Did Euro 2016 prove Arsenal RIGHT on Ibrahimovic transfer?

Arsenal fans will soon know once and for all about the future of the Sweden international striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, as his country has been knocked out of Euro 2016 after finishing fourth in their group behind Italy, Belgium and Ireland, despite being one of the favourites in the bookmaker reviews. We are now hearing from the football media that the 34-year old will now hang up his international boots instead of heading to Rio for the Olympic games.

So we should all soon discover whether the rumour mill is right about him completing a free transfer to our Premier League rivals Manchester United. It was originally being reported that Arsenal were one of the clubs he might join but that quickly went quiet and it would seem that Arsene Wenger was never in the race for his signature. United were definitely favourites from the beginning.

I must admit to thinking this was a huge mistake on our manager’s part but after watching Zlatan struggle to make any headway in his three games at Euro 2016 I am not so sure. He still has a great touch and has always been a very technically gifted player but speed and strength are also hugely important in modern football.

The end comes for even the best of players and at 34-years old time is certainly not on his side. Just look what happened to the traitor Robin van Persie in his second season at United and ever since. The question is whether there is another top quality season still in the Swede.

And the fact that it is a question at all makes his transfer a risk I suppose, so was Wenger right not to pursue this Arsenal transfer?


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  1. SUNNY13 says:

    Yeah Basically 34 is quite a big number and specially in England where technical abilities are not the only thing you need. along with it physical straight and speed is needed. That is why many foreign imports struggled in this league. even Players like Ozil , who was so dominant in Spanish league struggled in his 1st season and then took time to built the required muscle.
    Zaltan is never tested in PL and would certainly take time to adjust, by that time if he turns 35, it could be too late for the Swede.
    Having said that he still is better than many in the world and with his positional sense and technical ability can score good no of goals. Had his wage demand a little lesser, then I would have favored his move to Arsenal.
    But I am getting nervous about Wenger’s Transfer business, Heard he never had bid for Hummels. Now he is juts praising Kante after Vardy snub.

    1. ras911 says:

      It is Zlatan..This is the guy who’s been a top striker for over a decade in 4 different leagues and seven different teams. If age really was a problem to him he would have hung up his boots at 30 or moved to the MLS or something like most strikers do. He is made of the same cloth as Messi and Ronaldo so trust him to still play at a top level for a couple more years at least. I’d take 34 years old Zlatan over 99% of strikers these days.

  2. Ramterta says:

    An old zlatan is better than all that we have.
    He is a top 5 striker.
    We need to add more quality because almost 80% of our squad are no more than bench players tbh.

  3. Mehrzad says:

    Zlatan wont need time to adjust in bpl he has played so many times vs english teams
    he will be good for a year
    Swedish team fail to give service to him like PSG did.
    we have useless strikers a la Walcot at 140k/w sell him and pay latan 200k/w and no transfer fees
    for me he is an excellent striker

  4. NY_Gunner says:

    Dude is a busted flush…Glad he didn’t go for the trial and glad we ain’t goin for him now.

  5. rd_gunner says:

    I was just looking at the rumours and which striker can we get?

    Higuain is 29 and will not have any resale value. Kane belongs to tottenham and Aguero to Mancity.

    So realistically only possible are Auba, Lewandoski and Lukaku.

    For Lewa Arsenal is a clear step down; Auba wants to go to real. Only option is Lukaku- very similar to Giroud in the way he plays but is faster and younger; but has similar issues – can be erratic with his finishing and can go missing in big games.

    Who else is out there? Lacazette- uproven. Icardi etc will just make up the nos

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