We all know that Arsenal have been one of the most mentioned teams this summer with rumours of players coming in and out of the club being the main theme. Arsenal have been a constant topic in every tabloid, mainly for negative reasons.
We seemed to start this transfer window with hunger and determination having already signed Carl Jenkinson, Hector Bellerin and Jon Toral, three very exciting young players. Gunners boss Arsene Wenger offered £16 million for defender Phil Jones and the offer was accepted by Blackburn but the player chose Manchester United instead. Ouch.
Arsenal’s transfer situation has become frustrating, actually. Instead of seeing rumours of players coming in, which excite me, we see constant rumours of players going out, which worries me. Gael Clichy’s move was surprising and happened very quickly but I feel we can replace him.
Who else will jump ship and ‘do a Clichy’? Well, again, it’s been well documented. Nasri or Fabregas, or even both, could be departing. To be honest I can’t see them both leaving. If Fabregas leaves, Nasri will stay. If Nasri leaves, Arsene would buy a replacement and Cesc would, perhaps, stay. For me, Nasri is likelier to leave. If Nasri refuses to sign the new contract being offered to him, Arsene will be forced to sell. We can’t lose him for free next summer, it can’t happen, and Arsene knows that. A player of his calibre should be demanding a big transfer fee. Anxious times.
One player I would like to see leaving Arsenal is Manuel Almunia, that’s for sure. I think you know why, but if you don’t, Almunia is one of the worst goalkeepers around. If you play for Arsenal you’ve got to have quality, and he hasn’t got any. Constant mistakes from the flimsy Spaniard have cost Arsenal several games last season. Also, if he leaves, young and better ‘keepers’ like Mannone or Shea can potentially step up.
Denilson, probably the most hated player at Arsenal, is another one that most of the supporters want to see leave. If you ask me, I don’t want him to and I do rate him very highly. He doesn’t deserve the vicious hatred that is aimed at him. Arsenal fans are clearly very frustrated at the moment and Denilson is one of the players taking the brunt of it. The player himself knows that, and has expressed his desire to leave. Villarreal have been interested in his services.
Another one who has expressed his desire to leave Arsenal is Danish striker Nicklas Bendtner. I used to think Nicklas could become a great player, and if his comments in the press are anything to go by, so did he. Sadly, he hasn’t backed up his claims and with interest from Germany mounting, I expect him to leave. He’s a player who has been played out of position many times, though. Hopefully he’ll get a consistent run in the side wherever he may go and grow as a player.
Right then, that’s the players who seem to be heading for the exit at Arsenal, but who’s coming in?
Well, today we’ve announced the signing of Gervinho from Lille. Gervinho’s signing would mean Bendtner should now be off, and it makes sense. Gervinho is a winger, and Bendtner is a centre forward who was played as a winger. Gervinho has already stated that he’s determined to play week in, week out. I like that spirit. We need more players like that. Arsenal shouldn’t only be signing players because of their undoubted ability, but also because they have the right attitude.
Another player who has been constantly linked with Arsenal is Velez’s Ricardo “Ricky” Alvarez but Inter look like they have signed him already, unfortunately. Ricky himself posted a picture on Facebook when he was aged 6, and he was wearing an Inter Milan shirt. He’s also said that he’s grateful to Inter Milan legend Javier Zanetti. Again, Arsenal had an offer accepted which was around €10m but then, Inter offered €12m resulting in us missing out on another player. More pain.
A player I would love to see wearing the red and white of Arsenal is Christopher Samba. The player himself has expressed his desire to move to Arsenal, but it seems that Blackburn don’t want to let him go. Samba would make a dream partnership with Thomas Vermaelen in the heart of Arsenal’s defensive line.
Bolton defender Gary Cahill has also been linked with Arsenal for about a year now, and it appears like a deal will be sealed sooner rather than later. I can’t see Cahill and Samba both signing for the club so it’s – one or the other. Who’d do a better job? I’d plump for Samba but I’m happy either way.
Arsenal have also been constantly linked with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain of newly promoted Championship side, Southampton. He’s been compared to Theo Walcott. He has bags of pace and is very impressive, but unlike Walcott at that age, Chamberlain looks like a footballer not an athlete. In other words, he has a football brain.
Now, with Clichy gone, Arsene has to look in the market for an adequate replacement. My Twitter timeline is plagued with Gooners and we agree on some things: Gibbs is not a replacement for Clichy. Don’t get me wrong, I rate Gibbs and believe he can become a top player, but for me, he is a left midfielder. Why? Simple – he can’t defend. Who would I like instead? Everton’s Leighton Baines or Newcastle’s Jose Enrique would be my preferred choices. Both outstanding performers last season and two players that would definitely be interested in a move to The Emirates.
According to reports, Arsene Wenger has a £67 million budget to spend (adding Clichy’s sale) this summer. Wenger really wants Arsenal to win something and to do that it’s simple – he MUST spend, and spend wisely. Gervinho’s buy seems wise but we now need more.
To be fair Arsenal don’t need a lot of changes. A quality centre half and a left back should be the main priority, in my opinion. Anyone on top of that is a plus, in my eyes.
You may or may not have realised, but English isn’t my primary language and I’m 16 years old but that’s not to say I can’t express my view, even though I am living in another country! I love ‘The Arsenal’ and like all of our supporters, just want to see us win something. Surely we won’t be waiting for much longer?
By David Núñez – Arsenal fan – @DavidN75