Arsene Wenger stated there will be no further signings from the current transfer window, but the news of Wilshere and Rosicky’s injury has rekindled the possibilities of further arrivals at Arsenal.
Jack Wilshere who was expected to return in March has suffered a set-back and is out for the entire season. Tomas Rosicky who made an appearance in Arsenal’s fourth round clash against Burnley, is injured again and will not return for another six weeks.
The failure to sign a new striker, once again, hasn’t been received well by a number of Arsenal fans. However, the news of AS Roma’s striker, Seydou Doumbia being linked to Arsenal, is a sign of hope. According to Italy-based newspaper, Il Messaggero, the Gunners have made an inquiry about the striker.
The 28-year-old, hasn’t had an impressive season, neither has he been influential in his debut season at the Serie A club, but has only rather struggled to find his bearings. Moving from CSKA Moscow to Roma last year, Doumbia has scored only twice in the 14 appearances he has made this season.
He is not the flashy transfer like Javier Hernandez, the Gunners might have been hoping for, but he is the most recent player to be linked with Arsenal.
The Ivory Coast international was sent back to his former club, CSKA, but his stay was cut short. In this time, he scored five goals in 13 appearances, but it is yet to see if the striker, if at all, has the potential to do more.
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It seems Wenger isn’t looking to spend big but very little and isn’t expecting to land a top star in the amount he is willing to spend. He is in fact hoping to hit the jackpot with as little spending as possible.
According to Independent, Newcastle United are also keeping tabs on the striker, and both of these clubs are hoping for a bargain.
Arsene Wenger gave Mohamed Elneny his debut in the FA Cup clash against Burnley. The Egyptian had an average performance but Wenger praised his start.
‘He became more adventurous as the game went on. His mobility, his work rate was exceptional,’ said Wenger. ‘He needs to adjust to the power of the game in the Premier League. This was a good welcome today. Certainly he has learned a lot today. It will take him some time to adjust to the power side of our game here, but the intentions, the mobility and the technical level are good.’