Demba Ba reveals how close he came to joining Arsenal

Ba was set for Arsenal! by Ash

Throughout the summer transfer window, Arsenal had seemingly been on the lookout for top quality players with the likes of Luis Suarez and Cesc Fabregas linked in the media, however in reality we must reflect on the summer perhaps not being as promising as we had originally wished, Mesut Ozil aside.

Of course, as Arsenal fans we were left extremely happy with the fact that we managed to sign three players in the last week or so before the transfer deadline day, one of which was club record signing Mesut Ozil. And we also strengthened our goalkeeping options as well as bringing in Mathieu Flamini as a defensive midfielder. But one area many state we failed to strengthen in was in the striking department and now it’s become a realisation that after Giroud we have literally nobody, that there is a real cause for concern over this potential issue.

It is unlucky that two Arsenal strikers, Podolski and Sanogo, have picked up injuries since the season started, but some fans think Wenger should have prepared for this sort of thing. However it’s not as if Wenger had forgotten about the striker department, because as well as rumours linking the Gunners to the likes of Luis Suarez, Wayne Rooney and Karim Benzema over the course of the summer, one player that actually was close to joining was Chelsea’s Demba Ba. According to many on deadline day, Ba was set to switch West London for North London and join the Gunners on a season long loan. The move of course never came off and that seems largely down to Jose Mourinho, because Ba has today reflected on what was seemingly an interesting deadline day for him.

In a BBC report the striker is quoted as saying, “I was ready to go and to play there (at Arsenal), but it didn’t happen. I think I’m a good professional, and I’ve always worked hard to deserve what I have. Until today I will keep doing the same.

“I told him (Mourinho) if I stay I will keep fighting for the club and for the side. That’s it. Now what matters is the next months, the next years with Chelsea and that’s it.”

I have always thought Demba Ba is an okay striker but is certainly not top quality. His goal scoring records at both West Ham and Newcastle have been relatively impressive and he was even speculated to join Arsene Wenger’s side last January, however the Senegalese international ended up at Stamford Bridge, but it has not gone too well for him.

So whether or not it was a good thing or not that we didn’t get Ba last January is a topic that needs to be discussed, but for now I can say that I am disappointed that we never managed to get Ba on loan on deadline day, because we are seriously short of striking options and although he isn’t top quality, he could have proved an effective option to have on the bench.

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32 thoughts on “Demba Ba reveals how close he came to joining Arsenal

    1. muda

      Arsenal injury updates 19th sep. 13 according to premier league injury news
      7
      S Cazorla
      Ankle/Foot Injury
      19th Oct 13

       
       T Rosicky
      Hamstring Injury
      no return date

       
       Y Sanogo
      Back Injury
      22nd Sep 13

       
       L Podolski
      Hamstring Injury
      no return date

       
       A Oxlade-Chamberlain
      Knee Injury
      6th Oct 13

       
       M Arteta
      Hip/Thigh Injury
      28th Sep 13

       
       V Diaby
      ACL Knee Injury
      no return date

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    2. GunAmbitious

      Ba has been completely ruined after leaving Newcastle.i don’t think he would have been a good back up.

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    1. John Legend

      Ofcourse!

      Drogba is the first and only striker to have done really well for Chelshit in recent times. Chelski ruin strikers.

      Ba would definately have done better at Arsenal

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    2. GunnerCPH

      Then excuse me, what you wrote is not only wrong but frankly it is not very clever either. Ba’s goal scoring record throughout his career suggest that his form in the final stages of his time at Newcastle was nothing more than a purple patch.

      Giroud is not only the better finisher, he’s also a better footballer allround. Ba will never offer the same link up play as Giroud, he would on the other hand lose the ball more often in attacking areas.

      Also, if he’s not working with Chelsea’s small creative players how would he work with our small creative players?

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      1. jermaineBryan

        they have similar stats with giroud being more creative wereas ba is more nippy/versatile.
        ba=90goals,24assist in 189games ratio 1.66
        oG=92goals,38assist,219games ratio 1.68

        ba would be a usefull player as he could of played in podolski position aswel(left forward)

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  1. Gooneristic Truth

    I still think he is okay enough to be on our bench. At his best, and with our new look service department, he surely can give Giroud a good run for his money as a starter. I’m not too sure about his injury record because it looks eerily similar to the current epidemic we have, but when fit, he would’ve fine under Arsene.

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  2. Big Gun

    The fact that Torres has been given the lions share of game time has only hindered Ba’s progression. The same can be said about Rooney last season. People were saying he has lost it, but if you look at his game time and the fact he was played out of position, you cannot really faulter him. Ba is a solid striker and if given enough game time and confidence he will score goals, like at Newcastle. Arsenal can still do better though, we shouldn’t settle for anything less than Suarez quality, but Ba would have been an excellent loan deal this season until Jan.

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  3. AFC_Gunner

    We should have signed Demba Ba before he went to Chelsea. A one year loan would have cost us £3m to Chelsea.
    Did anyone hear that Napoli beat Dortmund last night 2-1 with Napoli scoring all 3 goals. Higuain got the first.

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    1. KickAssFan

      Yesterday, I would say we got lucky. I just don’t know why our midfield wasn’t clicking.

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    2. Big Gun

      Ye, and Jurgen almost ‘klopped’ the crap out of the linesmen. Never seen a manager so pissed off in my life before wow.

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  4. KickAssFan

    Admin., I sent you an article of mine on Ramsey so you could go through, edit and post. You never replied me and nothing about it is anywhere.

    Just asking.

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    1. mwenyeji

      @admin
      Please post this article and make his day!Alternatively, “reply him” (sic)

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  5. dom in oz

    Ba would’ve been a good short term option, but as it didn’t eventuate, let’s move for a player that will really push giroud for a starting place.

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    1. jermaineBryan

      ba would push giroud for a starting place ba has 2 less goals in his career whilst playing 30 games less.

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  6. NickTheYank

    He chose to go to Chelsea and now he can deal with the repercussions. There’s no “he should have come to Arsenal” unless its confirmed we made him an offer better than Chelsea (highly unlikely) and he went there instead. He chose the money and now he’s not playing. End of

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    1. NY_Gunner

      @NickTheYank
      And when Lukaku comes back, he’s going to push both Ba and Torres down the peckin order…

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  7. mwenyeji

    On a light note,
    “Champions league” game for today,
    Tiny Tots Vs Tromso

    Hahahaha…..spuds D:

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  8. Joe

    You guys seem to be lacking in human resource management skills
    Everyone is suggesting lewandowski,rooney and all those other stars as striker options and saying a striker like ba wouldn’t be good enough.
    The one important point you seem to forget is we are looking for a back up striker to girud .out of all the star names you throw about ,the only realistic one is suarez and thats because he is very versatile but you know why all those stricker names you give are unrealistic? Because ,the .Main stricker at any team that isn’t man shitty plays 85% of the season startiing and the back up strikers share the reamainder and make some substitute appearences .rooney,lewandowski,etc wouldn’t come over to sit on the bench and watch giroud play . Giroud as well wouldn’t be very comfortable making way for them after how hard he has orked to up his game .suarez could come in and play on one flank but that would spell doom for walcott,podolski,wilshere and rosicky . Try not to be myopic in how you view issues .first lets get to january ,then we will see if we should sign a new striker based on who is available and ow those we have are faring.
    What if , walcott and podolski are fit and adequately covering the 15% that’s left by giroud in the league and in the champions league . Do you think wenger will shell out 40m to disrupt them ? I doubt it . What if sanogo and akpom are setting fire on the league cup and impressing on substitute appearences with the big boys will wenger shell oua bucketload ? I doubt so lets wait till jannuary . If these guys need help , then we give it to them , if they don’t , upwards onwards
    COYG

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  9. SUNNY13

    Big win for us. I have now the feeling that if we keep away injuries, we will something this season.
    Lets win stoke next. Keeping the momentus is very important. I pray for no further injuries and other injured playesr to come back soon. We can add few players in Jan and if we are at top or near top.. We can definately go for PL. I still beleive that we should take carling cup seriusly as we have to make sure at leat this drought is removed.

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  10. Khaystix

    Chelsea wat z the MATA? Did u CECH the scores yesterday? I know it was a big HAZARD. U played so TERRY-bly that ur brains must be freezing COLE-d. Lmao… And d chelshit fans were mocking arsenal dis time yesterday.. Like wenger says.. “we do our talking on the pitch” COYG

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  11. chywam

    With the way Ramsey is playing now, I am sure he is worth more than the 86m pounds Madrid paid for Bale. Afterall, he plays for arsenal, he is always playing champions league and a defensive midfielder and scoring as well.

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  12. chywam

    Obviously, he is no longer happy at chelsea. No match time and freezed out like Shaun Wright-Phillips, Flourent Malouda, Lukaku and now Juan Mata. Go to chelsea and kill your career. Go to arsenal and grow your career. The choice is yours.

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  13. JpD665

    Ba is not better than Giroud so why bother! For me the only transfers that Arsenal should be looking at from now on are superior players who are better than who we already have (Ozil) or inferior YOUNG players who have the potential to become better (Draxler for example).

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  14. Robin Vanpayslip

    On the bench there and would have been on the bench over here.

    You are glorified and overhyped. Go back to Pardew as that is about your level and have fun fighting relegation/playing in the championship.

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  15. GoGunGo

    chelsea… a gravejard for strikers.
    Demba Ba, such a great talent wasted really. He should have stayed at new castled where i used to like him

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  16. smiley

    As giroud said he. Would have love if we sign suarez because suarez can play on the. Flank and still cover 4 him when needed.And. Signing a player like suarez won’t disturb his confidence nd its will improve our attacking force. Suarez can play either wing nd we has only three main winger 4 now(chambo,podoski,walcott)..so having him won’t hurt anyone,he must not play every game,so is giroud ,walcott,chambo nd podoski…rotating them properly will keep all players fit and free. From. Injuries nd keep them fight for being the favourite to be picked(making them play their best).so if we getting any1.come january it should be SUAREZ or. Some1 as versatile as he is….Getting a player that can only. play central forward isn’t needed (lewandoski,benzema,llorente,Ba, e.t.c) we got Almight Giroud nd upcoming sanogo,podoski can play there,walcott play there, Bendtner if fit can help there.so we got them plenty just need a versatile player that can play there nd can still play on the flanks when needed…….so come january when all our player are back and By God’s. Grace none is injured,I will want Just Two singning ( A versatile striker and RB ),so very one will have playing time. And everyone is happy and so opportunity for the little Lads coming up can be possible…buying more than two will crowd the team……So wenger use all money and get Us the best. Versatile striker nd RB. And. Surely we are. Gonna win trophies….#Wenger knows best….!!

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  17. smiley

    As giroud said he. Would have love if we sign suarez because suarez can play on the. Flank and still cover 4 him when needed.And. Signing a player like suarez won’t disturb his confidence nd its will improve our attacking force. Suarez can play either wing nd we has only three main winger 4 now(chambo,podoski,walcott)..so having him won’t hurt anyone,he must not play every game,so is giroud ,walcott,chambo nd podoski…rotating them properly will keep all players fit and free. From. Injuries nd keep them fight for being the favourite to be picked(making them play their best).so if we getting any1.come january it should be SUAREZ or. Some1 as versatile as he is….Getting a player that can only. play central forward isn’t needed (lewandoski,benzema,llorente,Ba, e.t.c) we got Almight Giroud nd upcoming sanogo,podoski can play there,walcott play there, Bendtner if fit can help there.so we got them plenty just need a versatile player that can play there nd can still play on the flanks when needed…….so come january when all our player are back and By God’s. Grace none is injured,I will want Just Two signing ( A versatile striker and RB ),so very one will have playing time. And everyone is happy and so opportunity for the little Lads coming up can be possible…buying more than two will crowd the team……So wenger use all money and get Us the best. Versatile striker nd RB. And. Surely we are. Gonna win trophies….#Wenger knows best….!!

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    1. Robin Vanpayslip

      What would really make me happy is if you learnt the appropriate use of upper and lower case as well as full stops.

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