Arsenal could do battle with Chelsea for Arbeloa
We are just one injury away from calling an emergency assembly for the Arsenal academy scholars.
The defense which, after both temporary and permanent departures, which occurred this summer, was expected to be boosted, but now has began to cave in. Mattieu Debuchy will be out for at least 6 weeks, Nacho Monreal has bagged an oversized backpack, Laurent Koscielny, Kieran Gibbs and Calum Chambers have all had their shares of knocks and knacks that have kept them out of some crucial assignments, while Per Mertesacker has probably not returned from the World Cup same as he left.
This shortage has led to many speculations about Wenger having to dip into the free agents kiosk in search of a stop-gap analgesic. While the manager has admitted that there is a reasonable possibility of that happening, we know the January window is most likely the time he will bring the chequebook out for business. If he chooses to, one man has been touted as a likely target for Arsenal – ex-Liverpool man Alvaro Arbeloa.
The Spanish international has been quietly rendered redundant in Madrid having previously been one of the leading members of the team, playing a dominant role in the La Liga winning side three years ago. The emergence of Dani Carvajal has since seen Arbeloa restricted to very few cameo appearances and now it even seems those few shows will get really fewer as he was overlooked in the Champions League game against Basel in favour of Nacho, though Carvajal was unavailable due to injury. He turns 32 by mid-January and that is certainly not the stipulated age for pensions. He must be willing to give his career a renewal of fresh air, having made successful achievements during his stay in Spain which now enters into his sixth season.
Wenger finds himself in a position where he needs to make sure the ambitions for the season do not fall apart because of a reluctance to do the obvious. With Jose Mourinho reported to be already interested in calling his trusted man to Stamford Bridge, we should consider it top priority that he be convinced to join us as the thinness of our squad means he will have more fun in this part of London, with more playing time on the pitch than at Chelsea.
Arbeloa’s experience is invaluable. He was part of the core of the Spanish team that won all three major international tournaments in which they participated from 2008 -2012. With a Champions League medal from Madrid last season, there is hardly any reason for him to stay put albeit that the lower levels of the Real Madrid teams were the beginnings of the journey which saw him make nearly a 100 appearances for Liverpool within 2 years.
This huge experience in England is another vital factor which must encourage Arsenal in expressing a strong desire to bring him back to England. The presence of a good number of amigos should also be put before him while making the choice as he will not find it hard to settle in. Also, there is no dearth of stars in the Arsenal squad; a factor which he says prompted his decision to leave Liverpool.
He does not come across as one of many words and so a word or two about how much England has changed since 2009 will just suffice. A lot will be happening in London in preparation for 2020, and he may want to catch the glimpses, first hand.
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