Sakho should join Arsenal …and not Liverpool

Date: 28th July 2012 at 12:14 pm
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Premier League clubs Arsenal and Liverpool are in a three way chase with Lyon to sign unsettled Paris Saint Germain defender Mamadou Sakho.

Both English clubs were rumoured to be after the French international last summer and could reignite their interest after Bernard Lacombe, special adviser to Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas, admitted that Sakho is on their radar.

The news will be welcomed by the highly rated centre back, who has made public his desire to leave his home town club. Last season was difficult for Sakho. Having struggled for fitness, he lost his placed to Alex and Milan Bisevac before suffering the ignominy of losing the captaincy as director Leandro deemed him ‘slightly overweight’.

Free spending PSG have since signed commanding centre back Thiago Silva, casting further doubt on Sakho’s future. Prior to the signing of Silva the 22-year-old told French sports daily L’Equipe: “If a new defender comes in, then I’ll do everything to leave because I have to think about my future.”

Sakho has long been admired by a number of Europe’s top clubs but his inevitable departure will be motivated by the promise of first team football.

It is PSG’s League 1 rivals who look best placed to meet Sakho’s demands. Lacombe has made it clear that the seven time champions want to add a centre back to their ranks. The physically imposing centre back is seen as an ideal signing and could expect to see regular action.

However, is this a step back for Parisian? Last season’s fourth placed finish means Lyon will play in the Europa League will Carlo Ancelotti’s men make an assault on the Champions League.

There is also the question of development. While PSG’s recent transfer activity has signalled a rise in the quality of Ligue 1, Sakho has proved himself at that level and if he is to progress, he may be better testing himself in a more challenging league.

A move to Liverpool not only presents a risk but also seems unlikely. With Damien Comolli as director of football, the Anfield club were repeatedly linked with Sakho. But the Frenchman has since left Liverpool and Brendan Rogers appears to be focusing on strengthening in other areas.

This is largely due to the commanding presence of Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel at the heart of Liverpool’s defence. At 27, both can expect to be first choice for a number of years, leaving first team opportunities limited for Sakho. Add to that the developing talents of Sebastian Coates, Martin Kelly and Danny Wilson and Liverpool have more than enough defensive quality available.

As is the case with Agger and Skrtel, Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny and Thomas Vermaelen are unquestionably the Gunners first choice centre backs. But, Arsenal are competing on four fronts and Sakho would provide them with some much needed strength in depth and so can expect pitch time.

Sakho has spoken of his desire to join a club who can help him develop and fulfill his early promise. With than in mind he is very much an Arsene Wenger signing. Young, highly rated and both technically and physically capable, if there is one club that can aid his development it is Arsenal.

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0 thoughts on “Sakho should join Arsenal …and not Liverpool

  • Bill
    4 years ago

    Wilson!!!! he’s crap. Robinson, Kelly and Flano are far superior.

  • Clyde
    4 years ago

    Lets not fight over Mamadou Sakho. If he is a mediocre player then he should join Liverpool without question.

    • Marco
      4 years ago

      Let him go arsenal and win nothing for the next 10 years.

      • jj
        4 years ago

        @marco typical looserfool don’t u know that ur team has won only 1 carling in last 6years .. go and get life.. loserfool will always be a mid table team like Stoke city and arsenal will achieve somany thing in the coming season ..

  • steve
    4 years ago

    Arsenal can have him.we need stronger attack,our defence was the 3rd best in the league last season even if we finished 8th.
    Johnson Skrtel Agger Enrique
    Gerrard Lucas Aquilani
    new-winger Borini Suarez
    For the wing position Gaston Ramirez would be great.YNWA

    • Zane
      4 years ago

      YNWA? You Never Win Again…. Thts liverpool! Do u guys remember how it was to play in the Champions League

  • Patrick Ssekatawa
    4 years ago

    We don’t need Sakho at Arsenal. Where would he play? Already I’m wondering how Wenger is going to assemble his backline when the season starts. This is due to the presence of Mertesacker, Vermaelen and Koscielny, with one of them set to sit on the bench. Sahko has been complaining of lack of playing time given that Ancelloti has preferred other players to the young Frenchman. He’s noit better than the three mentioned above, because, the fact that he plays second fiddle to Alex Rodrigo whom I don’t rate that much, he would soon complain of the same.

    For me Arsenal has very good defenders who only need better organisation to become impenetrable. Wenger would do very well buying to strengthen other areas like the attacking midfield than the defense which is already stocked.

  • patrick
    4 years ago

    “Arsenal are competing on four fronts” haha what a joke! Arsenal have competed for nothing last 7 years xD

  • patrick
    4 years ago

    \"Arsenal are competing on four fronts\" haha what a joke! Arsenal have competed for nothing last 7 years xD

  • joey
    4 years ago

    Liverpool can have him he seems like a mid table europa league player would fit right in at anfield!

  • M.
    4 years ago

    Whoever gets him, ‘l get a gem; an outstanding prospect, a future Lilliun Thuram in the making. I have seen several of his matches last year & always thought of bringing him at LFC.

    Since him career threatening injury last year, he had been out of focus. But, I don’t think he was made Captain of virtually every age group team of France & became Captain of PSG at 18 by chance. With cheap Qatari money PSG is going for highly expensive ready-made marque defenders, but they ‘ll regret to let Shakho go. This boy made his French debut at 20, as the CB; a position where even the greats like Blanc, Thuram or Desaily didn’t make it into Les Blues before 23-24.

    At 6’-2.5″ (189 cm), he is lightning quick, clean tackler, sharp in the air & both feet (can play as LB) & great organizer. A fantastic leader & a scoring defender, who could have easily made into a DM. I believe, he ‘ll lead the French team as early as 2016 Euro or 2018 WC. If we can spend 16mn for Henderson, this young man is worth at least 25mn.

  • Seto
    4 years ago

    Arsenal will not have economic capacity to compete both for carzola & sakho