Saturday, August 09, 2008
Arsenal contact IK Start for Anthony Annan “the new Essien” (plus video)
By 1970’s Gooner
Anthony Annan seems to possess all those characteristics that may make him a typical Arsene Wenger signing.
He is at the not so ripe age of 22, no one has really heard of him but he is already a Ghanian international playing along side Michael Essien in the centre of Ghana’s midfield and plays in that midfield position that Asrene has said he is looking to strengthen.
His low centre of gravity at 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in), big heart and all action box to box play that has earned him the nickname “the new Michael Essien”.
He is a defensive midfielder who as you will see from the video on the right hand side of this page is happy to tenaciously compete for the ball and lay it off to a team mate without much fuss.
Wenger’s interest has been confirmed by IK Start’s Director Svein Mathisen.
“We were informed about it through an agent.
We have not yet received any concrete bid, but consider it certain that he (Annan) will be sold before the transfer window closes on 31st August” he said to the Norwegian press.
IK Start have been relegated to the second division last season and are looking to make as many economies as possible.
“The financial situation indicates that we are not able to keep him in the club. He will go at the highest price we can get for Annan" Mathisen continued.
Annan joined IK Start in January 2007 , after a very promising career in Ghana with local club Accra Hearts of Oak the club that holds the registration of another player Wenger is interested in Tawrik Jebril.
He quickly established himself as a first team regular during I.K. Start's pre season games. Unfortunately he was plagued by injury and illness during the first part of the 2007 season, and did not participate in the final games of the relegation season.
After Start got relegated during the 2007 season, he joined Stabæk on loan until August 2008.
He has already had a week’s trial at Blackburn but if Arsenal comes calling he is unlikely to reject the lure of such a big club and the chance to be tutored by Arsene Wenger.
Annan himself does not lack confidence.
“I have experience in European football and have played in the tough and physical Norwegian League. I've played in Africa and in the World Cup qualifiers with Ghana. I'm mature and ready for the Premier League”.