Arsenal fans breathed a collective sigh of relief after Tottenham centre-back Younes Kaboul quickly dismissed rumours linking him with a summer move across North London. The French defender had emerged as a surprise summer target for Arsenal, leading some Betfair visitors to back Kaboul to make the move, but the 28-year old wasted little time in throwing water over the rumours.
Kaboul first moved to White Hart Lane in 2007 after signing from Auxerre, later returning to the club in January 2010 after a stint with Portsmouth under Harry Redknapp before their relegation from the Premier League. And while Kaboul has been a fairly solid member of Tottenham’s squad this season, he isn’t the sort of name that is going to get the Arsenal fans rushing out to get the Frenchman’s name on the back of their shirt.
The defender, who is an outside bet with Betfair to make the France World Cup squad, used his Twitter page to refute talk linking him with the Gunners,
“I can confirm 100% that the rumour about me joining Arsenal is not true!!!”
While Spurs fans will be pleased they aren’t going to lose a player to their bitter rivals, Arsenal fans will be rightly hoping that Arsene Wenger would have his sights set a bit higher if he’s going to sign a new defender. Arsenal fans will also be hoping that Wenger has a shopping list that contains more players on it than just a new Pascal Cygan.
It’s no secret that a lack of striking options have cost Arsenal dear in this season’s title race, and Wenger can no longer avoid the inevitable prospect of having to splash out Mesut Ozil-type money on bringing in a striker capable of scoring 20-plus league that could be the difference between winning the league and falling short, again.