AFTER missing out on their top transfer targets this summer, Arsenal are ready, suggest The Huffington Post, to make a £35 million joint offer for Swansea City duo Ashley Williams and Michu.
The Gunners, and boss Arsene Wenger in particular, have come in for increased criticism after landing only one player so far this summer, 20-year-old striker Yaya Sanogo on a free transfer.
The early signs were that Arsenal were ready to spend big this summer to try and close the gap on the top teams after failing to challenge for the title over the past few seasons but they were unsuccessful in their moves for Gonzalo Higuain and Luis Suarez while their reported interest in Wayne Rooney never really went anywhere.
There was at least a bid tabled for Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye this week but the £10 million offer was quite rightly rejected as derisory.
Maybe the opening day defeat at home to Aston Villa, and the criticism that has followed, will finally force Wenger and the club to act before it’s too late and they’re faced with the prospect of falling too far behind again in their quest for glory.
Both the players they are now linked with, Williams and Michu, enjoyed fine debut seasons in the Premier League for the Welsh side last season.
Welsh captain Williams has been with the Swans since 2008 when the club were in League One and has since won two promotions as well as the Carling Cup so after enjoying so many good times at the club may be reluctant to leave – although would find it difficult to turn down the lure of potential Champions League football.
Michu, on the other hand, was a revelation last season, his first in English football, as he scored 22 goals and was a real bargain after only costing the club £2 million from Rayo Vallecano.
Both players would be good additions to the Gunners’ squad but there is again a sense of desperation in Arsenal’s tactics as they again appear to have left it too late in the transfer market but one thing is for sure, Wenger must act quickly to avoid having to write off yet another season.