Posted on Saturday, 18th August 2012 by Tony Merakli
With Alex Song set to depart Arsenal before the end of the summer transfer window, Arsene Wenger has reportedly reignited his interest in Lucas Biglia as a potential replacement for the Cameroon international.
But would the Anderlecht midfielder be a suitable successor or are there better options out there for Le Professor to consider?
There have been rumours floating around claiming Wenger would allow Song to leave after being strongly linked with a move to Barcelona. It is also understood that Wenger hasn’t finished his summer spending, fuelling speculation that a move for Biglia could well be on the cards.
The 25-year-old Argentine has in the past expressed his desire to play in a top European league after six seasons in Belgium with Anderlecht.
TalkSPORT claim Biglia told Dutch newspaper AD:
‘I want to play in a big league and my new club must be playing in the Europa League at least.
‘I want to play in the spotlight of the Argentina national team coach. The national team is my dream. I would also like to leave Anderlecht.’
Let me start off by saying that I don’t really care if Song leaves. Yes, he did record a lot of assists last season for us and a good player, but he, in my opinion, is not a world-class midfielder. His poor positioning and clumsiness on the ball are there to be seen by all.
I don’t rate him as highly as some other Arsenal fans out there and because we already have Mikel Arteta, who basically WAS our defensive midfielder last season, Song can go.
Is Biglia a good enough replacement? Yes.
He has great composure on the ball; his positioning is great, has a nice passing range and is a tenacious, battling midfielder – something we have been lacking for quite some time.
Biglia is also an Arentine international who packs experience in abundance, playing well over 240 games for Anderlecht.
He also has the winning mentality which we crave, lifting the Belgian Pro League last season, in 2010 and 2007. He has also collected a Belgian Cup and two Belgian Super Cups since joining Anderlecht from Independiente in 2006.
I believe Biglia has all the credentials to succeed at Arsenal and would certainly be a welcomed addition to the squad if Song leaves, which looks likely to take place.
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