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?