Emirates Stadium boss set to conduct major squad shake-up.
Arsenal in advanced talks to sign Gary Cahill & Christopher Samba as Arsene Wenger considers surprise £24m double swoop
Gunners chief executive Ivan Gazidis meets with Bolton counterpart Phil Gartside to discuss Cahill transfer, as north Londoners also close in on Blackburn centre-back
Arsenal are in advanced talks to sign Gary Cahill and Christopher Samba as Arsene Wenger attempts to plug the holes in his leaky defence.
The manager has identified central defence as his team’s main weak point and accepts that Premier League nous is required to give his side greater steel next season.
After losing out on Samba’s former Blackburn Rovers team-mate Phil Jones, Wenger is keeping his options open by moving for two centre-halves simultaneously. Sources have indicated that he is even prepared to buy both players in this window in a shock double swoop that could cost £24 million.
Arsenal expect to clinch signing of Gervinho from Lille for £10.6m by end of the week
Gunners have agreed personal terms with Ivory Coast forward and he is ready to put pen to paper on a four-year deal.
Arsenal expect to clinch the signing of Gervinho from Lille for £10.6 million by the end of the week.
The Ivory Coast forward has agreed personal terms this week and is ready to sign permanently for Arsenal on a four-year contract.(Goal.com)
This news, if accurate, will surely please Gunners supporters who have been calling for significant signings to be made for quite some time. Six seasons without silverware have taken their toll and it is believed that stars Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas want assurances that the North London club will spend big in order to help bridge the gap to Chelsea and Man United.
Defensive reinforcements are a must after Arsenal had a nightmare season at the back, last season’s Premier League goals against tally was as high as it has been since 1995, and last summer’s signings of Laurent Koscienly and Sebastien Squillaci did not resolve the loss of experienced centre backs William Gallas and Sol Campbell.
Blackburn Rovers no nonsense centre back Christopher Samba could be just the right choice, strong Premier League experience and the ability to throw himself into challenges. Gary Cahill would be a more expensive option and perhaps Arsenal do not need to sign both defenders given that Thomas Vermaelen should be fit and raring to go come the new season and Johan Djourou was showing signs of great promise last term.
A new striker is also very much needed with far too much dependence placed on Robin Van Persie’s shoulders. Nicklas Bendtner is likely to leave and Carlos Vela may also be sacrificed and there are even some murmurings that Maroaune Chamakh, who started well last term, could be on his way to Marseille.
Gervinho impressed greatly last term and Arsenal scouts who have been monitoring the Ivory Coast striker last term must clearly have liked what they saw as he helped Lille to their first Ligue 1 title in over 50 years.
Next season is very much a crucial season for both the club and Arsene Wenger in particular. If Arsenal fail to show signs of a recovery then perhaps patience will run out and the Frenchman, regardless of previous success, may be shown to the Emirates Stadium exit.