Date: 13th November 2011 at 12:15pm
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The winter transfer window is still a good 50 days away but already a lot of names are being linked with a possible move to Arsenal.

According to the Spanish press, Esteban Granero and Daniel Parejo are very much on the move, but only the destination isn’t sure.

Mundo Deportivo reported that an Arsenal representative was at the stands during the Valencia v Barcelona game on September 21st. Many assumed that it was to meet with Pajero and his agent. On deadline day, where many players were linked with a move to The Emirates, it was rumoured that Arsenal had bids rejected for a host of midfielders – Eden Hazard, Mario Gotze, Yann M’Vila and Marvin Martin are to name but a few.

But if you look in to these players, one can easily make out that all of them will easily cost the Gunners around £20 million each. But the latest two names, Granero and Parejo, are surely going to cost the club less than £7-8 million, which is more of a Arsene Wenger price-tag.

The biggest question that is making rounds in the fan circle is – are Arsenal yet again settling for a cheaper option as they are not able to compete?

Both yes and no would be a fair answer. No because Arsenal have got two solid defensive midfielders in Mikel Arteta and Alex Song, plus young Frenchman Francis Coquelin waiting in line. A player like M’Vila would want to be nothing other than a first-choice player, so keeping him happy would be pretty difficult. If Song plans to leave in the summer, then signing him would be a viable option in my book. In addition, yes because Arsenal’s revival this year has largely been because of the experienced players they signed on summer deadline day. One can confidently say that the average of most powerful starting XI at the Emirates is bigger than ever in the past 3-4 years. A player with the experience of M’Vila would do a world of good for the club.

Arsenal also have a couple of advantages when they sign players like the stature of Parejo and Granero:

1. They wouldn’t command a big transfer fee, which is Wenger-ish, and 2. the players would be happy to wait for their chances, which will actually give them an added urge to perform when they do get on.

Now it is being rumoured that even Everton and Fulham have entered the race for the Real Madrid academy product. Logically speaking, those two clubs shouldn’t provide much of a competition, because if Wenger really wants he can easily sign the player.

Granero is also a former Madrid academy product. So far in his career he has just had one good year at Getafe when they reached the quarter-finals of the UEFA Cup. After that his career graph has been stagnant, he is behind the likes of Khedira and Ozil in the pecking order at Madrid and it will be impossible for him to break into the team. A move to Arsenal would certainly do a world of good for Granero as he is keen on moving out of the capital.

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