Arsene Wenger is definitely eying at least one new face at Arsenal before the transfer window closes.
The Gunners’ impressive 6-0 victory over Blackpool did not overshadow his side’s need for more numbers in depth at the back.
Alex Song was forced to fill in for the suspended Koscielny since Johan Djourou was not match-fit, and despite the Cameroonian’s success in deputizing at centre-back, that is not where he prefers to be deployed on daily basis.
Sevilla revealed a few days ago that Arsenal made an offer for their defender Sébastien Squillaci but the bid was deemed insufficient.
Wenger is likely to improve his proposal for Squillaci and according to his tone today, the Frenchman has moved closer to luring the defender who turned 30 just ten days ago.
“I am confident we will add at least one, maybe one plus one. It is difficult to predict because the market is very quiet but I know that in the last five days it gets crazy and then it gets completely mad.”
Wenger’s bonus signing will possibly be a goalkeeper and Mark Hughes claimed yesterday that Fulham had rejected a second bid from Arsenal for Mark Schwarzer.
But Wenger, who is now linked with an interest elsewhere for Dutch shot-stopper Maarten Stekelenburg, stated on Saturday that he wants his moves to be made very secretively.
“It’s important we do not start saying what we do and they say what they [Fulham] do. I believe it has to be as quiet as possible”
“We always respect the decision of the clubs if they don’t want to sell. They do not need to come out in the press with that. If they don’t want to sell they say that and we respect that. It’s the same with anybody.”