So far Lukas Podolski, Olivier Giroud, Santi Cazorla and possibly Nuri Sahin have all been apart of a very busy summer for Arsene Wenger. It is almost strange to see the Frenchmen spending as he has almost become known for being a caricature of stubbornness in the transfer market but this year has been emulating Manchester City, who haven’t made a single signing yet this summer. Coincidence?
To add to that the Daily Mail claim that the Gunners are planning a £9million bid for the South Korean Steven Gerrard, Ki Sung-Yeung of Celtic. This must all be quite a shock to Arsenal fans who are used to begging the Arsenal boss for transfers. We all remember the loss to Manchester United that was the catalyst for Wenger to reinforce his weak squad last year so it will be interesting to see how the new signings settle in, having been able to enjoy a pre-season.
The South Korean looks ready to leave the SPL and would certainly do well within the Arsenal team. He plays the holding midfielder role well and would probably be used to relieve some of the pressure put on Mikel Arteta, who was sorely missed when injured last season. He has vision, a great right foot and is only 23. This makes the £9million more of a long term investment than short term solution.
Whether he will be the first player to join Arsenal from the SPL since Giovanni Van Bronckhorst is up for debate as Athletico Madrid are also interested. The factor of Ji-Sung Park’s influence on the Premier League seems to be important as it’s his presence at QPR that stopped Yeung from holding advanced talks with the Hoops. The fact the Asain market are yet to have a hero in Spain could be vital in whether or not Yeung chooses Madrid or London.
As long as Yeung is given some time to adapt to the Premier League he could be a hit and take the baton from Park as the 31 year old begins to come to the end of a wonderful career. Roberto Martinez was very tactful in taking time to allow Shaun Maloney to integrate into the squad, bulk up and really ramp up his fitness so that the Scottish international would make an impact on Wigan’s great escape mark 2.
I hope that Wenger takes note of this if he manages to get his man, as we have had many memorable players that arrived for a decent sum of money and either didn’t adapt or were just not good enough, Jean Alain Boumsong anyone?
With the financial potential of the Asian market getting greater by the day Yeung’s stock will rise and in the future £9million could be seen as a bit of a steal for the 23 year old. Put that together with his footballing potential and he could make a football team a lot of money and that’s what it’s all about these days, money.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!