In recent weeks Arsenal fans haven’t had much to cheer about. There attractive style of play home and away has lead to being exploited at the back and results have shown. Since the 18th Feburary 2016, the gunners only managed 2 wins from 16 league games. Some may say Bowes was lucky to still be in the job but the board stood by the man they appointed 5 games into the season. Results have since improved. A 2-1 win away to Spanish strugglers Valencia was the start of the change of form. An away fixture to over achievers Porto was targeted to be a tough game, managed by the impressive Andre Guerra and high hopes of a top 4 finish in there first season in division one, a 1-1 draw would be the final result with Petr Cech in fine form to make sure the London outfit left with some points. Next that followed was the London derby, the last game before that 16 game streak kicked in which Arsenal won. Both teams lined up in strong fashion and what promised to be a cracker. With 1 place and 7 points separating the two sides it was a game of high importance. Arsenal ended up beating Chelsea 3-1 and completing the double over James McKenzie.
Michael Bowes has said all season he felt the side lacked a world beater after the sales of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil. With wheeling and dealing being the main attribute of the English gaffer he went about his way trying to bring in players that fit that calibre. With messages and phone calls being floated about all the top mangers in Top 100, Bowes has to settle for the hardman himself Roy Keane. How MB got Roy’s number remains to be seen but what we can confirm is talks went on for some days before a deal was agreed. The Welsh wizard, Gareth Bale was the man in question, the man MB wanted to return to London and be the star man at Arsenal. A big fee was agreed for the winger. Injury prone Jack Wilshere made the trip to Spain, Roy sent Arsenal a Crate filled with bubble wrap to export the centre midfielder across shores. Erik Lamela and Pierre Hojbjerg also made the trip.
Arsenal managed to wrap up another deal in hours, this time it would be the defence Bowes would strengthen. Medhi Benatia made the short trip from rivals Chelsea. Kieran Gibbs and Gabriel Paulista with £5m exchanging hands.
Next to leave Arsenal was squad players Oscar Duarte and Sanmartin Joselu, both players were brought in by Bowes for a combined fee of £18m. Highly rated Saido Berahino joins up and gives Oliver Giroud competition for the striking role
The final bit of transfer business left Arsenal fans scratching their heads. Highly rated frontman Anthony Martial would be leaving! MB managed to aquire the sought after man from Monaco for Theo Walcott and Francis Coqulein and was looking forward to watching the man grow in to a world beater. With a lot of teams interested Arsenal were swamped with bids but it was Joe Jordans Manchester United who won the fight. Luke Shaw, Phil Jones & £20m would arrive down south. MB added “There was negotiations with quite a few managers regarding Martial but I was adamant to find the right deal for the club. To be able to bring Luke Shaw here is phenomenal! A man along with Ross Barkley is 2 players I wanted to bring here and to any club I’m at. Joe Jordan was a pleasure to deal with and even laughed off the claim to throw in Jesse Lingard. I hope to deal with Joe in the short term future and wish them the best of luck going forward”
A future transfer has been pre agreed for sometime now and sees a highly rated winger leave with a former premier league star return to play for an English side again, who may that player be? Find out later this week!