Ryan Babel a long-time Arsenal fan and who a couple of years ago spent the whole summer pleading form Wenger to sign him has been told by Benitez that he can leave. Liverpool will be looking at a price in the region of £11 million.
Babel has been a peripheral figure at Anfield in the last two seasons making only 42 starts, but still scoring 14 goals.
Arsene has stated that he will sit down and re-assess the whole playing staff and will make changes where necessary. Babel is a typical Wenger player; he has speed, athleticism, scores goals and can play on either wing or up front.
Some people will argue why do we need another wide player or if he could not cut it at Liverpool then why should we take their cast-offs?
In reality Nasri, Rosicky and Arshavin are all playmakers, preferring a central attacking role. Walcott is, or will become a striker; he is merely learning his trade on the wing. Arshavin has stated his preferred position is central, behind the striker, when he has played in that role he has been more effective.
Wenger will in all probability allow Vela to go out on loan for a season. Adebayor’s future is in Wenger’s hands, the striker is almost pleading not to be sold. If Arsene is true to his thoughts, he should let Adebayor leave and rebuild our attack.
Babel will give us genuine pace on the flank, he can cross the ball and score goals. Babel is a similar player to Reyes, in that he can play wide or as a central striker. These are players that Wenger likes (Reyes and Wiltord both performed similar functions), versatile players. Babel is young enough for Wenger to mould and the player will be determined to prove to Benitez what he is capable of doing.
If Wenger was to revamp our strike-force with Adebayor leaving and Downing out injured until January so not available to buy, Babel is the man that will give us variety, width and pace. This move will allow Arshavin to move to a more central role. This will strengthen the attack, selling Adebayor for £25 million and buying Babel for £11 million will be a great piece of business.