Transfer Deadline Day is finally upon us, and this year, that means that the season is very close to being upon us, too. It’s been a long and incredible summer, especially for English football fans, and now it’s time to get things underway once again. However, with there still being so much business to get through, the question remains as to how Arsenal fans should handle arguably one of the biggest days in the football calendar.
According to the London Standard, Arsenal are considering a late window bid of around £26.9million for Besiktas and Croatia centre-back Domagoj Vida. The Turkish club are understood to be willing to sell the 29-year-old this summer.
Vida impressed at the World Cup and helped his country to the final, where they suffered a 4-2 defeat. Alongside legend in his own lunchtime Liverpool’s Dejan Lovren, the defender formed a formidable central defensive partner for Zlatko Dalic’s side.
Vida’s performances in Russia reportedly attracted the interest of Premier League duo Everton and Liverpool. It seems Arsenal were also impressed by the centre-backs displays. The defender is believed to fancy a move to England and the Premier League.
The summer transfer window is set to close much earlier than usual this year, with tomorrow being the new Deadline Day just twenty-four hours before the Premier League actually kicks off. A parade of teams will be hoping to get some last minute deals done in order to bolster their squad and one such team is Arsenal.
The Gunners have already brought in a series of high-profile names throughout the summer in an attempt to improve their chances of finishing in the top four, but is it enough? The answer is probably yes given the depth they have in their squad, but when you’re linked with a name like Ousmane Dembele, it’s hard to pass up that kind of opportunity to try and sign him.
Stan Kroenke is now the sole owner of Arsenal Football Club, and that sentence has frustrated quite a few fans over the last twenty-four hours – and rightfully so. It’s a tough situation in more ways than one and it’s completely understandable to see why so many people are annoyed by it, given that it creates more of a disconnect between the club and the fanbase. Alas, in every great negative there’s a positive to be found and in this instance, that positive is the return of the Premier League and domestic football as a whole.
According to the BBC, Arsenal defender Calum Chambers is set to join London rivals Fulham on a season-long loan deal. The report suggests that the player just needs to agree on personal terms with Cottagers before completing the move.
The 23-year-old has only recently signed a contract extension in north London. However, it seems that he is moving to Craven Cottage for more regular first team football this season.
Pushed down the pecking order by new arrivals
The summer arrivals of Swiss international defender Stephan Lichtsteiner and Greek defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos has seen Chambers fall down the pecking order at the north London.
Stan Kroenke has bought out Alisher Usmanov, meaning that he now has sole control and ownership of Arsenal Football Club. The overall value is believed to be around £1.8 million, with Kroenke now being the metaphorical judge, jury and executioner in North London – or, at least, one part of North London.
It’s a move that has upset and angered many fans who believe that this pulls them further away from the club that they know and love which, on the face of it, makes a lot of sense. Kroenke has long since been viewed as one of the major problems behind the struggle that the Gunners have experienced over the last few years, with his inability to pull the trigger on sacking Arsene Wenger being a big reason for that.
Whilst the Championship is now back underway after this past weekend, all eyes are now turning towards the Premier League which kicks off on Friday night. The twenty teams involved in the top flight will get their respective campaigns underway, as everyone attempts to build some momentum ahead of what is sure to be a gruelling 38-game season.
Two such teams are Arsenal and Manchester City, who will have the honour of closing out the first matchday during the 4pm kickoff on Sunday. The Gunners have been preparing for this for around two months now since the fixture list was released, with both teams strengthening their squads ahead of the new season.
According to Sky Sports, West Ham are interested in signing Arsenal’s Spanish striker Lucas Perez before Thursday transfer deadline. The 29-year-old could well seal a move away from north London in the next few days, especially as the player’s agent has confirmed interest from the Hammers.
Surplus to requirements at Arsenal
Lucas Perez is reportedly considered surplus to requirements at Arsenal. The forward spent last season on loan at Deportivo La Coruna, where he scored eight times in 35 appearances as Deportivo suffered relegation under Clarence Seedorf.
A lot of eyes are going to be on Arsenal this weekend, if only because they’ll be opening their Premier League campaign against reigning champions Manchester City. With just under a week remaining until kick-off some managers would probably be choosing to rest and keep a low profile, but not Unai Emery. Instead, the Spaniard took some time out of his day this weekend to go and watch the Community Shield which was contested between the aforementioned City and Chelsea.
The summer transfer window is coming to a close in the next few days, and with that comes a period of reflection for the majority of teams up and down the country. Some will be analysing how they’ve done and what players they’ve been able to bring in, whereas others will merely be interested in looking at ‘what could’ve been’ whilst also beginning their plans for the January window – despite the fact that the actual season hasn’t even begun yet.