Arsenal: Wilshere's loan decision; Double signing announced; starlet off to Bundesliga
Arsenal were inundated with offers to take midfielder Jack Wilshere on loan, but it appears the England international is deciding between two clubs.
According to Sky Sports, has to choose between a spell at Crystal Palace or Bournemouth having met Palace manager Alan Pardew yesterday.
It seems as if this move has been pushed from Wilshere’s camp, and it cannot be a coincidence that this development has occurred after he was left out of Sam Allardyce’s England squad.
In many respects, a move to a lower-level Premier League club is the safe choice; Wilshere will soon be back in the England squad if he stays fit but will it really develop him as a player?
On the pitch, the style of play envisaged by Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe is closer to the football Wilshere is used to at Arsenal – the Cherries like to play out from the back and Wilshere’s ability to receive the ball under pressure suits this perfectly.
However, a move to Palace would allow Wilshere to stay in London. He has three young children, and the Eagles appear to be in pole position to secure his signature.
Elsewhere, the signings of Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi and Deportivo forward Lucas Perez were officially announced yesterday.
The two deals have been tied up since the end of last week, but Gooners will be pleased to see them get over the line after so much inaction earlier in the transfer window.
Mustafi, a £35 million signing, becomes the most expensive defender in Arsenal’s history and at such a price, is expected to go straight into the first XI after the international break.
Perez is a bit more of a gamble, but it was revealed yesterday that he shouldn’t have too many problems settling in London as his father owns an octopus stand in Camden Market.
Finally, German winger Serge Gnabry is expected to move on Deadline Day, with Werder Bremen and Arsenal currently locked in negotiations.
Gnabry was named Germany’s player of the tournament at the Olympics and has one year remaining on his contract at Arsenal.
Arsene Wenger wanted to offer Gnabry a new deal, which is one reason why Joel Campbell was loaned to Sporting Lisbon, but it seems he has rejected the chance to stay and fight for his place, perhaps seeing the likes of Theo Walcott, Alex Iwobi, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Alexis Sanchez as too much of a challenge to displace.
If Arsenal cannot convince Gnabry to stay, it makes sense to cash in now rather than risk him leaving on a free next summer. Nevertheless, it will be a shame to see such an obvious talent leave the Emirates with his potential unfulfilled.
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