Should Arsenal do to Swansea what Chelsea did to Newcastle? by Twig
Transfer business is risky. You can buy an unknown player from Ecuador who will rise to be star; you can buy a player doing well in another club and he fails to impress and flops. However, one of the biggest shows of intent is when a club preys directly upon its rival and buys it’s best player. Manchester United did it to us with Van Persie and Chelsea has recently done the same to Newcastle with Demba Ba. Big clubs are happy to let smaller clubs scout and develop players for them. We’re a big club aren’t we?
One of the benefits of this kind of transfer is that the player needs little time to settle, and other than a change of flat, he is often able to continue from where he had stopped. You are also automatically weakening your opponent in the same move. Fergie bought off the top goalscorer in the EPL to pair him in attack with the second top goalscorer. It was a brilliant move and the 24 million pounds was well worth it.
Arsenal has done the same before, when we bought Sol Campbell from Tottenham back in those days. Sadly, Wenger doesn’t do that any more. The last four strikers he bought: Giroud, Podolski, Chamakh and Campbell are all from abroad and haven’t settled in the way Van Persie has for Manchester United for example. Michu is riding high at the moment and has scored 3 goals against us so far. I’m not sure there’s anything more that Michu can do to convince Wenger to make his move.
It is clear that a striker is one of our top priorities this transfer window. Presently, Wenger is negotiating a risky transfer for a 31-year old David Vila who has only recently recovered from injury, but that seems to be a lost cause. Wouldn’t a move for a younger Michu make more sense? One thing I like with Michu is his strength and amazing hold up play. He can lead the line very effectively for Arsenal. So what do you think? Should Wenger move for Michu or should he continue to try his luck with David Villa?