Yesterday, on the first of July, the transfer window opened. For Arsenal, the transfer window is never simple, easy or quiet. However, this year may be different. With two major signings before the window was upon Arsenal, maybe this year will prove to be a successful one?
News came to light Sunday that soon-to-be Spurs boss, Andre Villas Boas, is planning a snatch and grab for Arsenal and England right winger Theo Walcott. Walcott had a simply fantastic tournament, playing mainly as an impact sub, he quite literally kept England in the tournament at points; and while we always knew he was a quality player, his performance in the Ukraine and the fact that his contract expires next year seems to have sparked interest in him from big name clubs. On the other hand, it's difficult to see Walcott in a Tottenham shirt.
The question on many fans lips right now is when will they get 20-year old Jack Wilshere back? Multiple newspapers and sources revealed Monday that the young midfielder would miss the start of the season including England's World Cup qualifiers.
Despite spending nearly all of last season undergoing treatment and rehabilitation, Wilshere's injuries still plague him and it has raised questions around whether Arsenal's promising young star ever fully recover from the injuries that have halted his development.
Originally it was thought that Wilshere was going to be back for the pre-season, in which he could build up his fitness. But it has been revealed that after his recent operation, the rehabilitation could take until at least September, at which point he is unlikely to be fit enough to join the first team straight away.
Clint Dempsey, the American midfielder currently residing with Fulham, has also said publicly that he'd like to play for a Champions League club. There are only four Champions league teams in the Premier League but he seems to be leaning towards the Gunners more than anyone. The American star scored 17 Barclays Premier League goals for Fulham during the 2011-12 season and says he will give his all for the West London club until his future is decided.
Previously it was though that Andrei Arshavin would make a permanent move back to his former club, Zenit, however recent events at Euro 2012 have made Zenit reluctant to acquire their former star. It is hoped by Arsenal fans that these events will blow over and the deal will still be completed, because while Arshavin is an extremely competent player, he does not fit in well with the English Premier league.
The Mirror reports that Arsenal's hope of keeping Robin van Persie could rest on hated former striker Emmanuel Adebayor. However, you shouldn't be inclined to believe the Mirror too closely, as they have been wrong before. Mancini has been told that before he can make the supposed £20,000,000 bid for the Dutchman, he must unload one big earner first, and that is where Adebayor, who spent last season on loan at White Hart Lane, will come in.
Adebayor currently earns £170,000 a week at city, and off-loading him could open them up to make van Persie an offer of £200,000 a week. Despite City's eagerness, they have decided to wait until either Adebayor or Dzecko have left before making a bid for the Arsenal captain.
Bradley Gabr-Ryn. - Twitter/ @bgrs_Arsenal