Posted on Wednesday, 29th August 2012 by Tony Merakli
So with only two days to go until the summer transfer window shuts for yet another season, two goalless draws and the sales of both Robin van Persie and Alex Song to Manchester United and Barcelona respectively, Arsenal legend Ian Wright has urged Arsene Wenger to open his cheque book and sign at least two players.
Wright, who won five major trophies with the Gunners during 1991-98, believes his old club must replace Van Persie and Song with Jermain Defoe and Yohan Cabaye, as he thinks the Spurs striker is one of the finest finishers around and would be ‘the perfect replacement’ for the Dutchman, while the Newcastle midfielder would ‘fit in very nicely’ at The Emirates.
Quoted recently in The Sun, Wright said:
‘TWO games and no goals show where Arsenal’s problems lie and there are few better finishers around than Jermain Defoe.
‘But Arsenal cannot afford another dodgy start to a campaign after playing catch-up for all of last season.
‘So if I was Arsene Wenger, I would make an audacious bid for Defoe, whose face doesn’t seem to fit at Spurs and who looks up for a move.
‘Defoe would be the perfect replacement for Robin van Persie, the penalty box predator to finish off all those half-chances which are currently going begging.’
He went on to say:
‘The good news is Arsenal seem a little more solid at the back since Steve Bould was promoted to Arsene’s No 2 and they should be OK once Laurent Koscielny is back alongside Thomas Vermaelen.
‘But they could do with another central midfielder after selling Alex Song to Barcelona and I could see Newcastle’s Yohan Cabaye fitting in very nicely.’
I do agree with Wrighty on Cabaye. I also think he would suit our style of play and would settle in our team very easily because of it.
The 26-year-old has great technique and managed to bag four goals and seven assists last season. In addition, he also has Premier League experience which means he won’t need time to adapt to the English game.
Defoe on the other hand, I’m undecided.
He is a proven goal scorer, but if he can’t get a sniff in at Spurs what chance has he got at Arsenal? Besides, we already have Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski, so I don’t expect to see another striker come in this summer.
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