Major Link Soccer: Arsenal Transfer Window Opens

Jamie McDonald

Arsene Wenger has drawn the ire of Arsenal supporters for the apparent lack of movement in the transfer window this summer. Will it be too little, too late?

After the first weekend of Premier League matches, it is Manchester City sitting at the top of the table, following a 4-0 win yesterday over Newcastle United at Etihad Stadium

The summer transfer window in England opened at the beginning of July, but Arsenal apparently didn't get the memo. After a disappointing opening weekend loss to Aston Villa, Arsene Wenger appears to finally be actively pursuing transfer targets. Among them are Paul Pogba and Michu. The Arsenal Supporters Trust, who own a small amount of shares in the club, have come out against offering Wenger a new contract until after the transfer window closes.

Manchester United have made a joint bid to Everton for Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini, but the bid was so low that it was angrily rejected. The amount Manchester United proposed for Fellaini was barely more than Everton originally paid for him 5 years ago. The offer they made for Baines was exactly the same amount they offered in June.

Pablo Osvaldo has signed with Southampton from AS Roma for a club record transfer fee of $24 million. The Saints previously added Victor Wanyama from Celtic and Dejan Lovren from Lyon.

Racism and gambling are still in the news. Supporters of 1860 Munich allegedly racially abused Danny da Costa of Ingolstadt. Despite the incident, da Costa doesn't feel that racism is a major problem in Germany and views this as an isolated occurence. Lazio has been told to close off the north end of their stadium after their supporters were found guilty of racially abusing 3 AC Milan players in the Supercoppa Final.

The managing director of League Two side Accrington Stanley has been banned for 21 months for violating FA betting regulations more than 700 times over the course of 10 years. He even occasionally bet against his own club. He considers the ban and its accompanying $1,500 fine to be too harsh and promises to appeal the decision. Somewhere out there, Pete Rose is in a fit of rage at having apparently chosen the wrong sport and/or country to develop a gambling habit.

Another person who may soon be envious of the apparently light punishment for gambling violations handed out by England's FA is Rangers midfielder Ian Black. He is accused of betting against his team 3 times since 2006. He could be fined, suspended or banned from the game.

The road to Brazil for Brad Evans just got a bit easier, with Steve Cherundolo being out of action indefinitely after a setback in his recovery from a knee injury will now require surgery for the third time. Rapid Vienna striker Terrence Boyd will miss up to 3 weeks after suffering a separated shoulder in training with the national team recently.

On the positive side for the national team, DaMarcus Beasley helped create the winning goal for Puebla at Chivas de Guadalajara on Sunday. The United State U-15's took third place in Mexico's Copa de Naciones after beating Paraguay on penalties in the third place match.

Robbie Keane was named MLS Player of the Week after netting a hat trick against Real Salt Lake.

In the match between Montreal and DC United last weekend, coaches Ben Olsen and Marco Schällibaum had to be separated after Olsen was angered at how far Schällibaum was from his technical area. Both coaches were sent off following the confrontation.

Bill Peterson, commissioner of NASL, visited Edmonton this past weekend in an effort to convince city officials to replace the artificial turf at Clarke Field with a grass pitch. Meanwhile, it appears that when the 2014 NASL season begins, the Puerto Rico Islanders will once again be absent.

Mexico appears a bit apprehensive at the thought of recommitting allocations to help subsidize NWSL for the 2014 season. They have until September 10th to make their decision.

When 67,000 fans show up to see the Sounders face the Timbers on Sunday, the Sounder commuter train will be one of the many transportation options available.

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