Morning, you splendid little creatures, you.
No summer would be complete for an Arsenal fan without the customary feculent advances of Barcelona. In a story that I am pretty sure doesn’t have a great deal of weight to it, it’s being alleged that the Catalonian club see Laurent Koscielny as the perfect signing to solve their defensive troubles.
If you read the piece, the part that immediately jumps out at me is when it states Arsenal wouldn’t be averse to letting Kozzer leave. That smacks of total nonsense. After having had such an impressive season, I seriously doubt there’s anything other than a strong desire to keep him here.
We know all too well that no player is beyond being moved on should an irresistible offer be placed on the table, but I’m keeping my absolute faith in the board and manager ensuring the nucleus of the team stay together. Having formed such and impressive partnership in central defence with Per Mertesacker, Koscielny is very much part of that.
Elsewhere today (or yesterday if you saw it when it initially broke), a source that’s actually reputable has a bit of insight on which type of players top Arsenal’s summer wish list:
Arsenal priority a top cf. Higuain 1st choice & keen. #Afc also want 1 holding + 1 attacking mdf. No df unless any leave. Not in for Rooney.
— David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) June 16, 2013
And that comes from someone working at BBC Sport, someone who could very well have contacts in football, sources and insider knowledge.
I personally would be very happy with Higuain. He’s a prolific striker, strong and with a good work ethic. He’d score goals in English football, of that I have absolutely no doubt. Olivier Giroud’s contribution to the cause last season was impressive, but placing the burden on him, and him alone, to lead the line was never fair. I wouldn’t view Higuain as a replacement, but as a player to add greater options to our frontline – something that certainly needs to be addressed.
The defensive midfielder I would hope to be Fellaini, and the attacking midfielder comes as something of a surprise. Perhaps the Boss wants to add a little freshness to our creativity, or have a new spearhead centrally to enable Cazorla to wreak havoc from the flanks – a position he can play very well, and from where it is arguable he is more effective.
And best of all, it appears we are not in the race to sign Wayne Rooney. I know many of you would see him as the ideal marquee signing, but I do not. Shattering our wage budget for a decidedly over-rated player isn’t something we should consider. We might have to pay a hefty price to entice Higuain over to London, but I think he’d be far more worth the trouble.
My faith in our transfer dealings has been given a fresh boost. That faith has yet to wane. I’m certain we will see big things materialise and head into a new season buoyant and with hope. A few choice additions will change our squad from also-rans to genuine contenders for silverware.
All we have to do is wait…
That’s all for today, folks. What do you think about the potential of signing 3 players in those positions. Happy? Sad? Would you consider a new keeper a priority also? Let me know in the very handy comments section I’ve provided below.
As always; thanks for reading, you beautiful bastards.