Emirates Stadium boss set to spend, spend, spend!
Arsenal are hoping to announce the signing of Lille’s Ivory Coast striker Gervinho who is believed to be flying in for further talks and negotiations today.
Lille chairman Michel Seydoux admitted Gervinho wants to move and said: “We know that Gervinho has a personal interest in joining Arsenal.”
That is likely to be followed by a move for Bolton’s England centre half Gary Cahill and they still want Blackburn’s Chris Samba.
Arsenal do not want to pay the £17m buy-out clause in Cahill’s contract but the deal could get the go-ahead with a player-plus-cash deal.
Samba is still on Arsenal’s wish list but they must offload Sebastien Squillaci while Blackburn want in excess of £12m because of an expensive sell-on clause with is former club Hertha Berlin.
Arsenal are also interested in Sunderland keeper Craig Gordon – who has one year left on his contract – and would be seen as back-up and competition to Wojciech Szczesny.
SOURCE: Daily Mirror
Arsene Wenger is looking to make some substantial changes at the Emirates Stadium and appears to have the financial backing to do so. Moves to beef up the Gunners defence appear to be at an advanced stage and given that the Arsenal back four conceded as many Premier League goals last season than in any other season since 1995, clearly something needed to be done.
New arrivals Laurent Koscielny and Sebastien Squillaci struggled all season and the addition of Gary Cahill and Christopher Samba will go a long way to remedying that problem. Both are proven Premier League talents and will add more strength in depth at the back, with Thomas Vermaelen and Johan Djourou also available to Wenger.
Moves to capture England international Cahill have become protracted and the inclusion of Nicklas Bendtner or Henri Lansbury may form part of any deal for the consistent centre back.
Lille striker Gervinho is reportedly close to completing his move to North London and his arrival will help take some pressure off Robin Van Persie who will invariably suffer some injury or other in the coming season. Marouane Chamakh will reportedly stay at the club despite a rather up and down first season at Arsenal.
Arsenal are also right to look for an experienced keeper to fight for the custodian spot with youngster Wojciech Szczesny but Wenger may struggle to wrestle Craig Gordon from Steve Bruce’s grasp.