The January transfer window is almost upon the Premier League. As one would think, that means lots of stories flying around the interwebs for fans to enjoy. Among them are Theo Walcott rumors, as well as some juicy stories about players who may transfer into the club.
Theo Walcott Rumors
It’s been almost 12 years since Arsene Wenger plucked a young English winger from Southampton who was tipped to be the big thing. That script didn’t quite play out, unfortunately for all parties, although Walcott has been an enduring servant in north London.
Meanwhile, with the change in formation back in the spring, Theo has been left out in the cold and is currently playing with the rotated team. This is also, of course, a season leading up to the World Cup, a time when most players in their prime want to impress the national team manager, and Walcott can’t do that from the bench.
Meanwhile, Everton are in need of someone with speed, and it wouldn’t hurt if that player could knock in a few goals while he’s at it. Last season, Walcott was Arsenal’s second-best goal scorer with 19 in all competitions and we all know just how much pace he possesses. So, these Theo Walcott rumors makes at least a bit of sense.
It seems like a match made in heaven. At least according to the Sun, who are reporting that Wenger has told Theo that he can move in January if he wishes.
However, Les Boss, speaking before the BATE Borisov fixture at the Emirates, told the media point-blank that Walcott will stay in January.
Personally, I think this the Walcott rumor is just the media putting a few clues together rather than a link with any real substance. That is, unless the player really does want to move.
Over the summer, N’Zonzi was known to be open to a return to the Prem. With Arsenal seemingly always in need of help at Defensive Midfield, I guess those rumors wrote themselves.
Last month, after a Champions League match against Liverpool, the Frenchman had a falling out with his coach in Sevilla, and has not featured for the team since. To add to things, he was also spotted in London last weekend, with the La Liga outfit claiming he was just visiting his son, who lives in the British capital.
Then, as if there was not enough drama, it was reported that N’Zonzi was being allowed to take a short leave to sort out his future. With relations strained with his coach, if N’Zonzi ever wanted a move away from Seville, the time would be now to make that happen.
Personally, I wouldn’t really have a problem with bringing the player in during the window, but it all depends for how much. I’ve heard that his release clause is something in the neighborhood of $47 million (£35 million), which is simply too much, even in this crazy new world of transfer fees.
There is also the problem of Wenger not really wanting players of his skill-set, at least not in great quantities. N’Zonzi is a physical, defensive-minded midfielder who wouldn’t be out of place at Burnley, far from the typical midfielders Arsene buys.
The Real Madrid midfielder has recently been linked with not only Arsenal, but also Hots***, Milan and Roma. Ceballos joined Los Galacticos over the summer, but has struggled to find minutes under Zinedine Zidane.
I always find it strange when players who recently joined a club are linked with a move away, but such is life.
Apparently the next Gigi Buffon, the 18 year old Swedish keeper has been linked with a move to a plethora of top clubs in Europe. The Daily Mail are reporting that Marco Silva and Watford are in pole position to sign him from Gothenburg, beating out the Gunners.
Perhaps Sven Mislintat can work some of his magic and change the young man’s mind.
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