Promotion From Within…
With Denilson, we have a midfielder with flair and vision… he’s definitely a player built in the Arsenal way and the Arsenal mould. He can defend, but there would be a few questions surrounding the young Samba star. Firstly, his fitness – he has been in and out of the team due to injury this season quite a lot. Is that something is part and parcel of a player his age, well no, look at Cesc, so you’ve got to think he may be a little injury prone. Secondly, although he has played alongside Cesc in the close season, does he like to get forward too much? Does he defend enough? I’d say he is an option for more of an attacking midfield role. But he does have stamina and a good shot…
When Vieira left, many people thought Abou Diaby would be the natural replacement. He’s a combative midfielder, but like his current midfield compatriots, he isn’t as defensively minded as the Flamster or Mr Gilberto Silva… he does have a tendancy to dribble the ball out rather than pass it out, which is a dangerous tactic for a defensive midfielder. But he has height and ability which are the flipside qualities… and of course pace. The major problem with Diaby though, like Denilson, is that he has spent most of his Arsenal career on the injury bench. Can we trust him to be fit for a full season?
Alex Song is someone with a bright future, but which position is commonly asked by Arsenal fans. He has played in central midfield before, and his performances often co-incided with losses. He was loaned out to Charlton where he played in central midfield and had a marvellous season. Playing under a different sort of pressure gave him the chance to express himself and he not only broke up play, but his vision was awesome! When he came back to Arsenal, Arsene has decided to deploy him at centre back and it’s a position that he’s played in during the last 3 games and not looked that bad too. He does have a tendancy to be attracted to the ball, which is good for a defensive midfielder but sometimes not so good for a centre back. The jury is still out on Mr Song in midfield, but again, an option to be considered.
A player who lost his place to Flamini this season, a player who has also potentially lost his pace too. We know he can do the job, but his limited appearances have given him a rusty feel this season and he’ll be in his 33rd year by the time the next season starts. I doubt he can be our first choice next season, albeit he can be a squad member – but of course, will he want to be a squad member? That’s another story.
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A name that will be familar to Football manager players out there, but I’ve read a few articles about the youngster. His wiki profile states…
“Currently talks with Arsenal FC have been in Transfer Media speculation. Real Madrid, AC Milan and SL Benfica have also tabled their interest.”
He’s twenty four, from Yugoslavian descent and speaks French… plays for Marseille and has a mix of passing and physical, which could make him an ideal candidate to replace the Frenchman.
Jean II Makoun
A story that seems to have circulated the papers this weekend is the link with Makoun. Fuelled mostly by his agent who said:
“Makoun is on Arsenal’s shortlist if Flamini leaves. It is planned that he will leave LOSC at the end of the season and moving to England is part of his objective,” he said.
“I can tell you for sure that Jean II is appreciated by Arsene Wenger, but the transfer period has not started yet so I will not lie – negotiations are yet to start.
“He is short and not a monster but his involvement on the pitch is huge and he is a fighter. He is not the only one on Arsenal’s list.”
Makoun is a Cameroon midfielder who currently plays for Lille. But then, reading the Sun doesn’t get you that far does it in terms of transfer truths…!
Toulalan currently plays for Lyon and has been touted by French manager Raymond Domenech as the long term sucessor to Claude Makelele. He supposedly been linked with a move to Chelsea this summer, who is also a player that Arsene has monitored for some time now. A bidding war with Chelsea? No thanks!
Could be a good player to have on board, but with Liverpool currently willing to part with up to £12m and £60k a week, a player who is suddenly out of our price range. Chelsea are also rumoured to be interested…!
We’ve been heavily linked with the Man City midfield maestro, but with a very rich owner, is it likely that Man City will sell one of their young star assets?
Here’s what the Times has reported…
“Arsenal are likely to make Johnson their prime target. The North London club have asked to be kept informed of Gareth Barry’s position at Aston Villa but fear that, even if the England player is made available for transfer, they would not be able to compete with the financial packages on offer from Liverpool and Chelsea, who have also expressed interest. Liverpool have been linked with Johnson, too, but Wenger’s top target is Barry and favours a move for the 20-year-old. “
A player who may fit the bill…
The young West Ham midfielder is a also a player that Arsene knows about and has mentioned in good light over the last two years. A mix of defensive abilities and attacking runs could see him a a potential replacement. Media attention on this hasn’t been there like on Michael Johnson, but then Arsene does like to do things on the down-low! £8m is the reported price…
A 17 year old? I wouldn’t put it past Arsene, but I doubt this is the replacement we’ve all be looking for.
Another Lille player, who currently plays in the defensive midfield position, but can also play in defence. He’s apparently been interesting Rafa Benetiz for Liverpool, but both us and Man U have also been touted as potential suitors…
What are your thoughts?