With only a few hours left of the transfer deadline at 11pm, the strongest stories at the present moment are the potential signings of Mikel Arteta for around Â£10 million from Everton, and Yossi Benayoun from Chelsea, possibly on loan.
The problem is, the signing of Arteta goes against Arsene’s whole transfer policy.
Over the last 7 seasons, Arsenal have brought in:
Hleb, Diaby, Mannone, Bendtner, Adebayor, Walcott, Rosicky, Baptista, Gallas, Fabianski, Eduardo, Nordtveit, Sagna, Diarra, Vela, Ramsey, Nasri, Bischoff, Silvestre, Arshavin, Vermaelen, Chamakh, Koscielny, Squillaci, Jenkinson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Gervinho, Joel Campbell, Chu Young Park, Andre Santos and Per Mertesacker.
The common theme?
The players are either from the lower leagues or abroad.
Apart from Diarra, Gallas and Silvestre, all of the players we’ve brought in have been from outside of the Premier League. So clearly this is a conscious decision made by Arsene and his team.
Why is this?
Maybe he feels Premier League players are over priced? Whatever the reason, bringing in other players from teams from the Premier League is something that Arsene clearly likes to avoid.
So don’t bank on the Mikel Arteta deal to go through.
And the rumours are that Arsenal are offering Â£10 million for his services. Although Arteta is obviously not in the same league as Cesc, Â£10 million is under-valuing him if you ask me and we saw what happened when Arsenal tried to get Jagielka for a similar price.
Arsenal can always say they tried to sign a creative midfielder later on in the season if Arsenal struggle to score goals or have to play the younger players in midfield.