There are quite a few Arsenal fans and pundits who are frustrated that Chelsea have signed Demba Ba from Newcastle without Arsene Wenger appearing to fight too hard to make him a Gunner. With a release clause of just £7.5 million, and having scored 29 Premier league goals in just 54 games for Newcastle, Ba seemed to be a bargain and Wenger admitted he rated the striker.
Le Prof has revealed the reason that he did not challenge Chelsea for Ba, or try to sign him in the summer. The reason is Olivier Giroud. Wenger has tried a number of forwards who fit the mould of Giroud and Ba, including Bendtner and Chamakh. The Arsenal boss has been searching for a big, powerful striker who will add something to the speed and creativity that Arsenal are famous for, and once he chose Giroud, he was not going to sign another.
“I like Demba Ba personally, he is a similar type to Giroud who we just bought. It was one or the other.”
So if you are thinking of putting any money on Fernado Llorente transferring to Arsenal from Athletic Bilbao, save your cash, it is not going to happen. Wenger is not going to turn into Sam Allardyce and lump balls up the field all day long, he just wants one big striker who can augment the Arsenal team. I think and hope that Giroud will prove to be the player he has been looking for. He seems to understand that he will not start every game, but has improved a lot since joining Arsenal.