Whilst Newcastle had it pretty bad against Tottenham last Saturday, they can at least hold onto this one positive thought: they aren’t Arsenal. They aren’t weighed down by unrealistic expectations or pressures, they have made sensible purchases in the transfer market and are on the ascendancy. None of which can be said about the lads from North London.
This fall from grace will inevitably see the Gunners cut ties with players that they don’t deem good enough. That means it’s up to clubs like Newcastle to separate the wheat from the chaff and try and dig up a bargain. Whilst there’s a lot of genuine deadwood at Arsenal at the moment, there’s a few that could do a job if given a real opportunity.
There’s a whole reject eleven of players who will find themselves in the transfer market this summer: Manuel Almunia, Johan Djourou, Sebastien Squillaci, Denilson, Abou Diaby, Thomas Rosicky, Andrey Arshavin, Nicklas Bendtner, Maroaune Chamakh, Park Ju-Young and Carlos Vela.
Then there’s Theo Walcott who may also move on and Robin Van Persie who they’ll be desperate to keep hold of.
Out of these players, the only two that I’d genuinely consider taking at Newcastle are Andrey Arshavin and Theo Walcott.
These two wingers both have quality but have lost their way at Arsenal. Andrey Arshavin desperately needs a change of scenery, an injection of confidence and a strict fitness regime. Nobody in the footballing world doubts his talent, he’s capable of moments of magic and given that he’ll be available on the cheap this summer, may be worth a gamble.
Then there’s Theo Walcott a man who is the constant target of Arsenal fan’s ire. Again I don’t think this is down to a lack of talent. He’s got pace and can score goals – the trouble is that he looks lost when he’s played out on the wings. If Newcastle did get their hands on him, it would be worth trying him out in a more central position and seeing if his career catches fire.
The main complaints when it comes to Theo is that he can’t cross and he doesn’t have a footballing brain. In reality, all Theo should have to think about is getting on the end of other people’s crosses, something he has the ability to do. Let’s not forget, if he gets in behind an opponent’s defence then he’s absolutely uncatchable.
Whilst Arsenal may be willing to let him leave on the cheap (he’ll only have 12 months left on his contract) the main concern will be regarding his wages. In this respect, he wont be cheap, but I’d still snap him up.
What’s your take? Would you take Walcott or Arshavin at Newcastle?
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