Gunners fans are more than a little irritated by recent events, and news that the club may be looking to purchase two more youthful talents may not be what the supporters were hoping for in the January sales.
It is being reported today that Arsenal are putting together a cut-price bid to sign Standard Liege youngsters Steven Defour and Axel Witsel.
Seperately they could be expected to net £15 million for the two Belgian internationals, but Wenger could make a bid of £12million for both.
Defour’s agent has already claimed that Arsenal have made enquiries about his client, and Defour had such a brilliant performance against Everton in the UEFA cup that he is now on many clubs’ most-wanted list.
Witsel is a very promising midfielder who can play across the park, and switch wings with ease. He is the perfect Wenger buy and would expect to mature rapidly at the Emirates, though at 19 he may be a bit old to get into the first team!
Witsel was the Belgian Young Player of the Year last season, and recently admitted that he would love Arsenal’s interest to develop into a concrete move.
He said: “I have dreamt about playing for a big club since I was a kid and my love for Arsenal goes back a long way.” (footylatest.com)
Wenger has clearly assembled a squad who will no doubt walk the title in three or four years’ time, but at what cost to the here and now? The clever addition of Silvestre aside, it does seem that the Arsenal boss is simply racking up a team of the future without taking care of the present. A team which has undoubted talent seems to lack enough leaders on the pitch, especially when those leaders include the erratic William Gallas as captain. Yes, these two Belgians look like fine prospects, but will they be any better than the youngsters already at the club? I am sure that the north London side’s fans hope that this deal is shelved in favour of bringing in some old heads to balance the ship. Do Gunners fans want to see a surge in older players being brought into the club?