We know that Arsene Wenger is monitoring Moroccan striker Marouane Chamakh, the boss told everyone that. We also know that Chamakh would love to come to the Emirates. We have a vacancy now as Adebayor has left and with the terrible news that Nasri will be out until October; this means that both Arshavin and Walcott will spend more time on the wings.
So what is the problem? Wenger said he has the money to spend, yet it appears that Lyons have entered the race for the striker and Sunderland, Fulham and Blackburn have agreed terms with the player, and all that waits is for the player to decide if which club he wants to join and fight against relegation.
Our interest, so strong in the papers and on the web seems to have diminished. No player is going to wait and wait for Arsenal to make a move, we may never make that move and he may have missed other opportunities.
I do not think Arsene will make a move for any player until after the Emirates Cup. By that time we would have played 5 friendlies and Arsene will know whether or not his strikers have the ability to lead us next season or whether he needs to enter the transfer market.
But will it be too late? Tow of the leading candidates, Chamakh and Huntelaar will not wait for Arsenal; they would have left by then. We lost out on Benzema due to Real’s mad transfer policy; however there remain two players that are still available.
The first is the old chestnut, Obafemi Martins, who in all honesty had one good season at Newcastle. I am not too excited by Martins, will he be any different to Adebayor, and I doubt it.
The second is a player that for some reason has fallen off the radar for all teams. He is David Villa. It was expected that Villa will move to Real or Barcelona, but they have recruited Benzema and Ibrahimovic, respectively. He could be a surprise purchase that will shock the footballing world. With no other teams in the market for Villa, Wenger can expect to do business at £30million. Could our friendly against Valencia have something to do with a possible purchase?
Never has Arsene openly talked about possibly selling one of his players as he did yesterday when asked about the possibility of selling Adebayor to Chelsea.
When Overmars, Petite, Vieira, Henry and Hleb all left, Arsene was silent on their departures until they unveiled by their new clubs. When he has wanted a player to stay, in the cases of Vieira, Henry, Fabregas and Adebayor (last season), he has come out and stated publicly that they will be going nowhere.
Not even in a hypothetical situation has he contemplated a player leaving, until Thursday’s interview when he stated that if he felt it the right time to let a player go, then why not to one of the other top four? Whilst he went on to say that Adebayor was part of Arsenal’s plans for the future (a cynic would say an s part of the cash generating plans), the signals have been transmitted to Chelsea, AC Milan, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Barcelona that Adebayor is available this summer.
If Arsenal can rouse interest from two or three of these teams, then a fee in the region of £20-£25million is not out of the question. Whilst Adebayor has not had the season he had last year, he has still notched up 16 goals this season, but more importantly for European teams he has scored 6 goals in 9 Champions League appearances.
There is no more adoration from the Arsenal fans, which relationship broke down last summer over his desire to leave the club which was only curtailed once he received a pay increase. His performances this season have been hit and miss and the fans have reached the end of their tether with the Togolese striker.
If as reported Wenger has a budget of £30-£40million, the sale of Adebayor will enable him to buy a top striker without having to use any of his transfer budget. Three players currently plying their trade in Spain could fill the gap left by Adebayor. These are Eto’o, David Villa and Hunterlaar.
Barcelona tried last summer to sell Eto’o and he will once again be touted around Europe’s top clubs. Valencia, even if they qualify for the Champions League has severe financial trouble and an offer of around £20 million could see David Villa in an Arsenal shirt next season. Meanwhile, Hunterlaar’s Real Madrid career could be over. He was only bought as a shot term replacement for van Nistelrooy and has not settled well in Madrid. Real will be only too happy to recoup some of their £17 million outlay for this Dutch striker.
What is for sure is that Adebayor is now available for sale and Wenger said as much without get the FOR SALE out and hanging it around the Togolese striker’s neck!
When Adebayor joined Arsenal, he was languishing on the Monaco bench. His first year or so at Arsenal did not inspire many fans, he was not the best of finishers, and his first touch was haphazard.
Last season, everything clicked into place, everything he touched turned to gold, he scored goal after goal, even surprising Wenger. Last summer we had will go or will he stay saga. The fans were bored of it and we were just waiting for the bid from AC Milan or Barcelona to come. Wenger kept Adebayor on and gave him a new contract with a new £80,000 a week wage.
This season we have seen the Adebayor of two years ago, finishing terrible, first touch to heavy and a lack of effort. We have seen stupid quotes for Adebayor, like we must finish teams off, when he is one of the main culprits in missing glaring chances, he then talks about not scoring another goal as long as Arsenal win trophies and now we have the rubbish that he might still leave.
Adebayor must realise that he will not be guaranteed a first team start especially with van Persie and Eduardo both fit and scoring. This must be a worrying for the big man and must be a factor in why he is making noises once again.
If Adebayor thinks he has outgrown Arsenal, then I am sure Wenger will listen to all offers in the region of £15m. Wenger has seen enough in van Persie and Eduardo to know that they are genuine strikers. This summer will see a scramble for the signature of David Villa, we need to be able to sell Adebayor early to Barcelona and offer Valencia £20m to secure his signature.
Adebayor can become a great striker, but he must realise where he is and what he must do to achieve greatness. Greatness comes with hard work and keeping your mouth shut, once you have achieved something then shout it aloud for the world to hear.