Although still with almost two weeks left in the transfer window, it has been reported that the Gunners have been put on high alert following Everton’s admission that they are significantly low on funds.
The two most highly rated players at the club, Leighton Baines and Phil Jagielka, would be most welcome to the Emirates and it seems there could be a window of opportunity to nab them with Everton needing to sell before they can even think about adding depth to their squad.
Baines would add much needed stability to the left-back position in place of injury prone Gibbs and Jagielka would improve the centre of defence, leaving Koscielny a strong back-up on the bench which would effectively abolish the need for the woeful Squillaci.
Toffee’s chairman Bill Kenwright said on the situation: “We knew this summer we were going to get to a point where things were going to be very, very tight and we knew we had to trade.
“There has not been a lot of trading in football itself this summer and we have not been able to trade yet and that is the reason we have not brought in a new player.
“We have come to a stage with our bank, with our finance, where we just cannot borrow any more.
“Sky have been at the AGMs, the EGMs, the shareholders’ meetings where I have said year after year that what we do is we beg, we borrow, we don’t steal.
“But we beg and we borrow from the bank.
“That’s what we have been doing and the banks are tightening in now and we just cannot borrow any more money to protect the football club and to protect the fans.”
I don’t have to say that if we could snatch this duo, it would be a dream transfer deal that would equate to a poultry £35m at the most. We would easily have one of the strongest back-lines in the Premier League that would also offer plenty of offence in the form of Baines and Sagna down the flank, resembling characteristics of the Arsenal team of old.
But while it would be amazing to have these players in our first-team, it remains a dream, although one that has now become more of a possibility. With Cesc’s departure boosting the coffers by £35m and Nasri soon to add £25m more to the kitty, Arsenal’s war chest is bursting with the much needed cash Everton needs. The opportunity seems to be there, but we will just have to wait and see what Arsene’s move is!