Posted on Wednesday, 31st August 2011 by Mike Holmes
I don’t like to count my chickens till I see them smiling in a red shirt, but it looks like we’re making some moves at long last.
Mertesaker is a top, top player and if we’ve got him then I’ll be very happy. At 6’6’’, he’s a monster. He’s good in the air and an excellent tackler. Any player that notches up 75 international appearances for Germany before he’s 27 is top class. Cheaper and better than both Cahill and Jagielka. Though I wouldn’t mind one of those guys too.
Santos looks like a great attacking full-back. Not sure about his defensive skills, but he still looks good. I’ve only scouted him on youtube, so I can’t be conclusive, but it’s worth noting that in 25 games last season he scored 5 goals. That’s more than some of our offensive players last year. Not bad for a left-back.
Park Chu-Young looks to be an excellent back-up striker, bought for a pittance. He seems to be a real talent and he’s captain of his country so would offer us some valuable leadership upfront. A typical Wenger signing if I ever saw one.
Out of the three, if I had to pick, I’d go for Malouda, as I think he’d bring something to our team.
Alex is a beast and I remember him battering us back when he played for PSV and if he’ll come we should sign him too, but whilst Benayoun is a good player, I fear he is so injury-prone that we wouldn’t get out of him what we need.
One player I would like us to sign and can’t for the love or money of me work out why we haven’t approached Raul Meireles from Liverpool. He’s real quality and would fill the gap left by Nasri nicely. But this is about rumours and not daydreams; let’s get back on track…
Over the channel there are several players that we have been linked with.
Eden Hazard isn’t coming unless we stump over £30 million, which I think we can all agree isn’t going to happen.
Then there is Marvin Martin, Mathieu Valbuena and Lucho Gonzalez. If one of them comes I imagine it will be Martin. I can’t imagine Marseille strengthening a Champions League rival, although stranger things have happened. Please feel free to write up any other players that we’ve been linked with in the comments section.
To sum up; there is plenty happening at Arsenal right now.
The weekends debacle has forced Wenger into additional spending that probably wouldn’t have happened had we not been so thoroughly embarrassed. Every cloud has a silver lining.
There’s less than 12 hours to go. Let’s hope we make the most of it.
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Tags: Alex, Andre Santos, Arsenal, Arsene Wenger, Eden Hazard, Florent Malouda, Lucho Gonzalez, Marvin Martin, Mathieu Valbuena, Park Chu-Young, Per Mertesacker, Raul Meireles, Yossi Benayoun
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