Launch new kit. Tick. Dispose of a few deadwood players. Tick. Sign some new ones. Well hopefully that will be Arsene Wenger’s agenda this week and top of his wants list appears to be Luis Suarez.
At first it seemed that the so called bid for the Liverpool striker was a bit of smoke screen to let the wavering Higuain and Real know that Arsenal had other options. But nope, it looks like Arsenal are serious and according to the papers this morning Suarez is taking their interest seriously too.
In spite of all the talk of how much he hates the British media the player now appears to be up for any team that will offer him Champions League and big pay packet. He told a Uruguayan radio station
“But in football, as I have always said, you never know what is going to happen. I’ve said everything I have said. As things stand I have to present myself there but just a phone call could change those plans. It is good to know I’m still valued by teams like Arsenal.
“Friends call me up to ask if I am moving to Chelsea, to which I laugh. The important thing in the market, whatever else has happened, is for teams to continue to value me for what I’ve done as a player on the pitch. It is not one club at the moment, there are lots of options.
“I do not think any of them are concrete yet. There are two or three teams that are possibilities.”
With still no movement on Fellaini and Gareth Barry increasingly looking like a Plan B I wonder if Arsene will this morning be thinking about another old flame – Matty Flamini.
After several tricky years in Italy the player is said to be keen to move back to the Premiership as he had unfinished business.
He is 29 now and clearly a shadow of the player he was when he left Arsenal, but there are a trio of clubs interested in securing his services. Is Arsenal one of them?
Flamini told The Sun, reported here.
“Milan offered me a contract for two years but I need to take my time and make the right decision. I’ve been in Italy for five years, I’ve had a great time and learnt a lot. But I miss England and I want to win the Premier League. It has a special place in my heart. I like the pace and the physicality of English football and I like that every game is very open.”