Arsenal will raid Spain again in January! but not for Falcao

Spain has been a happy hunting ground for the Arsenal boss recently, or at least Spanish players have. His best bys in the last two seasons have been Santi Cazorla from Malaga and Mikel Arteta from Everton. It looks like Arsene Wenger is going to try to keep the run going in January with a bid to bring Adrian Lopez from Athletico Madrid.

Wenger praised the astute scouting of the new Swansea City manager, Michael Laudrup, this week for his signing of the Spanish duo Michu and Pablo Hernandez, and the Spanish Primera Liga is definitely becoming a place that English Premier league clubs are looking at for new talent.

There are a number of reasons for this. Firstly, there is a great deal of Spanish talent coming through, with the coaching system developing technically skilled players from a very young age. Along with this is the nurturing of the competitive instinct that is so necessary in the English game. This is helped by the fact that the reserve teams are actually involved in the normal league system, with the B teams of Barcelona and Real Madrid doing well in the second tier.

Another good reason for clubs to look at Spain is that most of the clubs are struggling financially. Their league does not generate nearly as much money as ours, and most of that goes to the big two. Even Athletico Madrid, who won the Europa league and the Spanish cup and are sitting second in the league looking assured of the Champions league next year, need to sell players.

That’s where Arsenal step in. Athletico desperately want to keep Falcao, but know they will lose him soon. By selling Adrian to Arsenal, they can afford to keep Falcao until summer and make sure they qualify for the lucrative Champions league. Wenger knows he can get the talented Spaniard on a cut price deal because of this.

“I must say, for someone who knows the Spanish market, it is maybe a good period to sign players because the clubs are in trouble financially and you can make bargains there.”

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42 thoughts on “Arsenal will raid Spain again in January! but not for Falcao

  1. Tojo

    Wenger forever!!!! love the man love his philosophy love what hes done to/for the club. in arsene we trust

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  2. mistyque

    Sounds like an excellent plan to me.
    Good player, Good price

    Arsenal for life

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  3. ponds

    WENGER FOR GOD SAKE BUY HUNTELAAARRRRRRRRR
    NO ADRIENS OR OTHER SUCH FOOLS.
    HUNTELAAR SCORES FOR FUN

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  4. leo

    AFC and Adrian Lopez in “advanced talks.” Wenger has also hinted it’s a great time to look into the Spanish transfer market. Certain deal

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  5. stephen187

    Good buy, talented and technical but depends how long it takes to adjust to premiership

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  6. leo

    43yr old ex-Oranje striker Erik Meijer & who used to be a client of Huntelaar’s agent Arnold Oosterveer, has told German SS that the Dutch striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaarcould join the Gunners in January. The 2nd time in a month to say that

    + zaha,henry looking likely

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  7. That Gunner

    If we are to shop in Spain,I want Munian from Bilbo to arsenal,the Kid is pure talent and plays the Arsenal way,he is a creative winger and uses both feet,15 mil should tempt them into thinking about it,I dont want to see adriano because hes going to cause an upset,what will Poldi,Giroud and now Theo (given his chance) will be forced out..either way we already use one striker,so y strengthen that position if the formation wont change? Excess spending is sh!t!! Wenger concentrate on the areas that are IMPORTANT PLEASE!! I WILL BE GUTTED IF SPURS FINISH OVER US -_-

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  8. Zery

    What Arsenal currently lacks is a star player, a hero that fellow players and fans call on in their bad days! Is Adrian that player? I don’t think so, for me he is just as average as Podolski.

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  9. szezza

    adrian IN Gervinho can f***off to african cup of nations plz play rosicky against swansea i dont like draws

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  10. Gundam

    Just buy neymar… his shirt sales alone will will boost 50mil a season… what’s to lose

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  11. Phil S Aazu

    We don’t need another average player; too many mediocres in our club. Lopez is an emphatic NO.

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  12. true goon

    some off you need to get real,neymar?Falcao? next time set ur alarm clock cos your dreaming.We’re talking about cutting players wages,these players will only go to a club who put their money where their mouth is.not us

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  13. Dan

    Only scored 1 goal this season apparantly, and we could get Huntelaar for a cut price. Just saying…

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  14. Gooner Cape Town

    Huntelaar is very good striker but Lopez has higher work rate and top striker.

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  15. Princely

    Tired of speculations just get the players already before someone else does huntelaar and adrian lopez not bad for a rotation and resting tired legs

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  16. vanpersiesucks

    if there are two cups one containing huntelaar and other adrian..
    den i would blindly pick d first.

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  17. malibu

    can really see us getting adrian lopez, especially after atletico see falcao

    ateletico selling both strikers in jan?! some of you people on here make me die!

    we have to accept the fact we are now an average side, we wont win champs league or the league, wenger doesnt care about the fa or capital 1 cups

    if hes going around saying 3rd place is a trophy what kind of message is that to send out to the players????!!!!

    i’m sure the likes of wilshire, vermaelen, arteta & cazorla wanna look back when there retired and say ‘got no medals in my cabinet but hey, remember when we finished 3RD in 2012? great year that’

    imagine fergie publicly saying 3rd place is a trophy?!

    goodnight sleepy gooners, looks like i’m the only 1 wide awake smelling the coffee

    WE WANT OUR ARSENAL BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  18. malibu

    AND BEFORE I GET SLAGGED OFF OR THUMBS DOWN I JUST WANNA SAY I HOPE I’M WRONG, I WANT US TO BE ABLE TO ATTRACT THE BEST PLAYERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD, NOT BOAST ABOUT NOT BUYING SUPERSTARS, WE MAKE THEM ON OUR T SHIRTS AT THE ARMOURY

    WE WONT PAY THE FEES OR WAGES

    WENGER NEEDS TO FIND HIS BALLS AND START BEING THE ARROGANT, EVERY MANAGER IN THE LEAGUE HATES ME COS I’M A BAD LOSER, SLAG FERGIE & MANCINI OFF TYPE OF MANAGER WITH THAT BURNING FIRE HE ONCE HAD!!!!!

    BITE THE BULLET, SPEND THE MONEY & PAY THE WAGES TO THE BEST IN THE WORLD, WHEN WENGER PUTS HIS TOUCH ON IT THE £££££ WILL COME ROLLING BACK IN

    GET RUTHLESS & BUY OUT THE CONTRACTS OF THE SCUM WE HAVE THAT ARENT FIT TO WEAR THE SHIRT BUT ARE HAPPY TO GET PAID TO DO NOTHING, GIVE THEM TO SPURS

    WE WANT OUR ARSENAL BACK

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  19. That Gunner

    FELLOW GUNNERS,do the math please! We dont need to do excessive spending in Jan,we just need to strengthen the weak and get rid of the dead wood,summer should be business and done EARLY so they have time to gel,Lopez isnt needed at this moment,Cavani is fine,but whos going to leave? I also forgot about Chamakh..Chamakh,Giroud,Podolski,Walcott..isnt that 4 strikers? HOW/WHERE does Cavani or Lopez fit in? As much as it hurts to SAY THIS,with OUR FORM being a LIGHT SWITCH,am not convinced we are going to make top 4,Gervs is only a dribbler,never seen him whip in a cross b4,so I think he doesnt compliment our strikers,he compliments our mid because of late runs and him pulling the ball back,cnt shoot for sh!t either,I think he shud move on,we are easy to figure out because Arteta is the link between ATT and DEF,hes not physically strong,so he gets pressured and uneasy,when he rushes,we get sloppy thus giving us some bad anxiety,Wenger needs to do a friggin formation change..Apart from Chambo and the WBs,we cant get much crosses in,so why not change to 4-3-1-2..

    Schz
    Gibbs,Verm,Mert,Sagna <–firat choice

    now this balance is crucial

    Cocquelin as the holding,he wont pass the halfline unless we are dominating the mid or need an extra man..

    Arteta and Wilo as box to box mid

    Santi with his lic to roam

    Giroud/Poldi and Walcott

    notice theo is by himself? if he gets the lic as Henry did,Theo will be a thorn,look at Everton where he roamed,he seemed dangerous throughout the game,get Henry online for his experience and to convince theo to sign,aint that his HERO!!

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  20. Joe

    instead of lopez get turan and get baines for the left back and a strong Dm then change the formation to 442

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  21. true goon

    @That Gunner

    Disaagree with your main point,we should sign the players we need now in january so they can help us now and get settled in now for next season,rather than buying players in the summer and needing at least 10 games b4 they are used to each other.chelsea did a similar thing with Cahill didnt play him at first,now he’s settled in properly this season.

    You have to start thinking outside the box

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  22. Invincibles nice (1)

    Whats with everone thinking that the Arsenal are the only club with players who are called deadwood, there isnt a team in England that havnt got these so called players, the further you delve into anyones squad youl find them, even the money teams in che manc youl find them, maybe not quite as many but thats coz of there pay structure, but even theres will have no commitment or desire and just see an easy life, manu have them just like ourselves, the reason why we see ours more often than theres is coz allardyce set a belief that you only have to kick or/and injure the Arsenal in order to beat them and you wont beat them if you try and play ball, i do believe we need to rid ourselves of a few players but if we done what most fans are asking for in ridding ourselves of all so called deadwood then what makes fans think we can get a much better class of player who will sit fourth fifth and sixth choice, its a b and c type player you have to look at in filling these pos so again all teams have them.

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  23. Invincibles nice (1)

    @ that Gunner, what about the width we need as most of our goals come from passing/crossing from the byline, definitely in using Olis full potential he needs good delivery, i just think at the moment teams are flooding the center in so neutralising our creativity

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  24. Invincibles nice (1)

    @ leo, do just repeat every bit of tit bit in the Media so if one of the thirty fold comes to pass you can say yeh yiz see yiz heard it here first

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  25. Gundam

    The board are a little silly… i was just using neymar of an example… just think how much real madrid pay ronaldo… and how much ronaldo makes for them…. i bet he is better value than diaby

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  26. That Gunner

    @True Gun where will the new signings stay if we dont have any space? We need to free up salary first..

    @Invincible I said the WBs will push up,Santi can whip in a cross,Teta can also do the same,the Winf Backs (WBs) already love advancing so that still wont drop our intensity,I love Cazorla because he has a rocket and aint afraid to let lose from either foot..we have 2 Cb and a stable DM if he sits,WBs will have to run consistently throught the 90,its really simple my friend,OVERLAPPING..I took this idea from Villa,they tried it on us..

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  27. topcat

    i want falcao!!!! we got the damn money for him so stop with the bullsh#t rumors n get him cuz im sure we got 150m recently to add on another 150m??? hmmm really clever hill-wood n stan

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  28. **** Set Gunner ****

    Arsenal must sign:
    1) Maroune Fellaini
    2) Luke Shaw / Leighton Baines
    3) Jovetic
    4) Isco

    He must sell:
    1) Andre Santos
    2) Andrey Arshavin
    3) Sebastian Squillaci
    4) Aaron Ramsey
    5) Maroune Chamakh

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  29. RT

    Finally another Gunner who supports the idea of purchasing Isco!! If we can grab him at the expense of Malaga’s financial problems, maybe even a player + cash deal (Arshvain/One of our poor ‘strikers’?) that would be the deal of the year!!!!
    The kid is like 20yrs old and has already played alongside Santi and to have a spanish influence throughout our midfield in Arteta also – dare I say we’d actually have the edge on signing a player?

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  30. max power

    Arseal will not raid any club in any country. Arsenal have become a selling club.I have a question why has Mr Wenger and the Arsenal board let the contracts of their top players run down, any other club would have nailed them down well before their contracts are nearly up. Strange unless it all about profit. Mr Wenger says he loves rebulding well he has been rebulding for the last six years so where is the end result. I think Mr Wenger has run his course it time for him and the board to step aside and let someone else have a go. NO more bull from Mr Wenger and co.

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  31. ZenithTheGooner

    Few typos here…
    It’s “Boys” instead of “Bys” and it’s “Atletico” instead of “Athletico”.

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  32. Robin

    People saying that Ramsey stinks and we should sell him know nothing about the game..
    Ramsey is the only interested player in our squad … He keeps possession he can pass the ball he has the balls to shoot out of ghe box
    He is great defensively he is has great strong form.. He retrieves the ball and push it forward..
    He is one of our best / must keep players..

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  33. Robin

    People saying that Ramsey stinks and we should sell him know nothing about the game..
    Ramsey is the only interested player in our squad … He keeps possession he can pass the ball he has the balls to shoot out of the box
    He is great defensively he has great strong form.. He retrieves the ball and push it forward..
    He is one of our best / must keep players..

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