It may only be less than a week since the summer transfer window closed, but already the rumours are in full flow for the winter one which opens in 116 days time. The latest players that are being linked with Arsenal are a striker and a midfielder who has already been mentioned numerous times before.
Norwegian International Mohammed Abdellaoue is a striker for Hannover 96 and a report on insdefutbol today says that sources in Norway have confirmed that Arsenal are keeping a close eye on him.
Abdellaoue is 25 and he scored 10 goals in 26 appearances last season for Hannover, but this season he has already scored six in his first seven games. He has also been capped by his country 16 times and scored five international goals, with three of those coming in his last two games.
The report goes on to say that Abdellaoue could be available for as little as €5million, which would give Hannover a substantial return on the €1.4million that they paid for him.
The other player that is in the news again today is Mario Gotze of Borussia Dortmund. Last week we brought you the news that Arsenal had a £35million bid turned down for Gotze on deadline day, and today Manchester United and Bayern Munich have joined the race to sign the talented teenager.
Dortmund maintain they will not sell to another Bundesliga club so it looks as though it could be a straight race between Arsenal and United, but any transfer will have to wait until the end of the season according to reports on footybunker today.
Arsenal supporters will get a good look at Gotze in the next couple of months when the Champions League group games get under way and those travelling to Germany next week will see him first hand.
If Arsenal are ever going to entice the likes of Gotze to the Emirates they will have to have a major over haul of their transfer policy and wage structure, because if the don’t stories like this will remain just that. Stories.