Arsenal

Holtby & Rondon Both Linked With Emirates Transfer

Arsenal’s atrocious start to last season seems like a distant memory now but many a gooner fan will be desperate to see Wenger splash some cash as the question mark hovering above Robin Van Persie’s future will inflate depending on his form during Euro 2012.

The return of Mikel Arteta and Jack Wilshere will be like new signings making Wenger’s attack a priority for new recruits.

The already arranged purchase of Lucas Podolski is a great way for Wenger to start the busiest transfer window of the year and with Tomas Rosicky not getting any younger, another more youthful option to have in attacking midfield has already been spotted in the Bundesliga.

Germany U21 captain Lewis Holtby, currently at Schalke 04, had been linked to Arsenal and Everton back in January and he has been speaking of his admiration for both when the 21 year old spoke to talkSport recently: “My favourite teams are Everton and Arsenal”.

Due to Everton’s low finances it looks like Arsenal would have no trouble in outbidding the Toffee’s. As Holtby is young it’s going to take a big bid to prize him away from Schalke but with Wenger’s experience with youth globally known we could be seeing this young starlet plying his trade at the Emirates next season.

According to the Daily Mail Malaga’s Salomon Rondon is also been flirting with the idea of joining the Man City try out Arsenal first team. With 11 goals and 4 assists last season for Malaga he became a key member of the team that gained Champions League football qualification and for long spells was the preferred striker to Ruud Van Nistlerooy.

Arsenal as well as several Premiership clubs have taken an interest apparently and with Malaga’s riches a bidding war could make the Venezuelan out of reach in terms of finance for the astute Arsene Wenger.

Unlike most of the Arsenal team, except Mertesacker, Rondon is powerful as well as pacey which could give Arsenal some much needed strength. With the likes of Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain burning the turf with their speed it would be a nice change to see an Arsenal player that reminds us of the tough ruggedness we used to get at Highbury with players like Patrick Viera and Emmanuel Petit.

From watching Rondon on YouTube he would be a fine addition to most teams in the Premier League but with Malaga’s riches, Rondon’s potential and Wenger’s tightness with money I would be surprised to see him pulling on the Arsenal shirt next season.

Then again he is a player that will want to play and moving to a team with lot’s of money will not necessarily mean playing a lot of games whereas at Arsenal, his strength and power could make him essential to the first team and help make Arsenal one of the big teams in England again. No disrespect to Arsenal but the days of the invincibles are long gone and Wenger knows he has to look below him to find players to replace the big names of previous years and possibly Robin Van Persie.

Not for the first time Arsenal’s future transfer dealings all hinge upon whether a big name will stay or go.

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