder is also wanted by both Liverpool and Manchester United, but is said to be more interested in joining Wenger’s side at the end of this season, if he does indeed opt to leave the Saints.
Walcott new deal
Lastly Theo Walcott is set to be handed a new five-year deal in north London, with Wenger keen to tie him down the club for the future. The pacey winger, who earns a mooted £100,000-a-week on his current deal, has struggled with a serious knee injury for the past 12 months, but now finds himself back in the regular fold.