Could Malouda be a Surprise Signing
Arsene Wenger has gone one record as saying he will augment the current squad today or tomorrow. Expect tomorrow to be a hectic day with rumours and counter rumours. There are two positions that Arsene will be looking at, central midfield and another wide midfielder.
One position that we need to re-enforce is the wide positions. We currently have Nasri, Walcott and Rosicky. Wenger likes to play Eboue, but in all honesty, he supplies very little and is not effective. Unless
the boss plays Eduardo out wide we are short of options. Malouda was a player we looked at last season, but were not prepared to meet Lyons’ valuation nor the wages offered by Chelsea. He is a good athletic player and French! He has not settled in at Chelsea and they would like to re-coup some of the transfer fee. A move by Arsenal for the winger in the region of £9M will test the Blues determination as to whether Malouda is part of Scolari’s future or not. Again he has the attributes of being a winner and experience, under Wenger the Premier League will see the best of Malouda, and it will give the player the chance to establish himself on the world stage after a disastrous first season at Chelsea. We did business with Chelsea last summer and the summer before at midnight bringing two other French players to the Emirates, Lassana Diarra and William Gallas, so do not be surprised if another makes the switch tomorrow night.
The central midfield position has been debated long and hard all summer, several of our “targets” have either joined other clubs or extended their contracts at their current clubs. Add to this the complication that some might be cup-tied for the Champions League and Arsene tendency to the unexpected and it is anyone’s guess as to who will sign. I still think that Alonso is our main target and this will give Benitez the money to make a final push for Barry. Do not believe the public pronouncements of Barry, if Liverpool make a bid that is near the Aston Villa asking price he will be in his car and up the M6 so quick that O’Neil will not know what to do. Alsono will give us experience and variety in midfield. His array of passes will open defences, and his shooting ability is something that we have lacked in midfield. Wenger has stated that a cup-tied player is not an obstacle for him.
Many stories doing the rounds today claim that West Ham will offer Arsenal £8M for Djourou and Metzelder will be joining on loan from Real Madrid. What we need to ask ourselves is does this make sense? Metzelder will join and be our reserve cente back after Silvestre, how has this advanced his own career, leave Real to join Arsenal and still not be guaranteed a centre back berth? Wenger has said you need four centre backs in the league, we have Gallas, Toure, Silvestre and Djourou and Alex can play there too. Where is the logic in selling a young and promising defender to replace him with a loan trasnfer who will probably not join next season? Metzelder is an experienced defender, but his performances at Euro 2008 were not anything to write home about.
A move for Alonso and Malouda will be great for Arsenal, projecting us back into title contention with two experiences winners and goalscorers, whislt the Metzelder transfer has no logical merits to it, it is short temr at the expense of the long term development of Djourou, certainly not the Arsene way.