Arsenal fans await Kaka, Hazard, M’Vila, Marvin Martin, Zarate, Jagielka.

NOTE: This post is written by, Danish Shahid, a friend of mine. The opinion about every possible target is his own and not of this blog. Also, this was supposed to be published yesterday but due to a couple of reasons, I couldn’t. So, if there has been any new development, it isn’t included. In the light of recent departure of Fabregas and now Nasri, we will need to bring in top talent to replace them. Who will Arsene buy before the window closes is, however, one big question mark!

This is a brief summary of the players that have recently been linked to Arsenal. It enlists the current club of the player in question, followed with the latest updates about the transfer dealings and then my honest opinions about what they shall bring to the gunners’ game in totality.

Kaka

Current Team:  Real Madrid CF

Latest Update:

Arguably, the most sensational bid to be linked with Arsenal is that of Kaka for a loan deal. With Inter Milan also being linked to the Brazilian, he has dismissed the rumours of a move to London, insisting on staying with the Madrid giants. The playmaker desires to stay at the club and fight for his place and was recently quoted as,

My plan is to remain with Real Madrid and to obtain the confidence of the coach

Opinion:

With the above quote in mind there is almost no ground to run on over here with this story, but today’s world of football has taught us that anything can happen at any given instant, so we all may yet keep our fingers crossed hoping that Kaka makes the switch. If this deal is to happen and that is a very huge ‘if’ then it may work for the player, the club and the Premier League as well. Kaka may nail down a regular starting place in the first team which has avoided him now for almost two years; he brings experience to the club like no other player at the club and for the neutrals, watching a player of Kaka’s magnitude play in the Premier League would be an added bonus. It’s a win win situation if only this deal can go through. So, keep hoping Arsenal fans, it might just be the perfect answer to the club’s problems.

Marvin Martin

Current Team:  FC Sochaux

Latest Update:

Reports keep linking Marvin Martin to Arsenal, but, surprisingly there is no indication of the amount in question required to transfer the player to the club. There is constant speculation about this player touting him as the direct replacement for Samir Nasri, but any details of the deal are currently not available.

Opinion:

Any player that is flaunted as a direct replacement to Nasri and Fabregas must be first-class. He’s highly regarded and knowing Wenger’s eye for fine young players, I’m sure Marvin Martin is good at dribbling, creative, has vision and his passing must be suited to that of Arsenal. From what I’ve seen, and dare I say this, he does indeed seem like a tailor made replacement for Fabregas. Of course, his club record of a measly number of goals and assists may not amount to much, but then his three international appearances have resulted in two goals for his country by him. Therefore, with time on his side as it is with every Arsenal player (no pun intended) and Wenger’s guidance, he can be something of a phenomenon and develop into a complete attacking midfielder into the mould of Fabregas and Nasri. 

Mauro Zárate

Current Team:  Lazio

Latest Update:

Reports are indicating that the brother and agent of Zárate, flew in to London recently to discuss possible transfer moves with Arsenal as well as Tottenham. Since the speculation began, it has been claimed by the English press that Tottenham and not Arsenal would be his likely destination while the Italian press on the other hand claiming the opposite. His services would cost in the region of €25 million and it is understood that Lazio would not be interested in going lower so if Spurs can go higher then they have a genuine advantage in this case. But, with the arrivals of Miroslav Klose and Djibril Cisse at the club, the management may decide to do business in a lesser financial region then what is being quoted at the time.

Opinion:

Zárate’s ability can be summed up by comparing him to Arsenal over the last three years – inconsistent. Don’t get me wrong, the guy has great technical skill, he has the occasional flashes of brilliance, but that’s only when he’s playing good and that is not the usual case with him. He just fades in and out of the game. Just 15 goals for Lazio over three seasons prove that very fact. So, it’s safe to say that he does not exactly bang in goals for fun. The player has a good physical aspect to his game which can assist the team at times as Arsenal is not physically the strongest side in the Premier League. But, with this comes into question, his temperament which is a very big concern as he has shown that he has quite the ability to lose it at any time during a match. Therefore, at the end of it all, he doesn’t really paint a picture of hope, but stranger things have happened in the world of football and at the age of 24, provided stability at Arsenal, he may yet prove me wrong for one and may peak at exactly the right time for a club which desperately needs it.

Yann M’Vila

Current Team: Stade Rennais FC 

Latest Update:

As it turns out, reports are coming in that Arsene Wenger had failed with an offer of €20 million for the player over the weekend, but he shall now return with an improvised offer for the services of the defensive midfielder. Yann M’Villa is highly rated inside the football circles and combined with the fact that age is on his side or in this case Rennes FC the club is hoping for an amount in the region of €25 million to release him.

Opinion:

The first good thing Yann M’Villa can provide for Arsenal midfield is steel. He’s extremely good at getting the ball back, rotating possession and has good physical presence which can only get better considering his age. The guy is a good player with a great footballing mind as eminent by his performances for his current club, but then again he is inexperienced and a player with just 11 international appearances for France presently does not cut it for Arsenal this season. The reason being, that Arsenal fans have been on the back of Arsene to buy some experience and a proven player at the highest level for a couple of years now which can guarantee them at least one trophy this season. Although, He may prove to be a good buy for the future but I don’t see him winning any trophy with and for Arsenal this season and to top it off Frimpong is a decent player and he’s young too so the defensive midfield area should not be the biggest concern right now. So, knowing Wenger and his cash strapped instincts, it might be a blessing in disguise if Wenger does not buy this player now for the €25 million and rather invests in someone with a more proven background at the premier level.

Phil Jagielka

Current Team:  Everton FC

Latest Update:

Arsenal failed earlier with bids of £10 and £12 million for Phil Jagielka, but with time running out and the money from the Fabregas transfer available, Arsene is going to try again for the defender. Although, Everton are reluctant to sell nevertheless the tune of some £20 million may change their thinking. The lack of transfer activity due to shortage of funds at Everton may force the side to sell one of its prized assets and it may also prove to be the key signing for Arsenal.

Opinion:

Firstly, Phil Jagielka is a proven Premier League player. Over the years, the player has established his position at Everton and clawed his way into the England international line up. He offers the defensive cover at the back that fans yearn for and Arsenal so often crave. His man marking’s pretty good, is pretty solid at the back providing good cover for the goalie, a good header of the ball, offers a fine variety while going forward and the occasional direct shoot on goal can be dangerous as well.  He may not come on the cheap and is certainly against the transfer policy set by Wenger over the years, but, the defensive problems may be solved with his arrival and his arrival at the club might also give him a reprieve with the fans.

Eden Hazard

Current Team:  Lille FC

Latest Update:

Recent reports are linking Arsenal with a £20 million plus approach for Eden Hazard. Wenger has been interested in the player for the last two years and his approaches have been constantly rebuffed by Lille as they did not want to lose one of their top players. This summer saw them sell Gervinho to Arsenal and with things heating up at Arsenal, Wenger may just splash out some serious cash on recruiting Hazard to his cause.

Opinion:

Hazard’s been a top quality player over the last couple of years. His dribbling plus his pace is excellent and combined they can be devastating to any defence in the world. The guy’s a wing wizard, that’s what he is. They call him a defender’s nightmare in the French Ligue and he is one of those players who can just change the pace and course of a game with an instant dribble, cross or goal. Think in the terms of Arjen Robben and you’re getting close to this player’s potential, but, only without the injuries which is a good thing. He is young and has pace to burn on the wings and the challenge for the first team might even force Walcott to turn into a decent finisher of the ball. With this signing, Wenger can certainly soothe the jagged nerves of the fans in the recent years and as always he will be investing in a player for the future.

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15 Responses to Arsenal fans await Kaka, Hazard, M’Vila, Marvin Martin, Zarate, Jagielka.

  1. Nomaan says:

    Will he buy?he losing plot..sack wenger..

  2. Austin says:

    I’d rather sow to zarate and also hope rennes won’t sell m’vile….Hope we are note in dream land but all these happen then something my come our way;)

  3. Collins says:

    Let’s keep our fingers crossed! I’m not expecting any surprise form AW. He has posted us so much.

  4. Nomaan says:

    I think he needs menial help..recently what he says in press doesn’t make any sense..now today he is saying in press that selling Nasri will help squad..whattttt…???

  5. davi says:

    M’vila, Martin and a defender would be perfect, but preferably not jagielka – don’t know who is available, though
    M’vila would bring some stability to the midfield which is badly missing, and martin looks to me to be a fantastic, creative player who I’m sure could be more effective than nasri – he’s as talented but he just looks hungrier to me. If we did manage to sign jagielka, I wouldn’t be upset, but imo he’s no better than what we have. TV and Kos are both better imo, so it makes little sense to pay over 10m on a 3rd choice CB. To be honest I dont think wenger will make any defensive signings now.

  6. kiss kissi says:

    I cnt wait, as 4 nw anythng wud do. we r badly off

  7. We’ve been so patient and very supportive of our club because we love our players and appreciate what they do for the team. I believe our love for Cesc and Nasri is still the same but we’re just saddened by their departure at the club. Our message to thd board of directors is that we’ve lost faith in Wenger. He has been making a lot of promises about strengthening the club but all we get is his endless excuses. We are so tired of that and we feel like we’re being betrayed by the board because for the past six years nobody has dared to speak for us…all you care about is your damn bness. What about our loyalty and love for this club? Doesn’t that matter anymore? Is that how you are going to repay us??
    Arsenal is the air that we breath, is everything where do you people expect us to go? Home is not where you live but where they understand you..but it seems you have failed to understand our feelings and we don’t feel welcome at Arsenal. You’re pushing us away.

  8. Sunny says:

    Gunners just 3 players….1.) Eden Hazard…..2.) Jan Verteghon(Not mentioned above)……n 3.) Mauro Zarate……These three r must to win the season ….atleast 2 trophies will be at emirates…

  9. Sunny says:

    Sorry for mistakes in above comment…..Gunners just need 3 players….1.) Eden Hazard (Mid field)…..2.) Jan Verteghon(Not mentioned above)…(DEFENCE)…n 3.) Mauro Zarate…(Forward)…These three r must to win the season ….atleast 2 trophies will be at emirates…

  10. Emeka Zeus says:

    Arsenal needs player as Gary Cahill (nt mentioned above),Eden Hazard,marvin Martin and Kaka to booster our chances of winning silverware

  11. Ugoezeh says:

    Guys, you are still telling wenger what he know best, leave him, by the time his done with our club, i may decide to go on fasthing and prayers to fight wenger spiritually, i have never seen a frustrated manager like him, am just waiting to see what he can achive with transfer market in 7days, (lets wait) EZEGUNNER.

  12. Tolulope says:

    Arsenal need a new coach,wenger is a failure. He has fail us in so many time

  13. someone says:

    Everybody be patient. Personally I believe that Arsenal needs two new defenders. Baines for the left and a CB in the form of the cheap Scott Dann or the more expensive Christopher Samba. It’s more than do-able with the money Wenger has in his wallet. Baines and Samba would cost no more than 50,000,000 pounds. Baines and Dann would cost no more than 30,000,000 pounds. Either way, Wenger would have enough after that to get Marvin Martin and Jadson. You can’t replace Nasri and Fabregas with one midfielder, we need two. Forget about a second striker for now. With a midfield consisting of Gervinho, Wilshere, Ramsey, Jadson, Song, Walcott, Martin etc. Zarate will no longer be of need, especially when Walcott can be a striker anyway. Personally, I think Wenger should buy Dann, Baines, M’Vila, Jadson and Martin. If that’s too much to ask then drop Jadson from the list.

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