A strange transfer deadline day for Arsenal fans. Arsenal have officially announced the transfers of Shkodran Mustafi and Lucas Pérez yesterday. Although both deals – especially the Mustafi one – were expected for a long time already, it was great news to finally see the moves completed.
Easy day ahead for Arsenal fans
The fans seem to be very happy with Wenger spending money, but still being able to strike these deals for a relatively low cost compared to the figures that are payed elsewhere in the world. Also, the Arsenal fans seem to find it a bit strange that there is no nail-biting transfer deadline day today. Usually a lot was expected, and not a single Gooner in the world will forget how Mesut Özil was signed in the final hour of deadline day back in 2013. This year it is different. All the major signings that were expected were completed before the final day and the fans can now sit back, relax and see how this day unfolds. Or will Arsene Wenger maybe pull another (unexpected) rabbit out of the hat before midnight?
Players leaving on loan
What actually is a thing though, is that there might still be some moves coming up regarding players who are (temporarily) leaving Arsenal. After the season-long loan deals for Calum Chambers to Middlesbrough and Joel Campbell to Sporting Lisbon were confirmed earlier, there is still doubt regarding this season’s future for Jack Wilshere and Mathieu Debuchy. Now that Calum Chambers has left on loan it would be quite strange if Wenger would allow Debuchy to leave as well. That would leave us with a very small number of players able to play in the right-back position. First choice is Hector Bellerin of course, but behind him would only be Carl Jenkinson if Debuchy was to leave today. I can’t imagine Arsene Wenger letting that happen. Jack Wilshere on the other hand is mentioned in combination with a number of teams. Crystal Palace and AFC Bournemouth seem the most likely candidates in England, but Italian side AS Roma have also joined the list of teams hoping to strike a loan deal before the window shuts at midnight. It is expected that AS Roma will win the battle for Wilshere, according to BBC Sport journalist David Ornstein. He would meet up with fellow team-mate Wojciech Szczesny, who is also on loan at AS Roma.
Serge Gnabry to Werder Bremen
The final deal that is expected to happen on deadline day involves Serge Gnabry. With just one year on his contract left and a really good Olympics performance recently, Gnabry is a wanted man. Arsenal would like to extend the teenager’s contract but it is understood that Gnabry would love to return to his home country. After rumours earlier today suggested that he would be on his way to Bayern Munich, Werder Bremen are reportedly set to announce the winger this afternoon. It was first thought that Bayern Munich would sign him and immediately loan him out to Werder Bremen, but now the German side seem to have completed the deal without Bayern’s interference. Sporting director Frank Baumann was quoted in the Standard: “Bayern Munich have no influence on a potential transfer… We’ve agreed terms with the player and we’re confident that the transfer will go ahead.”