It’s been a funny ol’ couple of days. Now that all the madness of ‘JamGate‘ seems have finally relented, I find myself dealing with an all too familiar sensation in its place; the January Transfer Window and all its associated balderdash. As sure as eggs is eggs; the minute the clock chimed 12am on New Year’s Eve, the fabrications, the mendacious stories and the furious clamouring for news began with a vengeance.
Arsene himself added fuel to the fire with his customary remarks about signing a ‘special’ player should one become available. Those words seen through distorted eyes mean there’s a plethora of options out there and it’s inevitable Arsenal will be signing someone, anyone, as long as they’re remotely well known and able to aid publicity.
So who are we allegedly after? Well, there’s actually quite a few names being mentioned. I’ve commented previously on a few of the ones that immediately strike me as being completely untrue, but I do have a feeling there’s some likehood to a couple of deals, and they’re two propsed transfers at opposing ends of the monetary spectrum (can you have a monetary spectrum?).
First up we have the cheap, stop-gap option of Fulham’s Dimitar Berbatov. Supposedly available for a mere £2m, he represents someone capable of giving us another option for a few months/a year until we can focus our attentions on a long-term solution. Oddly enough, there’s been quite a lot of news on this one, especially when Berbatov’s Facebook page ran a story about him firing Arsenal to the title, and Yayo Sanogo took to social media to welcome him to the club. Here, have a look:
However, from my perspective, I can’t really buy into Arsene going after Berbatov. As someone pointed out on Twitter – I forget your name – The ex-Spurs player is essentially a taller version of Andrey Arshavin; capable of the occasional flash of brilliance, but about as lazy as they come.
Secondly, we have the expensive option, and it’s being reported in a few of the less-than-reputable outlets that a whopping bid of £32m has been sent to Atletico Madrid to trigger Diego Costa’s release clause. Costa has managed an impressive 19 goals in 17 appearances in La Liga this season, and I’d be telling you all a bunch of lies if I said I know much more about him other than that. On paper, he sounds like an ideal signing. However, you can never be entirely sure. Diego Forlan, for example, regularly performed well in Spain but simply couldn’t adapt to the Premiership during his time at Man United. Of course, there are examples that show the opposite. Just look at Sergio Aguero.
The name that seems most likely of all to me is Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata. The potential of a loan deal for the 21-year-old seems to suit all parties oncerned, leaving the summer period for the purchasing of a striker. Currently a few runs down in the pecking order at Real, Morata could see a 6 month loan at Arsenal as means of gaining some much-needed experience.
As is stands, Arsene has stated he wishes to see the condition of both Bendtner and Sanogo before he makes a decision. If either of those two, as well as Olivier Giroud, look likely to miss a significant portions of the coming months, Arsene might see moving into the market as a necessity. However, given we still have Walcott and Podolski able to be deployed centrally, I can’t imagine any deals at all will be made should our injury troubles not be a severe as initially thought.
I guess only time will tell. The current paucity of options does leave us a little light heading into tomorrow’s huge FA Cup game with Spurs. Giroud and Bednter will almost certainly not be available, so Podolski will most likely start in their place. I love Lukas to bits, but I’ve said before he is a far greater threat cutting in from the left. The same applies to Theo. Neither player really has the presence and ability to hold the ball up and bring others into the game, and our play often relies upon that.
Tomorrow could be a tough game with our depleted forces. I’ll be posting a full preview of that in the morning, but until then, here’s a question for you; In an ideal and realistic world, who would you say the best player to come into Arsenal would be? Arsene is known for playing his cards close to his chest, so I tend to pay little attention to his constant dismissal of names. He could be working away on something as I type. We shall see.
That’s all for today, folks. I’ll look forward to reading a few of your thoughts in the comments. As always; thanks for reading, you beautiful bastards.