Arsenal Transfers: To Buy or Not to Buy

Arsenal FC: Use Caution with Arsene Wenger to PSG Rumors

Arsene Wenger could leave Arsenal for Paris Saint-Germain this summer, according to a report from the Daily Telegraph’s Paul Hayward. Hayward, the Telegraph’s chief sports writer, is widely respected among sports journalists, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the report is worthy of our full trust.”  Bleacher Report

Amidst rumours hopping around the internet that Wenger favours a move to PSG after his contract ends in 2014, we’re still left with the conundrum of what players to bolster the team with and which players we are in fact courting or plan to court in the coming transfer window.

Several names have cropped up, breezed past, sneaked in…y’all know what I mean. So, to save us valuable time, I’ll stick to the names that stick out like a sore thumb.

We dream and hope and pray that some these names one day get printed on the back of an Arsenal jersey but what’s the probability of them coming to the Emirates? In reality, it’s a 5:1; here’s what I mean :

Iker Casillas to Arsenal?
Err, I doubt this one; let me explain… Photo Credits|

Iker Casillas

Arsenal may need some better competition for Wojciech Szczesny, but it certainly won’t come in the form of two-time European Championship winner and one-time World Cup winner.” Bleacher Report

The questions I ask:

Can we afford him? 

I don’t think so. I mean realistically, we can but ideally, we cannot. Casillas earns about 6 million euros a year with a buyout clause of £113m . Even if his buyout clause is swept under the rug, he won’t cost anything less than £25m; to me, that’s too much for a goalkeeper when we have to bolster our attack and defence.

Is he open to a move? aka Is he feeling the Emirates?

Again, I doubt this. Here’s why:

“…but Casillas himself stated that he “had no intention of leaving” his boyhood club.” Wikipedia

Yeah, I know what you’re about to say. Footballers have no allegiance these days, they move ship once the ‘little boy inside them’ tells them to; however, Casillas is a bit like Messi, Real Madrid has been his only club since his teens. The dude’s 31, get the point?

Okay, what if we could just about afford to splurge on Casillas, and what if he just listened to the ‘little boy inside him’; would we be willing to adjust our wage structure to accommodate his £125,000 a week?

The Arsenal we know? Nope. It ain’t happening. You know this, I know this even Al Pacino knows this.

Do we need Champions League football to bag him?

Is the sky blue?

Will his presence in the first team affect Szczesny and Fabianski?

It depends. It definitely would affect them but it could go either ways. Both could draw from his wealth of experience or both could rot on the bench and seek first team football elsewhere.

VERDICT: Not to buy because, well, we don’t splurge like that.


Jovetic to Arsenal?
Photo Credits|Caught Offside

Stevan Jovetic

“The 23 year old ticks a lot of Arsene Wenger ‘boxes’. He’s young, comfortable on the ball, adaptable and a well known player who is still to become a ‘household’ name.” Caughtoffside

The questions I ask:

Can we afford him? 

Although Fiorentina have not come out with a definite price tag on the wee lad, Adele says he might cost about £25m+. However, just ‘cuz she said it, don’t mean that she meant it just ‘cuz you heard it on this blog. People say crazy things…

What I mean is, Arsenal can afford him IF £25m is his price tag, only…

Is Uncle Arsene willing to spend that much?

I dunno. And so does everybody else.

Is Jovetic open to a move?

Jovetic has not released a ‘Come-get-me’ plea like Jose Mourinho but everyone knows we’re a classy club (albeit trophy-less for 9 years). Plus having Arsenal on your football CV kinda opens you up to better stuff, more money, bigger clubs…  Thierry Henry, Fabregas, Cashley Cole, Judas-is-van Persie, Kolo Toure; the list goes on (Ouch) He HAS to be open to a move.

Do we need Champions League football to bag him?

Most likely.

Will his presence bolster our attack?

Do you like mince pies?

VERDICT: To buy. We need to splurge like that.


Capoue to Arsenal?
Yup, that’s the dude.

Etienne Capoue

“Arsenal’s lengthy search for a defensive midfielder could well eventually lead to the Toulouse battler and it’s perhaps a deal that is long overdue.” Caughtoffside

Again, the questions:

Can we afford him? 

Yes, yes, yes! Apparently, the dude is worth £10m or thereabouts. That shouldn’t dent our kitty much.

Is Uncle Arsene willing to spend that much?

Yes again. You know Uncle Wenger lives for these kind of deals. It’s a bargain, and, if he could, he’d beat the price down to £20,000 just for the sake of it.

Is he open to a move? aka Is he feeling the Emirates?

He said:

“There have been contacts with Paris Saint-Germain this year. I’m a big fan of PSG and to play (there) would be a dream.” Here is the city

We don’t need players with no passion for the Cannon, like, literally. You can hardly give your all when your heart is elsewhere, ask Fabregas.

Do we need him in our midfield?

We need his kind of quality maybe better but, he’s not interested so…

VERDICT: Err… I’m still undecided on this one.


Loic Remy and Arsenal
What he can do… Photo credits|Caught Offside

Loic Remy

“He hasn’t lost faith in Olivier Giroud and may think that a big money signing could lead to the former Montpellier man losing confidence whilst a move to bring in a player like Remy could help drive him on to succeed.”

Can we afford him? 

His buyout clause is £8m.  Aaaah, you can see that Wenger smile; coy, with no teeth showing *wink*

Is Uncle Arsene willing to spend that much?

We should ask if he’s ready to spend less… you know what I mean.

Is he open to a move? aka Is he feeling the Emirates?

He doesn’t seem to have said anything. I guess he’s just watching things as they unfold, besides Liverpool, Spu*ds and Everton are also after his servies; We’ll have to wait and see.

Do we need him in our attack?

We need a proper striker, simple. A proven goal scorer, even better.

VERDICT: To buy; as back-up.


Cesc Fabregas back to Arsenal?
Who are you hiding from Cescy? Photo Credits|Caught Offside

Cesc Fabregas

For Arsenal fans the heart may say ‘Yes’ but the head almost certainly shouts out ‘No’.” Caught Offside

Can we afford him? 

Err… let me put it this way: Can Luis Suarez stop being such an embarrassment? *silence* I thought so.Doubt it!

Is Uncle Arsene willing to spend that much?

I choose to answer this with another question: Is Wenger going to stop wearing ‘The Coat’? And fat ties?Doubt it!

Is he open to a move? aka Is he feeling the Emirates?

“…however Fabregas knows full well that he is being groomed to take over from Xavi and it seems highly unlikely he would consider a return back to Arsenal because to do so would mean admitting defeat.” Caught Offside

It might break your hearts, but I won’t be surprised if the lil’ man wanted to be no gooner no mo’.

VERDICT: Don’t bother brother.





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