Don’t panic! Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo has published a list of the 50 players that could be on the wish list of Barcelona’s new manager Tito Vilanova. It comes after Vilanova told the Spanish press that he was looking for a player that could fill the position of “pivot” which is a versatile defensive midfielder, kind of like the player that Arsenal need.
Barcelona are focused on obtaining Javi Martinez from Athletic Bilbao but Mundo Deportivo, which has strong links to Barcelona, give us some food for thought and an insight into how they rate some of the Arsenal team.
Etienne Capoue from Toulouse and Yann M’Vila from Rennes are both included, with M’Vila getting the better write up while Capoue is doubted “at the highest level.” Lucas Biglia, Tongo Doumbia or Steven N’Zonzi did not appear.
The Arsenal players included are Alex Song, Thomas Vermaelen, Laurent Koscielny and, wait for it, Denilson. I know. They seem to think that he could rediscover his form elsewhere. Good luck to him. The good thing is that they deem the other three Arsenal players to be untouchable but highly desirable.
Arsenal cannot afford to let their best players get to within a year of their contracts ending.We all know what can happen.I will feel much better when Arsenal announce a new contract for Koscielny. Vermaelen or Koscielny could become brilliant in the “pivot” position but, surely, they are better where they are. We need, as do Barcelona, the quality holding player who can free the attack.
Will Wenger sign a DM and if so, who should it be?