With Olivier Giroud’s disappointing goal return in the second half of last season (although much of that was due to fatigue as he was extremely consumed being a long striker), it was pertinent that the club goes into the summer transfer window in search of a potent ‘marksman’ who can effectively lead the line and shoot the club to major trophies in the coming season; a sort of Thierry Henry.
A lot of striker targets have been rumoured about in the press with all being linked with a move to the Emirates, most notably the ‘behaviorally erratic’ SUPER MARIO. The big question however is – Can Le Prof effectively manage this problematic Italian?
His first stint in the English Premier league with current champions – the Sheik Mansour’s Manchester city showed him as one who will never be in good reckoning with the English press and which will invariably give the club a bad representation. Coupled with series of training ground burst-up’ with team mates and most infamously with former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini.
This sort of attitude is bound to bring unrest to the peaceful dressing room and there may be a return of the infamous Toure-Gallas spat-like. With his penchant for collecting unnecessary bookings and sanctions this may not go well for the club if they are to compete effectively in all fronts because he may miss crucial matches even title deciders through bookings.
Chief amongst all is the financial implications in securing his signature. With AC Milan likely to demand a transfer fee in the region £35m and a salary which will be out of the club’s wage structure, the big question mark over this deal is that is he really worth it? when there are cheaper options and which could come for far lesser transfer fee and lower wage demand.
For example the irrepressible Wilfried Bony. The Swansea City star who has proved his quality with two different clubs; one in his current club in the premier league with the Swans as well as his former club in the Eredivise with Vitesse, in which he ended both campaigns as the clubs highest goal scorer and also in the later was awarded the Golden Shoe for the best player in the Netherlands after ending the season with 31 goals in 30 matches.
Not Forgetting Bony’s 2 goals to his name in the ongoing World Cup competition in Brazil, even though his national team side crashed out in the group stages of the tournament.
Now with the recent signing of Gomis Bafetimbi by the Welsh club, it is seeming more likely that Arsenal can now price the Ivorean away from the club and down to the Emirates coupled with earlier reports suggesting that the 25-year-old was in search of Champions league football, something that the Swans cannot offer the player – at least not next season, leaving advantage Arsenal in a promising position to swoop him up.
Also compared to the bad image of Balotelli (both in Italy and England), Bony has never been painted in a bad image in the English as well as the Dutch press in both of his spells. He has shown a near telepathic understanding with his strike partners and team mates which could be an asset if Wenger is truly looking for a dependable partner for Giroud upfront.
His energy, good hold up play and sharp eyes for goals could be vital for the teams swift counter attacking transition in games if ever Wenger tries to revert to plan B in a match; this plan B has proven to be effectual in most notably the FA cup final last season when the introduction of Sanogo caused Hull city all sorts of problems upfront.
Le Prof, please just like the fire crackers he let off in his bathroom in one of his many controversies in England; Mario Balotelli is a ticking time-bomb which can go off at any time and cause unwanted dressing room unrest. Chief of all Bony is much better in all ramifications as compared to Balotelli. Hands off the problematic SUPER MARIO LE PROF!!!