Yep, Arsenal are signing someone.
After the impressive 3-0 victory against Fenerbahce yesterday, Wenger seems pretty adamant that Arsenal will strengthen in the next 12 days. Hours after, we have reports that the club are currently working on deals for Benzema and Di Maria, with the latter of the two being the more likely to join in my opinion.
Benzema is a player that I would want but he’s not the player I want. We need a top striker and Benzema just doesn’t cut it for me. If Wenger wasn’t so confused on the deals regarding Suarez and Higuain, we definitely would have signed one of the two. It does come as a surprise that we are willing to pay £40m for Benzema when Higuain would have only cost us around £30m or less. Also, Higuain has a better goal scoring record than his former team mate.
Di Maria is a player that I would be excited to join. He is probably not going to get much game time at Real due to Bale’s impending arrival, so a move would definitely be on the cards. One of his best attributes is his crossing ability and after watching Arsenal squander crosses for years it would be a welcome change to see Arsenal sign someone that is able to pick out a target in the box.
So Arsenal may well spend money this Summer, however I don’t feel like we are going to be signing the right players. If Wenger was smart, he would have bid for Cavani, Jovetic, or Falcao earlier this Summer. Now we are practically left with nobody. Will we strengthen the team so we are better than our rivals? I don’t think so. It’s going to take a lot more signings to turn this club around.
One player who is set to join is… Mathieu Flamini! Their are a few disappointments that I have with this signing, including the following.
- A top defensive midfielder is now unlikely to join.
- He is buying a player nobody wants.
- He is 29 and was never that good.
Now that we have the negatives out of the way, let’s talk about his positives. We need a holding midfielder and one that’s versatile, which Flamini is very much. Also, he’s Flamini! I used to love him, sort of… not really. He is a player that I did like though and I would enjoy seeing him play. He may not be very good, but he will add depth which is currently the second most important thing. He may be joining tomorrow and I think that he will be registered in time for the lunch time kickoff against Fulham this Saturday.
If he does sign, please let him be the first of twelve to join.