Without further news on how Malaga intend to sort out their finances by today’s Spanish FA-imposed deadline, hope grows that Arsenal’s pursuit of Santi Cazorla could come to a successful conclusion within the week. The club are rumoured to have agreed personal terms with the Spaniard and are awaiting approval from Malaga whose current owners are apparently looking to sell the club.
Along with rumours of Nuri Sahin’s loan move, Arsene Wenger seems to have identified creativity in midfield as the main area for reinforcement. While all the talk prior and post-Euros was about a defensive midfielder, Yann M’Vila in particular, it’s clear now that the focus will be on improving our options going forward. It’s hard to argue with that analysis with Wilshere and Rosicky injured, Diaby’s fitness a doubt and Ramsey not on top form.
The danger though is in building up expectations too much. Juan Mata’s chase last summer hit the rocks as soon as Abramovich arrived on the scene with an open cheque book. As close as Cazorla’s deal looks at the moment, Malaga’s owners have the capacity to put together a financial package to bail the club out. Let’s not count chickens yet.