Sunday, August 24, 2008
Wenger traveled to Geneva to watch Swiss midfielder from close up
By 1970’s Gooner
Arsene Wenger’s interest in signing another midfielder has been well documented and so has his desire to sign Turkish origin Swiss midfielder Gokhan Inler.
His agent Dino Lambertini had already said only three weeks ago that he was travelling to London to begin talks with Arsene Wenger on Inler’s possible transfer to Arsenal.
"I’m due to go to London and take a look over everything, but no deal has been done yet with Arsenal.”
“It is difficult for us to take a decision, but Arsenal is certainly something that Gokhan needs to look at. Wenger is someone who helps young players go forward.”
With reports that Inter Milan and Everton were joining the race along with Newcastle to sign the £7m rated player Wenger had to move fast.
And this was before Arsenal’s woeful performance at Craven Cottage last Saturday. A performance that desperately cried out for midfield inspiration.
It seems that maybe the deal for Inler’s signature has already been done as we can reveal that Arsene Wenger was at the Stade de Geneva last Wednesday (20th July) to watch Inler from close up as he played for Switzerland in an international friendly against Cyprus.
His performance, which has been described by the Swiss newspaper “Le Matin” as “impressive", may have confirmed Wenger’s already held view of the player and this would probably have forced his hand in moving to close the deal.
The Swiss youngster looks like another Flamini type of player. He is a very good reader of the game, snuffs out danger, is positionally aware and tackles tenaciously rather than forcefully. So it is obvious that Wenger may be seriously interested.
Inler was substituted in the 64th minute so Arsene had a chance to also watch Cypriot wonder kid Demitri Christofi.
He is the 18 year old that has attracted Arsenal’s and Manchester United’s interest earlier this summer with one English newspaper predicting another tussle between Wenger and Ferguson similar to that which preceded Aaron Ramsey’s eventual transfer to Arsenal.
Christofi also put in a good performance setting up Cyprus’s only goal in a game that ended up with a 4-1 win by Switzerland.
So it seems that Wenger looks poised to make a move as the transfer window is coming to a close.