Reports from ibetimes (link here) have said that Arsenal are set to sign Romanian international Ciprian Marica on a free transfer from Schalke. The winger who can play as a striker has a good international goal record with 21 goals in 61 appearances but played second fiddle at Stuttgart last season scoring 6 goals in 19 appearances. He has also been linked to Lazio, Inter and Stuttgart.
This signing is one which is sure to anger Arsenal fans as they have been promised that Arsenal would spend big this summer and a second free signing of the summer especially a small named player will anger the fans greatly who want the big signings to come soon as the summer transfer window runs out.
The above two paragraphs have been sprouting up in numerous media outlets as they spam out this information to goade Arsenal fans into writing response moaning about Arsenal lack of spending and how they can’t believe we aren’t going to spend any money.
Lets analyse this story properly though
1. Do Arsenal really need someone who isn’t good enough for Stuttgart, we are a club above their stature and I really doubt we would think about signing someone who couldn’t make Stuttgart team and who Stuttgart allowed to run down their contract,
2. Yes we may be interested in a wide man what with Gervinho leaving to Roma and Oxlade Chamberlain being converted into a ACM but Wenger always says he won’t buy a player to kill off a young player unless they are a significant improvement and with Gnabry playing outwide in pre-season we would have to be after a big signing otherwise Wenger would want to protect Gnabry and Miyiachi.
3. If you read the report it’s the players agent who made the quotes. The player is in need of a club and its not secret that agents often leak “false stories” to drum up interest. Just last week it turned out Arsenal had never been in for Bernard the Brazilian winger despite it being reported he was set for a medical. His agent leaked the news so clubs would know he wanted to leave and that he must be a good player if linked to Arsenal.
In other Arsenal news today:
Gervinho is set to sign for Roma in a fee in the region of £7 million, this has been coming for a while and most Arsenal fans will be happy to see the back of him. Chamakh is going to Crystal Palace but were are yet to see if its loan or permanately, Wenger hinted it may be permanent but news outlets are saying loan.
Youngsters Yennaris and Miquel are set to go on loan to Leicester, though Miquel may be kept to cover defensively as were short via the Mirror. I think this may be the end of those two as there 21 and haven’t broken through to the first team.
Arsenal have taken Colombian midfielder Sebestian Perez who plays for Athletico National on a week trial with the option of signing him for £5 million. He is a tough tackling DM who is a bit of a metronome when it comes to passing, seems like Wenger sees him as a potential solution to the DM problem.
More vague news on Suarez but it seems he may take legal action to enforce his move to Arsenal, in an opening training session he seemed unhappy as per usual and apparently Arsenal are waiting for Suarez to force the move as they feel they have bid high enough to activate his clause.
Lots of news looking us to Ginter the Freiburg defender come DM, versatile 6 ft 1 and just 19 he would be an ideal fourth choice CB but the Freiburg chairman has said there are no bids though as we know Arsenal do their business on the downlow. Also links to Ashley Williams.
What are your views?
Do you agree were not in for Marica?
Will Suarez sign eventually?
Is it the end for Miqual as he has been shown in pre-season to be out of his depth and Yennaris who didn’t even make the Asia tour albeit it for injury reason?
Would you be happy with the versatile Ginter or would you prefer Williams?
Is Perez the answer to our DM problems or is it another Wenger cheap signing?
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