Those of you who read yesterday’s post will know that I commented that Inter Milan are in an advantageous position to steal Alex Hleb from Arsenal due to the fact that they can very easily buy out the final two years of the Belarussian’s contract via the ‘Webster clause’. According to Arsene Wenger, however, it seems that may not be the case.
“What people say about the buy-out clause, it is not as simple as it looks. It is much more difficult and the clubs are reluctant to do that [invoke the ‘Webster Clause’].”
Although I’m not overly sure why this would be the case I’ll give the manager the benefit of the doubt. If anyone can shed some light on what Wenger’s comment that it’s ‘not as simple as it looks’ then I would love to hear it. Either way, it is clear that the manager does not want to lose any more players following the Mathieu Flamini saga.
“We have lost one player, we do not want to lose more.”
According to Arseblog (congratulations again on the big break by the way) and backed up by Football 365 the manager met with the Arsenal Supporter’s Trust (AST) yesterday to discuss the present and the future and spoke candidly about the type of players he particularly wants to bring in; a central defender to deal with long balls as well as a creative playmaker.
I know I said I wouldn’t talk about transfers until at least the end of the season but after a comment like that from the manager it’s a little bit hard to refrain. As such I’ll just go out on a limb and say what I want to say: how about Christoph Metzelder from Real Madrid and Diego from Werder Bremen?
Metzelder is very much out of favour at Real Madrid due to a previous foot injury and the emergence of the partnership between Fabio Cannavaro and Pepe. There have been rumours that the German may be on his way out at the end of the season and I think he fits Wenger’s bill as a strong central defender perfectly.
A class act
As for Diego, I think he would fit into Arsenal’s attacking set-up very nicely. Anyone who has watched the Brazilian play will know what a class act he is. His ball control and creativity is right up there with the best in the game. He’s excelled in two seasons in the Bundesliga, netting a total of 26 goals and being regarded as one of the very best players in the league. Although the Brazilian is under contract until 2011 I sincerley think he is worth throwing a little bit of money at.
If Diego is too pricey then I would hope the manager looks at someone like Samir Nasri from Marseille. He is a player very much on the up at the moment and has the potential of developing into a world-class prospect under Wenger’s guidance. He is already a full French international and although his goalscoring record for club side Marseille is not the best he definitely has the raw skills and speed to improve this over time.
Anyway, they’re just my thoughts and I encourage you to voice your own.
Carrying on with the manager’s meeting with the AST and Wenger also made it clear that regardless of who was brought in the most important thing in determining whether his side was successful next season is the attitude of the players.
“I hope that the core of the team says ‘come on, we have only just lost’. And it is ‘just’ because we were leading at Manchester United, we were leading at Chelsea and we were leading at Liverpool in the Champions League, and every time we just lost a little bit of focus and lost the game. Let’s come back and show we are winners. That is the real target of the team.”
Hopefully the players will do just that. In the meantime, let the transfer speculation begin!
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