QPR manager Mark Hughes has obviously heard about the alleged interest from Arsenal in one of his star players, because the Welshman has issued an all points, hands off statement warning the Gunners and any other potential suitors off the Moroccan international Adel Taarabt.
“It wouldn’t surprise me if clubs were looking at him, but I know for a fact that he is very happy here, and he sees his future here.”
“This is the best place for him because we support him, we give him the best chance to be successful and he understands that.”
We have all heard things like that before, usually just before a player is sold. I am not privy to the ins and outs of transfer dealings, which are normally kept pretty secret until the transfer window opens at least, but for a manager to comment makes me think that there is something in it.
It seems to me, though, that Arsenal are overflowing with attacking midfielders and we need to strengthen the squad in other areas. Taarabt can play as a second striker but is better on the flanks. Who would he replace?
Maybe he is being lined up as a replacement for Walcott. Arsenal need players who can get service in to Giroud but who can also chip in with goals and come inside at times and attack. Would we rather have Walcott or Taarabt?