Ask any Arsenal fan and they’ll recount how anti-January transfer window Arsene Wenger has professed to be. In most years it would be expected for things to be as quiet as they have been to open the month-long window. But this year seems different.
A Quiet Start to Arsenal Transfer Window
Arsenal made its first signing in Greek defender Konstantinos (Kostas) Mavropanos. Somewhat underwhelming, the manager has openly said he will be looking to loan the player for the balance of the season at the very least. Seen as a move for the future, it left many Gooners wondering about a move for the present considering the state of the team’s defence.
With Alexis Sanchez with a foot still out the door, it was seemingly more possible that he would be dealt in January rather than being let go for zilch in the summer. At this point, Manchester City—or any other would-be suitor—would likely get him for well below fair value anyway. Hanging on to him now is likely the best case as he is producing for the club once more after a relatively uninspiring spell of matches in early to mid-December. Hindsight is 20/20, but that he wasn’t sold last summer is the real issue. Expect him to stay.
How on earth has Jack Wilshere not been re-signed yet? The manager has said he wants to keep him. The player has said he wants to stay. For a club that charges as much as it does for home matches and sits on a lofty perch near the top of the list of valuable clubs from around the world, certainly, money isn’t the issue. So what gives? Expect Jack Wilshere to sign but it’s frustrating that even the simplest bits of business seem to take forever. Hey, didn’t the club sign a contract expert last summer? Ugh.
Mesut Özil is an interesting case and one can see how this may take time. Once thought to be on his way out the door, there have been developments to suggest otherwise. First, the player is in the best form of his Arsenal life—and perhaps his career. Moreover, he has also openly suggested how important the club is to him now and in future—and of course Gooners the world over latched onto this in social media. This could go either way, but there is a much more optimistic mood about an Özil deal now than in the past.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been rumoured recently as being an Arsenal target.
— Mirror Football (@MirrorFootball) 4 January 2018
However, the manager took about four seconds to squash that rumour entirely. Moving on…
(forward to 7:03 for brief Aubameyang discussion)
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