It’s only the 1st of December, but the transfer rumour mill is already beginning to churn, with Arsenal now considering a January bid for Crystal Palace midfielder, James McArthur.
After signing the Scotsman from Wigan Athletic for a fee believed to be close to £7 million at the start of last season, he has been nothing short of a revelation in the Eagles’ midfield. Initially flourishing under Neil Warnock, who brought him to the football club, he has since become an irreplaceable cog in Alan Pardew’s midfield.
Occupying a central role alongside everyone’s favourite Frenchman Yohan Cabaye this term, Jimmy’s boundless energy and remarkably calm demeanour whilst in possession has won him an ever-growing band of admirers at across South London, but Arsenal’s rumoured interest has come as something of a shock to even the most ardent of McArthur’s backers.
Far from a stereotypical Arsene Wenger signing, Jimmy would certainly offer the Gunners a degree of bite in the middle of the field, which, thanks to the recent injury sustained by Coquelin, is something that is currently in short supply at The Emirates.
The story (attached above in full) comes from well-known sports journalist and Sky Sports News man Graeme Bailey, who mentions Jimmy alongside a few of Europe’s top central midfielders as a potential target for the perennial top four finishers. It’s a move the man himself would no doubt be interested in, even though the majority of our fans will be biting their nails at the thought of him leaving.
To his credit, Bailey is one of very few footballing pundits who has a credible record in the sphere of transfer rumours, giving feasibility to this particular story as we begin the build-up to the January transfer bonanza.
It’s been quiet for a few months, but we can expect plenty more of this once the New Year arrives.