Arsenal have reportedly suffered yet more transfer rejection, this time by London rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
It’s fair to say that Arsenal are not having the best transfer season this summer. The spectacular early signing of Granit Xhaka from Borussia Monchengladbach all the way back on May 25th seems like a very long time ago now.
The recent addition of England U-21 defender Rob Holding from Bolton Wanders and the relatively unknown Takuma Asano from Japan’s J-League side Sanfrecce Hiroshima, has done little to hide the fact that Arsene Wenger is struggling to sign recognised forwards, a much needed commodity at the Emirates.
According to Metro, Wenger has failed once again, this time with a late approach for Tottenham forward Clinton Njie. The Cameroon international has been with the White Hart Lane club since last summer following a £8.3 million transfer from Ligue 1 side Lyon.
Njie chose Spurs over Arsenal last summer and now, in a double rejection, the Gunners have lost out again. Rather than a move across London to the Emirates, the 22-year-old has been sent back to France on loan to Marseille, with an option to buy at the end of the season, according to French newspaper L’Equipe.
Tottenham are apparently unwilling to deal with their city rivals, even when it comes to a player they don’t appear to have a place for.
For Arsenal it is back to the drawing board and the increasingly desperate search for a striker that is willing to become a Gunner.
Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena