Transfer Update – Mathieu Valbuena, + Vela & Bartley
Not much transfer news going around at the moment…
Right now, Mathieu Valbuena is the biggest name being linked with Arsenal (that I’ve not already covered). TalkSPORT (yeah, I know), among a couple of even less credible sources, link us with the 25-year-old midfielder. I’m also told that the French media seem to agree with the rumour, also claiming that we’re interested in the diminutive midfielder. He’s had a decent couple of seasons for Marseille, and I remember him scoring a screamer against Liverpool one or two years ago in the Champions League. He also scored against England recently, so we know what he can do.
Apparently he’d be replacing Arshavin or Rosicky. Seeing as Arshavin is pretty much nailed on as staying (as I said here) I’d think he would be more likely to replace Rosicky. I’ve heard that they’re similar players, obviously with Valbuena having the edge thanks to his age and a couple of other factors. I think he’s definitely a player on Wenger’s radar. Whether he makes a move for the France international, I don’t know. But I think he’d be a useful addition to our squad.
Rosicky has really gone off the boil this year. Just a couple of assists, one goal and a missed penalty to boot – after a seemingly promising start to the season, he’s lost all form and has struggled to regain it. It looks almost certain that he’s leaving.
According to MedioTiempo we have not let Carlos Vela go to this summer’s Copa America. It seems that Arsene is willing to give Vela another chance to impress this year, after a fairly disappointing loan spell with West Brom. I’m pleased about this news; it’ll give Vela a good pre-season with us, and I think he can push on for a starting place. Him getting the number eleven shirt last year was perhaps indicative of his inclusion in Arsene’s long term plans, and I think he could play a more vital role for us this season.
Finally, the excellent ‘Les Rosbifs’ website is the latest to accomodate my ramblings. The editor, Gav, was kind enough to publish my review of Kyle Bartley’s loan spell at Rangers. Les Rosbifs is a site dedicated to English players/managers plying their trade abroad, just like Bartley did from February to May. You can read my article here.