Alonso Bid Fails
Having lost four midfielders (Lassana Diarra, Mathieu Flamini, Gilberto, Alexander Hleb) in the last six months, it is no surprise that Arsene Wenger is after another midfielder to add to Samir Nasri’s arrival. Recent interviews have alluded to this and the Wenger confirmed this in an interview after yesterday’s game.
Nasri was recruited as a direct replacement for Hleb, but the central midfield has been depleted, leaving Diaby and Denilson the only recognised central midfielders to play alongside Fabregas.
“We will need one more body in there,” said Wenger when asked about his midfield. “At the moment we do not have Alex Song who is going to the Olympic games, Abou Diaby was not here tonight and nor was Fabregas.
“If we find a reasonable target then we will do it. But there is no special name on the list.
“We have some time. We have until August 31. We left 11 players back in Austria for this game. They will play in Stuttgart [on July 30].”
I can confirm that Arsenal made a written offer for Liverpool’s Xabi Alonso last week. The offer was turned down by Liverpool as they are reluctant to sell one of their top players to a rival. Alonso is still on Arsenal’s radar, and Liverpool will become more susceptible to an offer if they are unable to raise funds for either Robbie Keane or the main summer target Gareth Barry.
In other news, it appears that Kolo Toure picked up the disease at home in the Ivory Coast and though the extent of the malaria is not known, he may now be a doubt for the start of the new Premier League campaign.
This news comes on top of the news that Rosicky will be out until September, and Eduardo will be out until October.
On the positive side, Carlos Vela made his debut against Szombathelyi yesterday and looked sharp and strong. Vela is striker, but his creative abilities could best serve Arsenal in a wide position. In a post match interview, the Arsenal manager was impressed with Vela’s contribution, “It was his first game and I felt around the box he was very intelligent, very clever and technically good. Overall he was quite good. Physically he needs to work, but I’m happy.”