This striker ‘loves’ Arsenal, but is he a viable option?

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What a time to be an Aston Villa fan. The club seems to be quickly moving through a succession of managers, desperately trying to regain some kind of grip on the Premier League. For a club with a long and varied history, it’s somewhat depressing to see Villa languishing towards the bottom of the table. As such, I’m sure these comments from their ace young striker, Christian Benteke are only going to make things worse.

“Arsenal are the club I love,” said the £7m striker. I like their philosophy of selecting young players, and besides they had Thierry Henry in their team. For me he is the best player in the world, and he was my boyhood idol. I am not afraid of making enemies at Aston Villa by saying I love Arsenal. There are worse things one can say.” (Source: The Star).

There are indeed worse things one could say, but that’s hardly justification for doing so. Why couldn’t he keep his mouth shut, work hard and attract attention the normal way? Regardless of whether Benteke has handled the situation in an appropriate manner (he hasn’t) the question is there – would he be a good addition for the Gunners?

He has noted that Villa are currently the ‘right club’ for him, but it’s clear he has higher aims. If Arsenal were to come knocking, I’m sure Paul Lambert would struggle to keep hold of him. Despite his youth (he’s just 21-years-old) he has looked in fine fettle throughout the early part of this season.

Indeed, the Belgian striker has even risen above £24m man Darren Bent in the pecking order. He has thus far scored 4 goals in 9 games, but it’s his overall play that stands out. He’s smart, mobile and direct. He’s always there to receive the ball and positions himself well to earn a route to goal.

He’s only young, but the signs are there that he could end up being a good player. He may never end up being a Thierry Henry, but he could well end up being a Sylvain Wiltord – and that wouldn’t be so bad would it?

I hope that Aston Villa ignore his comments and allow him to contribute as much as possible over the remainder of the season. He’s sure to have an impact and needs regular football to help him develop. Who knows how good he’ll be in a couple of season’s time and it’s then, no doubt, that Arsenal will strike.

What’s your take? Has Benteke disrespected Aston Villa? Would he be a good signing for Arsenal?

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  • Akeem Abdulkareem Lanre says:

    Well, the guy is a good player but atleast as a professional footballer , u have to respect ur current clubside even if u have personal passion 4 another club, u have to keep it in ur mind and improve ur form on the field to attract the big clubside . How are we sure he is not going to repeat the same words when he gets to arsenal by having passion 4 another club most especially when things are not going well. Benteke should try and see how he and his teammates can help aston villa out of the crisis they are now rather than disrespecting the club. Gunners 4 life. I will still lure my unborn child to become a gunner in future by narrating the stories of the great arsenal to them and urge them to keep on supporting with passion. I love the club al the way from heaven. Thank’s

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