If all the rumours are to be believed Arsenal will start the new season with a forward line of Rooney and Higuain. It’s a nice thought but not all of the reported deals will come off.
One that does seem feasible is Fellaini to Arsenal. He was strongly linked with Manchester United as soon as it became clear that David Moyes would be the new boss at Old Trafford. But, with Micheal Carrick still doing an excellent job in the holding midfield role, one suspects that the new Manchester United manager will look at other areas of the team first.
Moyes may still go for the adaptable middle man but Arsenal have, of late, been installed as favourites with SkyBet for the signature of the Belgian.
After the initial rumours about Fellaini some areas of the media suggested, without direct quotes, that Arsenal weren’t willing to pay the reported £23m release clause in his contract. The Daily Express said last week:
Marouane Fellaini’s chances of a dream move to Arsenal are in trouble after the club indicated they are unwilling to meet the £23million release clause for the player.
‘Dream’ moves aside, Arsenal have money to spend and need more characters in the team – players who will drag their team to victory with a goal against the run of play or a saving tackle when backs are against the wall. This quality seems to have been the difference between Arsenal and the rest of the elite over the last few years – the ability to win ugly.
Fellaini seems like the sort of player who could add some steel to an Arsenal side that is so close to completion but still lacks the final pieces in the jigsaw. They don’t need another 8 players. They need 2 or 3 top players.
Arsenal fans, would Fellaini take your team to the next level?
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