My Malouda dream about to come true?
I’m not one to normally get excited or be convinced by speculative news involving player transfers but Arsenal News Review and even the ever-reliable Arseblog seem to think there is a genuine chance that Lyon’s Florent Malouda could be joining Arsenal in the summer.
The media has consistently stated that Liverpool are the club most likely to sign the French left-sided midfielder but it now seems that Arsenal are best placed to acquire Malouda’s services. Regular readers will know that I see Malouda as the best possible signing for Arsenal given the current circumstances at the club for a number of reasons.
If the link with Malouda proves to be correct and he is signed it will provide another example of Arsenal making a signing away from the media spotlight. I am obviously very interested to see how this situation pans out.
Gilberto set to captain Brazil
Arsenal’s Brazilian midfielder and the Arsenal FC Blog Player of the Season Gilberto Silva has been officially selected in Brazil’s squad to play in the Copa America. It’s probable that Gilberto will also be named as captain after he recently lead his country in the 1-1 draw against England.
Whilst this is obviously a great person honour for the Arsenal vice-captain it will have some consequences for his club. It has been confirmed that Gilberto will take a holiday until August – regardless of how far Brazil progresses in the tournament – which will see him miss Arsenal’s important first-leg Champions League qualifier and the first match of the Premier League season.
I personally think that Arsenal will be able to cope without Gilberto in the team for two matches and would prefer him to have a well-earned rest than be rushed back into the team. In that regard I think that Wenger and Gilberto have made quite a sensible decision. His absence in the first leg of Arsenal’s Champions League qualifier will also give other midfielders like Abou Diaby and Denilson the opportunity to show their worth in a pressure situation and show us how their progression at Arsenal is going.
I personally wish Gilberto all the best for the Copa America tournament. His probable captaincy of the best football nation in the world is a great indicator of just how far he has progressed as a footballer and leader in his career.
What would Arsenal be like without Henry?
I have said previously that Thierry Henry will not be leaving Arsenal despite the constant speculation linking him with Barcelona. You can read a previous article I wrote on the topic here.
Regardless of this, Goal.com has come up with an excellent piece looking at what life at Arsenal would be like in the future with or without their captain. They discuss what Henry’s eventual retirement or departure would mean for the club and how Arsenal would cope as a club without their star striker.
The article is a good reminder to supporter that Henry is now 30 and will not be around as an Arsenal player forever. I think that he will be impossible to replace as he is arguably the best player the club has ever seen. Having said that, I also believe that in Emmanuel Adebayor and Robin van Persie we have two strikers who have the potential to carry on the Arsenal flame in his absence.
Whilst many supporters are not yet convinced that Adebayor should be the long-term replacement for Henry I see him as a player that has time on his side and will mature into a very effective striker. He showed enough endeavour last season to suggest that he really cares about the club and if his finishing can be refined as his career develops then I believe he can really make his mark as a world class striker at Arsenal.
What do you think?