I read on Tuesday, in The Sun newspaper, that Arsenal will look to trigger a £7.5 million buyout clause in order to acquire Newcastle’s Demba Ba.
But would signing the Senegalese forward solve Arsenal’s apparent problems?
You don’t have to have an IQ of 140, let alone 70 or under, to know Arsene Wenger is seeking the services of a top striker after losing Robin van Persie to Manchester United in the summer. But while many of you reading this may believe the answer to our current problem(s) is to bring a lethal striker, some may think the team needs an injection of creativity and solidarity instead.
Ba’s buyout clause is set to re-activate next month and Wenger is reportedly keen to snap him up for the reported fee.
But a source, quoted in The Sun a few days ago, reckons the 27-year-old wants to stay with the Toon army:
‘Demba wants to be paid what he thinks he deserves but remains committed to the club. He loves it at Newcastle and wants it to be sorted out as soon as possible.’
The Senegal international has one-year left on his existing deal at Newcastle, with the Tyneside club looking to tie him down to a new deal with no buyout clause in it.
Undoubtedly, Ba would be a good acquisition for the club and for £7.5 million you can’t really go wrong.
However, I don’t think his potential arrival would solve anything. To be honest we have enough strikers in our squad, but many of them are being played out of position, and I think Ba coming in would unsettle Olivier Giroud, who has done well since his summer arrival from Montpellier.
Creativity and solidarity at the back is what we lack, not goals. We have players all over the pitch who can get their name on the score-sheet, but not may who can create chances – this is what the problem is at Arsenal.
Hopefully Wenger has realised this and will act on it this January, otherwise it could be a very long Winter and Spring ahead.
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