To date, the Gunners have had a mixed transfer window intially signing Lukas Podolski, Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla, but then subsequently selling star players Robin van Persie and Alex Song to Manchester United and Barcelona respectively.
Wenger is quoted as saying on Arsenal.com:
Some things can still happen. I don’t want make a promise that I cannot keep. It does not only depend on me. But there still could be some action on the transfer market – ins and outs.”
We are working [in the market]. We’ll see what we can do.
The transfer market is open for two months and yet for one month and three weeks it is nearly closed. It wakes up completely in the last week and then every minute becomes important. Everybody has played for time for seven or eight weeks and now suddenly everyone is in a hurry. And that is when the most intense activity happens.
We knew we had to buy [at this point] last season. We had lost Wilshere and Gibbs. We had just beaten Udinese in the Champions League but had just lost to Manchester United. This season is completely different. We have a good, stable, focused squad. We just have to show how good we are in the season.
We have Diaby and Oxlade-Chamberlain back now while Rosicky and Wilshere are coming back. They are all international-stature players. I focus highly on that. If we get these players back in good shape then we have a very, very strong squad.
In terms of offloading players, there is clearly a surplus of unneeded players such as Nicklas Bendtner, Sebastian Squillaci and Park Chu-Young. It is obviously imperative Arsenal get these players off the wage roll, but could prove to be difficult due to the inflated wages these players get at the Emirates.
At present, the question on everybody’s mind is whether Wenger will replace Alex Song as there is presently no other accomplished defensive midfielder in the squad. With Sahin virtually confirmed to be going to Liverpool, Yann M’Vila seems the most likely candidate to fill the defensive midfielders role.
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