Now that it seems as if Arsenal will not be able to persuade Barcelona to part with David Villa, even though he wants to leave and Arsenal are willing to pay for him, Wenger may concentrate on another Spanish forward Adrian Lopez. Arsenal are rumoured to have put in an offer for the 25-year old already, but it was a fair bot lower than his release clause of £15 million.
There are signs that the player has had his head turned by the interest from the Gunners. His manager at Athletico Madrid, Diego Simeone, has told the Spanish media that he was unhappy with the striker’s attitude on Sunday, and that is why he was substituted after about an hour.
“The effort is not negotiable.
“With the exception of Adrian we competed as a team.”
For a player who is regarded as one of the most hard working and reliable in the Madrid team, this points to a problem in the mind of Adrian. He must be aware of Arsenal’s interest. Perhaps he was wondering if his chance had gone, especially if Barcelona were to accept our offer.
The question now is whether Wenger plays poker and waits for Athletico to accept the lower offer, or bites the bullet and offers more money. I wonder if Santi Cazorla and Mikel Arteta have been on the phone to Adrian. If so, they should tell him to have a word with his team mate, Arda Turan, as well.