Posted on Tuesday, 21st June 2011 by Iain Culverhouse
Arsenal have been linked with Newcastle left-back Jose Enrique over the weekend. It could just be media speculation and yet another rumour flying around the Emirates. However, Toon boss Alan Pardew has expressed his desire to keep the Spaniard at St. James Park next season.
The 25-year-old is yet to accept a new contract offer from the club and is coming into the last year of his existing deal at Newcastle.
Pardew recently told BBC Radio Newcastle:
‘I’m still hopeful that Enrique – who was a big, big, big, big player for us last year – stays at the football club and we can entice him to stay, and obviously we are still working on that. Jose’s holidaying and doesn’t have too much on at the moment, so we are not confident we can keep him, but we are not scared of losing him. It’s somewhere in between, really. When you have only got a year left on a player of his ability, of course you are vulnerable, and I think it’s nervous times for us on him.’
In all honesty, I don’t think Arsenal should even bother with him this summer. There are plenty of other defenders out there for Arsene Wenger to consider, and in my opinion, I don’t believe he has the qualities to play at a club like Arsenal.
Newcastle can rest assured that there is at least one Arsenal fan who doesn’t want either Enrique or Barton at the Emirates next season, that’s for sure.
The Magpies didn’t have a great season last season, we all know it. They finished 12th in the Premier League on a -1 goal difference, which is very poor. The last thing we need is to be signing there cast-offs.
Arsenal should be concentrating on bigger and better players this summer in order for us to break the trophy drought next season.
Do you guys agree? Should Arsenal bother with Enrique this summer?
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