Arsenal began the summer with the signing of Yaya Sanogo, France U-20 International, on a free transfer from Auxerre, a Ligue 2 side. He showed a lot of promise during the 2012/13 season by scoring 10 goals in 13 league games for Auxerre and he also had good performances for the France U-20 squad at this year’s U-20 FIFA World Cup.
Arsenal supporters have been begging Wenger and the board to splash the cash and so far they’ve responded by not splashing the cash on anyone and signing another free transfer instead! Even though Mathieu Flamini may not be the extravagant signing Arsenal supporters have been looking for, this may very well end up being a great bargain. Not only is Flamini familiar with the Arsenal way, a former Gunner from 2004-2008, he also provides grit that the Arsenal midfield has been lacking as a whole these past few seasons. He also provides depth at defensive midfield and is a versatile player, he can also be deployed as a full-back.
Even though Flamini may end up being a good bargain for Arsenal, there are still more reinforcements needed if Arsenal are going to challenge for trophies this season. The rumor mill has Arsenal linked with a host of players which include Juan Mata, Angel Di Maria, and Ozil, just to name a few. How realistic are any of these targets? We’ll just have to wait and see until the last day of the transfer window.
In other news, Arsenal has received a tough draw in the Champions League group stages. Arsenal have been drawn in Group F where they have to face Borussia Dortmund, last year’s Champions League runners-up, Napoli, last year’s Serie A runners-up, and Marseille, last year’s Ligue 1 runners-up. All three of these teams will prove to be a tough test for Arsenal, but the one thing Arsenal has going for them is their experience in the Champions League and having a manager in Wenger, who is good tactically in Europe.
There are three days left in the transfer window and a tough test against North London rivals, Tottenham on Sunday. Don’t know what the results may be, but the one thing we can expect is a lot of action, during the game and the closing of the transfer window.
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