When Robin Van Persie left the Emirates in the summer, many Arsenal fans thought that his Dutch compatriot Klaas-Jan Huntelaar would have been the perfect replacement in the Arsenal forward line. Instead Arsenal brought in Olivier Giroud but it has become increasingly clear that Arsenal cannot cope with with just one out-and-out centre-forward in the team.
There is always the possibility that Wenger is being his usual stingy self and is waiting for Huntelaar’s contract with Schalke to run out this summer so that he can sign him for nothing at the end of the season.
Schalke yesterday made it clear that the Dutch hitman has refused to enter discussions over a contract extension so far. “We have decided that we won’t have any contract talks before December and there will be no new developments until then,” said the Schalke director Horst Heldt.
“I have had the feeling Klaas-Jan can’t decide at this stage and I will give him the time he needs.
“My goal is to persuade him to stay at Schalke and to extend his contract.
“We will resume the talks in December, January at the latest, and then I expect a quick decision.”
Meanwhile Arsenal fans will be hoping that Huntelaar doesn’t highlight our weaknesses when he plays for Schalke at the Emirates tomorrow night. The player himself is quite hopeful that the Bundesliga side can take something out of the game. He said: “We want to win at the Emirates,”
“After dropping two points against Montpellier in the last match, we want a point as a minimum.
“We have to close down the spaces and keep it tight between midfield and defence.
“We have to stop not only Lukas Podolski but also their marvellous midfield.
“That’s our first task and the second task is to play aggressively defensively and offensively like we did in the 2-1 win at Dortmund on Saturday.”
Schalke have never won a European match in England before so hopefully history will be on Arsenal’s side, but I can’t help being a little worried…..