Arsenal’s transfer activity always gets us talking here in the Football Transfer Tavern, and following their 2-2 draw with Swansea City in the FA Cup yesterday, Phil Cadden of the Daily Express reckons Arsene Wenger is ready to bring in two new players.
Yesterday’s draw meant a replay for the Gunners, as well as the prospect of five matches in 13 days – something Wenger feels his squad is too thin to cope with.
He has already allowed Marouane Chamakh and Johan Djourou to leave on loan this window to West Ham United and Hannover respectively, and feels he needs new faces to freshen things up.
Arsenal have been linked with the likes of David Villa of Barcelona as well as moves for midfielder James McCarthy of Wigan and Montpellier defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.
Wenger said after yesterday’s game: “If we find one or two players then the squad can cope. I like to have a balanced squad.”
Should Arsenal win their replay against Swansea City they face a potentially tricky trip to the AMEX Stadium to face Brighton & Hove Albion in the fourth round, with the Seagulls having already knocked out Premier League opposition in the form of Newcastle United this weekend just gone.