I am not saying that Arsenal would be right to forget about going for the transfer of the West Ham and France international star Dimitri Payet during the current summer transfer window. In fact I would love for Arsene Wenger to go for this brilliant player but I’m afraid it is just not going to happen.
The final nail in the coffin of my hopes for Arsenal signing Payet came with a statement from the player’s agent this week, reported by Sky Sports. As well as declaring that the mercurial and match winning Frenchman was happy at his current club, Mark McKay suggested that it would take a small fortune for West Ham to even consider selling their top star.
He said, “As far as I am concerned, he’s been happy at West Ham and it’s down to West Ham that he’s in the position that he is in.
“He’s doing great now for France and to get him now, you’ve got to be talking ridiculous money. But football is football, so you never know.
“When he first came last year, we hoped for the best with him. We knew that he was a really good player, but I don’t think anyone could really expect what he has gone on to do in the Premier League so far.
“The game against Romania the other night was a joy to watch.”
It certainly was and his international form combined with an amazing debut season in the Premier League could well see some clubs willing to offer the ridiculous money his agent is talking about. But the reasons I believe Arsenal will not be one of them are his age, even though 29-years old is not that much in the modern game. I just don’t see Wenger making a player on the verge of 30 his biggest ever signing.
I also think that Wenger will be cautious about Payet being a one season wonder, as he has done the same thing in recent years with other players like Benteke, Bony and Sterling.
The other reason I feel that Arsenal will not go for this transfer is that Payet’s best position is the number 10 role and we do already have a certain Mesut Ozil, who Wenger clearly feels is key to the way Arsenal play. Payet is more of an individual and that is not so much the Arsenal way under the current boss.
Add to all this the fact that Wenger and Arsenal are, let’s say ‘careful’ with money, so do you agree that Payet is one player who will not be a part of our transfer plans?
we don’t need him.. he is a CM/ CAM and LW positions covered by Cazorla, Ozil and Alexis plus he is 29 already.
it’s not any player that does well that we must sign.
we have for so long ignored the priority which is a Striker and a CentreBack.
If we must get another midfielder then it should be a natural RightWinger that is Younger and better; Mahrez.
Man I wish we would sign Mahrez too. There’s just something about him that screams Arsenal quality to me.
We need a winger, CF and a CB
We only have one top class winger in Alexis
Theo, Ox, Campbell, Iwobi are good enough if we want to challenge for the PL (maybe) but to challenge for the CL we need to have top class in all areas
Our Best players are Cech, Koscielny, Ozil, Cazorla, Alexis
Other Top players Bellerin, Monreal, Xhaka (hopefully), Coquelin
Only CB, CF and winger remaining
Must say that Wenger is losing his grip on the untapped potential of French league. He was no1, he was the king at it. Psg have muddied the waters a bit, but all of the best coming out of France these days we are missing out on. Aubameyang, Dortmund are a big enough club but our manager being French along with our history of French connections you would think only one winner here. Kante, Wenger knew him from a 12 year old boy and is close friends with his handler or some other. This Guerriero (not sure spelling) fullback, again sounds like Dortmund have him. If he is our first choice over Rodriguez Id expect us to easily bag him. Of course I don’t know if it’s a real rumour. But there are plenty of examples, Koscielny has been the best thing Wenger plucked from France in quite a while, so there must be plentiful examples. I think it’s smart to raid Germany and Spain, like when France where on top. But Arsene has all his best connections in France, and the French support Arsenal as their British favorite. I just think Arsene has been letting things slide a bit.
If there’s a French player we should sign it must be Griezmann he would get us goals,we are covered in Payet’s position so don’t need him our priorities must be a striker and centre half!
The window is already proving to be a gradual failure and the past memories of buying a single player to appease the Arsenal fraternity is ringing loud…am still hopeful of a realistic window based on key positions we have always lacked but am also alive to the fact that it may be a deja vu window and season altogether!…what is for sure is that next season will not be a walk in the park and anyone should take that to the bank!!!