Should Arsenal accept this transfer bid for veteran midfielder

When Arsene Wenger next has to decide which of his Arsenal players to make the new club captain, I winder if the Frenchman will consider the heavy recent turnover of those wearing the armband and go for one of the younger Gunners. We have been ripping through captains of late, with Fabregas, Van Persie and Tomas Vermaelen all leaving the club.

And according to a Metro report the manager may have to make that decision sooner than expected. He would first have to decide whether to accept a transfer bid for Mikel Arteta from the Italian champions Juventus, something the report claims could be coming our way in the January window.

Juventus are apparently looking at the Spaniard as a sort of Pirlo replacement in midfield and I would suggest that we should let him leave if he fancies a spell in Serie A. It is not as though he has been playing much for us these days and at 33-years old his career might last a bit longer on the continent than it would in the rough and ready EPL. Meanwhile it looks like Flamini is already ahead of him for the first team.

If Wenger does what we all hope and signs a top quality defensive midfielder next month, Arteta’s playing opportunities will be even further reduced and when Coquelin is back I just cannot see him getting on the pitch at all. We would not get much money for him but his contract is due to run out next summer anyway.

What do you think Gooners?

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  1. Sam, need a striker says:

    Do you think Juve are in for Arteta? really?
    Come on Metro, I’m sure you can come up with better stories …

  2. Big Gun says:

    He will leave on a free transfer…I like him but giving him an extended contract next year would show a lack of ambition. Bring in someone younger and better to rotate with Coq.

  3. Jazlon says:

    imagine wilsh,ramsey,santi,coq,rosisky,ozil all fit and in form?

    I would like to one day see a line up of cech,bellerin,paulista,kos,monreal,coq,wilshere,ozil,sanchez,theo,welbeck……..pace+aggression+vision+workate+balance+lethal….I think that lineup is quite good…just my 2cents

    On Topic…

    I think metro is running out of stories, no disrespect to arteta, but look at the mids juve has/had…vidal,pogba,motta, etc….arteta 33yrs of age..really?

    I see us winning 4:1 tomorrow why?we perform best under pressure knowing that we need to attack….ok Monaco and Bayern are bad memories…..but I think we can do it….

    Win villa and city, wilsh,alexis,Danny back by Jan…with hopefully an addition who could be coq’s back up….

    Onwards and Upwards…..COYG

  4. Koss the Boss says:

    No way not our perfect haired spanish el captain!! Vital for our clubs future… What a player be lost so we would if he was gone so important for us!! Get him a new 1year deal and tell them Only if we get a juve player in return ?? hes our DLPDM all wrapped into one. Pogba or nothing ?

  5. Koss the Boss says:

    I do wonder why we never took a chance at Shaquiri from stoke there. What a player he is becoming in the prem he is starting to settle. Imagn him on the right side of Arsenal, or Mahrez as both are young, settled in the league and are not UCL cup tied if we get through? Wanyama is the same! All from the League also then in the summer not alot is needed tbh!

    1. Fatboy Gooney says:

      I agree with you mate.

      And the answer to your wonder’s, Is Simply. .
      ” Wenger Knows less” ?

    2. dragunov762mm says:

      Easy to be impress dude? You should set the bar higher.

  6. ahappygunner says:

    I do not see any real leaders at Arsenal but if I was to choose it would be Francis Coquelin, I think that making him captain will make him even better, there is also an edge to Coquelin game and a drive that you only really see in Wilshire, but I don’t believe that Wilshire is ready yet for the captains band just yet.

    1. Tas says:

      there is only one mature leader and that is Peter Cech but his new to our Lion’s Pride

  7. G-Rude says:

    I thought that Wenger kept him so tha he could do more coaching with the youngsters as he did while injured all last season
    I think he was only going to be an emergmcy midfielder

    1. Fatboy Gooney says:

      I don’t like the idea of Arteta teaching the youngsters the art of side passing! ???

  8. Fatboy Gooney says:

    Come on man, Arteta is well passed it and there’s no way a top European club will be interested in signing him.
    At best, a player manager job in a much lower division will suit him.

  9. Nebs says:

    Now that’s some wishful thinking right there. I’d say we are more likely to see Messi in an Arsenal shirt than we are to see Arteta in any club bigger than Watford after he leaves the Emirates.

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