Cazorla & Giroud & Podolski, OH MY!By: Perry | August 8th, 2012
Quite the transfer market for our gunners huh!? Obviously by now we are all well aware of our latest signing, Santi Cazorla from Malaga. To be perfectly honest, even though I had only heard of the guy in passing prior to the rumor mill starting to turn, this most recent signing is the one that excites me the most. I think we can all agree that our midfield lacked creativity last season and the addition of Cazorla should help to drastically change this. Don’t get me wrong; Song was pretty damn creative last season, so much so that you might think he has some Barca DNA in him…more on that later though.
Let’s focus on our new Spaniard for the moment. First off, it seems like he really WANTED to come here and play for Arsenal and is saying all the right things about his ambitions. He spoke with both Fabregas and Pires for advice prior to signing and heard good things. From the photo shoot, it looks like he and Arteta get along well and having them both on the pitch working in tandem could be truly awesome. He is already in training with the team and made the trip to Germany for our last preseason fixture. I am still not great at using this technology so you are not going to see a fancy graph displaying all of his stats in seasons prior with Villareal and Malaga. After all, isn’t that what Wikipedia is for?
Here is what we are getting, a 27 year old versatile midfielder that has been playing at a high level for the last 7-8 years. From what I have read, he can play both centrally and out wide on the wing. He has been capped to play for Spain 40+ times and would probably be an every game staple in most other national sides. He has a great work rate and is not afraid of being on either side of a tough tackle. Have we all watched his YouTube videos yet? The few I have seen have showed some nice skill on set pieces so maybe he and Mik can fight over those. Also, the guy just seems to throw the ball around the pitch with his foot, sending high long balls right on the money across the pitch to the wingers and forwards. Like I said before, the prospect of what he can do in a squad of such quality as Arsenal is really exciting. Also, Fabregas has been quoted as saying that he is “special” so what else do we need right?
Some pundits out there are saying that Cazorla could be the signing of the summer across the EPL, and at less than 20MM($) to boot! Going into this season we seem to have a plethora of midfield options and combinations. I’m not really sure where he will play at this point but I would guess that he will play more of a central here for Arsenal sitting right behind the strikers in the “Fabregas role” (we need a new name for that). We have some pretty solid options out on the wing between Ox and Theo and Gervinho and even Podolski to an extent. So I hope to see Cazorla central from the get go. It’s not like Wenger has every signed someone and asked them to play outside of their normal position right? Anyway, I would guess that we will see competition between Cazorla and Rosicky for playing time in that role. With Rosicky coming back from an injury he picked up at the Euros it will be a great opportunity for Santi to establish himself firmly in the squad. Then again, with Wenger pulling the strings you really can’t guess at where a guy is going to be played. The fact that he is comfortable playing centrally, as well as out wide, makes his addition even more beneficial in my opinion. So welcome to Arsenal Santi Cazorla and please, just stay healthy!!!
So is Arsenal done yet in the transfer market as far as new signings go? There is still talk of us bringing on Nuri Sahin for a season long loan from Real Madrid, which I would welcome. A few days ago, the rubbish reports were saying the only hold up was Real Madrid’s pursuit of Modric. Now rubbish reports are saying that we would only bring on Sahin if Alex Song were to be sold to Barcelona.
Wtft!!?? Song to Barcelona!!?? Yep, they may just be at it again. I already saw an article quoting Iniesta about how great Song is and how they would welcome him at Barcelona. He’s now been added to the list of Barca players that I would like to punch in the mouth. I have no idea how accurate these reports are but man would that suck! I will be thoroughly upset if we decide to try and cash in on Song right now. It would seriously taint a very positive transfer season for us. I hope its 100% rubbish; from what I have found Song is under contract through 2014, so there is no real pressure to sell him right now. If he won’t extend at the end of this season then you shop him, but no way do you sell him right now.
In other news it looks like we might miss out on signing M’Baye Niang, the young up and coming striker currently playing for Caen. He had a trial with us earlier this year and it’s been reported that we have had one bid for him turned down already. Reports are saying that he is close to securing a loan deal with AC Milan with an option to buy. Eh…whatever I guess. We have some other young strikers and I wouldn’t be incredibly upset if this does fall through. Nothing has been solidified as of yet so there is still a chance that he ends up at The Emirates.
The start of the season is only a little over a week away and I must say that I am filled with optimism for the season ahead. Compared to how I felt at the start of last season this is a breath of fresh air. We need to have a solid start to the season so let’s hope that all of these new signings can gel quickly and make the adjustment to the EPL. Oh yeah, and DON’T SELL ALEX SONG TO BARCELONA!!!
Be well fellow Gunners!
P.S. Have we sold VanPerise yet?