Gunners face transfer upheaval

BY foxsports • July 1, 2011

Ivory Coast forward Gervinho is confident an £11million move to the Emirates Stadium "should not take long" to wrap up as talks with Lille continue. However, while Wenger is on the verge of his first major signing of the summer, it seems only a matter of time before the departure of captain Cesc Fabregas to boyhood club Barcelona is confirmed, with full-back Gael Clichy expected to complete his £7million switch to Manchester City once he returns from holiday. With the future of contract rebel Samir Nasri still very much up in the air, as both Manchester United and City look to test Arsenal's resolve, Wenger is set to have plenty stacked up in his in-tray when he heads back to London Colney. By the time the squad jets out on a whistle-stop, but lucrative, tour of Malaysia and China, Wenger will want things decided one way or another as he aims to bond a unit capable of lasting the distance. Gervinho, 24, hopes to be able to make an impression as soon as possible, telling France Football: "At Arsenal it is a young squad and I can fit in nicely. I can develop myself over there. "There are only a few loose ends to tie up and they should not take long. "I am going to Arsenal to play. The best risk to take is to look to score goals and to play a lot. "In football you have to take risks if you want to win. I'm going to Arsenal to win." So far, Arsenal have only confirmed the arrival of young defender Carl Jenkinson from Charlton, while Southampton manager Nigel Adkins today insisted there had yet to be an official offer for starlet Alex Chamberlain. Wenger seems to have plenty of irons in the fire; including Uzbekistan midfielder Odil Ahmedov, emerging Argentina talent Ricardo Alvarez and Bolton's England centre-half Gary Cahill, who would cost around £17million. However, departures are expected, although Denilson, Tomas Rosicky and Carlos Vela have all indicated they will still be part of the squad going forwards. The arrival of Gervinho would seem to push Nicklas Bendtner further down the pecking order, but the Denmark striker could just sit out the transfer window until the deal and club he want materialise. Arsenal will break with tradition in heading on tour rather than to Wenger's preferred secluded Austrian training camp. With the small matter of a Champions League play-off looming next month, Wenger maintains the trip to the Far East will be more than just a money-making exercise. Speaking before the summer break, Wenger said: "It is an opportunity for us to develop our game, to see what shape the players are in when they come back and also to see any new players that we have. "It will be important to see how well they can integrate with the team. "We will take the best possible squad. We travel after the first week of training [and] everybody will be back so the whole squad will travel."