The intrigue of the transfer window is usually reserved for the last hours as it closes. The aces becomes mostly in the hands of the buying club. Added to that is the fact that players not initially available in the transfer market earlier in the window becomes available as their parent club look to get in potential buyers for them. The statement of Arsene Wenger on the official site about this scenario after the pre-season friendly with Boreham comes into consideration.
“You are not the only one who decides that. Sometimes players that you want are available very late. You refer maybe to the Ozil case but at the same period last year, he was not available and became available very late. We’ll do the deals when it’s possible and that depends on three different opinions. This team we could do it early.” Wenger said.
With Arsenal benefiting from the late availability of Mesut Ozil last summer, which player could become available this time around that will be to the benefit of Arsenal? And knowing how Arsene Wenger loves doing business on the last day of the transfer window, there is no doubt that he would take a punt or two if such a player become available. Now who can those players be?
There is Mario Balotelli. The excesses of the Italian have resulted in many clubs washing their hands off him. But with AC Milan still willing to sell him, a reduced fee that could be too good to turn down can force Arsenal’s hand on the last day of the transfer window, though this falls in the scale of improbable.
There is also Edinson Cavani, with Real Madrid having signed Toni Kroos and are looking to tie down a deal for James Rodriguez, this could spark some transfer frenzy that could see Angel Di Maria move to either the Emirates or Paris, which could make Cavani available as PSG considers working within UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rule. This scenario though also falls with the scale of improbable.
Then there is Jackson Martinez who has not hid his desire to play for Arsenal. Although his availability is initially seem depended on whether Porto will look to bring in another striker which they have done with the signing of Cristian Tello on two-year-loan deal from Barcelona. It looks on unlikely that Arsenal will go in for him as the opportunity has been there all summer to bring in him if the club was truly interested in signing him.
Even if the likes of Javi Martinez, Morgan Schneiderlin and Marcos Reus become available on the last day of the window, the needs of the team will have to be taken into consideration when a decision is taken to bring in a player that becomes suddenly available.
Assuming the club has bought a defensive midfielder and a goalkeeper before then, the likely position it will consider might be a striker and the centre half.
With the early transfer activities of the club, the last day of the window could be different for Arsenal fans, but as pointed out, the sudden availability of a player could change all that.