Arsenal Transfer Speculation – Latest Update

It seems Arsenal might sign Florent Malouda after all!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 Silva is likely to captain Brazil at the Copa AmericaGilberto 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.

I think Arsenal have a ready-made replacement for Henry in AdebayorWhat 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, 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?

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  2. I know people don’t like Ade but you have to remember, we came 3rd/4th (it is 2 goals away from being the same) with him as our ONLY striker.Personally, i think he is class and whoever said “rough gem” is spot on, in a couple years i see him developing like drogba.

  3. That seemed to have only taken half my comment.
    What bewilders me though is that with only one striker who barely scored in ’07 (Bap and Ali surely don’t count), a midfield that we seem to think never scored and a defence that let too many goals slip past, how did we do so well this season? Isn’t it true we scored like the 3rd most goals of any team in the premiership? I really don’t know how this happened because other than van persie and gilberto, i can’t think of anyone scoring many goals? It seems that how frustrating every chance I see missed has clouded my judgement. So if Hleb really is doing shooting training and the rest of the midfield step it up + VP, surely the prospect of the transfer speculation around TH isn’t that harmful.
    That said, he is staying, he’s said it like a bazillion times.

  4. Good article as usual SF. As someone else said, I’m not getting excited till I see him being paraded in an Arsenal shirt at the Emirates but fingers crossed eh?

  5. Samuel – You’re exactly right about Adebayor. I really hope he continues to improve because I rate him very highly as a player.
    Falklands – Thanks for the kind words. I will definitely keep my fingers crossed 🙂

  6. liverpool have racked up 8million quid for this guy….do u think we are gonna make history and actually out-bid a rival team for a player above the age of 18??
    i certainly hope so…

  7. Henry goes to Barcelona- guaranteed.
    Messi goes to Arsenal to join his best friend Cesc Fabregas.

    Ribery agreed to join Arsenal 6 months ago.

    You heard it here first.

  8. malouda is very good on the ball and off the ball.
    it will be good for arsenal to signed he this summer. arsenal need not to signed malouda only but we also need other big players. arsenal need trophy this summer for this reason, we need to buy players.

  9. Wenger should pls buy anyone, we need to buy players to catch up with the other top three.i tink malouda is not too bad for us but we nid him to sign not he wants to sign

  10. i am a fan from nigeria i want arsenal to sign more old experiencies 4 we not to end next season without trophy and dont allow henry to go

  11. We as Arsenal fans often get frustrated when other clubs win matches and trophies whiles our club only struggles to stay relivant.We stronglly advised Wenger and the management to buy top and ready-made plays. GUNNERS FOR LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. With the technical expertise of Arsene Wenger and super players,i believe Arsenal is a club every coach must be afraid of.So,i think it will do us a lot of good if we buy more standard players.

  13. wenger shoul really sighn joey hart,micah richards,miguel velloso and santa cruz and we can start smelling trophies from now

  14. you are the best club for me the best of the world.i like this club so much and i hope the arsenal win the premier league.

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