How many times has his name been written in the same sentence as Arsenal when we are in need of a striker? Too many is the first answer which springs to mind and rather annoyingly, it’s happened again.
According to nearly every newspaper, we have been notified of his £2.5 million get out clause in his current contract with Lille.
I so hope that when Arsene took the phone call about Kalou’s availability, he answered with ‘You are confusing me with a manager who cares’ and then put the phone down forgetting that the player even exists, we haven’t wanted him before, we don’t want him now!
Another linked to us again this morning is Edin Dzeko. He’s unhappy with the lack of playing time he’s currently getting at City and suggestion is, he’s ready to move on. Now he’d be a very good capture.
However, instead of a world class striker coming in, another youngster could be more likely as reports coming out of France suggest that Arsenal have opened talks with Auxerre over the possibility of signing their young striking sensation Paul-Georges Ntep.
Ntep is 21 years old and has scored five goals in 12 games season and we have been watching him for a while apparently. According to Le10Sport, we have begun negotiations over a £8.5m deal for the Cameroon-born striker and with Auxerre suffering financial difficulties, they will no doubt be keen to sell. Tottenham and Aston Villa are also keen on the young player.
It’s inevitable that we will be linked to strikers, it doesn’t take rocket science to work out how much we need another player up front to support Olivier Giroud and to be honest, we have needed a striker since the day Eduardo was forced to leave us for the sake of his own career.
I always feel quite sad when writing about our old poacher. In the three years with us, he played just 41 games…..
That of course was all down to Birmingham City’s Martin Taylor and his dreadful, disgraceful tackle on Eduardo back on the 23rd of February 2008. He suffered a broken left fibula and an open dislocation of his left ankle.. Needless to say and as we all know, Dudu was rushed to hospital and his season was over. As was Arsenal’s as our players back then were seriously disturbed and upset by what they witnessed that day.
They never recovered enough to fight for the Premier League title. We looked good, very good and prior to that dreadful day in February, we sat proud at the top of the league with a five point advantage. We drew that match after conceding a stupid late penalty and we maintained that drawing habit for four matches.
Manchester United ceased the day and soon overtook us as we dropped down into 3rd place.
That’s where we finished the season.
I don’t think we have ever looked like a side who could win the Premier League title since……
We have suffered injuries but thankfully they have been unforced one’s rather than caused by another players severe lack of sporting behaviour or thuggish, bordering on criminal, style of play.
Now, some of those players are about to return.
Lukas Podolski and Theo Walcott should be at least on the bench when we face Southampton at home a week tomorrow. Benik Afobe is back fit and healthy too so he gives Arsene Wenger another striker option from the the bench. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Yaya Sanogo should be back before Christmas too and even Abou Diaby is back on his feet doing a bit of running.
At some stage, Arsenal FC and the players deserved and still deserve to have Lady Luck on their side when it comes to players suffering injuries and if that time is now until the end of the season, then that top spot in England really could be ours.
We may have just suffered a blip when we lost at Old Trafford but let’s be honest, little went right prior to kick off and we suffered a defeat because of it.
If that’s the worst it gets and we start all over again in a weeks time and get back to winning ways, this really could be the season we don’t get overtaken or if we do, we have enough in the Arsenal player tank to get back up there and make sure we remain there until the end of May.
A player or two in January will certainly strengthen that chance, but please Arsene, don’t let Solomon Kalou be one of them!!
As for Eduardo, he’s had a good career since leaving us, playing 70 matches an just two and a half seasons…….
Nothing more than he deserved eh, unlike some I could mention!
That’s it for another day……