The latest musings of Spanish Fry
Before kicking things off I also thought I’d alert your attention to a classic bit of blogging from Arseblog that sums up the feeling of ridiculousness surrounding summer transfers. You can find it here. Anyway, I’ll now turn to more serious matters.
As news has gone a little stale with regards to the Arsenal Football Club I was fortunate enough to stumble upon an article by SoccerLens author Ahmed Bilal titled “How can Arsenal improve this summer?”. I was impressed with the the way that Ahmed provided a realistic and concise review of Arsenal’s season and singled out the one position that desperately needs an addition this summer; on the wing. In response to his article I thought I would give my thoughts about who should provide this addition.
The player is Lyon’s Florent Malouda who – for those unaware – is a left-sided (but very two-footed) winger just recently voted Player of the Season in Ligue 1 in 2006/2007. I believe he would be the perfect addition to the team and I have been very surprised at the lack of media coverage linking Arsenal with him.
He is an absolute quality player who wants to leave Lyon and his reported cost is only around ₤12m. Being a French internation player he would fit in well with the current side – especially French teammate Thierry Henry – and he is a winger with exceptional all-round abilities. His goal ratio is exceptional; scoring 13 goals from 52 games in all competitions this season. This is even more impressive in comparison to scoring ratio of the likes of Marseille’s Franck Ribery and Ajax’s Ryan Babel – two of the players that Arsenal are also reportedly chasing. Importantly, Malouda is physical strong, an able dribbler and passer of the ball and has a very direct style of play.
An intelligent man
Comment previously made by his current manager Gerard Houllier also suggest that Malouda possesses attributes that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger would no doubt hold in high esteem.
“He is intelligent and is filled with determination. He’s intelligent because he is capable of analyzing the flaws of his game in relationship to the team. He has a sort of constructive attitude. In addition, he has determination and is a winner.”
Add to this the fact that Malouda would be, at 26, one of the more senior members in Arsenal’s squad if he joined and I believe this a player that ticks all the right boxes and would provide the club with the best possible choice of player under the current circumstances.
As such, I will continue to keep my fingers crossed.
For those of you who missed it, read “The Light-Hearted Arsenal Season Review” here
Read previous columns by Spanish Fry here