So the somewhat on / off story which is Anderi Arshavin continues today with his agent refuting earlier suggestions that we were in negotiations with the player. In yesterday’s blog and comments, the reaction to a possible transfer for Arshavin was interesting. Many people were in favour of the transfer, many people couldn’t see the value of the signing.
The main reasons why signing Arshavin isn’t the best move in the world is because we need a player or two right now. We need someone to replace Rosicky, Cesc, Flamini and Walcott who are all injured or departed. Our current mifield is Diaby – Nasri – Denilson – Eboue and it’s not a title winning or top 4 finish midfield in my opinion.
The diminutive Russian is a little slight compared to other people in this league and that’s one of the principle reasons Modric didn’t sign for us last year or the year before. Arsene didn’t think he was up to the task. Another interesting piece of information is when asked about Arshavin in summer, Arsene said that he didn’t have the stamina to make it in the Premier league – do you remember that story? So why the sudden u-turn from Arsene?
Here’s a recap:
“That Arshavin is a top-level talent is beyond doubt. The only issue is related to the fact that the leading leagues in the world mean you must be at the highest level of physical readiness throughout the season.”
“Can he show his full potential every three days that happens every season the same in England and Spain? “In the semi-final meeting with the Spaniards, in which Arshavin looked to be exhausted, has forced me to ask this question.”
Yes, indeed, this quote from direct from Arsene. Unless Arsene is happy to play him only in the cup or on weekends. But if this is the case, it raises the question of whether he’s worth the money… £12m, £15m or £20m…
But in an interesting twist and contrary to yesterday’s reports, apparently, we’re not in negotiations. Arshavin’s agent was quoted todaya as saying:
“There is no news, no negotiations yet. I represent the player and I can assure you I would know if something had been discussed.”
And his agent also went on to say that it’s Zenit, the club themselves who are trying to sell Arshavin as well as raise his price. A tactic which has seen no-one buy him despite interest from Sp*rs, Barcelona and other clubs in the summer.
“It is the people of Zenit trying to initiate some kind of interest. They are trying to use the media to make the price of Arshavin £20million – I would not take it seriously.”
I really Arsene has a few other targets up his sleeve. Yes, Arshavin could strengthen our squad. Having him in our midfield instead of Eboue is surely a good thing – but is this the real weakness in our squad. In summer and January, we’ve let Diarra, Gilberto and Flamini leave the club, is Arsene sure we don’t need another defensive midfielder to come in to a squad that boasts no defensive midfielders. In my eyes, Diaby, Denilson, Ramsey and Cesc are all offensive. Song is a defender… so apart from playing people out of their position, we really don’t have a single DM at the club.
And Ramsey is a player who does have a great future, no doubt, but he’s not a defensive midfielder, and he will play in the Cesc position a few times from now until the end of the season, but he is only 18 and we can’t think for one minute he is the answer to all the problems…
Arsene thinks he can play in some games, which raises a thought about who will play in the other without the four aforementioned players…
“He’s just 18 and Wilshere is just 17. The Premier League is [the] Premier League and you need to be a man in this League. He can play in some games. But if you’re asking me if he can play every week, every three days, I don’t think he’s ready yet. But he shows that he has the quality, that he can do it soon. I really think he will be a great player.”
Onto a few other rumours. Eboue has commented on the Inter Milan link – somehow I don’t see Jose Mourinho signing Eboue – but nevertheless, on a free, it could happen.
Eboue said this on the matter:
“I have been linked with Inter before, but at the moment I am happy at Arsenal.”
Good on you son. Although if Inter came in and ask us for an Eboue – Cambiasso swap, what would you say?
And another link to Yaya Toure and another story about Yaya telling us how he came to the club years ago and didn’t sign…