Arsenal’s chances of signing Tevez receive big boost
Arsenal supporters interested in the club signing West Ham’s Carlos Tevez have received a massive boost with the news that Teves has turned down a move to Inter Milan for the sole reason that he wants to remain in the English Premier League next season. Tevez has previously mentioned his excitement over a possible move to Arsenal because he has already adapted to life in London and the style of the football in the Premiership.
“I know people are now talking about Arsenal and obviously that is something I am excited about. It’s another big club and the good thing is I wouldn’t have to move out of London. I also already know English football and I like it. Arsenal’s style is more technical than physical, so I could fit in no problem.”
However, Tevez also hinted that there was a reasonable chance that he would join Inter Milan and not Arsenal before the start of next season.
“Inter is a great club. There is a true possibility that I will wear the Nerazzurri colours next season. It’s also true that Real Madrid are interested in my services, but my agent knows exactly how I feel about it – better Inter than Real.”
Those comments seemed to diffuse a lot of the speculation linking Tevez to Arsenal but with the news that the Argentine has turned down a move to Inter Milan it would now seem Arsenal are in a prime position to sign him. With manager Arsene Wenger currently on holiday in France and Tevez currently on international duty with Argentina at the Copa America, it is unlikely a deal will be made for some time.
Tevez would be a positive addition
Tevez seems like an intelligent man. He has obviously learnt from his time at West Ham and realised how difficult it is to adapt in a new league and now wants to consolidate his previous hard work. This point alone puts Arsenal at a considerable advantage over any foreign clubs who are looking to sign him. Add in the fact that Tevez is actually keen to turn out for the club and it could be suggested that Arsenal are well-placed to add him to their squad.
I have not said a lot about Tevez previously because I honestly believed he would be on his way to Inter Milan. However, I would be quite excited to see Tevez sign for Arsenal for three particular reasons:
- He has adapted well to the Premiership in only one season (unlike Julio Baptista)
- At only 23, he would definitely be a long-term solution (unlike Nicolas Anelka)
- His direct style would bring something totally different to the club (again, unlike Anelka)
Flexibility and variety in attack
I think a strikeforce consisting of Robin van Persie, Emmanuel Adebayor and Tevez would give Arsenal enough variety in attack to break down most sides in Europe. If Wenger continues with his policy of playing with two strikers it would give him the flexibility to select his front two on a game-by-game basis dependant on the opposition and which pairing he believes would produce results for the club. I previously mentioned that I do not want to see Adebayor’s playing time reduced next season because he was one of Arsenal’s better players last season and has a great opportunity to make his mark in 2007/08.
The truth is that no player will adequately replace Henry like-for-like. At his peak Henry gave Arsenal 30 goals a season and I don’t think either van Persie, Adebayor or Tevez can do that. But I do think that all three can score 15-20 goals each and as a combination make up for the void that Henry has left since joining Barcelona.
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