Can Arsenal win battle to sign `new Vieira`?

The last time that Arsenal won a major trophy was the 2005 FA cup final. Patrick Vieira scored the winning penalty against Manchester United in the shoot out, but that was his last of nearly 400 competitive matches for the club. Some might say that Arsenal have never adequately replaced the dynamic Frenchman, but that may be about to change this summer.

According to the Sun, Arsenal face strong competition from Chelsea, Man City and Real Madrid for the player seen as the next Patrick Vieira. Geoffrey Kondogbia, who plays for Sevilla in the Spanish Primera Liga, has a very similar game to the former Gunner. He is the same age as Vieira was when he signed from Juventus, and is also an under-21 French international player.

Kondogbia’s performances this season have drawn the comparisons with Vieira as well as the interest from some of Europe’s top clubs. He is valued at around £17 million by Sevilla, who have financial problems and may have to sell him. Wenger has the money to spend and he has a great reputation for producing world class players, but has tried to play down Arsenal’s interest.

“I don’t really want to talk about Kondogbia too much,” said Wenger. “Because everyone’s after him at the moment.

“When you ask, `Are you also interested?` What do you expect me to say?”

It would be a bold move by Wenger, but it is a real problem position for Arsenal and could be a masterstroke by the Professor. He may not be able to persuade Kondogbia to choose Arsenal. I, for one, really hope he tries, though. Do you agree Gooners?

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58 thoughts on “Can Arsenal win battle to sign `new Vieira`?

  1. Jamondo

    Right, that’s it, I’ve had it with this website and the f*cking ads, constantly sending me to the bloody App Store for some random sh*tty ad. Unless something is done about this, I will find a new place/ source for all of my future Arsenal news. ✌

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  2. Dom

    He would be a great signing as we are unable to expect much playing time from diaby due to his record with injuries. It would also send out a message to all the other clubs that Arsenal mean business this coming season, and that this year we are improving our squad instead of just replacing first team players that have been sold.

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  3. King

    I mentioned Kondogbia last month and I was thumbed down. It seems as though if some people don’t know a player, then he but be crap. This guy is wanted by so many clubs it’s amazing how someone has not done a deal in advance. He came from the same R.C. Lens generation as Varane.

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  4. dagift

    Y not buy fellaini, strootman or lars bender 17 million is too much for a playa dat hav nt played in epl before, plis use d moni to bring song back he understand us we nid him

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  5. stenak

    No1 will know wht he will buy dis summer given so much money bt one thing is sure
    D difference dis new signings will make will play key role is deciding wenger’s future!!!!

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  6. US4rsenal

    I hope Wenger will secure his signature with Stephan Jovetic up front and a decent Golie

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  7. Tobias

    i heard we were looking at ilkay gundogan
    either one woul be good although i do think Kondogbia will be hard to get hold of since city madrid etc are interested

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  8. Liam-Jenko

    @dagift

    Strootman and Bender haven’t played in the premier league so your point is invalid

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  9. King

    Kondogbia might be a cheaper option. Yes, we would have prefer Lars Bender–the best CDM in germany, but Leverkusen is 3rd now and they are likely to finish there. He would problaly stay unless we offer 20-30 mil, which I don’t see Wenger ever doing. Chelsea got a 20 mil offer turned down last summer.

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  10. ks-gunner

    i thought Diaby was the new Viera hahahaha…..the new Patrick Viera plays at Man shity….called Yaya Toure

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  11. Tojo

    never heard of him but after all the stress pressure and flack wenger has got this season, then looking at what wr’ve achieved with a new squad in arsne I Trust. i am no doubter

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  12. yehaa

    This season officially make me branding Wenger ‘Talks a lot but no result’. Until Arsenal win something then I listen to him.

    Greed spoiled Arsenal.

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  13. ks-gunner

    Liam-Jenko….try to read it again dont be a smart azs…he means that 17m are not to much to spend on a player who has no epl experience….

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  14. Tom

    He would be a solid signing but we have Frimpong and Coquelin! I’d rather have Gonalons, Capoue, Bender, someone with more experience

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  15. jermaine

    lars bender is a good player but he isn’t better than gundagan,martinez,or his bro so no he isn’t thebest in Germany.

    kondogbia is someone ive been following for two yesars he seems promising, but it means getin rid of coqulan n frimpong(id love coqulan to be a rb)

    for me we should get toulalan or strootman or even paulinho who is similar to ramires but techniqually superior

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  16. Neil

    Another French guy I’ve never heard of.

    For every Henry there’s a Alliadiare.
    For every Koscilenly there’s a Squid.

    Look at how many average French players we’ve signed in recent seasons!

    Here’s a novel idea…

    ..buy proven class!

    Class that has already been proved in the PL.

    Fellaini for instance.

    Oh wait…he’d cost around 25m and this French dude would cost a lot less (much less than 17m imo).

    We need class…not unproven talent.

    If he signs, I hope to be proved wrong, but why take yet another risk with young French players?

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  17. Kobi

    He looks very much like M’Vila from his style of play.
    Interesting.

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  18. Goonerboy

    I just hope we sign someone to work as a defensive midfielder . as its a area we realy need to fill.

    I ALSO am reallly F*cked off by the constant pop up adds when I look at your site via my phone.
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  19. Neil

    RE:pop ups.

    I use a normal PC and have no problems.

    Use Firefox and the free add blocker add on.

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    I’d check for a virus too.

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  21. Leavo

    I’d go for Fellaini personally! He seems a much better option then anyone else. He wants to play in CL, has EPL exspirene is still only 24 or 25. Has been very consistant, is: strong, good tackler, areal abilities and can help in defence/ corners! He can also score goals, has played alongside arteta before and wants to play regularly. He is also looking to move this summer and wants a better wage then at everton which we can give him, and for 20mil would be well worth it.

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  22. TRM

    If half of Europe want him than our chances are very unlikely. If we were talking about this 8 years ago for a player than we would be on the top of the players list!!!

    Several players have been short listed for this role. The fact Arsenal have apparently been looking at this role is encouraging. Will next year be the year Walcott, Wilshire and Ramsay really establish there ability. Will next year be the year the Ox holds down a first time place, if so than Arsene can work with something which he may of possibly thought could take a bit longer to establish.

    He can than completment these players with a new central mid, centre forward, centre back.
    The summer will be interesting, time for Wenger to become a magician

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  23. Goonerboy

    Are you seriously trying to say that you don’t know that on mobile phones you are not aware of the very very annoying ads that appear at the bottom of the page and keep appearing todays one is for slot galaxy . get a phone and check yourself mines Samsung Galaxy 3 . Its your site with your Ads on please don’t claim ignorance to it . cause that’s just BullSh*t. I am Speaking as computer engineer here.

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  24. Ganaz

    @Bob enough of this non sense “new vieira” let us focus for something meaningful for example our trophy “Top four”(according to Mr.Wenger).Our team need a top class Dm not new vieira.Top class Forwad not new Henry or Bergkamp.

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  26. Gooer Cape Town

    Maroune Fellaini….EPL experienced, good solid player, beast of a tackler and demon in the air….

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  27. yehaa

    All this pop up issue will pop up if you use phone/tab, I even get redirect to porn webpage when I scroll down to quickly on my phone/tab. Porn site name deboink or something like that. Luckily I was fast with my finger to press back. This problem does not occur on pc. Beware surfing just arsenal news next to wife/kid/gf on phone/tab.

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  28. Afro-AmericanGunner

    Kondogbia at 6 million pounds is a steal for me. Many complain that we need experience, but wasn’t Silvestre experienced, and so was Squillaci. Just because you see a high price validation doesn’t make them good. You get the best talent you can, no matter what the age. Though I respect Gonalons play, he is nothing but a taller poor man’s version of Flamini, who was made by the other players around him. Capoue on the other hand is just unfounded hype. We need to aim for transcending talent, not just some gap stop measure. There’s a reason both Pogba and soon to be Kondogbia will pass him with the national team. For anyone else, don’t put Coquelin or Frimpong in any legitimate conversation about taking over the defensive midfield. Frimpong will be let go this summer and Coquelin might join him due to his lack of first team appearance. Not trying to humiliate anyone, but we all know they don’t have a chance.

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  29. Afro-AmericanGunner

    Coquelin will not be let go, but he may be sold, due to him requesting more playing time… just wanted to correct that phrase.

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  30. moneytalks

    arsene wenger even a 5 yrs old kid knows we need to sign
    a defensive mifilder. why u neglecting this position?

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  31. solomon

    wenger is good but he is always confused. Why is he awalys about french guys not spanised or brazil? Look at what mata, hadard are playing in cheseal now, wenger is never serious.

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  32. ayjay

    Fellaini isn’t a CDM. He used to play there but he’s been proven throughout this season to be a far better player at CAM. He played a defensive role the other week when Everton lost 1-0 (can’t remember v. who) and was singled out for criticism, as well as being used as an indication of poor management for not playing higher up the pitch.

    This Kondogbia guy looks good though. He’s huge for a 20 year old, maybe just what the doctor ordered.

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  33. Big Gun

    @Leavo – Fellaini all the way, I agree. None of these unproven, lethargic frenchmen.

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  34. CRABBY

    Bob, I think you will find Vieria was signed from AC Milan not Juventus so get the facts straight my friend!

    ADMIN COMMENT
    you are right he left for Juventus and I won’t even pull you up on your spelling

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  35. Daniela

    I dnt think under 21 player wil deliver us 2 where we want…i think we should get sbdy like diame, bender or fellaini, players who r mature not just playing arnd wid young french players so called ‘new viera’

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  36. mr lean

    what we need are quality experianced players with EPL experiance so for me fellani is the answer.don’t believe we can afford to try players who are younger,have no expeiance but with los of potential if we want to win trophies next season

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  37. Jimmy Saville

    This guy looks top class and is miles better than any other CDM weve looked at hope Wenger spends big for this, looks fantastic!

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  38. Goonerboy

    Just to clarify what I was saying eariler .
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    its the very annoying popup’s I was taing about.
    Speaking of the embebbed ADs you have on your site . some of them have run java script which cause one of my browsers to freeze up quite frequently as well .
    so they are Fu*ked up as well .

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  39. bob

    Wenger will try is best to sign him, but at the end of the day, he knows he has the first and original player given that title (the next Vieira) in DeYaBe, so if we do not get him we do not, their is back up.

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  40. AidanGooner

    Every tall, black DM is ‘the new Vieira’- none have come close so far.

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  41. gooooooner

    i say forget this guy and trigger fellani release clause instead proven player only 25 instantly be solid at the back

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  42. Uche Edochie

    I have a strong feeling that wenger has completed most of the purchases he wants to make already. Seeing how easily he went about his preseason preparations knowing that podolski and giroud were done deals, i am sure he will like a repeat of that again. Infact if not for the euros, podolski, giroud and santi would have had a much better preseason and our season would have been even better than it is now.

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  43. Afro-AmericanGunner

    Daniela says:
    April 29, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    I dnt think under 21 player wil deliver us 2 where we want…i think we should get sbdy like diame, bender or fellaini, players who r mature not just playing arnd wid young french players so called ‘new viera’

    @Daniela, isn’t Goetze, Lucas Moura, Varene, Draxler, Pogba and Oscar under 21? You would not blink twice to buy these players? How come we do this with players linked to Arsenal. Checkout a game and not place generalities on players. Let’s find the best talent we can regardless of age, nationality, etc…

    mr lean says:
    April 29, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    what we need are quality experianced players with EPL experiance so for me fellani is the answer.don’t believe we can afford to try players who are younger,have no expeiance but with los of potential if we want to win trophies next season

    @mr lean, wasn’t Steward Downing a quality experience player when he went to Liverpool, what about Bobby Zamara, and Andy Carroll? Wasn’t Fernando Torres a 50 million pound top, top, top EPL quality superstar? Just because they are quality EPL players don’t mean they fit our system of play. We need to find great players wherever we can find the, whether the academy, EPL, La Liga, Bundesliga, Ligue 1, South America, Africa, Asia, Europe,etc… By limiting our network of talent, we are only screwing ourselves… just look at Liverpool. You have to find the best talent that fits your system.

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  44. Afro-AmericanGunner

    Let me repeat this: “Let’s not just sign names, but people who actually fit our system” because no one wants to be QPR!!!

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  45. Niranjith

    Stevan Jovetic, Geoffrey Kondogbia and Julio Cesar. Arsenal go get them ASAP.

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  46. ferro

    I dont think that there will ever be another Vieira. Diaby and/or Toure were supposed to be the next one. I have never seen the new Vieira and every year there is one touted, none today could lace his boots.

    Its a little curious, that Arsene all but dropped the biggest indication yet, that this is the man he wants, or the man whom should be on everyones top target list.

    My guess is that Arsene has already identified our cdm, probly since the winter break but knowing how slow our lot can be at dragging these things out, chose a summer transfer.

    Im hoping for – Strootman / Wanyama / L Bender / or even Gonalons, if Wenger rates him.

    The cynical side of me… thinks Arsene may go for Diame, as he will have to break his spending norm, to capture that gifted striker whod have won us our games against the top sides.

    That striker or lack of, has been sorely missed.

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  47. John

    The best player that we signed last summer was pretty much a secret until the last minute …… Santi Cazorla. The spoilt brats would have loved to have stolen him fom under our noses ( Zaha, Mata, Hazzard etc etc ) If we are talking about potential signings this early before the transfer window opens you can pretty much guarantee that one of the spoilt, competition spoilers ( Utd,City or Chelsea) will tap him up with over inflated wages etc.
    Anyone we are talking about at the moment will NOT end up wearing an Arsenal shirt.

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  48. We are Northlondon

    his actually a really good player we have been linked constantly average players… this guy is someone who is cut above the mould

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