Wednesday 16 May 2012

Laughable links on the transfer front for Arsenal

Some people call the summer transfer window 'the silly season' and with good reason judging by this story in the Daily Mail. I can guarantee Juventus legend Alessandro Del Piero will not be joining Arsenal, not matter what the anonymous reporter is reporting to the contrary. It's hardly worth discussing, as who can imagine Arsene Wenger bringing in a 37-year-old offensive player? Still, the story was good for a giggle.

Equally laughable is the story on where we can read that Juventus have pulled out of the race to sign Robin van Persie. They never had an earthly! The non-story goes that Juve now prefer Uruguay international striker Edinson Cavani, who is 25-years-old and won't have such hefty wage demands. He cost Napoli about 17m euros two years ago, so won't be available any cheaper than that given his recenbt goalscoring record. However, he should have a decent resale value, which is something you can't say about van Persie.

While we're having a giraffe (okay, 'laugh' for the uninitiated) what about Junior Hoilett, as suggested by Red London? Well, he's got flair and he's only 21. Also, he's out of contract at Blackburn this summer, but I understand a nominal fee will be payable due to his age. However, if he does join us, he may have to settle for being a squad player, but should he join Reading (who are also reportedly interested) then he could be virtually guaranteed a full season of Premier League football. The guy is ambitious: he turned down playing international football for his native Canada for the chance of playing for England, so who's to say he won't choose Arsenal over Reading? Personally, I can't see us moving for him. Sorry to say, I think he's the sort of player that Harry Redknapp will be interested in, so don't be surprised if he ends up at Spurs. I'll qualify that by reminding you that Harry loves wingers, whereas Wenger buys strikers (like Theo Walcott and Nicklas Bendtner) and sticks them out on the wing - a questionable policy, if you ask me.

There could be a fire sale at Blackburn following their relegation and one of my fellow guests on the Gooner Podcast said Arsenal should make a move for ex-Spurs keeper Paul Robinson as a back up keeper with Lucasz Fabianski seemingly offski. I think that would be a great call, but it's more likely that Robinson will move to West Ham to take Robert Green's place, if the latter moves away on a free transfer. We've been long linked to Green, so I think we might actually bring him in as a potential first choice keeper. It was grim reading watching Sky Sports the other day as they flagged up how we've been getting progressively worse defensively every season. Wenger has to turn that around and hopefully we won't start courting experienced keepers again this summer only to baulk at the price.

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