With the January transfer window fast approaching there are some guaranteed big name sales if some star players do not renew their contract. Arsene Wenger has admitted he may have to dive into the market and snatch a cheap buy, and there some interesting names that pop up that could be for sale this winter window at a cut price.
Bolton’s number one shot-stopper has been a big name amongst Premier League Goalkeepers in recent seasons, especially after a solid term last season. With the Gunners looking to offload Manuel Almunia permanently and possibly offer Fabianksi or Mannone loan moves away, Jaaskelainen would offer fantastic cover for Arsenal number one Szczesny and at 36 he can offer experience and knowledge to the Goalkeeping lineup.
The attacking right back has been in and out of the Chelsea lineup for the past couple of seasons but has always been dangerous on attack and reasonably solid defensively. The Portuguese international is out of contract at the end of the season and would be an excellent acquisition to the Gunners squad with Sagna, Jenkinson and Santos all out for an extended period, and would provide real depth at right back which they are currently lacking and even at right wing. Could Wenger strike a deal for the ‘mono-brow magician’? The Frenchman admitted that if there is a bargain on offer then he may well indulge, surely Bosingwa will have a cheap price tag. The only downside is he will be cup-tied to Chelsea for the Champions League campaign this season.
The England international has been strongly linked with the Gunners since last summer, however Wenger had a bid knocked back as Bolton were after a much higher fee then the Frenchman would ever fork out. Once again rumours are starting to fly around with Cahill’s contract due to expire this coming summer and surely Bolton will not want to loose one of their prize assets for free. The Gunners are currently 4th favourites in the race for his signature with odds of 10/1, Chelsea currently lead the way however AVB has admitted that he is not looking to purchase the England centre half. Wenger too has denied reports and it’s easy to see why with Vermaelen, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Djourou and youngsters Miquel and Bartley providing huge depth in the heart of the Gunners defence. A much more likely target for Wenger would be Bosingwa this window with many of their wide backs injured.
The Ivorian forward has also been on Wenger’s radar for some time, and has been increasingly fustrated at Chelsea due to his lack of playing time with Drogba and Anelka always being the preferred striking options, and the likes of Torress and Sturridge pushing Kalou down the pecking order even further. Kalou has shown glimpses of brillance with his attacking prowess, but has struggled to hold down a spot at Stamford Bridge, could Wenger make a double swoop for Kalou and team mate Bosingwa this winter? Many Gunners fans wouldn’t mind seeing these two make their way across London to the Emirates in January, especially Kalou who is well adapted to English life and football and can form a partnership with fellow Ivory Coast international Gervinho. But two small hitches, one – Kalou will travel to the African Nations Cup and two – he will cup-tied for the Champions League.
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Personally I don’t see Wenger purchasing Cahill as he has many centrebacks at his disposal, but I would like to see the Frenchman buy Bosingwa as he could be very valuable and would fit into the team structure very well while pushing Sagna for a starting berth on his return. Jaaskelainen would be a fantastic purchase for the Gunners as he is a ready made replacement for Szczesny and would come at a very cheap price too. Kalou too could be an interesting buy, but he can not play in the Champions League for Arsenal and will miss all of January with Gervinho at the ANC which is a vital time for Arsenal to find some attacking reinforcements. Wenger really needs to go overseas to find another attacking option, whether it’s Podolski, the versatile Gotze or youngster forward Reus there are some gems in Germany.
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