Wenger’s Transfer Policy Still the Same
Arsene Wenger says his transfer policy for Arsenal is still the same and he would continue to bring in a few World Class players to go with the club’s home grown products like he always has.
The Gunners’ record-breaking £42.5million outlay on Mesut Ozil in the summer transfer window made some people think that Wenger has abandoned his practise of nurturing young talent into quality players. But the Frenchman says that isn’t the case, and his tried and tested footballing philosophy is still in operation at the North London club.
In an interview with Arsenal.com, Wenger said: “The policy is exactly the same – I always want to bring the best players in here, world-class players, at the best possible price. And I want to continue to educate 60 to 80 per cent of the squad ourselves. The culture of the club, the way we want to play football and the way we want to behave, comes from within. The (Jack) Wilsheres, the (Aaron) Ramseys, the (Kieran) Gibbs – these kind of players have to be the culture of the club. Then on top of that, we want to bring world-class players who will help us to be even stronger.”
About the club’s improved financial situation and the uncharacteristic splash of cash on Ozil, he added: “It’s a big responsibility to spend that amount of money [for Ozil]. But I feel comfortable with it because we had the money to do it. Before, we couldn’t have done it because we didn’t have the money available. It’s as simple as that.
Thomas Vermaelen has admitted that he would seek a move away from Arsenal in the January transfer window if his game time doesn’t increase in the next two and a half months.
The Gunners captain, once considered a mainstay in the club’s backline, lost his starting role to the impressive partnership of Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny last season and hasn’t been able to win it back since. The only playing opportunities the Belgian receive these days at the Emirates are when those two are injured or rested. He has made just one league appearance so far this season, which has made him confess that heading for the exit would be his only option due to next year being a World Cup year.
“January is still a few months ahead,” Vermaelen told the Daily Mail. “Of course, never playing will not be the ideal situation for me to go to the World Cup, that’s for sure. People ask me if I panic because I’m not playing a lot but I’m not. I have spoken to the manager but it will remain private between us. Things can happen in a split second and change my situation. That can happen tomorrow or next weekend. In that case, we will speak differently in January. I have to be ready for that.”
Arsenal Want Herrmann
Arsenal will rival Tottenham Hotspur in the race to sign Borussia Monchengladbach winger Patrick Herrmann, according to a report in The Express.
The Gunners are short of wide players and would attempt to bring the 22-year-old starlet to the Emirates Stadium in the January transfer window. If true, he would join the growing contingent of German players at Arsenal which already boasts stars such as Mesut Ozil, Per Mertesacker, Serge Gnabry and Lukas Podolski.
Coach Arsene Wenger currently has three wing players at his disposal in the form of Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Podolski – all of whom are out injured at the moment. Hence, Herrmann, who has been on Wenger’s radar for more than two years, would provide a lot of relief to the Frenchman.
They would have to be careful in their pursuit though as Spurs as well as Juventus are interested in signing the Germany under-21 international. It’s believed Monchengladbach are seeking at least £13million in sale proceeds.
Martinez Loaned to Owls
Arsenal FC have announced that their young goalkeeper Damian Martinez has been loaned to Championship outfit Sheffield Wednesday for a month.
The Gunners’ injury problems forced Arsene Wenger to give the Argentine shotstopper his club debut last season. But the return to full fitness of Wojciech Szczęsny and the loan arrival of Emiliano Viviano means that Martinez’s chances of having any first team football were very slim this time around. It is why the club have sent him to the Owls.
In a statement on Arsenal.com, the club confirmed the 21-year-old’s departure, stating: “He [Martinez] heads to Hillsborough for the opportunity to gain additional first-team experience. Everyone at the Club wishes Damian well during his loan spell.”
Lewandowski Hasn’t Signed with Bayern Yet
Borussia Dortmund star Robert Lewandowski has alerted Arsenal FC and his other admirers by revealing that his move to Bayern Munich is not certain by any means and he could still choose wherever he wants to go when his contract expires next summer.
It has long been believed that the Poland international has had some sort of agreement with the Bavarians and it is only a matter of time before he would be seen in a Bayern shirt. However, the 25-year-old striker has clarified that he hasn’t signed with anyone yet although he would be able to discuss pre-contract agreements with his suitors from January.
A Polish newspaper has quoted Lewandowski as saying: “I will be able to sign a contract (with any club] in January, but I have never said that I will sign a contract with Bayern. It was a misunderstanding.”
He further said: “One day I would like to play in the Premier League. It would be a great experience.”
That last remark would surely be of interest to Arsenal as well as some of their rivals like Chelsea, all of whom are reportedly in the market for new front men.