Alex Song to Barcelona is finally completed and with a fee of around £15m, I believe Arsenal have got a better deal out of it. In fact, I don’t even understand how Song will fit in the current Barcelona squad. I had written an article on Song last month and I always said that Alex Song is not a genuine disciplined defensive midfielder. He likes to go forward and attack, leaving the back four exposed. He had a great season with Arsenal as a sort of a playmaker. With 11 assists in the league, he was behind most of the goals scored by Robin van Persie. Now that Arsenal have signed Cazorla, they have got a better playmaker. Now they must look for a genuine DMF. I have shortlisted four and I believe Arsenal will sign one of them before the transfer window closes.
Yann M’Vila has been linked with Arsenal for quite some time now and he is the sort of a player that Arsenal would love to have as a replacement of Alex Song. In fact, I believe Arsenal always needed a player like him, even if Song had stayed. A strong DMF who can provide that extra assistance and cover to the back-four that Arsenal have been lacking for so long. Tottenham has also been linked with Yann M’Vila but in an interview to French newspaper L’Equipe, Spurs manager Andre Villas Boas confirmed that they don’t want to sign him.
“He is an interesting player, but I don’t think he will join Tottenham. He is a rather defensive player, but I don’t think he will join Tottenham. We are looking for a more creative player. I won’t lie. There was an interest from us in that player, but now we are looking at different options.” – Andre Villas Boas
Another player rumoured to join the gunners is Nuri Sahin from Real Madrid. Nuri Sahin has also been linked with Liverpool. Madrid want him off on loan so he can gain some experience. The problem with this transfer is Jose Mourinho, who seems to be reluctant in sending Sahin to Arsenal. Arsenal can take him for a season long loan, however if we are looking for a proper replacement of Alex Song, I would always say that M’Vila is the player that Arsenal need. Sahin is a great player and he can fit in the current Arsenal squad quite well but if we compare him to M’Vila, the latter is more reliable defensively.
“It’s always frustrating losing good players, but we have plenty of players in midfield. We could bring in further players, Nuri Sahin is one [of the names we are chasing].” – Arsene Wenger
Another possible target for Arsenal could be the Argentine, Lucas Biglia. The 25-year-old plays for the Belgian club Anderlecht. He is valued at around £8million, so it looks good for his move to Arsenal. Sky Sports has actually confirmed that Arsenal are planning a bid for Biglia.
Another option for Arsenal could be Victor Wanyama. Playing as a defensive medfielder for Celtic, the 21-year-old Kenyan footballer could be an ideal choice for Arsene Wenger. He is 6ft 2in, well-built and actually resembles Song in some ways. He could be the Alex Song that Arsene always wanted. Strong and disciplined DMF. He is valued at around £10m and Manchester United are also showing interest in him.
Out of all these, Arsenal are getting very close to signing Nuri Sahin and/or Yann M’Vila and we can expect an announcement very soon. The arrival of a player like Yann M’Vila will make the £15million Song deal sound really good. Arsenal fans know that the new signings are perfect and hardly anybody is bothered about Song going to Barcelona. As a matter of fact, if Arsenal sign a proper replacement, Song will be forgotten for good.
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