Sunday, June 22, 2008
Arsene, take the Adebayor money and buy Arshavin
By 1970’s Gooner
I have eulogized about Andrei Arshavin before. I consider him as the most appropriate player to be bought by Arsenal this season.
He is a typical Wenger player. He is very very quick, athletic and most of all possesses high technique and ball skills. More over he plays with his brain.
His through passes, bisecting the opposing defence and playing his on coming forward through are exquisite and reminiscent of Wenger's style of football.
There is, I am sure, a lot written about his skills, after his single handedly destroyed a luck luster Holland in the quarter final of Euro 2008.
However, he also possesses another characteristic that Arsenal is desperate for. Experience.
Although he does not look it, as his baby face masks his real age, he is actually 27 years old.
If he is transferred to Arsenal he will be, along with Hleb (if he stays) and Toure only one of three players aged 27 and only behind Rosicky who is 28 and Gallas and Almunia who are 31.
Arshavin would indeed be a significant signing for Wenger. Not only is he an exceptional player he would also provide more selection alternatives especially if Adebayor is sold on.
The news coming out of the Spanish press is that a fee has already been agreed between Arsenal and Barcelona.
Arsenal requested 30 m euros and Barcelona offered only 25. The final figure is reported to be 27 m euros or around 22m pounds.This could increase as AC Milan seem to also want to splash the cash for Adebayor.
Take the money and buy Arshavin I say.
Robin Van Persie could be moved in the central striker’s role and he would I think end up with more than the 24 goals Adebayor scored last season.
The team after all would create scoring chances for whoever is playing as a central striker.
And in my opinion Robin Van Persie would not need as many chances to put the ball in the net as Adebayor did last season.
With Van Persie as a central striker Arshavin as well as new boy Nasri along with Eduardo, Rosicky, Walcott and Vela would be the players Wenger could choose from to place around him in either a 4 3 3 or a 4 4 2 formation.
I am assuming that Hleb would not be at the Emirates next season.
Arshavin himself said: "Regarding my future, I have already said I'd like to try one of Europe's top leagues, among which the Spanish and English leagues interest me most."
No wonder Wenger is interested in Arshavin
Arsenal agree large fee for Adebayor. But kept quiet until replacement signing comes in