COMMENTARY | Fresh off of an embarrassing opening Premier League match, it appears as if Arsene Wenger might finally be ready to spend some of the reported $109 million he has been given.
The Gunners have been linked with a host of players today, including an official bid for Newcastle ace Yohan Cabaye.
Sky Sports is reporting that the bid for Cabaye was for around $16 million, and that the Magpies have rejected the bid. It is assumed that Arsenal will have to nearly double its opening bid if it wishes to pry Cabaye away from northeast England.
Bringing in the 27-year-old Cabaye would be a solid start for the heavily injured Gunners. Arsenal currently has five players on the injury report (Miyaichi, Arteta, Diaby, Vermaelen, and Monreal), and at least three players were injured during the disastrous defeat Saturday (Gibbs, Oxlade-Chamberlain, and Sagna).
Fellow French youth international teammates Geoffrey Kondogbia and Paul Pogba are also being linked with Arsenal today. The rumor-based Goal.com is stating that the Gunners have made an inquiry to Kondogbia's current club, Sevilla, about the possibility of the player's availability. The website also asserts that Arsenal has bid for Schalke right back Atsuto Uchida. The bid for the Japan international is claimed to be around $9.3 million.
England's ITV News is reporting that Arsenal has, in fact, bid for Pogba as well. The Gunners are believed to have bid over $30 million for the Juventus midfielder.
Swansea City's duo of Michu and Ashley Williams are also rumored to be targets for Arsene Wenger as well. After stubbornly waiting to make significant moves this summer, Wenger might now have to overpay for the players in which he wants to bring into the north London squad.
Arsenal's tricky upcoming matches against Turkish side Fenerbahce add difficulties to signing new recruits. Even if Wenger brings in new players today or tomorrow, these players would not be eligible to play Wednesday against Fenerbahce. If the Gunners were to get knocked out by the Turkish team, Arsenal would then have to settle for the Europa League.
However, Fenerbahce has a hearing on whether or not it can even continue in the Champions League on the same day it plays Arsenal. The Turkish squad is being investigated for match fixing by UEFA (it was previously found guilty, but it has appealed the ban and the hearing on Wednesday will be the final ruling).
The outcome could be a massive decision for both Fenerbahce and Arsenal. If Fenerbahce is found guilty of match fixing, then even if Arsenal were to lose the two matches versus the Turkish giants, the Gunners could still be able to continue into the Champions League group stage.
With the Gunners in dire need of substantial player signings, a massive match on Wednesday, and a potential ban against their Champions League opponents, the next few days are going to be a crucial part of Arsenal's season.
Christopher Moore has been following Arsenal Football Club for over 10 years.
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