We aren’t going to pretend like we know all of the behind the scenes details from the summer transfer window, because that isn’t even remotely close to being the truth. We know about as much as the average person could ever hope to, and we can only really base our thoughts and opinions off of what we see being released on a day to day basis.
The 2018/19 season is entering its final and most crucial stage, and Arsenal are locked in a battle to secure Champions League qualification for next season. They currently sit in fourth place, ahead of Chelsea on goal-difference, two points clear of Manchester United in sixth, and a point behind local rivals Tottenham Hotspur in third.
The success or failure in that contest is certain to have an impact on the class of players the club will be able to attract this summer, with every player worth his salt dreaming of playing in UEFA’s elite club competition.
While you all may be busy getting in the festive spirit, we can imagine that this title alone was probably enough to make you spit your mulled wine out of your mouth. That’s completely understandable and we wouldn’t even dream of judging you for that – but let’s be perfectly honest here, what we’re about to say follows a similar trend to pretty much every team in the current landscape of English football, and that’s just the way the cookie crumbles.
While the January transfer window isn’t even open yet, that certainly isn’t going to stop fans and media members alike from speculating as to who may be coming and going from all of the major sides in the Premier League. While the majority of us are purely guessing at this point it’s certainly interesting to note just how excited everyone gets around this time of year, and to be perfectly honest, it always feels like some fans prefer this to the actual games themselves.
Arsenal have sounded out Lille’s Nicolas Pepe as the preferred option to replace Danny Welbeck, according to Gary Jacob of The Times.
Welbeck suffered a broken ankle in Arsenal’s Europa League goalless draw at home against Sporting Lisbon, and he isn’t very likely to play for the club ever again. The forward has undergone two surgery procedures and his way back to the pitch is expected to be a long one, and with his current deal expiring at the end of the season, he most likely won’t be offered a new one.
January transfer window is approaching hard, and clubs around England and the rest of Europe are contemplating various deal for fresh additions to their respective squads. Not that they are idle at other times around the year, but it’s a specially busy time for media outlets as they try and work out which player might leave his club and where he could go, often inventing things in the process.
Reports began surfacing yesterday that Nicolas Pepe (no, not the one you’re thinking of) was a major target for Arsenal this past summer. The Ivory Coast international plays as a winger for French club Lille, and has spent the last few years carving out a reputation for himself as one of the most impactful young wingers in Europe. From his pace to his delivery, the 23-year-old feels like he’s developing and getting better with each and every passing day.