…well not literally, but the latest mutterings from North London suggest that this could in January. Arsenal have made a typically strong start to the season, and in their effort to oust Chelsea from their Shangri-La at the top of the table, manager Arsene Wenger is allegedly looking at signing some feasible sounding names come the new year.
The defender/defensive midfielder from Ajax could be joining ex team-mate and fellow Belgian Thomas Vermaelen to Arsenal, with thus far limited appearances for his current club this season. Ajax stuttered their way through the first half of the 2009/10 Eredisive season, but had a new year renaissance in which Vertongen’s form contributed to a 2nd place finish – just one point off champions FC Twente.
Although he may still have a place in Ajax’s long term plans, the young and versatile Vertongen may find the lure of being part of a promising next generation (if last night’s form is anything to go by) in Arsenal’s setup too good to resist.
The pacy and tricky Navas is one of Sevilla’s hottest properties, and could be Arsenal’s saviour with Walcott set to lack peak fitness for the remainder of the season. Wing play is a vital part of the Arsenal gameplan, and when things do go to plan, the scoreboard operator has a job on his (or her) hands.
Unfortunately for Arsenal, the indomitable Chelsea are also apparently interested in grabbing Navas, as are perennial European contenders Juventus, although the latter continue to underachieve following their return from forced relegation in 2007. As such, a new year bidding war is to be expected, and although Arsenal may be able to prise Navas away with the right deal, but currently there can only be one winner in terms of money and silverware appeal if Chelsea get involved…
The Werder Bremen winger is the alternative to Jesus Navas if Chelsea do usurp any move made by Arsenal, and although he was an isolated disappointed in the World Cup for Germany, he does have a favourable reputation amongst Bremen fans after gradually easing his way into a squad which finished third in the 2009/10 Bundesliga.
If he does become an Arsenal player, it would certainly be lucrative for Marin as he continues to show domestic potential. The arrival of Marin would also please a majority of Arsenal fans, but it is certain that he would have to show immediate effectiveness, or the welcome would cool quicker than a plate of chocolate brownies.
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