Arsene Wenger confirmed that Ivorian attacker Gerinvho is closing in on an exit from Emirates Stadium with an agreement on the horizon with a club (most likely Italian outfit Roma) however fellow out-of-favour forward Nicklas Bendtner is nowhere near securing a move away as the Arsenal boss looks to remove unwanted first team players.
The Gunners fought back to a 2-2 draw in Saturday’s Emirates Cup fixture against Napoli, and after the match Wenger revealed plenty of the goings on around the club transfer-wise but the overwhelming worry still lingers that the squad will be even thinner come September 1st with no new signings close. However the Frenchman is a very secretive man.
Marouane Chamakh could also be potentially off the Gunners books in the next 24 hours and follow the likes of Denilson, Santos, Squillaci in leaving the north London club this summer, while Gervinho’s exit looks imminent after two undulating seasons in red and white.
Wenger revealed in his post match press-conference (see here for the full transcript):
[on transfer negotiations] When you want to buy any player you need the agreement of the club and the agreement of the player and you need to agree a price. So you need three agreements. It is like you go to your neighbour and say: ‘I want to buy your house, so get out tomorrow morning.’ He will not be necessarily happy about it.
We have to focus on the players that we have. We are not drawn too much into the stories. But I can understand that they are interesting for people who love football, but it is not the most important in the game.
We will treat every transfer with the rules we have always followed and in a fair, respectful way. That is our club. Other clubs do it differently and that is their problem. But we are completely faithful to the values we think are important here.
[on winning the title] I am confident. Why should I sit here and say to you that we can absolutely not win the title with the players we have?
[on players possibly leaving] Gervinho we are at the moment close to an agreement with a club where he should go. Bendtner we are nowhere. At the moment he is completely here. Chamakh might go somewhere, it will be decided in the next 48 hours. [They are] permanent moves.
[on Napoli] I think they are a very good side. Very well organised. I like what they did in midfield. You could see that this team plays for a few years together. Hamsik was especially dominant in the first half. They gave us big problems there. Overall they are compact, united and a very well-organised team that is very good.
[on extending Bacary Sagna’s contract] We will try to extend Bacary Sagna but we are not close to an agreement.
[on making a bid for Luis Suarez] I never said we have made a bid to Liverpool, now I can tell you we have made one, so at least that is some information. All the rest, I would like to keep to us. If we progress in that situation, we will inform you. At the moment, that is where we are.
Wenger’s secretive transfer approach is certainly a smart way to operate however frustrating it may be for Gooners. Gazidis’ PR stunt at the end of last season did little to help our negotiating team when he declared that we can afford someone of Rooney’s stature as naturally other clubs and players will hold out for more money, just like City splashing unnecessary millions because clubs can milk them for all they are worth.
The news that Gervinho is nearing an exit is very positive, he has failed to live up to expectations and has continually frustrated despite glimpses of brilliance. The Ivorian ends just a short two year stay with the Gunners and it will pave the way for youngster Serge Gnabry to become more involved in the squad. Wenger has plenty of faith in the 18-year-old.
Chamakh similarly to Gervinho has failed to perform at the highest level in England despite dominating in France before a move across the Channel. Yet another piece of the ‘deadwood’ is nearing an exit, and hopefully something can be sorted soon as it will provide even more pressure for Wenger to reinforce the frontline. Bendtner is just a lost cause, and it seems like his own doing after pricing himself out of moves away. He can do a Squillaci and train with the Reserves next season.
Sagna’s contract is another issue that needs to be addressed soon, the 30-year-old’s current terms end next summer and Wenger will be keen to tie him down to a new deal. He looks set to play another integral role in the sides backline this season, not only as the first choice right back but also as cover centrally.
What are your thoughts on Wenger’s press conference statements? Certainly a bit of substance from the usual Wenger-talk..