When Arsenal swooped on the financially struggling La Liga side Malaga last summer, they came away with a real treasure in Santi Cazorla. The Spanish international midfielder has lit up the Premier League this season and is by far the most effective of Arsene Wenger’s three summer signings. Cazorla may also have helped Arsenal to get Nacho Monreal from Malaga in January, and he could make it three times lucky if he can influence another former team mate to join the Gunners this summer.
There will be five potential summer transfer targets for Arsenal amongst Santi Cazorla’s team mates in the Spain international squad this week, and if our brilliant midfielder speaks as fondly of his first season at the club to them as he did to Arsenal.com recently it could prove very useful when the transfer market is open in the summer.
Players like David Villa, Isco, Alvaro Negredo, Victor Valdes and Cesc Fabregas could all be on Arsene Wenger’s shopping list at the end of the season, Fabregas already knows about the club and the fans, but it wouldn’t hurt to remind him, especially when he has struggled to win over the Barcelona faithful. Life for a footballer in La Liga is quite different from England, and Cazorla is relishing it.
Every transfer rumour at the minute highlights the importance of Arsenal finishing in the top four of the Premier League and being in next season’s Champions League. I’m not going to say it is like a trophy, nobody would be that silly would they, but it is more important than winning a trophy in regards to attracting players to the club and being able to afford them.
The 23-year old Gabon international striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who currently plays in Ligue 1 for Saint-Etienne, looks set to be the target of one of this summer’s transfer tussles. He has already been linked with Arsenal, Chelsea and Newcastle in the Premier League who have all had their scouts tracking the forward. Now it seems as though he could stay in France, but move to big spending Paris Saint-Germain.
Santi Cazorla has been speaking this week about how Arsenal is the perfect Premier league team for him because of the fluent, passing football. It is a similar style to that played by the Spanish national team and many of the teams in Spain’s Primera Liga. Cazorla says it suits his type of football perfectly, and Arsenal fans would not disagree, as the Spaniard fitted instantly into the Gunners team, and has forged a devastating midfield with Jack Wilshere, Mikel Arteta and all.
Arsenal have been linked with the Spanish midfielder Isco before but nothing has come of it. Reports this week are suggesting that the midfielder, real name Francisco Roman Alarcon is due to be the subject of bids from the Gunners, Man United and the Italian club Juventus when the transfer window opens in January.
Is it likely, however, or mere speculation? Isco is certainly a good player, he was fantastic for Malaga in the champion’s league this week. A man of the match performance and two good goals helped Malaga beat a good Zenit St. Petersburg side 3-0. The 22-year old has been a stalwart of the under age Spanish international sides since 2008, scoring 21 times in 56 appearances.
There are loads of Arsenal transfer rumours popping up as we enter the last few days of the transfer window, and today is no different. Come on Arsene, we’re all waiting for that “special player” you’ve promised us last week!
Well first of all let’s get one outgoing player out of the way, as the Mail reports that Nicklas Bendtner is now being looked at by Juventus as the Old Lady seems to have failed in their bid to get Llorente. The bad news is that the price being quoted (or offered) is only £5million. As much as we don’t want the Greatest Striker In The World back at Arsenal, I really think he should be worth more than that after his performances at the Euros this summer……
Spanish Super-Kid From Malaga CF Coming To Arsenal? – By JG
Francisco Román Alarcón (or Isco for short), a 19 year old whiz kid playing for Malaga CF in the Spanish league has been acclaimed as “the next Iniesta” or “the next Silva” by every scout that has seen his abilities. Personally, when I acquired several Malaga CF matches and watched him play, he plays almost exactly like Nasri (back when he was cool) except he is a little quicker. Isco is a fantastic dribbler, passer, has a great percentage for shots on target when he does get in range of goal, and can play anywhere in front of the holding midfielders.