He recently commented on speculation:
“I think a huge player is better than a huge name. You have huge names who produce very little at the moment.
“There is plenty of demand from players who want to join us and what we need next year is two or three maybe.”
You’ve got to agree, players such as Eduardo and Sagna were virtually unknown to the regular Premiership punter and their impact has been amazing this season. Huge players are always better than big name players. A player with ability and skill and who can play the way we want in the style we want is the type of player we need. Who would be better to add, a Ronaldinho or Eto’o would cause more hassle than Deigo or Ben Arfa. Young talent like Nasri or Sahin could become our future rather than the golden oldies such as Lilian Thuram.
I’m happy that Arsene is going to bring in 2-3 players and I think regardless of whether they are big names or not, he will add the quality we need and increase the size of the squad. With Flamini departing and Diarra having previously gone, the numbers are lower now and we need to maintain a healthy number of squad members. Our kids have grown up for a year and players such as Randall, Gibbs even Vela and Walcott will be like a new group of signings this summer…
The big question is, who will Arsene bring in?
Well, to keep you as up-to-date as possible, we’ve got a new section on the top right called “Summer Transfers” which highlights what the links of new players are with the club… it’s actually been there for about 10 days now, but here’s a summary of who’s linked…
Carlos Vela loan return
Waiting for a signature
Lots of media speculation
Hatem Ben Arfa (FW) £12-£16m
Deigo (AM) £15m
Nuri Sahin (CM) £7.5m
Raul Albiol (DC) £10m
Gervinho (ST) £8m
Jean II Makoun (DM) £7m
Vincent Kompany (DC) £12m
Samir Nasri (FW) £14.5m
Gareth Barry (CM) £15m
Felipe Baloy (DC) £8m
Miralem Pjanic (AM) £7m
Amauri (FW) £19m
Gomes (GK) £18m
Well, Arsene, you’ll keep us all guessing for a while longer now… the suspense is killing me and it’s only been a week since the end of the season…]]>