Arsenal in pole position to seal brilliant La Liga striker transfer

Arsenal fans may be looking forward to the January transfer window, more in hope than expectation, and we can only hazard a guess at whether Arsene Wenger will actually sign, or even attempt to sign, any players this season. Even though he has been roundly criticized for failing to do so in the summer, the Frenchman is not the sort to be affected by this.

I think there is a good chance that we Arsenal fans will have at least one new player to shout about though, and if our England international star Danny Welbeck is not back in action by then, I think that a striker may well be top of Wenger´s wish list.

Reports in Spain are suggesting that Arsenal are one of the many clubs interested in the Spanish international forward Nolito, who has been in superb form for Celta Vigo in La Liga this season, but the chances of us getting him looked to have taken a blow when Barcelona entered the fray.

Nolito spent three seasons with the Catalan club but was mostly a B team player and only made five appearances for the first team and maybe this is why, according to Spanish website, he is not that keen on going back. Apparently, though, he is keen on a move to the Premier League and that seems to put Arsenal in pole position to complete his transfer.

The only problem is that the versatile forward has suggested that he wants to finish this season with his current club, but perhaps a sizable offer from the Gunners could change all that. With Morata out of the Spain game against Ukraine tonight, and with them already confirmed as group winners, we should get a good chance to see Nolito in action and get a good idea if he would be the right player for Arsenal. What do you think?

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  1. Clinton N’Jie – 14.1mil, Spurs
    Cabaye – 13.9mil, Palace
    Payet – 15mil, West Ham
    N’Golo Kante – 9mil, Leicester
    Thauvin – 18.35mil, Newcastle
    Jordan Ayew – 12mil, Villa
    Jordan Amevi – 11mil, Villa
    Jordan Veretout – 10mil, Villa
    Idrissa Gueye – 9mil, Villa
    Max Gradel – 10mil, Bournemouth
    Martial – 50mil, United

    That was in the last window alone. Ligue 1 no longer seems to be Wenger’s bargain basement and a lot of teams seem happy to pay above the odds for unproven talents from the French league. Not suggesting some of those names aren’t proving worth their fees and more! (i.e. Payet) But the gift of hindsight often overshadows that there’s a definite gamble, and some players just don’t adjust to the difference in leagues.
    When you consider – 15mil for Gabriel, 10mil for Monreal and 19mil for Cazorla I honestly feel there’s been a change in focus on transfers, both due to the prices as well as the tactical and technical similarities to the way we play. Heck, even Sanchez and Ozil who are proven on every stage despite their relatively young ages went for similar fees to Martial (who’s great, but cummon! he had like 12 or so goals to his name in Ligue 1!!)
    The behemoth generating structure of La Liga’s distribution of revenue makes it all the more important for the lesser teams to generate their own profits, and perform in the market with the sale of their assets. Looking at how we’ve managed to nab three international quality players for under the 20mil mark is unheard of in the modern market!.. The speed in which our recent transfers have adapted leads me to the impression Wenger may have surrendered his French connection in favour of the Spanish technique. Just a theory!

  2. He’s good but 28 and not really the type of player we need…he’s versatile & can play in the middle, both wings but as a main striker…rather have the money spent elsewhere like on Lacazette or Alcacer

  3. Oh and in reference to Nolito, looking over his stats he seems a very high-risk, high-reward type player.
    7 League Matches
    5 goals
    16/38 take-ons
    24 chances created (ooo yeah!), though 69% pass accuracy….

    So basically he’ll turn the ball over a lot, but is pretty devastating when it comes off.

  4. I just read…

    ‘The defensive side of his game has also improved, with his average of 2.3 tackles and 2.3 interceptions both his respective highest in the top flight of English football since signing for Arsenal. Meanwhile, Cazorla has won possession in the defensive third more times (44) than any other player in the Premier League this season. His defensive qualities have been refined since he was dropped into the double pivot alongside Coquelin, with the energy of the Frenchman then allowing Cazorla to do what he does best in possession.’

    What!? 44 times in our defensive third!? That can’t be right…. I knew he’d defensively improved massively but 44!?!?!

    1. 44 times won possession from 8 games. That’s 5.5 times every game. You don’t believe the stats or you amaze by Santi’s improvement?

  5. Will we ever learn? Can we stop the transfer speculation talk, it saves us the continuous disappointment and we just sit there and blame solely Wenger when us fans suck up whatever the media say. We are not on course for ‘signing Nolito’. Has he put in a transfer request? No, so stop this stupidity.

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