Arsene Wenger has been hugely impressed with the way his two Spanish players have settled in at Arsenal. Both Mikel Arteta and Santi Cazorla have done very well since coming to the Emirates, and Wenger has spoken about the fantastic technical ability that Spanish players have drilled into them from a young age. Wenger also spoke recently about what a bargain Swansea found in Michu, and he knows that many Spanish clubs are struggling financially so may be open to selling some of their stars.
Not long ago it was thought to be a done deal and Arsenal would soon have a new Dutch striker by the name of Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, but there have been a few changes at his club Schalke recently, and the 29-year old front man has been persuaded to sign a new contract that will keep him at the Bundesliga club until 2015.
Huntelaar had previously told his club that he would not be extended the contract that runs out next summer, so Arsenal were hoping to get him for around £5 million in January. Maybe the decision to sack the manager Huub Stevens recently, or who would replace him, has affected the player’s thoughts but he has changed his mind.
Arsene Wenger has been considering new strikers to add to the Arsenal squad, and it was reported this week that David Villa from Barcelona had found his way to the top of the transfer target list. The 31-year old Barcelona front man certainly has a fantastic reputation and recored, but there are one or two issues that have given Le Prof second thoughts, and so he is now leaning towards the 24-year old Adrian Lopez from Athletico Madrid.
Wenger has already spoken to Barcelona about Villa, according to the Mirror, about a loan deal first, but the Catalan club will only sanction a permanent deal. This has raised doubts with Wenger as to why Barcelona have not played Villa more. He is worried that the striker’s age and the seriousness of the injury could spell problems for Arsenal.
Arsene Wenger has suggested that he will be allowed to spend some money in January, which is great news for Arsenal fans, as long as we get the right players. There are a number of positions that need strengthening and the number seems to be growing every week at the minute, but that is because the team as a whole is struggling. A defensive midfielder who can play seems the first choice because we cannot rely on Diaby being fit. The Frenchman is brilliant but he is no use to us in the treatment room, and it looks like we might have to accept that he will never be right.
Arsene Wenger is to be handed a substantial amount of money to spend on players, if you believe what you read in the newspapers, and rumours are circulating about what position and players it will be used for. Top of the list seems to be a striker, with Arsenal being linked with a large number of players such as Fernando Llorente, Robert Lewandowski and even Radamel Falcao.
One player who will not be joining the Gunners, apparently, is Falcao’s team mate at Athletico Madrid. Adrian Lopez is not talked about too much as all the media focus on his Colombian strike partner. Adrian is no slouch, however, he scored 11 goals in the Europa league alone last season.
Player profile: Adrian Lopez by KJ
So someone made a request that I do an article on the highly rated striker linked to Arsenal – Adrian Lopez.
Adrian is a Spanish striker who currently plays for La Liga side Atletico Madrid. He signed on a free transfer last summer to Atletico and has really excelled this season. At only 24, he managed a whopping 55 appearances. He managed to score a respectable 19 goals considering that Atletico’s star man is the world class Columbian, Radamel Falcao. Adrian has mainly played in a left winger position because of Falcao’s dominance as an out and out striker.
On a day that rumours are going around that the Arsenal captain Robin Van Persie is currently looking for a house up in the North-West of England, there is worrying news that Arsene Wenger has got his eyes on yet another striker to take to the Emirates.
The Spanish paper AS has revealed that Arsenal are considering a bid for the Atletico Madrid hitman Adrian Lopez-Alvarez who had a great season in the Europa League last year with 11 goals in 19 games, but in La Liga he was notably unimpressive with just 7 goals in 37 games…..