Here in the Football Transfer Tavern, there are some surprised faces as Metro claim that signing Mesut Ozil was not enough for a surprisingly active Arsene Wenger on deadline day.
The publication claims that the Gunners made three last gasp bids for a trio of targets that Arsene Wenger had identified as players who would improve his squad.
The manager not only made a late enquiry for happy again Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney, but also for Paris Saint-Germain’s Javier Pastore and Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke.
As we all know, Wayne Rooney had been linked with a move away from Old Trafford all summer long, yet the forward gave up on a move to Chelsea and refused to publicly declare his wishes to leave.
Wenger clearly thought that a last gasp bid could be made – but to no avail, and given the lack of players signed by David Moyes, that does not really come as a shock to us.
Not only did Wenger eye the England international, but he also hoped to land Christian Benteke – and was promptly told a firm no by Aston Villa. Add to this the attempt to land Javier Pastore from PSG and no one could accuse Wenger of not trying to improve his squad in the final moments. Punters are just wondering why it took him so long!
Whilst fans are still more than happy with Mesut Ozil arriving, the likes of Benteke and Pastore would have not gone amiss either – and as one of our punters quips, Pastore had been heavily linked with a move away from the French side on deadline day.
Was Arsene Wenger really in for these players or was it simply Ozil and a failed attempt to land Demba Ba? Let us know your thoughts below.
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