Super player still to come for Arsenal?
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has given his reasons for signing Croatian striker Eduardo da Silva and French full-back Bacary Sagna in an interview whilst at the club’s training camp in Austria. Wenger mentioned that the departure of Thierry Henry to Barcelona forced him into the Eduardo transfer whilst Sagna was brought to the club with the African Nations Cup firmly in mind.
“I could not go into the new season without a striker. When [Henry] was staying I was buying one super class player. The problem became different when Thierry left. Then I had to buy a striker. Also I came to the idea to buy a full back who can play right or left because we will lose Emmanuel Eboue and Kolo Toure during the African Nations Cup.”
There’s nothing surprising about the manager’s reasons for bringing Eduardo and Sagna to Arsenal, but I am intrigued about Wenger’s words regarding the “super class player”. I would suggest that he means one of two things:
(1) There was a big signing lined up to join Arsenal before Henry left and when the ex-Arsenal captain went to Barcelona the other possible signing fell through. This probably happened because the potential signing was intent on only playing for Arsenal if Henry was present and when the Frenchman left, any hope of luring Wenger’s “super class player” disappeared.
(2) There is big signing yet to come.
Obviously I hope it’s the second option but in all reality I’d suggest it is the first. Maybe Henry’s exit is the reason why Franck Ribery is now playing for Bayern Munich or Florent Malouda is now at Chelsea. If it is the second option then a new wave of speculation and rumour is about to begin for Arsenal fans. In this case, who would you like it to be?
Fabregas wants to captain Arsenal
In other news, Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas has said that he would love to eventually captain Arsenal and also stressed that he is very excited about the future of the club.
“Everybody wants this kind of responsibility and 100% me as well. It’s something that I have liked ever since I have been young and it would be no problem for me to be captain of this club. The future is looking good. We have very good young players and most of them are teenagers.”
There’s not much left to say about this except that you’ve got to love Fabregas. He’s copped a lot of criticism from the media for supposedly being disloyal to his club but this really couldn’t be further from the truth. He obviously loves Arsenal and these words suggest that he is more than ready to take on a greater responsibility in the wake of Henry’s departure. Players like Fabregas, Gilberto Silva and Kolo Toure will be so important in this period of change. If they can get the younger players thinking positively then it will go a long way to helping produce good results next season.
What do you think?
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