After their successful defeat of ‘the greatest team in history’ (according to Monseuir Arsene Wenger) you’d be forgiven for thinking that all was well in the Arsenal camp. Wenger gives off the appearance of a serene duck, floating on a beautiful French lake. But underneath the water, his little legs are paddling like crazy, as he attempts to find recruits to sure up the Gunner’s defence ahead of next season’s title challenge.
Wenger failed to sign anyone of note during January, but is reportedly interested in Montpellier defender Emir Spahic. The Bosnian had been linked with Aston Villa earlier this season, but reports have emerged today suggesting that Wenger may well have reached a verbal agreement with the 30 year old, and could be ready to make a move for him during the summer window.
Montpellier initially wanted £25 million for the player, which no doubt put Villa off slightly, but Arsenal will be determined to pay a lot less for a player of advanced age who’s only experience of Western Europe has been 2 seasons in France’s Ligue 1. The Bosnian born has been virtually an ever-present for the side, since joining from Russia’s Lokomotiv Moscow in 2009.
Wenger may have impressive options going forward, and a midfield foursome which is currently the toast of Europe, but he knows that he needs to strengthen at the back. Spahic is just one of a long list of possible targets, which also includes Bolton Wanderer’s Gary Cahill, and Spurs’ Cameroon international Seb Bassong.
Will the little French duck find his way to….how you say?….the bank? Well, ze seagulls follow ze trawler…..
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