So who else did Arsenal try to sign on the last day of the window? Villa? Traore? Capoue?

Ashley Football 6 Comments

As well as the signing of Nacho Monreal Arsene Wenger admitted that Arsenal got pretty close to grabbing another player on the last day of the window. However that player’s club refused to let the player go and the deal fell through.

So who was that player? It was assumed initially to be either Barcelona’s David Villa or West Ham’s Mohamed Diame, but now it appears that it might not have been either of them.

The Villa deal was quite possibly dead several days before the end of the window and although Wenger was making all the right noises about Diame it seems like he changed his mind about the player and didn’t actually make a bid for him.

One other theory that has been advanced is that Arsenal were close to signing Lorient forward Alain Traore but pulled out because the player sustained a thigh injury.

Several sources now claim that player that Wenger got close to signing was in fact Toulouse midfielder Etienne Capoue

TalkSport said yesterday.

The France international had been linked with a switch to England throughout January, with Everton and Fulham joining Arsenal in the pursuit.

And while Wenger landed Nacho Monreal from Malaga, he was also busy trying to sign Capoue but was thwarted as the Ligue 1 club refused to talk.

The 24-year-old’s agent Mino Raiola told L’Equipe: “The Toulouse president didn’t need to sell during this window. The asking price was a barrier every time.”

Well it certainly sounds plausible. Arsenal have been linked to Capoue for a long time. He is also exactly the type of combative midfielder the club needs to add some steel in front of the defence. Moving for Capoue would also explain why Wenger suddenly cooled on Diame.

In fact he must have been very keen on Capoue as he would have probably cost twice the amount that Arsenal would have paid West ham for Diame.

Ultimately though the failure to sign anyone – part from the excellent emergency left back – is a poor reflection on the Gunners’ management team. To have 31 days to sort out reinforcements only for the deal for your favoured player to be scuppered on the last day because the player’s club don’t actually want to sell, sounds very poor planning

By Ashley | February 3rd, 2013

  • “…a poor reflection on the Gunners’ management team.”

    Or that the selling club couldn’t obtain a suitable replacement, as the player they had lined up was unable to move for whatever reason.

  • Tomaswojtyga

    Wenger’s relative lack of activity in the transfer market had less to do with players not being available and more with loyalty to his own players. This became obvious to me upon watching the New Castle v Chelsea game in which New Castle outplayed the European Champions through most of the game while featuring their newly acquired French players, most of whom would find a place on Arsenal bench at the very least. Moussa Sissoko ran Ashley Cole ragged and scored two fantastic goals in the great win for Pardew’s side. Considering the fact Sissoko cost only 2 million , questions should be asked of Wenger and his scouting team seeing as the French league used to be his area of expertise. This surely puts Wenger’s comments about Pardew’s French league’s exploits in the sour grapes or sore loser category.

  • Youngguns80

    im not happy with january all the players who would be free agents should have been sold(arshavin,fabianski,squillaci,mannone) that woould have generated nearly 10m if  you count the wages we would save. that money would be enought to get us steklenburg and amorabieta.   djourou and chamack should have been sold for a combined 7m that money +another 5-7m could have baought us  capoue who would challenge for dm aswell as cb. arshavin replacement could have been ryo who isnt getting games at wigan.

  • Goon

    also tried to sign rooney, messi, cristiano ronaldo & neymar on last day.

  • medfly

    I’m glad they didn’t get Diame if they feel they have a good shot at Coupue in the summer. Why settle? 

  • Please use punctuation, it is awfully hard to read your post.