After covering all over Arsenal’s most recent transfer rumours, I had a stop and think about all the rumours flying around simply because of the World Cup. Do these ever come to anything? Should we pay them any attention? To see whether all these wonderful Arsenal rumours would come to fruition I’m going to have a look at previous transfer dealings the season of major tournaments until we find one that was big tournament based.
The signings after 2012 were bigger than seen previously but I doubt any of them were due to form in UEFA’s Euro 2012. Giroud failed to score any of France’s 3 goals, Cazorla only played twice for the victorious Spain side and Podolski only grabbed the one goal. Yes they all played in the Euro’s, but none of the players claimed the imagination of the fans in doing so.
The biggest transfer of 2010? Laurent Koscielny from Lorient for £8.5m. Koscielny wasn’t at the world cup in 2010 so this move can’t be attributed to the effect of the tournament, and none of the other players that came in were in South Africa either. A pretty dud year for World Cup transfers.
Arguably the first season we see a player brought in for form in a major international tournament. Andrey Arshavin was one of the form players at Euro 2008, despite missing the opening 2 games due to suspension. He then continued to impress for Zenit domestically and Arsenal signed the winger in January 2009. Even in this case you could argue it was the continuation of form during the domestic season that did it, but he certainly caught many people’s attention with his performances for Russia.
So we’ve had to go back 6 years before a player is even remotely connected with Arsenal simply due to his World Cup form. So can we expect a change this time for players like Mexico keeper Guillermo Ochoa, Balotelli or even Serge Aurier? I’m pretty certain that Wenger knows exactly who he wants and good performances will not shift his opinion just because it was at a World Cup, but a bad performance or moments of madness (Alex Song) might just stop a move from happening