If the general consensus is right and Bacary Sagna does decide on a new club this summer, Arsenal will need a right back. And to replace the Frenchman, with all his experience, talent and versatility, will not be easy. So when you hear that one of the best full backs in the world is available, it would make sense for Arsenal to be in the running, no?
Arsenal did not go out of the Champions League to Bayern because of the game in Munich, but if it wasn’t for a brilliant penalty save from Lukasz Fabianski, they would have lost both legs of the last 16 tie. And both would have been directly attributable to, let’s say debatable, decisions by the officials.
I know people have been saying that Laurent Koscielny should have been more careful because it was Arjen Robben and everyone knows he will go down if touched. Hold on a minute, don’t the referees know this as well? And should that not mean that they are less likely to give a penalty or free kick to the diving Dutchman? And why was he not booked for his outrageous dive in the first half?
I know it is not confirmed that Bacary Sagna will not be an Arsenal player next season, but after the club announced new contracts for Rosicky and Mertesacker this week, the silence on Sagna was telling and his departure is almost as likely as Spurs missing out on the Champions League.
So Arsenal need a replacement and two names are in the papers today as possibly being available in the summer, Dani Alves and Micah Rochards. The Express reports that Barcelona are willing to sell their Brazilian right back because he will have just a year left on his contract and they will be in a Sagna situation.
If nothing changes before next summer, Arsenal will have to without Bacary Sagna next season. The French international right back is in the last year of his current deal with the Gunners, and it looks like that may be the end of the road for Sagna at the Emirates. I am not going to have a go at him, although I would love him to sign another contract with us, but I cannot help but wonder what we will do without him.
Crazy Arsenal transfer rumours by Stefan
The other day I wrote an article about how Arsenal should once again consider buying a new goalkeeper and I suggested we revisit Julio Cesar. I suggested this because of Szczesny’s terrible performance against Aston Villa at the weekend. Until then I was content to let him be the number one at the club.
So once again at the start of the week the goalkeeper rumours started flying in. Today we are linked with Real Madrid’s Iker Casillas but that is unlikely in my opinion. The other one, which should be taken more seriously is Valencia goalkeeper Vicente Guaita. The media is reporting that Arsenal are preparing a £17 million bid for him. I say to that, you can’t be serious.
Arsenal fans have had enough of Barcelona trying to poach players from the club, and the latest report will not make them feel any friendlier towards the Spanish giants. In typical Barca style, one of their players has been talking about a possible transfer of the midfield star Jack Wilshere, just as they did with Cesc Fabregas. It is disrespectful and borders on `tapping up` but that seems to be the way Barca operate and they think they have a right to do so.
Most Arsenal fans and football pundits would agree that the Gunners boss Arsene Wenger could do with strengthening his squad in a number of areas, but the right back position would come pretty far down on the list. So, if the reports linking Arsenal with a transfer window move for the Brazilian right back Dani Alves from Barcelona are true, it may indicate that Arsenal are preparing to lose their current first choice right back Bacary Sagna.