Toure on the Way; Who Is Left
It’s the great Arsenal defence clearance.
After Eboue was linked with Fiorentina and the Italians expecting to make a move this week, we anxiously await to hear the fait of Phillipe Senderos. Wenger has stated that the Swiss centre-back has several offer s and the final decision will be made by Senderos.
Arsenal can expect to sell the two defenders for a combined fee of £14million.
Today the newspapers, radio and television have gone Toure mad. Some papers state that talks between Arsenal and Manchester City are “at an advanced stage”. The fee is expected to be in the region of £14million. This is a transfer that would be had for Arsenal fans to accept, especially as we will be helping one of our rivals push us for one of the Champions League. The story of Toure to Man City almost happened in January but Wenger persuaded Toure to stay, but for how long it was not sure.
The transfer of Toure will leave us somewhat short of players at the back.
Thomas Vermaelen will need time to acclimatise with the hustle and bustle of the Premier League. William Gallas, well he is a great defender, but nobody knows what the future holds for Gallas. He has stated he wants to stay at Arsenal, but his contract expires next summer. Mikael Silvestre had a horrific first season at Arsenal. He did not show us any experience, in fact our record with Silvestre in the team was a disaster. Silvestre also suffered from plenty of injuries. He is another player whose contract expires next summer.
Johann Djourou is a great prospect, strong, fast good in the air, but will this be the season that he makes the step and becomes an Arsenal regular or will he flit in and out of the team? Djourou is that player for the future, let us hope that future stats this August.
The other option for Arsene is Alex Song. Song is a player who has performed well at the back and in central midfield; this has left Wenger with a dilemma, where to play the Cameroon international.
That Toure will leave is almost a foregone conclusion. Arsenal need to extract as much money as possible from Manchester City, with the possibility of bringing Micah Richards to Arsenal as part of the deal. Richard will provide cover for Sagna and adequate centre-back cover.
Wenger must add to our defence when Toure leaves, if it is not Richards, then it has to be Hangeland. Failure to recruit will leave us exposed.
Posted on July 27, 2009, in Transfers and tagged Arsenal, Arsenal News, Hangeland, Manchester City, Richards, Summer Transfer News, Summer Transfers 2009, Toure, Transfer News. Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.