Arsenal Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of April 28
As the end of the season draws nearer, it's once again time to churn the transfer rumour mill and ponder who Arsenal might sign this summer.
This seems destined to be a tumultuous summer for the Gunners, as several important players look to be on their way out. Arsene Wenger simply has to deviate from his historically miserly ways this year.
From the good to the bad to the ugly and everything in between (mostly the ugly), here's what's going on this week.
Sol Campbell Wants Arsenal to Buy Frightening Players
Sol Campbell, Arsenal's old center-back, recently brought up old criticisms about the club not being "frightening" enough to win the Premier League.
Per the Independent:
You have got to get to the stage where teams are frightened of you. You need options and they could do with a few more players who could frighten other teams with their playing ability.
Except that's not really the issue.
The likes of Per Mertesacker, Mathieu Flamini and Wojciech Szczesny have given Arsenal significant bite this season.
The real key is becoming mentally stronger so that Arsenal can defeat their direct competitors for the Premier League title.
Arsenal Reportedly Targeting Danny Welbeck
Everyone knows that Arsenal need another striker to supplement and potentially replace Olivier Giroud as the club's main option.
Ideally, the new head would be a bit faster and more shifty than Giroud in order to add something different to the side.
Dave Kidd of the Mirror reports that Danny Welbeck is in line to be that man.
The link is a bit surprising, mostly because Welbeck hasn't really been linked with Arsenal that seriously in the past.
It's unlikely that Manchester United will sell to a direct Premier League rival (and Arsenal should be targeting someone a bit better), but it's an interesting story nonetheless.
Mesut Ozil Linked with 'Shock' Move to Barca
Here's your obligatory completely unrealistic transfer rumour of the week: Mesut Ozil to Barcelona.
Since you, dear reader, possess more than a soupcon of intelligence, I'm sure you can discard this rumour as utter chaff in an instant.
I'll just remind you, though, that Arsenal paid a club-record £42.5 million for Ozil last summer. Arsene Wenger also recently expressed his belief that the German could win the PFA Player of the Year award next season.