Good news on the striker front? by DN
Despite Wenger’s protestations that Arsenal have enough strikers already on the books, and the ongoing prediction that Danny Welbeck will be back in the squad shortly (yeah yeah), the Gunners continue to be linked with classy strikers that are at least as good as the ever-injured Englishman.
The real fact of the matter is that we are one injury to Theo Walcott away from having Olivier Giroud as our only Number Nine for the next couple of months, and for a club of our size aiming for the League title, is an unnecessary risk as far as I am concerned.
So the news today in a detailed report from El Mundo Deportivo, from their Barcelona correspondent, has revealed that although Barcelona have been making enquiries for the Celta Vigo striker Nolito they are unlikely to be making a bid until the summer. Javier Gascon goes on to reveal that this could backfire on them as Arsenal and an un-named Italian side are both willing to pay the 18 million Euro buy-out clause this month.
This is exactly the type of versatile player that Arsenal need right now, as he can play as a winger or a striker, and anyone who can score 8 La Liga goals in 10 games (while not playing for Madrid or Barcelona) is definitely worth taking a chance on, especially for a price that works out at just over 14m GBP without any haggling.
Just this once Wenger, please don’t gamble on our players fitness this season when we are in with a real chance of the title. Just go to Spain and pay the buyout clause right now and it will give the players and fans a real boost ahead of the second half of the season. PLEASE!
Any chance loaning Zaza from Juve? He’s behind Morata, Dybala and Mandzukic and yet his goal ratio is 1 every 63 minutes.
We need a short term solution as in the summer the big players are available.
Amen to that.
I think Zaza would be a better option and easier to buy or loan than Nolito. At 29yrs old, resale value which is a big thing at Arsenal is already questionable plus I wonder weather he would settle in and blend with the others. Don’t want a Baloteli, Osvaldo or Saldado kind of situation.
Having said all that I would still welcome his arrival if it ever happened.
Its high time Juve and Arsenal rekindled there relationship, they spot very good players since way back (Zidane, Nedved, Davids, Buffon, Thurum, Pogba, Pirlo, to mention a few) plus the one player we got from them turned out to be the best player to wear our jersey.
i keep saying………. Nolito may be prolific-ish but he’s not a long term solution he’d be turning 30+ soon ….. And may quickly become a liability on our hands… Not to mention how long it’d take for him to settle down and create am impact in the team……if we were hell bent, we could have gotten someone in the mould of Aubameyang *neglecting his availability*
NoLito isn’t the Answer Imho!
He just won’t spend. 29 year old sorry no go get some good blood and show the rest we want this.
oh my oh my.Some arsenal fans never learn do they?
we are not buying such players.
Wenger is contented with the players he has.
Just be logical.
According to wenger we are only short in midfield positions where he wants to improve.
Wenger will not bother going for old players or those unavailable or those who might disrupt fair competition in the team.
If you have a quality team
any one can score goals.
Even Giroud scores goals
playing for Arsenal.
Giroud Walcott Ramsey
Campbell + Ozil are enough.
Cazorla Sanchez will add creativity
and goals on their return.
Iwobi and Adelaide may well add goals too.
At the other end the defense is very good.
So overwall Arsenal has no striker pwoblem.
No need to buy a striker now. We get plenty of goals by 6,7 guys playing in the attacking positions and a new body there will take time to ease in, why fix something that isn’t really broken. Elneny and a good, pure DM (Xhaka?) would be perfect for me, get rid of deadwood in the summer and we might see an even better squad after the summer!
Goal 2016 contenders for Ballon d’or
Neuer, Dybala, Pogba, Rakitic, Lewandowski, Ronaldo, Ozil, Sanchez , Aguero, Neymar, James, Bale, Aubameyang, Muller, De Bruyne, Messi
Do you think our two Arsenal players stand a chance?
Depends who’s voting and also depends what Arsenal will win this season.
Sanchez is yet to kick a ball in 2016 and this season so far his goals have gone down (not helped by the injury). Still early days though.
Ozil has been having a phenomenal season so far and can easily play in any team around. However the Ballon d’or is so bias and obvious such that they will always give it to the play who scores the most, most popular, etc therefore its a long shot for Ozil.
The best our players can do is win some trophies, especially the UCL plus the EPL and then they can stand a chance or at least make the worlds 11.
If they always give it to the player who scores the most, then Ronaldo not Messi should have won the 2015 edition.
no to nolito we will have to pass on this one, wait till the summer window then we will be looking again at a bigger attacking name indeed. hope the el neny deal comes through before the stoke game get him bedded in the sqaud, we are apparently trying to tie up a deal for a couple of younger players for the academy, i think the jan window is good for doing those kind of deals, also as we can keep our academy well stocked up. so elneny it is and maybe one more player in mid or attack, we will see what comes up on the next few weeks.
with this whole pep guardiola caper going down at the moment, what would we give to have him at the arsenal, i believe he would be a great manager to take the club on from the wenger era even just for three years. he could act as a go between for maybe when henry is ready for the job after him. henry could be an assistant so he is being groomed for the job long term. i bet if the board pitched that to pep he would go for that, a chance to influence the longer term future at arsenal might appeal to him. he would be perfect to lay the longer term blueprint for the clubs future years as he is a tactical guru, he could do for us what crujff did the barca back in the day, and set a more modern and fluid and flexible tactical/philosophical blueprint for us for years to come. it would be filtered all the way down the clubs players from first team to hale end all playing peps brandof fluid passing and pressing style, along with the ability to change formations in the middle of a game as is his way. this would make us formidable. it is something we have lacked for years under wenger proper tactical blueprint to underpin our beautiful football to make it more complete.
a vote for pep is a vote for progress lol
I can see many of us are beginning to think like le prof. The strike force is good enough and all that. I believe we should welcome any opportunity to make the team better.
What happens if Giroud gets injured? We’re left with only Theo, and we know he doesn’t suit certain games.
Nolito is good, but at 29, i’d say no to the deal. That doesn’t mean if another quality striker is available, we shouldn’t buy. It’s our best chance of winning the league in a decade, we might just need to do a little extra in order to get it. Goodluck Gunners!
Dude wants to go to Barca. Let him…
Giroud came to Arsenal to play alongside RVP or as backup/replacement for RVP in some games. So we would have had Giroud plus a WC striker (when RVP was fit). I like Giroud but think we need someone better as well i.e. genuine WC striker as well as Giroud. If we sign someone it has to be top class quality. Alternatively sign someone young who we can turn in to top class, but it is very difficult to spot that player and be able to buy them. Wenger has had sucess doing that before but can he do it again?