The Armchair Gooner

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3 midfield options to recruit, and Wenger’s mass clear-out.

Danish striker, huge ego, propensity for glaring misses: yours for only £4m!

Morning folks.

It would appear Almunia was just the beginning. Along with him, Gavin Hoyte and a few of our reserves/youngsters (George Brislen-Hall, Sean McDermott, Rhys Murphy and scholars James Campbell and Jeffrey Monakana) have been shown the door, and talk has increased today about the likelihood of a lot of our “deadwood” being sold off to make space in the squad.

It’s alleged that Chamakh could take his copious supply of hair treatments to Fiorentina. Nicklas ‘I am the greatest’ Bendtner is on Borrisia Dortmund’s radar, and they’re expected to bid for him somewhere in the region of £4m – perhaps he could be included in a deal for Kagawa?

Amongst the players also expected to leave, the combined talents of Squillaci and Denilson appear to be harder to find a new home. They both take home grossly inflated salaries, and neither has any real re-sale value. I’ve a feeling it could prove very difficult to find a willing club to take either, and I certainly doubt we’ll be able to command a fee. It may simply be easier to release them for free.

On the in-coming front, Arsenal have allegedly set their sights on Toulouse’s 23-year-old midfielder Etienne Capoue. For those of you unfamiliar, he’s widely tipped to be a excellent player, and Arsenal, Inter, Schalke and Barcelona have all made inquiries in the last year. He’s very physically imposing, too, and can play at the centre of defence as well as the holding role in midfield.

He joins M’Vila and Biglia on the list of potential new Arsenal players. 3 players I can’t say I know all that well, but from what little I’ve seen, all look like good signings. M’Vila is still the one I’d pick of the three.

That’s about it for today, folks. I’ve a few bits and bobs to attend to, so I shall make good my return tomorrow. Thanks for reading, you beautiful bastards. The comments await your thoughts, and my Twitter account awaits your kind follows – @_ArmchairGooner

Category: News
  • danielcowanafc says:

    Nice post James. I’m not sure on Capoue, I personally do not buy into the hype of M’Vila but I know he is a much better player than Capoue. They are similar in their defensive abilities and contribution but Capoue’s passing accuracy is way below what Arsenal would expect. This year he has averaged about 74% in a league where he’d get more time on the ball to make a pass whereas our midfielders are all averaging between 85% and 90%. Would need to improve massively to make it at Arsenal in my opinion, that said, if he is 1/4 of the price of M’Vila or half that of Biglia then I’d say take a punt :)

    May 23, 2012 at 10:23 am
    • cupsui says:

      Team mates help increase passing accuracy and song, whilshere and arteta et al. would increase that. He has the size, strength and experience we need. I think capoue would be a good addition. I would favour M’vila but Capoue is just behind him.

      Biglia is behind both as he is more of a creative defensive mid ala song/arteta. We need a size and strength addition…

      thats my two bobs worth

      May 23, 2012 at 1:48 pm
  • Kenyan Gunner says:

    Diaby to stay? I hope so and that he comes through.

    May 23, 2012 at 11:36 am
  • sam says:

    isn’t francis coquelin the same age as these dudes?
    and he will cost nothing, both capoue and m’vila have more first team experience because they play or small teams.

    May 23, 2012 at 1:35 pm
    • dickto says:

      I agree with you Sam we need a complete player who will come to change things like Podolski, if not then lets call our young players like coquelin and give much time then they become good. i am tired of buying prospects.

      May 23, 2012 at 4:16 pm
  • enshug says:

    I believe I read somehwere that Capoue was picked ahead of M’Vila for League 1 starting 11? Cant back it up, but I was wondering if anyone else had heard something similiar.

    May 23, 2012 at 2:09 pm

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