January Transfer Window Update….Where are the Big Deals?

We’re almost half way through January the month that sees the transfer window open for European clubs to buy, sell or loan players during the 31 days of the month. However, there appears to be heavy negotiations behind the scenes with managers, players and more correctly agents and chairmen. Where are the big deals?

The likes of Gary Cahill and Carlos Tevez were rumoured to make moves come January but neither deals have taken place with the latest of Tevez’s switch to Milan appears to have been stalled. Rumours are linking the want away Argentinean striker to Queens Park Rangers, who appointed his former boss at City, Mark Hughes as their manager.

It may just be because they share the same agent but could Tevez play his football in London again? Crazier things have happened.

Whatever happens, QPR is one club that’s expected to be very busy this month but have only acquired Federico Macheda on loan from Manchester United.

Whilst across west London, Chelsea were expected to make some signings for manager Andres Villas Boas to boost his squad. Gary Cahill of Bolton Wanderers has been heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge although the likes of Tottenham Hotspur could be after him too.

The most interesting deals of the 12 days we’ve had so far have been Nicolas Anelka’s move to China, whilst he may be well past his prime you didn’t expect the Frenchman to end his playing days in the Chinese Premier Division. ‘The Sulk’ has been one the best finisher’s the Premier League has ever seen.

Some interesting loan deals have taken place with Emmanuel Frimpong joining Wolverhampton Wanderers on loan from Arsenal, a midfield with him and Jamie O’Hara sounds very combative.

Whilst away from the top flight, League Two side AFC Wimbledon have made a double scoop with the return of Jason Euell to the South London club from Charlton Athletic on loan and young midfield George Moncur (son of John) from West Ham.

The biggest signing of this transfer window so far has to be Thierry Henry returning to Arsenal on loan. Whilst players look to end their careers in the MLS, the fact they’re able to come back on loan is a very attractive prospect for players and clubs alike.

Robbie Keane also joins Henry in a short term loan by signing for Aston Villa. The player who never lived up to expectations in his loan move at West Ham United last season has caused a flurry of ‘boyhood club’ jokes on Twitter, as standard.

What’s to come in the remaining days of January? It’s hard to say.

Will Manchester United buy a midfielder? Where will Christopher Samba ditch Blackburn for? And just how many players will Mark Hughes sign at QPR?

I’ll be back in a week to see what’s taken place…

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The best and worst case scenarios for Arsene Wenger & Arsenal FC

A hyperbole is surrounding Arsenal Football Club and in particular their long serving manager Arsene Wenger this week so it would be pretentious for Verbal Football to not give it’s two pennies on the matter.

The hype which has been fuelled by another trophyless season for the North London side has only had more petrol poured on the bonfire with the sale of Cesc Fabregas and doubts over whether Samir Nasri is sold to Manchester City, plus with the lack of signings that many Arsenal fans and football fans, ex-players and journalists all feel is needed.

To make it worse, a 0-0 draw at Newcastle was marred by the sending off of Gervinho and retrospective ban for Alex Song after his stamp on Joey Barton. In the week, a unconvincing 1-0 home win over Udinese in the UEFA Champions League qualifier did little to help preperations going into the Liverpool game at the weekend.

An under strength Gunners side suffered a 2-0 home defeat to Liverpool on Saturday which has put Arsene Wenger in an edgy position for the next week with two important fixtures in place. The defeat which I feel was caused by the sending off of holding midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong and Arsene Wenger not making changes to cover the huge hole in front of the back four for Liverpool and Charlie Adam in particular to exploit.

Added to all of this, UEFA have decided to ban Arsene Wenger from the touchline for a further two games after a communication break down over what contact the Arsenal manager could make from the stands to his bench during the home game in the Champions League last week.

So what are the best and worst case scenarios for Arsenal over the next week and furthermore? Continue reading

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If there is one club in the English Premier League that needs new faces in the dressing room, then it is Arsenal Football Club. The previous season was their sixth without a trophy and although manager Arsene Wenger likes to defend his players to the death, I am sure he will admit even if only to himself that this squad needs something else if they are to compete and even stay in the top 4.

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Crucial time ahead for Arsene Wenger

 The 2010/2011 season has to be one of the worst for Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger since he was appointed manager of the north London club in 1996. The previous season saw the Gunners go a sixth consecutive season without winning a trophy and the pressure from the fans and the media were and still are high in scrutiny of the team, but most importantly the manager.

It’s a big conundrum at Arsenal Continue reading