It now looks as though both Gervinho and Marouane Chamakh are nearing deals that will see them leave the Emirates before the start of the new season.
Most real Gooners will be less disappointed about this than they are about the failure, so far, to bring in a really big name – with Suarez still the name on everybody’s lips as the main possibility after a £40m bid was rejected by Liverpool. Of course, if he does come, Luis will have to work hard to win the hearts of the Arsenal fans; most of whom, it’s fair to say, dislike him as much as most other football fans outside the red half of Liverpool.
Deals down to the wire
Most Gooners would like to see things neatly wrapped up before the opening Premier League game at home to Aston Villa on August 17th. But that’s not the way things often happen – with many deals going right down to the transfer deadline – a major reason why putters should keep an eye on paddy power transfer deadline day betting odds. Anyway, “que sera, sera”, to borrow a phrase from the signature song of the club we all love to hate and whose name won’t be mentioned here. Whatever happens, it looks to be a superb season in prospect, but if the Gunners don’t get off to a good start (again) there will surely be more rumblings.
If you’re a gambler, you probably don’t know which way to turn for the opener against Villa. Let’s face it – it’s probably a match best left alone; save your cash for another day. The club, though, has recently launched a new gaming app to appeal to fans of poker and casino, as well as regular football betting fans, and this might prove a better bet. We are, after all, odds-on to beat Villa, but we all know what can happen at the start of the season.
Two out – just one in so far
But whatever else happens, it now looks like we won’t be lining up with Gervinho and Marouane Chamakh in our ranks according to the BBC. It seems as if both players are close to leaving – with Ivory Coast international Gervinho penciled in for a move to Roma for close to £7m. Let’s face it, his £11m buy wasn’t the shrewdest move Arsene has ever made. At least Chamakh came in on a free from Bordeaux – though it now looks like he’ll be on his way to Palace either on loan or permanently – where he’ll surely have to work a bit harder to earn his corn.
Gervinho, meanwhile, will be back playing for his old boss from Lille, in the shape of Rudi Garcia, the now Roma manager – who clearly thinks a lot about the 26 year-old.
Presuming Chamakh does make the move to Selhurst Park, he won’t have to wait long to try and put one over on the Gunners as the two clubs face each other at Palace on 26th October. That would be typical of our early season luck from last year, and the 29 year-old Chamakh is no slouch on his day.
So that‘s it so far. We have 20-year-old Frenchman Yaya Sanogo in from Auxerre. – and no-one else as yet; so it’s a question of “watch this space” it seems.