We are being linked to Greek CB Kostas Manolas again today. The 23 year old, 6′ 1″ Greek international currently plays for Olympiacos and was apparently voted as one of the top 50 performers in the World Cup. How many players were on show, 51? He’s under contract with his current club until 2017. Apparently a deal was agreed with Everton a couple of years ago but he refused to move as it would leave his club short at the back. What a decent chap…
The Telegraph suggest that Benedikt Höwedes, Luiz Gustavo and William Carvalho are among the players being monitored by Arsenal as manager Arsène Wenger aims to end the transfer window by recruiting a player with the versatility to provide cover at centre-back.
Höwedes stands out because he has the ability to play DM, CB and left back. He’s the current captain of Schalke and his contract doesn’t run out until 2017. He’d be a top top signing wouldn’t he and you can never have too many World Cup winners in a squad…. Maybe our current three have whispered good things in his ear…..
I think it’s fair to say that Arsenal fans have been very impressed with new summer signing Calum Chambers. He’s really hit the ground running and has looked totally unfazed in the heart of our defence. In fact he looks like he’s been playing there for a few years and he’s far more mature than his 19 years of age would suggest he could be.
He’s settled in really well and is already loving life as an Arsenal player:
I’m really enjoying my time here. Everyone has welcomed me really well so I’m really enjoying it.
It’s been quite a whirlwind of a few weeks. I’m taking every day as it comes, just concentrating on what I’m doing next. I’m really enjoying it here and everyone has welcomed me really well. I just want to play the best I can and show everyone what I can do.
We’ve got a lot of quality players here. The team spirit is really high at the moment so I think we can do well this season. We’ll go into every game and give it 100 per cent, and with the quality in this team, we’ll hope for a result in every game.
Over the years we have seen a few suspect defenders signed up and a couple have been at an early stage in their career and expected to do great things. Johan Djourou and Philippe Senderos spring to mind..
Both players struggled to cope with the demands in the Premier League. Drogba singularly all but finished an Arsenal career for Senderos and Djourou lost any confidence he did have when he was asked to slot in at right back. Prior to that, I think I’m right in saying that he partnered either Koscielny or Mertesacker during a time when Arsenal went on a long winning streak…
His case wasn’t helped by suffering an injury which broke up that solid partnership….
Both players were always called up by their country but neither could cement a place for their club.
So here we are again with a young centre back who looks very assured early in his career but there’s something different about Calum Chambers.
Not one of the Manchester City players got to him, just like none of the big players on show at The Emirates Cup didn’t. He clearly believes in his own ability and he’s confident. No cocky, or arrogant, just confident and his performances show exactly why he should be.
As said earlier, Arsene Wenger has signed a few dodgy defenders in the past, but I have a sneaky feeling that Calum Chambers isn’t going to be another…….
Neither will Mathieu Debuchy. Older and wiser he might be but so was Mikael Silvestre and that idiot Sebastien Squillaci and we all know how they worked out…..
That’s it for today, have a good one all….